Photography

Night Shooting

Pam braving the cold by RMsnaps, on Flickr Last night Rob and I ventured out in the cold weather, and we headed to downtown Louisville to take long exposure photos. The photo to the left Rob took, and the lower one I took.

The photo of me wasn’t a long exposure; Rob simply placed his strobe on the ground in front of me. I was really surprised how dark everything behind me looks, given the fact the bridge (2nd Street) that we were on was fairly lit up. I imagine as he took these photos he blinded many drivers as they passed by. Fortunately, there were no accidents! Heh.

By the end of the night, I wasn’t sure how I felt about my photos. Compared to Rob, who has been doing this much longer than I have, my photos were pretty mediocre. However, I was happy to find a few that I did like this morning. The photo below was taken with Rob’s 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens. I’m really surprised that he let me borrow it, considering that I told him I was going to steal his 5D Mark II camera when/if he bought it! O;-)

holiday traffic

I’ve been saving a little money here and there for a new lens to replace my kit lens. I’m torn between a wide angle or a lens with a focal point similar to the kit lens (18-55mm). I’ve been eyeing the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 and the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens. The 17-40mm would be wide enough for what I’ll be using it for, but I love the look of most photos taken with an ultra-wide angle lens. I have to add that Rob’s 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens was really nice…. but definitely out of my price range! I think the lens itself is more than I’ve invested overall in my camera collection. Ha!

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6 Comments

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    Zach Underwood
    November 27, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Love that one you took. Tweet me a link @zachunderwood if there are more of them in a series somewhere.

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    Christy Mesker
    November 28, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    I love it! I love the twinkle in the street lights, too. I have yet to try a long exposure shot – looks like a lot of fun. Good job!

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    Chad
    November 28, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    I love that photo of the nightscape of Louisville. That would be an awesome wallpaper/background image! :)

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    Pam
    November 30, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    Zach, I only have one other photo that I’ve uploaded from the night, though it’s not my best. It’s up on my flickr account.

    Christy, we all should go out one evening and brave the cold together for more of these pictures! :)

    Chad, thank you! :)

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    Craig Grocott
    December 14, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    I’ve got the same dilemma with regards to a wide angle lens. I’m leaning towards the Sigma 10-20 at the moment.

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    Pam
    December 17, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Craig, from the reviews that I’ve read, many have said that there is not too much of a difference. I opt for the cheaper one that will function almost the same. For someone like me, I doubt I would even notice a difference.

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