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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:03 am 
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I was away for a 5 day vacation this past weekend, and had the chance to play around a lot in one of my favorite shooting grounds. Shooting scenics and landscapes at night has always been a favorite of mine. I shot a mix of low ISO long exposures on tripod, some handheld higher ISO shots, and some middle ISOs steadied on fenceposts and garbagecan tops. I love all kinds of night shooting! I previously had posted some HDR night shots taken at Epcot Center in Disney World...this time I went for a more natural night shooting style. Here are some of my favorites from this past trip to the Walt Disney World resort area. Camera was the Sony DSLR-A550, and lenses are listed for each shot with shot details:

The Dolphin resort hotel, taken at ISO400 steadied on a fencepost, with the SAL 18-250mm lens:
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Yacht/Beach Club resort across the lake, taken handheld at ISO800, Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens at F4.5:
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Boat dock at the Boardwalk Resort, where I was staying, taken handheld at ISO1600, with the Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens at F3.5:
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Spaceship Earth in Epcot center, taken on tripod at ISO200 with SAL18-250 lens:
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Stave church in Norway pavilion in Epcot center, taken on tripod at ISO200 with SAL18-250 lens:
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Temple at China pavilion in Epcot center, taken on tripod at ISO200 with SAL18-250 lens:
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Pagoda at Japan pavilion in Epcot center, taken on tripod at ISO200 with SAL18-250 lens:
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Paris river scene in France pavilion, Epcot center, on tripod and ISO200 with SAL18-250 lens:
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Cinderella's castle at late dusk, handheld at ISO800 with Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens at F1.7:
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Comments, questions, critique welcome.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:21 am 
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Very nice, you are the prince of darkness.
That Sal 18-250 never ceases to amaze.


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Beautiful! Night photos! :wink:

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Beautiful shots, image 2 and 3 would be much better if you could shoot them a bit earlier, before the sky got pitch black.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:52 pm 
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Comments appreciated, thank you.

Indeed, WestCoast...the 18-250 is shockingly useful for just about any type of photography imaginable - I have all these other lenses for specialized uses, but if I happen to be out with only the 18-250 (many times the case at Disney, since it's hot and you're there for friends, family, rides, etc), I'm not afraid to take all kinds of pics knowing it will pull through.

Nelepl, Thank you for the comments. Indeed, I agree with you on #2 and #3 - they would be nice if done in a more long-exposure' style - note that those two were actually taken handheld with no tripod - I didn't have one at the time, so in order to snap those, I had to crank up the ISO and shoot by hand. That's also part of the reason for the darker skies - had those been 10 second exposures, things would look much lighter and more detailed. Still, I do like both types of night shots - handheld high ISO and low ISO tripod-mounted long exposures...they both deliver a different feel.

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Sony DSLR-A580 / Sony 18-250mm / Minolta 50mm F1.7 / Sigma 30mm F1.4 / Tamron 10-24mm / Tamron 150-600mm / Tamron 90mm F2.8 macro / Minolta 300mm F4 APO
Sony A6000 / 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 / 55-210mm F4-6.3 / 10-18mm F4 / 35mm F1.8 / 16mm F2.8 / via manual adapter, lots of Pentax K mount, Konica K/AR mount, and Leica M mount manual lenses

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