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The Beach At Night

Well it's perhaps not my strongest picture but I wanted to post it because this was a very painful attempt at very-low-light photography. This is an HDR image made from a few different exposures. Amazingly something showed up in thep icture -- with the exception of the hut, it was very dark (exposures up to 60 seconds were used for this).

It was so dark autofocu wasn't working so I opened the apature wider to get that depth of field right but had to crank up the ISO to make up for it. ISO400 on my Oly @ 60 seconds is really rather noisy.

Anyway, this is a combined HDR of the Toronto Beach. I was out there doing some daytime shots not long ago and I went back with VisualVault for some nightshots on Feb 20th. A great deal of ice and snow has melted away in the mild weather we've had since the weekend when I was there shooting pictures before (see the previous few days).

-sL

The Beach At Night

Well it's perhaps not my strongest picture but I wanted to post it because this was a very painful attempt at very-low-light photography. This is an HDR image made from a few different exposures. Amazingly something showed up in thep icture -- with the exception of the hut, it was very dark (exposures up to 60 seconds were used for this).

It was so dark autofocu wasn't working so I opened the apature wider to get that depth of field right but had to crank up the ISO to make up for it. ISO400 on my Oly @ 60 seconds is really rather noisy.

Anyway, this is a combined HDR of the Toronto Beach. I was out there doing some daytime shots not long ago and I went back with VisualVault for some nightshots on Feb 20th. A great deal of ice and snow has melted away in the mild weather we've had since the weekend when I was there shooting pictures before (see the previous few days).

-sL

comments (8)

This is a wonderful picture. Translucent, almost. And I love the color of the water, the sand, and the lights in the house. Very well done.
Very pleasant shot !
That actually turned out really nice and you didn't blow out the hut too much.. That was a fun (and freezing) trip, too bad the snow had melted off.. I wouldn't mind going back in the summer just after sunset and doing some long exposures of the water, that could be kinda cool smile

-V V-
  • Dotun
  • 28 Feb 2007, 19:05
well framed, I like.
Worth all the effort. Get magical quality to this.
Can a picture feel warm and cold at the same time?
Well, whatever, this one does for some strange reason.
Great composition aswell.
As a rule i just turn off autofocus at night and just whack it up to infinity and hope for the best!
  • Ellie
  • New Forest, Hampshire, England
  • 28 Feb 2007, 21:09
Yes, I agree with everybody else, it's worked very well. There's a lovely atmosphere to this place, even the snow seems friendly rather than cold.

I haven't taken any night pictures with my camera, so will learn from your experience. But, please don't hold your breath waiting for results. wink
  • Mia
  • 1 Mar 2007, 21:36
I think a HDR really brought out the best in this one, especially with the light factor. Lovely shot
I really love the light here. It's a beautiful scene. I'm really amazed it was that dark out there though! I guess the one light wasn't enough. I would have tried to open up the aperture more to 5 or lower to see what it gave you also. But I love what you have created through HDR which I expect would have happened by opening up the lense for more light.

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camera Olympus E-330
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed unknown
aperture f/8.0
sensitivity ISO400
focal length 22.0mm
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