Low light photographs .. ideas please

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  1. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I have to take some low light photographs for homework..

    I wanted to use something I had prepared earlier but that is apparently not acceptable.

    One person is doing light trails on a motorway, so I shouldn't copy them, I like the idea and have done that in the past, but they got there first.

    So simple ideas for low light photographs please, what do you think?
     
  2. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Star trails?
     
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  3. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Actually, that is one of the things that I "prepared earlier" :)

    This is the old Severn bridge crossing. 177 images over an hour, merged together.

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  4. Nivag

    Nivag Well-Known Member

    How about in a moving vehicle and the lights outside are blurred?
    If you're allowed to comp two shots, have the dash of the car sharp and everything through the windscreen blurry.
     
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  5. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Hi Nivag, that is certainly an idea … and actually I love blur so there are blurry things I can do with lights at night also. Thanks.

    If I had been thinking about this I could have had a go at fireworks also … stupid of me not to have thought of it. I recently saw someone make really interesting fireworks pictures by moving their lens from being in focus to out of focus as the fireworks moved through the sky, the effect in the images was quite spectacular.
     
  6. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    So, you ask for "simple" ideas. I suggest "star trails" (being almost the simplest low-light photograph you can take) and you counter with:

    Why make things simple, eh?
     
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  7. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    That was simple though, wasn't it? I had to stop the bridge lights from blowing out which was why I ended up with lots of images.

    Are you meaning just point the camera at the stars and leave the shutter open?
     
  8. a_chap

    a_chap When the world came apart, where were you?

    Correct.

    There is a certain amount of skill in choosing the right film speed, aperture, lens, location, weather conditions, exposure length.

    But, essentially, yes that's all you have to do.
     
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  9. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    Maybe some large apperture, high iso street shots?
     
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  10. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I will have a think about settings then … it is cloudy tonight
     
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  11. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Yes that is an idea, I like the way coloured lights blur when out of focus .. thanks
     
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  12. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Love that pic of the bridge.
    I'm quite keen on low light pics, most of mine are taken with a large dollop of luck as I just snap away.
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  13. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Didn’t know what a low light photograph was... but I really love both of those images. Of the Seven Bridge, but especially the wet green and greys, the strange intimate night time of your image Chilli.s. Love it. It’s like being underwater. And I can smell that wet London pavement. Really love it.

    Any more?
     
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  14. BristolEcho

    BristolEcho Well-Known Member

    They've made Bristol City Centre look interesting which is some achievement.
     
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  15. dessiato

    dessiato Mele Kalikimaka hauʻoli hou makahiki

    Years ago I did night time photography. I'd use ISO 1600 pushed a bit, and long exposures, sometimes up to 15 minutes. Gives a lovrly graininess. I assume you're going digital, but the same rule would apply. Long exposure, high ISO setting.
     
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  16. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

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  17. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

     
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  18. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Ha okay sorry
     
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  19. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Out the car window and low light!
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  20. BristolEcho

    BristolEcho Well-Known Member

    One of my favourite low light pictures was a bus going past really fast late at night on an otherwise empty road. All the light trails made for a cool picture.
     
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  21. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I did a bus shot at night with a bit of panning and a bit of zoom blur:

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    It is quite blurry, but I like it!
     
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  22. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    I'd give that two likes if poss.
     
  23. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    "Low light" doesn't have to be outdoors. There are all sorts of dimly-lit interior scenes that you could look for. (Most interior scenes are technically low light compared to exterior daytime but just a photo of your living room probably won't get a very good mark.)
     
  24. BristolEcho

    BristolEcho Well-Known Member

    Nice. Mine was speeding I think.

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    Also when I was out in the countryside at night it was quite fun finding electrical cables/pylons against the sky. Probably important to point out that I just make it up as I go along.

    Good luck with your course. What course are you doing?
     
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  25. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    I quite like hand held shots of something bright surrounded by darkness. A bit different to the usual long exposure tripod stuff.

    A few of mine:

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  26. Sweet FA

    Sweet FA ✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪

    On my mobile but yes, I like them too...

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  27. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Some really good ones here!
     
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  28. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

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  29. BristolEcho

    BristolEcho Well-Known Member

    Yeah that ones great.

    Where is the bottom one from?
     
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  30. neonwilderness

    neonwilderness What would Badgers do?

    That was in my local park after a fireworks display a few years ago
     
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