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Night safari at the Winspear Opera House

Earlier tonight I went on my 'Night safari' with Barbara Berry from Legacy Studios. We were all set up outside of the Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas. I actually learned a lot about night photography! I also ended up shooting COMPLETELY manual, even focusing, when my auto-focus went out on about the third shot. *sigh* Through adversity, we learn.

Our challenge was to keep our cameras set to ISO 100 and take care of lighting conditions with the aperture and exposure. Thankfully, I have a decent tripod and a remote shutter release. It let me experiment with my settings and still be able to get in a good amount of light.

Getting more secure with shooting full manual is just going to come down to practice and more practice. That means you should see a LOT more photos posted here.

What do I want from you? Constructive criticism! Is the exposure too dark? Would it have worked better if I had changed the focus somewhere else? Did it just. not. work? I would really appreciate the feedback.

My favorite shot from tonight is of the front of the Opera House, duplicated in the reflecting pool:

The reflecting pool before the sun went down:

The skyline around the Winspear:

More shots outside the theater:

My first attempt at panning to show motion. I didn't get the focus right on the car, and I have a LOT of shots of really blurry cars, but I think this one came out decent and gives me something to work towards:

I also wanted to look at the differences between higher and lower f-stops, since I knew that with higher f-stops light will give starbursts.

Now I think that it is BEDTIME for me, for sure! :)

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( 2 thoughts — Whatcha' think? )
Feb. 8th, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
First comment - if you are going to be posting your photos, then change your settings. "Bitch about it" will not be accurate, thankyouverymuch.

I love love the second one. The reflecting pool looks more like a painting than a photo. The serenity of the grey tones was outa sight. The first one - if you brightened it up, it could be a great pop art piece. The car? The first one, that's all fuzzy except the car - if that's not a print ad, I don't know what is. Way cool. Even better since I know you did everything manually.

I'm really looking forward to seeing more, Trish. I really am!
Feb. 8th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
I really like the first one as well, I love how dark it and has so much RED lights, truly awesome.

The second on in the daylight, I'm not a fan of the random people in photos, looks like it should be on a college brochure....if that's the look you were going for it looks great lol. I too like the greys in that one.

The night time building scenes, the clouds look ominous, but I do like the contrast of the light/buildings, maybe try that one again on a clear night. Or a different cloudy night, I cant decide if I like the light in them or not.... just thinking I'd like to compare clouds.

My 2nd fave is pic 6, I love the loggia contras and the lighting of it, way cool :)

Constructive enough? They all are really awesome in my book, and I enjoy looking at everyone of them.
( 2 thoughts — Whatcha' think? )