Tagged: Night

Differences

Don’t forget to click on a picture and view in gallery mode.

Let’s just say that if you had stood beside me and took the same pictures with your jpeg only camera, this isn’t what you would have gotten.  I have been working on some new styles for some of my future images from around Hanover.

I am also working on adjustments for different cameras, as well as different locations and times, as I convince myself that I can use different cameras and you won’t be able to tell which one I used; i.e., it isn’t the camera that is most important.  About all that is left, is to go out and get some new pictures!

Through the Windshield in the Dark

I took these pictures with a Canon SL1 and the 24 mm pancake lens.  I used one of the pictures in my last post, but in this series I have adjusted them.  This is the best I could do considering that I hand-held the camera and took the pictures through the wind shield, and don’t remember when it was last cleaned.  They were also taken at 1/30 sec. which I normally consider low.

These types of images are important to me since I like pictures taken in the dark.  In addition I need to be able to take them from the car and shoot with one hand even though I shoot when stopped.  In the future I hope to shoot more from the car on the street, but through an open window.  It looks like it will be easy to hang the camera from a neck strap while I am driving.  I will also be using the Ricoh GR but I lay it in the cup holder when I’m not shooting it.  I think my focal length coverage will be adequate between the two cameras and three different focal length lenses when traveling by, and shooting from, an automobile.

I also converted the last one to monochrome to see how it worked.

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Hanover Streets at Night

These are a few more pictures that I took on the streets of Hanover, PA on the night of the ghostly history walk.  I have no problems with the quality of these pictures for use in my blog.  Even the WB was good; but I did tweak some of them for WB to standardize the look.  As we walked around, the temperature color of some of the lights changed and some of the images had a more yellowish look than others.  I thought that the pictures looked like I remembered them, but I decided to take out some of the yellowish cast in a few just to get a more pleasing uniform look to the set.

Hopefully I will make it back outside in the dark and get some more images like these.  I have no plans for any photo walks or drives at this moment so don’t be surprised to see some wide gaps in my posts.  I am pretty much through with experimenting with my cameras so I might be taking less pictures this winter.

PS … did you notice the WV sticker on the back of the white pickup?  It reminds me that I need to get a WV sticker for our Ford Escape.

Nightfall

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One of the reasons that I wanted the Pentax K-3 was for use in dark bad weather.  We haven’t had any bad weather since I got it so I just tried it when it was very dark out.  It is a picture of the sky, which you probably don’t find all that interesting, but it captures a style that I am working on.

Dark & Dreary

I am enjoying my attempts to extend my photography into the night, especially when it is raining.  I took the above pictures looking out our bathroom window late at night.  I never envisioned the results.

I was testing my E-PL5 and 17 mm lens under dark conditions.  The window, screen, and outside foliage were wet and back-lit by a street lamp across the way.  I took the pictures using the program mode at ISO 1600, f/1.8, and 1/8 and 1/25 sec. shutter speeds.  I really didn’t expect the camera to focus but it did very quickly.  In addition, the image stabilization did its job since I was hand-holding the camera and snapped the images quickly.

I really like the results and I am encouraged to keep experimenting with more abstract images in the world of the dark and dreary.

Street Photography at Night Riding a Bus

One favorite type of photography is street photography in larger cities.  From what I see on the web it seems to represent a rich, subject intensive, environment.  Since I am not going to be walking such streets, at least at night, I decided to try something different.  I was on the Homewood bus and I decided to see what kinds of images I could get as we returned from York to Hanover.  The above are some of the images I made.

Your first observation should be that they are blurry.  That was OK with me since I wanted to capture the sense of motion and emotion on the street.  I used a Fujifilm X-E1 with the 27 mm f/2.8 pancake lens.  Most of the images were taken at ISO 6400, f/2.8, and 1/20 sec.  Some were slower and a few were faster.  Since I had no image stabilization with this set-up, you would expect to get a lot of motion blur … both due to the moving subjects and due to my bouncing around in the moving bus.

I took the pictures as jpegs and then converted them to B&W inside LR5 with minimal, to no tweaking.  For my initial work with the images, that seemed to work best.  I will display some color images later, but for now I am satisfied with these B&W images and I would like to make some more.  This experience was a good experiment and I have thought of a few things to try differently the next time.