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

Started Dec 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
greenarcher02 Forum Member • Posts: 70
Re: What do you expect at 1/6th?

marike6 wrote:

greenarcher02 wrote:

marike6 wrote:

antoineb wrote:


from where I'm sitting, you sound like you're trying to make sound horribly complicated and messy, something that's so simple.

Do you think?

This is a perfect example of over-thinking a photographic situation by making long lists of mistakes and potential fixes like "use base ISO". Base ISO? At night? Don't you think you should be going in the other direction on the ISO scale?

The OP's GX7 train image was 1/6 at ISO 800!!! By the way, tripods are always appropriate at night, but in this case you still need a fast enough shutter speed to freeze motion blur.

Here is my list for ways to improve above image:

1) Mount a large aperture lens like the PL 24 f/1.4 and crank up ISO until your shutter speed is fast enough to freeze the train

2) Take image

2) Go get some hot chocolate or an adult holiday beverage.

He wanted an underexposed image. Or he didn't want to freeze motion. It actually works, now I'm not sure how intense the light was from the train, but this was at night, ISO 200, handheld. I didn't have a tripod because I was commuting from work, and was bored, and just... clicked... while waiting for my ride. This isn't actually that nice of an image, but you can really shoot at night, handheld. And you can even go at faster shutter speeds but have an underexposed image. Depends on what you want.

Sorry that I deleted an underexposed, faster shutter speed version of this.

So please... stop dissing the fact that he wanted to go base ISO. Night does NOT always equal higher ISO. He probably wanted to have less of the train and just have lights and some reflected lights off the snow...

If you are not shooting locked down on a tripod, night usually DOES mean higher ISO settings. Especially how dark it appeared in the second image from the OP.

Like in this fairly lousy image I made, but you get the idea. ISO 200, 0.7 sec at f/10, X-E1/18-55 tripod mounted

But I did miss the part where he said he wanted to blur the lights of the train. But even so, the easiest and best way to do what he wanted to do was to use a tripod, and a slow shutter speed (as you'd get with base ISO at twilight). So I'll stand by what I said, it's not complicated. Without IBIS and/or extremely fast f/0.95 type m43 lens, you will need some kind of support to shoot with a slow shutter speed and still get a sharp image.

This image I shot handheld, but I needed ISO 4000 at f/3.2 to even get 1/30. And the lens has OIS.

f/3.2, ISO 4000 gave me only 1/30, so I disagree that you can shoot base ISO at night without support

But to shoot light trails, as the OP wanted to do with the Christmas lights on the train, a tripod would be by far the easiest way.

I'm not sure what he really wanted, but he did mention underexposure and that he shoots light, not objects.

Sometimes you just have to work with what you have. And sometimes you don't have a tripod. He was unprepared, obviously. He just ran with the camera. And it's still possible to make a 'good enough' image with it, even at base/low ISO. I just showed you, and my image was better exposed than what he probably intended. His lights are much harsher, and can underexpose it even more with faster shutter speed. He will definitely lose some detail on the ground, but the lights will still be there, and some part of the ground that got hit by the head lights.
Your second image also has the right exposure. Lower ISO should still give you light. But obviously lose detail on everything else.

He isn't trying to make night look like day. You can question his technique all you want but shooting at base ISO at night (with lights) is still possible. It will yield an underexposed image. Which is sometimes appropriate for Christmas lights.

You understand now? Is it that hard? Do I have to shoot later at night of an underexposed image just to show you how it looks like?

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