Night or Low light Photos

By: GardenGrrl , 8:29 PM GMT on November 29, 2012

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Night/Low Light Photos

These types of photos really present a challenge. The challenge increases when you take a night or low light photo without flash.

Please feel free to add your night and low light photos. Of course, include any shooting tips that work well for you. Ask questions and maybe someone might know the answer.

This is a learning blog so let's learn about photography. It's also a place you can show pictures you have taken and like.

Peace from the blog porch, Gardengrrl

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Here are some of the picts from the festival. What is amazing about these art pieces is that nearly every one is made of various silks stretched over frames with lights woven inside and out to make them glow or blink.

These were taken with my "bridge camera" a Fuji HS20 using the sports mode and E/V dial to lower the exposure from the bright light dark background.

From the last blog, I imported some great info to help improve your photography provided by Sandi. And yes, this info applies to point n shoots as well.

Link exposure value

Link photo tips

Quoting sandiquiz:
Here is a tutorial on F stops and apertures, and why "bigger is smaller"!

Time drifts away....

Exposure 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture f/6.3
Focal Length 159 mm
ISO Speed 400

When looking for a simple example of ISO related to aperture / F stops I found this. And rather than pick out examples, I think it warrants an airing here, as it is fairly clear and precise - so I hope you don't mind!

ISO - is the sensitiviity of the sensor to light - higher the ISO the more sensitive so the less light to record the photo

Aperture - the size of the hole that lets in the light. Larger the hole to more light gets through. Expressed as the a fraction of the focal length - so f/22 is 1/22nd of the focal length. This means the larger the number the smaller the hole.

Shutter speed - length of time the shutter is open. The longer it is open the more light gets in. Expressed as fraction - 125 = 1/125th of a second. Can be confusing when you see the number "8" - is this 8 seconds or 1/8th - you need to be clear in your own mind how your camera

Fast shutter speed freezes motion (including camera shake)
Long shutter speed increases motion blur
Small aperture gives high depth of field
Wide aperture gives shallow depth of field

Depth of field is the amount of the shot that is in focus. For example, shallow depth of field - person is in focus but background is blurred. High depth of field - person is in focus and so is background.

You balance shutter speed and aperture to give the optimum combination of motion freezing and depth of field.

Low ISO gives best quality image but needs a large lump of light
High ISO makes the image grainy (noise) but needs a smaller lump of light.
In low light you may need to increase ISO to make the required lump of light small enough to allow use of a shutter speed that you can hand-hold.



More Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
This is in Dallas and has some amazing art. All these displays are mostly made of colored silk over frames with lights added.
More Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
Here is some detail of the head made completely with dishware, string and lights.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
This dragon is not made of silk. Two men tied thousands of plates together and strung them with lights to create this.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
Most of the body is made with these plates
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Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
How cool is this dragon foot?
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
Just to give some scale to this silk sculpture, that is me standing at the bottom.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
Big eh?
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
Look at this detail. The artistic ability of these folks just blows me away.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
This is called "The Chamber of Fairies". Guess that's where all the magic comes from.
Chinese Lantern Festival
Chinese Lantern Festival (GardenGrrl)
Chinese Lantern Festival

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20. plapman
4:09 PM GMT on December 15, 2012
Good morning GardenGrrl.
There's nothing that smells as bad as stepping in a pile of fresh dog droppings.
The city has boxes set up with plastic bags along the walking trails. I always pick up a few when i go past them., there just the right size and even have a picture of a dog on them.
Have a good day.
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18. sandiquiz
12:21 PM GMT on December 06, 2012
Hello - a quick fly by before I stop for lunch, and after lunch I will use my IPad in the lounge, as the office is chilly today, and my fingers are getting cold! lol

Did I reply to your mail? Can't remember... must go and check! Don't get old!! lol
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17. Ylee
8:47 PM GMT on December 05, 2012
At a place I used to work, a chiller was accidentally shut down over the Christmas holidays, when it got below 0F ! All the pipes inside froze and burst, rendering $500K of equipment useless! Oooops! All I can say is that it wasn't me, lol!

Hope you are enjoying your time off!
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16. SBKaren
4:04 AM GMT on December 05, 2012
Was over at your blog and saw pictures of your family reunion. Wow. Big family. Must of been fun.

Ummmm......I deleted my blog over a week ago! However, I did post some pictures in someone's blog....but darn if I can remember where! I'd be curious to know if you remember :)


I reset all my settings on my projector today, but it ended up being a good thing. My principal was using my setup for our staff meeting, and the projector display was just 'off'. I went into the settings and reset everything to default. Voila! It all looks good again. So sometimes that's a good thing....although it doesn't sound like it was a good thing for Sandi :(

I have a low-light setting on my camera. I took some night time photos at Disneyland yesterday. But, it was a long day and I had no interest in sitting in front of my desktop (I'm on my lappy kind of watching TV). Maybe tomorrow I'll get my pictures off and share one or two!
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15. GardenGrrl
11:01 AM GMT on December 04, 2012
Good Morning All,

Hi Tony, I love those big Christmas light shows. I like them even more if I don't have to drive far.

