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  • JacksonP,

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    Singapore, 2011. Marina Bay Sands.

    Stop the lens down to f16 or f22 if possible, for maximum sharpness and the greatest depth of field.

    He's right you know. Although the more observant amongst you will note my settings aren't quite as prescribed. On the night I let the camera make decisions for me, and being limited to 30sec maximum exposures, it dropped the f/ settings, when I should have increased the ASA.

    Still, I'm also partial to a little blur, so I'll say I meant to do it. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Adrienne Rewi,

    Aaarrhhh..... the loveliness of night! That time of silky shadows, shimmmering reflections, dingy corners and sparkling highlights - all captured so beautifully here! My night photography tends to be a much more amateurish affair - often a blurry (but pretty) abstraction of light and dark. I tell myself that's fine, that the photo has 'mood' and atmosphere but really, that's just a cover for my ineptitude. I'll post an example later so you can see for yourseldf. Having confessed, I may as well front up with some crappy but pretty images :-)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Adrienne Rewi,

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    OK So here's SOL Square, New Year's Eve 2007, taken on a small Panasonic Lumix. This *was* the centre of Christchurch's nightlife district. Now it is - or will soon be - demolished following the Christchurch earthquakes. So in that sense, I'm glad I have even this wonky nightime record.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Adrienne Rewi,

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    And New Year's Eve 2008 - Manchester Street, Christchurch - also now demolished following the earthquakes. Also taken on the small Panasonic Lumix. One of my classic 'mood' shots :-)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Adrienne Rewi,

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    A slight improvement here - Wellington waterfront, 2010, taken on my Nikon DSLR 3000

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth,

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    You can do it with an old iPhone 3G too: Opera House, Sydney: May 2010.

    Bucolic in the backblocks… • Since Jan 2008 • 196 posts Report Reply

  • knightpfhor,

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    I'm a sucker for taking photos at night. This is one of my more recent favourites. Auckland as seen from Orua Bay

    Ak • Since Dec 2009 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to knightpfhor,

    wow

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16614 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Wow, love all the night shots! And particularly your one with the mast shadows on the water, Jackson. And Adrienne, your beautiful shots of vanished places.

    Sadly, all my night shots are on my other computer which is not internet-capable just now, so I’ll have to admire everyone else’s.

    But tripods are totally awesome; I’ve got so much use out of mine. Failing that, any reasonably-flat surface can serve, as Jonathan says. And a cable-release/remote control or self-timer also helps minimise movement.

    If none of these is available, I have gotten away with exposures of a few seconds by putting the camera-strap round my neck, holding the camera out with both hands so the strap is pulled taut, elbows braced against my sides, and leaning against a wall or other solid support. And not breathing until the exposure is done. :-)

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3443 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Ah, I now understand what Silo Park is for (apart from causing children to injure themselves horribly on the least safe playground of all time)!

    (I went there for the first time on Wednesday with Ben and Giovanni, and gazed in wonderment upon various bizarre, useless, or actively dangerous structures. What a weird place.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3653 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Cross,

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    Fantastic shots, guys. What an awesome industrial strength park!

    Long Gully Bridge, Northbridge, Sydney. One of the few times I've dragged the tripod out after dark.

    Love Lilith's advice too.

    And not breathing until the exposure is done. :-)

    Hehe, I've tried that, I think I shake more when I am not breathing!

    Australia • Since Nov 2011 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

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    Floodlit trees at the Dunedin Hockey turf one winter's night in 2009

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 882 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

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    City view.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood, in reply to Julie Cross,

    I’ve tried that, I think I shake more when I am not breathing!

    The advice I've seen is take the picture while exhaling, on the theory your body is in a more relaxed state than tensed up with not breathing.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 882 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Julie Cross,

    I think I shake more when I am not breathing!

    There's a natural pause at the end of exhaling, I just stretch it out a bit. Works for me! :-)

    That's one crazy-looking bridge, Julie. (Arrow-slits!!)

    David, love your scary trees.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3443 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Gareth,

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    Opera House, Sydney

    This one from a boat. Manly just beat the Warriors in the grand final. But we don't need to mention that.

    Lovin' all the shots. David those trees are spooky, and great.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to David Hood,

    trees a crowd...

    Floodlit trees ... one winter’s night ...

    There is a horror omnibus
    out there waiting for this
    freezing frisson of a fractal
    for its cover...

    ...actually Martin Phillipps (Chills) does
    a good line in modern horror stories
    and I believe is responsible for this image...
    which I'll call "One Tripod, One Night..."
    :- )

    ( thanks to the fine poster archiving of TallyHo )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4877 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

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    So, ignoring all advice...
    Canon EOS 100D f8, iso 6400, 1/40s and waited for someone else's flash to go off...
    (I could have said I used a remote flash but I don't have one)
    (oh, and I didn't wait, it was luck)
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4813 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

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    And here's the Skypodermic, pokin' out'a city of light.
    Shades of Jim Morrison.
    Out on the perimeter, we are all stoned.
    :-p
    Canon 1100D f3.5, iso 6400, 1/25s sittin on a low wall.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4813 posts Report Reply

  • Adrienne Rewi, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I LIKE this approach! Spontaneous, devil-may-care, leaping on luck...... very me. And here's where I confess I've never lugged a tripod out at night ever! In fact, I only bought one recently because my eyesight is failing and *everything* is going blurry. Thought a tripod might steady things a bit. But it's such a bitch of a thing to operate. (Oops! Are we allowed to swear on here?). Have fallen over it's legs twice. We have an uneasy relationship - and, I suspect, an unsteady one, so it may yet be shoved in the cupboard if it doesn't perform better.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2011 • 20 posts Report Reply

  • Jos,

    Great shots Jack! Tripod for the win!

    Whakatane • Since Jan 2012 • 858 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Skypodermic

    Here's another from the same night.

    Tripod for the win!

    Thanks Jos. We had a lot of fun. Might go on another safari, once the weather bomb passes.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Snail Moon.

    Of course, you can have a bit of fun without a tripod too. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

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    I used a Tripod for this shot.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4813 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Lilith __,

    Sadly, all my night shots are on my other computer which is not internet-capable just now, so I’ll have to admire everyone else’s.

    Any chance of dumping them on a memory stick, or something? Would be lovely if you could contribute some shots too. ;-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2135 posts Report Reply

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