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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:02 pm 
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I just got pressured into taking pictures in horrible conditions and i knew the pics wouldn't turn out well. My unit just had a big run when we get all the sub units together so we had 400+ Soldiers in formation with all the units flags and stuff. It's just that it was 6am in Alaska so it's still night with these ugly sodium-yellow street lights. I took about 100 pics and i'm lucky if 1 in 5 came close to coming out. I'll post a few tonight when i get to the computer.

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get your 400 mates to chip in for a 580EX II flash, if they don`t threaten with having to stand still for a minute, so you can use longer exposure.
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:lol: yea, that would be great considering it was 23-deg this morning

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I know that can be frustrating...

Around month ago i was also "pressured" to do some photos, with few friends and 60km bike trip. I did not sit on a bike one and a half year before that, so i had hard time to do some photos and keep up (at which at the end of the day i did not failed so hard as i thought) Probably 60 pictures taken, but not even one that i could be proud of.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:36 am 
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So here are a few pics, nu-edited
Someone does not look happy about the cold
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Battalion Run 4 Nov by sherpa1d, on Flickr

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These are a few friends
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Hi HiringMike,

I don't think they turned out so bad, given the circumstances. And you caught some good "life" in those frozen soldiers too! OK, so maybe it's not "high art" - but they are good for a story and you got some action.

Still, I know what you mean. I too dislike sodium vapor - photography or not. To my eyes, they makes things look darker - which I know is nonsense - but I still feel that way. And, they are depressing.

One day I'm going to force myself to take some shots in that light and see if I can change whitebalance enough to make them bearable..lol

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These are GOOD images, given the lighting conditions. You worked with what you had available.

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Thanks I appreciate it.

Yeah Kenneth, those sodium vapor lights suck. The best I could do was set it to tungsten like indoors and run with it. If you get something let me know :)

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You might be able to reduce the effect of the sodium lighting with some white balance adjustment. Easier to do this if you shot in RAW but still achievable from jpeg.

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Not much you can do with Sodium Vapour lights even when you "fix" the white balance... they emit light in a really narrow spectrum which means anything reflected will be based on that initial narrow band - ergo, you don't have a lot of colour information to work with except that nasty colour yellow. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium-vapor_lamp)

You might be able to B&W some of them to make them look a little more interesting... that's usually my tactic when dealing with sodium-vapour :)

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I agree with Plymer, I think they'll look much better in B&W. Nice shotes overall though Mike well done.

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