Night Moves

fiddlefye

Senior Member
I've always loved shooting at night in available light. In the early days it was 400 ISO "pushed" for handhled or 'chrome and a tripod. In these digital days with high ISO available on tap and a VR lense it is more likely to be ISO 12,800 and shoot like in daytime. Here are a few of mine I've posted on flickr over the years.
DSC_0620 by fiddlefye, on Flickr
DSC_0639 by fiddlefye, on Flickr
DSC_0811 by fiddlefye, on Flickr
DSC_0910 by fiddlefye, on Flickr
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
Well done sir @fiddlefye , I especially like the Gladstone Grill shot.
The Gladstone Grill is no more. The place has been completely gutted and is in the process of being rebuilt as four nice apartments upstairs and a high-end gastro pub downstairs. A bit of Windsor history gone, but recorded. In all honesty the place was falling to pieces....
 

MikeT.

Senior Member
The Gladstone Grill is no more. The place has been completely gutted and is in the process of being rebuilt as four nice apartments upstairs and a high-end gastro pub downstairs. A bit of Windsor history gone, but recorded. In all honesty the place was falling to pieces....
My emotional gut reaction to the Gladstone Grill pic was spot on then. Kind of lonely but deeply connected to its surroundings.
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
My emotional gut reaction to the Gladstone Grill pic was spot on then. Kind of lonely but deeply connected to its surroundings.
It used to be the neighbourhood bar for those who were in need of less-than-upmarket refreshment. For a long time they did a $5 steak lunch special that included a pint and I went occasionally with a friend - good steaks, actually. Sometimes they had some very good local bands of a certain genre in of a Saturday night. Always friendly people hanging about the place and they loved my dog Magnus when we'd stop by on our nightly walk. I'll never forget the party the last night it was open. The place was packed to the rafters and the band was the best in a long time. I'm sure the place had some serious stories to tell! By the end the condition was so bad that the current owner apparently got it for free as it would have cost more to tear down than it was worth - or so the guys working on the renovation told me. The roof was shot, the top five feet of the brick on the south wall had to be taken down and rebuilt. A landmark gone, but a building saved and a new story soon to begin. I'll wander by and take a pic of what it looks like now and post it.

A shot from after it closed and the city put in a new street light. I'm glad I got the earlier shot when I did as they changed out all of the orange sodium vapour lights for the current nasty blue-green LEDs. I've pretty much stopped walking the 'hood taking night pics as the light is now so disgusting - makes everything look dull and dirty. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted.
DSC_6772 by fiddlefye, on Flickr
 
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GuyK

Junior Member
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A shot from after it closed and the city put in a new street light. I'm glad I got the earlier shot when I did as they changed out all of the orange sodium vapour lights for the current nasty blue-green LEDs. I've pretty much stopped walking the 'hood taking night pics as the light is now so disgusting - makes everything look dull and dirty. Ah well, it was fun while it lasted... by fiddlefye, on Flickr
Can you change your white balance in some manner to correct for the lights, or are they just too awful?
 

fiddlefye

Senior Member
Can you change your white balance in some manner to correct for the lights, or are they just too awful?
I could mess with the white balance, but to be honest so far the nasty LED light has just managed to knock the inspiration out of things. One day maybe I'll get over it. ;) A number of community groups tried in vain to get the city to go with a warmer colour balance, but they refused. Many studies have shown that the colour temperature of these LEDs interrupts the circadian cycle and is in general bad for human health (as well as night photography), but apparently they don't care.
 

JohnVF

Administrator
Staff member
I love night photography though I’m afraid I kind of spray and pray with it. I have,in the past, done some math to figure out a proper long exposure but I’m more likely now to just shoot, see what happens, adjust, and shoot again after learning the situation from the first shot. I just took this 15 minutes ago from my balcony at a hotel overlooking the Santa Monica pier with my Fuji X-100/s. Uploaded to my iPad and quickly fumbled with in Snapseed.

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fiddlefye

Senior Member
I love night photography though I’m afraid I kind of spray and pray with it. I have,in the past, done some math to figure out a proper long exposure but I’m more likely now to just shoot, see what happens, adjust, and shoot again after learning the situation from the first shot. I just took this 15 minutes ago from my balcony at a hotel overlooking the Santa Monica pier with my Fuji X-100/s. Uploaded to my iPad and quickly fumbled with in Snapseed.

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Digital can be a great learning tool in photography, especially for those of us who are trial-and-error/hunt-and-peck sort of learners. Take a shot, look at it and decide if you've accomplished your goal. Rinse and repeat and then try to remember. Most photography doesn't allow for vast amounts of thought while in the process of shooting, it must become instinctive. Back when film was the only option it took some calculation to get into the zone as it could be days or weeks before one found out what had been accomplished.
 

JohnVF

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Staff member
Not the greatest photo in composition or technically, but its just to say that I'm pretty impressed with the low-light performance of the new Iphones. This is the first phone-camera where anything take at night is even remotely usable. My poor Fuji Xpro-2...this phone has taken over camera duty for a month now.

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