Hi Sandi, oh yeah, the dreaded "return to default settings button". Sorry you have to find all your settings again. I know what a pain that is.
...one night while multitasking at work I accidently shut down a chiller(refridgeration unit the size of a box truck. Oops.

Hi Briar, both the critters love boxes and wrapping paper if it means something to tear up or toss around. Syd likes to toss small boxes. Roxie likes to be covered in wrapping paper and messed with.
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14. BriarCraft
10:59 PM GMT on December 03, 2012
Sandi, that is a priceless reminder to the rest of us why not to multi-task. Sooner or later, we all manage to really mess up something.

Ggrrl, have Syd or Roxie gotten in the holiday spirit yet? I was just thinking that Syd would be great at shredding and curling the end of Christmas ribbons, and Roxie could probably perform wonders with a piece of wrapping paper.
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13. sandiquiz
9:12 PM GMT on December 03, 2012
As we are discussing cameras here is a word of warning.

Yesterday I was watching TV and picked up the camera from the table beside me. I went into the menu to format the SD card, knowing I had copied the images on it into the computer. I had half an eye in the LCD screen at the back of the camera and half an eye on the TV. I scrolled through the menu setting to the last page where I knew formatting was located, saw it, looked up at the TV, and then pressed yes when asked if I wanted to format. I don't know what happened but I actually formatted all the settings on the camera - reset to factory settings - deleted what I had taken several months in trial and error to get to my liking.... Vamoose, gone!
The images on the SD card? Oh, yes, they were still there!

Moral of the story? Don't do two things at once, even if you are a woman who can multi-task!!
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12. plapman
2:39 PM GMT on December 02, 2012
Good morning Gardengrrl.
Nice light show photos. Portage has a light show for Christmas. The city setup a display on our Island Park where they have out lines of animals and even a helicopter with the blades turning and reindeer jumping over a hoop.
The helicopter is for the rotary wing flight school the Canadian Forces have here.
Enjoy the day and keep the photo's coming.

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11. GardenGrrl
10:59 AM GMT on December 02, 2012
Hi Prose, thanks. Coming from someone with your artist abilities I am very happy to be able to present these works of art in a way that people can really appreaciate them.

Hi Karen, thanks, glad to bring something people enjoy. Was over at your blog and saw pictures of your family reunion. Wow. Big family. Must of been fun.
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10. SBKaren
2:06 AM GMT on December 02, 2012
Wow!!! Thanks for the eye candy. I knew I would be impressed, but this is over the top!! I'm going back to look......again!!!!
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9. Proserpina
12:50 AM GMT on December 02, 2012
Totally amazing art pieces. Fantastic photos. What a pleasure coming here and enjoying these delightful photos.

Thank you for the tips-information in the header, I will copy and paste in my documents as a refresher course now and then.
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8. GardenGrrl
11:51 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits to Everyone. It's the season and I wish happiness for everyone.

Hi Sandi, that is the neatest mall. They really don't decorate like that here. I would show up just to see something like that and end up shopping. It could be cost effective. (Thanks for the White Rabbits:)

Hi Briar, I don't know if it is annual thing or is to become one. I do know it was so popular during the state fair that they are keeping it until January.

Hi Calpoppy, Aren't those peacocks amazing? Spent a lot of time just standing there looking at them. What a great time.

Hi Prose, no better poem for the end of the year. Thanks for the White Rabbits too :)
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7. Proserpina
2:34 PM GMT on December 01, 2012
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Wishing you and yours a happy and safe December.


“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
Dr. Seuss quotes
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6. sandiquiz
9:47 AM GMT on December 01, 2012
rabbits 007

GG- wishing you a very happy, healthy and warm month.

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5. calpoppy
2:31 AM GMT on November 30, 2012
Ohhh, peacocks! LOL! Love that pic, and all the colors of everything!!! What a beautiful festival! And nice night time photograhy!!
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4. BriarCraft
1:21 AM GMT on November 30, 2012
That Chinese Lantern Festival looks like the kind of event I really enjoy. Is it something that happens every year, or a one-time spectacular?

Gotta go give those photos some super-duper ratings now!
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3. sandiquiz
9:13 PM GMT on November 29, 2012
They look lovely, very professional. I can really see them as a 'package' here.
It seems to have been an enormous venue. It must have been magical.
:-) .


The Enchanted Forest

Just one of about fifty shots I took.... But I want to go back one evening to do it all again as I think once it is dark it will be even more impressive :-)
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2. GardenGrrl
8:55 PM GMT on November 29, 2012
Hi Rob, thanks. Yes it was an amazing thing to see. I guess because I dabble in a bit of everything with greater or less degrees of success, when ever I see art that is both beautiful and incredibly difficult to pull off, I'm just in awe.

Hi Sp and Sandi, thanks for you comments on the other blog. Your photo from the Christmas exhibit is way cool Sandi, can you bring it over here?

Sp, go for it. These point n shoot/super zooms are really fun, light weight and easy to use. (Okay my Fuji was not easy to use at first but once figured out I love that camera.)
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1. RobDaHood
8:44 PM GMT on November 29, 2012
I bet that was cool to see!
Thanks for sharing the pics & info.
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