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Old 28th March 2018
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London Skyline - another go

After last weeks disasterous results I had the opportunity for another attempt this week. All last weeks shots had a characteristic 45 degree zig-zag akin to a single heart beat pulse you see on a bedside monitor but slanted over. This was extremely prevalent on any highlights (windows, street lights, high rise tower warning lights etc). After inspecting my camera settings I decided to change the 2 sec delay to 2 sec with anti shock. I also set image stabilisation to off as I was using a tripod but I don't think this was the issuse. I also underexposed by 0.7 to 1.0 EV to counter the general overexposure given by the metering system.

The only tweaking was a very minor reduction to the left hand end of the red curve (in OV3), a slight positive to the lightness setting (again in OV3), and masking the flats in the lower left so I could reduce their brightness and make them less prominent (in PSE12).

The results are a great improvement to my mind and I think demonstrate the value of the anti-shock, especially when photgraphing strong light sources. What do you think?












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Re: London Skyline - another go

Nice results, you've successfully tamed the highlights and overall the images look very clean.
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Nice results, you've successfully tamed the highlights and overall the images look very clean.
Thank you John. I can now go and bin the hundreds of rubbish shots I've taken.
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Re: London Skyline - another go

Jeremy, To my mind your zoomed in second shot is the most interesting and although you've explained your reasons for the -0.7 exp. bias I personally would have given it a go at -0.3, stopped down to f/7.1 at iso500, alternatively 'auto everything' can often outthink the best of us. I would love to have had a go at your scene with the E3, or XZ2 with it's f1.8 lens, or even the phone with it's f1.2 lens both of which would have allowed a faster shutter. Hopefully you may find the attached image and exif helpful. Admittedly I did have a lot more light going but may be a guide. The E3 doesn't like anything above iso500 but it's my belief that the higher the iso the poorer the colour, but don't quote me on that! And I don't use a tripod.
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Jeremy, To my mind your zoomed in second shot is the most interesting and although you've explained your reasons for the -0.7 exp. bias I personally would have given it a go at -0.3, stopped down to f/7.1 at iso500, alternatively 'auto everything' can often outthink the best of us. I would love to have had a go at your scene with the E3, or XZ2 with it's f1.8 lens, or even the phone with it's f1.2 lens both of which would have allowed a faster shutter. Hopefully you may find the attached image and exif helpful. Admittedly I did have a lot more light going but may be a guide. The E3 doesn't like anything above iso500 but it's my belief that the higher the iso the poorer the colour, but don't quote me on that! And I don't use a tripod.
Thanks Mark. Yes, on a tripod I can clearly go down to ISO 500 with commensurate increase in shutter openning time. Another case of not thinking straight but I can see little noise in my final shot and regularly use ISO 1600 or 2000 when shooting garden birds without noticing any colour degredation. I am intrigued though as to what benefits F/7.1 will give me over the F/4.5 that I chose as with MFT I think most things over 50 feet away would be in focus at this aperture. I did try at various exposure biases but anything less gave too much of a red cast to the sky which I would have had to significantly reduce in post. As it was these are almost straight out of the camera which I think is a good demonstration of the Olympus equipment.
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I am intrigued though as to what benefits F/7.1 will give me over the F/4.5 that I chose as with MFT I think most things over 50 feet away would be in focus at this aperture.
The choice of F8 for the E3 image was to achieve sharper and more detailed point light sources, as well as greater depth of focus.
Aperture was the first consideration. Exposure at 2.5s was determined by 'A' mode and simply required holding camera firmly against window;
double glazing caused some unavoidable reflections. Nevertheless, a nice memory to bring home from Sydney, I'll never be able to afford that apartment again.
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