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PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:42 pm 
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Per the request of Jagadish_C in his low-light thread here, I will post some photos I took in very challenging lighting conditions.

Just last week I took this photograph at a graveyard lit by nothing but small candles and the occasional torch. Almost impossible to take pictures there with a camera that's limited to ISO 2500. This was shot with a shutter speed of quarter of a second, handheld. Most of the blur is from the subjects moving though, the graves look decently sharp to me. The light you see on the pavement is all from the torch, and even the torch was quite dim.

f/1.4 | 1/4th | ISO 2500
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One of my favorite low-light pictures is this one of a good friend of mine. It looks like he is drunk and passed out, but he was actually checking his messages on this phone.
Shot at an Irish pub that has a few incandescent lights, but they're all very dim. Second picture was taken at the same table.

f/1.4 | 1/15th | ISO 2500
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f/2 | 1/15th | ISO 2500
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Shot at the same pub, the same night, different table though. This table was closer to the bar, which has some more lights. This time the phone use is a little more obvious.

f/1.7 | 1/15th | ISO 2500
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f/2.4 | 1/15th | ISO 2500
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:11 am 
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Thank you Bjorn for sharing these photos.
Loved each of them. Favourites are 1, 2 and 4.

In 4 the girl's face adds a new dimension to the shot. Did you frame to include just as much required to make the shot or cropped later to adjust that part of face to retain in the frame?

In 2, that you mentioned, I can make out your friend is looking at his mobile held in right hand, thumb position looks like scrolling through the message.

Liked #1 most. The grainy texture and dim ambient light creates the feel and time of the place. For me this grainy feel makes the shot stand apart from many similar others photos at graveyards. That texture and the very very low light complementing each other to create the mood. Superb capture.

1/4th hand held! For a second I almost thought that your hands got frozen in the chill not to induce shake :)

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:07 pm 
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Thank you for your comment Jaydeep!

Just checked how I had originally composed no. 4. It's uncropped. I'd like to say it was a conscious decision but it really wasn't. I did, however, choose to leave her fact in the picture, as I agree it adds some extra dimension to the photo.

I am a big fan of grain myself, so shooting at the graveyard was quite a lot of fun. I had to be careful not to move while taking the picture: held my arms right against my body and pushed the shutter button while exhaling. The Leica can be handheld quite well at low shutter speeds, but you do have to make sure you (or your subjects) are not moving.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:37 am 
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Thanks for the explanations, Bjorn.

As for slower shutter speeds, I exhale, hold breath and then press shutter. Will try out pressing shutter while exhaling :)

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:09 pm 
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I read that trick in a book one day, and it seems to work. Let me know if it works for you too!

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