Once in a year opportunity : ) .... messed up. : (

Started Dec 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP GeorgianBay1939 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,018
Re: well

rovingtim wrote:

My answers: MISTAKES

  1. Used my 14-140 (wide open at f/5.3) while my brighter 30-100 f2/8 lens sat in the truck.
  2. Wasted time going to ISO800.
  3. Wasted time going to burst mode.
  4. Used the EVF to frame the scene.
  5. Used Auto exposure to expose the scene.

1) That would have raised the shutter speed to 1/24 at most. Not that much of an improvement.

Agree, not enough help. But in general, when shooting this sort of stuff I should use my brightest lens. Someone suggested using the 20mm f/1.7 and I agree.

2) If you lowered the ISO to 200, that would put the shutter speed back to 1/6th which you suggest is a mistake.

ONLY if I moved to manual. I should've made that clear.

3) Burst mode is fine. Just take your finger off the shutter.

My point was that it was a waste of precious time to find that setting.

4) Yeah, I agree. Two eyes are better when you don't have an OVF.

5) hmmm.

But I had lots of LIGHT (all those light bulbs), and could've shot at EV 11 ... which, with f/2.8, gets a 1/250 second shutter interval. (no need for a tripod when shooting FL 130mm (eq FOV) at that speed). I might drop that down a stop to 1/125s as a bit of train motion blur wouldn't be bad.

At this setting, you would have more trouble bringing up the background, even from base iso, than you would have at 1/6 of a second at 800 ISO.

No problem with the snow, rails etc. Here is the RAW rendering . Lots of light for the snow etc. coloured lights are way overexposed.

Another afterthought. It might be fun to try this several ways ... to use a tripod to get a LOT of motion blur.



Forget the background snow and shoot primarily for the lights only. The headlight is exposing the snow in the front of the train ... use that more. Shoot one high ISO and high shutter speed and shoot one base and see which one looks better. As you say, shoot one long exposure on a tripod.

You need more cameras ...

Your first sentence is what I concluded after my post mortem. Moti said it quite firmly, reminding me that I am NOT a photographer here :  (my bolding)

Biggest mistake, you didn't plan anything in advance. You didn't even define your subject. Is it the train? Is it only the lighting? So you go on a challenging mission without any planning, hoping that your technical knoledge will help you, well it didn't.

Hadn't thought of using the second camera.   Good idea.  One on the tripod shooting video, the second hand-held, experimenting ..... at a location where the train is under a speed limit!!!!!



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