Now that the K3 has been returned.. back to work with the K5 IIs

Started Nov 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jim Radcliffe
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Re: Now that the K3 has been returned.. back to work with the K5 IIs

GossCTP wrote:

jimrpdx wrote:

Great image, and great lighting ideas - I generally have a small LED flashlight (too dim) a road flare ( bad idea ) & headlights as alternate light sources. I really like this kind of shot but a bit more gear needs to come along for it.

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I'm not sure what you are using for a flashlight, but I have one of these:

I haven't gotten around to trying it with night shooting, but it seems about as bright as a car headlamp in the turbo mode.

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Through the window in the wall
Come streaming in on sunlight wings
A million bright ambassadors of morning

Jim, when doing exposures of this nature dim is better.  Bright light sources can very easily destroy the ambiance of such a scene.  The exterior of the building was bathed in soft moonlight. I only painted it with a dim LED flashlight for no more than three seconds.

As for the interior lighting, both the red and amber LEDs were wrapped with enough toilet paper to make them almost too dim to see with the naked eye.  Cameras love amber and red light and over a 15 to 30 second exposure they really drink those colors in.

I have found through trial and error that with night work of this nature that less light rather than more creates the most pleasing results.

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Jim Radcliffe
The ability to 'see' the shot is more important than the gear used to capture it.

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