Tue 01-Jan-13 12:15 AM | edited Tue 01-Jan-13 01:51 AM by GaryPk
Anyone doing Long Exposure (20 sec +)Photography with D800e? If yes, please post some examples and any thoughts on enhanced technique with this camera. The need to increase shutter speed with the D800 for sharp images, even on a tripod, has me concerned. I will be heading to the beach next month. Thank you ...
Thank you ... There has been so much written about the need to increase shutter speed for sharp images at this resolution, and some have even said to shoot at higher speeds on a tripod too, that I was concerned that long exposure would be like photographing Aspen leaves in a breeze .. muddy. Apparently not .. beautiful night shots.
This is one of my favorite subjects. Most of my successful long exposure photos were taken many years ago with my Rolllei and involved considerable modifications to accepted developing procedures. With my D70 and D200, I had virtually given up due to noise, dynamic range limitations and the really excessive post processing necessary to achieve a decent print.
All that changed with my D700 and D800E. My most important advise is to experiment. I have been pleasantly surprised on several occasions.
D800E, 24-70 mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm, 1/20 sec @ f/4, ISO 6400 No exposure compensation.
This image of ashes being cleaned from the firebox, while not a great image, is an example of choosing a high ISO over a low ISO. I shot over a wide range of ISO's and selected this image to print because the water and steam looked more natural compared to shots with longer exposure. Some noise can be seen, but when the image was resized for an 8.5 x 11 print, it was not noticeable. Except for white balance adjustment, there was very little post processing and only slight sharpening.
D800E, 24-70 mm f/2.8 @ 29 mm, 15 seconds @ f/16, ISO 100 No exposure compensation.
This image was a lot more difficult due to the predominant mercury vapor lighting mixed with other fluorescent light sources. Dynamic range was not a problem except for the "Williams Flyer" sign. It was blown out so badly that I had to paste it from another frame. I chose to risk a little diffraction at f/16 to get greater depth of field. The 16 x 20 is gorgeous. (I hope that does not sound too immodest.)
On this, as usual, I took the first exposures at ISO 6400. When I was satisfied with the histogram and cognizant of the "blinkies", I used an EV table to determine the the corresponding ISO 100 exposure. This saves a lot of time. For this exposure, however, the camera meter was very close.
I hope these examples demonstrate the incredible versatility of the D800 in low light situations and encourage you to experiment.
It is really quite simple. The locomotive is a coal burner and the night crew is emptying the firebox as part of the shutdown process. The cinders fall into a pit and, when cool, they are removed by a front-end loader for disposal.
These were both taken with the Nikon 24-70 lens. Both were ISO 1600, 15 seconds. The top one was f/3.2 and the bottom one was f/2.8. Focal lengths were 31mm and 24mm respectively. Everything was calculated based on the 500/focal length rule of thumb so a 15 second exposure was about what was needed to prevent short star trails.
Both of these were taken in the Smokies. The top image was from Clingman's Dome during the Orionid meteor shower. The bottom was from Cade's Cove. You have to get up pretty early for sunrise - especially at high elevations or popular locations. But it makes a great way to pass the time before sunrise - with some pleasant surprises.
Here are several long exposure images I recently shot with my D800e. The first two images are 30 second exposures; the third was nearly three minutes. I would imagine that, if your tripod is rock-solid, you will not have any difficulties, and you will be quite pleased with the long exposure images you are able to take at the beach.
Thu 03-Jan-13 06:20 AM | edited Fri 04-Jan-13 01:37 PM by richardd300
I don't have the E version, but use my D800 for long exposures. I see no reason why the techniques of either model should be different. I enjoy the challenge and have two ND long exposure filters, the B&W ND12, 12 stops and the Hoya pro1 x64 6 stops.
Please accept my apologies, but if you are new to this and to avoid frustration, please ensure the viewfinder blind is closed when exposing. This is particularly important if the sun is behind the camera and on very long (>1 minute) exposures. I was frustrated when I failed to do this and got UV banding across the image. In fact at 2 minutes exposure I had to place some black tape over the distance scale. Like water, light gets everywhere
Two images below taken with the D800. I really enjoy long exposure shots.