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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 9:46 pm 
Hello all :D

I finally got my Nikon D3000 yesterday and have taken a few shots out my bedroom window because its rubbish weather out.

I've been trying to get some light trail shots and I have been having some trouble putting the settings in the camera so heres my first attempts.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elegantspoon/sets/72157623528410371/

Let me know what you think!

Spoony


EDIT: Updated Pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/elegantspoon/4448320201/


Last edited by ElegantSpoon on Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:50 am 
I would suggest going full manual for shots like this, I see you used Aperture priority. But you'd be better off using higher/narrower than f/8 - that's the max my bridge cam can muster and it always irritates me I can't close it up more. Another tip: keep ISO as low as possible for longer exp, ISO 400 is too high. keep it down to ISO 100 if you can.

Nice and clear though.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:03 am 
You should try this on a clear night.

The clouds are reflecting the city lights giving the sky a red tint.

I'd say you've got the technique just alright. Now composition.

...and try what cagey75 said.


Good luck :P


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:53 pm 
Thanx for the replies! I was having trouble with the Manual mode because I couldn't seem to turn the flash off and change a few settings but I have managed to work that out now so will try again and use full manual mode :)

Sadly the weather is still crap here! Raining and foggy again today so lets hope its better weather tomorrow so I can try again!

What sort of aperture do you think I should be using? I will drop the ISO down and see how it looks :)

Thanx again!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:30 pm 
Well its finally stopped raining here and the mist/fog has cleared so I've had another go at the light trails in M mode following your advice to the best of my ability.

Whats your thoughts on this shot?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elegantspoon/4448320201/

Thanx again!

Spoony


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:46 pm 
ooh I like that one, much better :)

I'm always on the lookout for good spots to capture some nice trails, is there a bridge or any high vantage point near you? Over a busy road would be ideal.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 10:53 pm 
Thanx for the reply I much happier with that shot!!

I've got a few places in mind where I should be able to get some nice 6 lane shots that I wanted to do today but weather has not be on my side.

Theres another place that hopefully should give me a view of a flyover and slip roads so going to try that out next weekend if the weathers good. :)

I'll be sure to post them here when I do!

Heres a few I took of the cat while I was waiting for the weather to improve :D

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elegantspo ... 656562228/


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:25 pm 
hehe, nice kitty pics :)

Added you on Flickr, hope you don't mind, commented on one of your pics too - same alias on there.

I'm dying for my first dslr, had this bridge cam a year now almost and I feel I've out-grown it. It's served me well, I've got the basics of manual controls down nicely, time to move up. Currently in negotiation with a few used-dslr sellers, before this money burns a hole in my pocket! :twisted: [bit of a gambler in me too!]

I will be on a mission to cover ground I just couldn't with the limits of the bridge cam 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:50 pm 
No worries and thanx for the comment :D Where does it show friends on flickr?

Go for it with the DSLR! What model you getting? I'm already so impressed with mine.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:09 am 
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Take every opportunity to practise using your camera. See the "bad" weather as a positive and use it to your advantage...

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