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POTM [04/08] Golden lighthouse

Discussion in 'Photography, Art & Design' started by Smilodon, 19 Apr 2008.

  1. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    I didn't think I'd ever get a shot that fitted into this months POTM, but when looking trough my window i noticed that the sun was going down. I just got on my bike and got down to the sea as quickly as I could.

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    I got several more pictures. Quite of the sunset, but I figured it's been done to death.

    The picture is taken with a Canon EOS 30D with:

    18-55mm lens (kit lens)
    ISO: 200
    Fstop: F/5
    Exposure: 1/125sec
    Focal length: 18mm
    Manual mode (Yay for me! :D )

    Rotated a bit (I swear i have one foot that is shorter than the other), cropped and adjusted contrast and brightness a tiny bit. Oh, and I removed some graffiti on the lighthouse. Damn kids!

    Lessons learned:

    Bring gloves - DAMN it was cold!
    Check tire pressure - (I'm in bad shape, and it didn't get better of almost running on the rims...)
    Bring water - (The result of the above lesson is incredible thirst.)


    edit:

    Here is another one taken on the same place. (I just turned 180degrees from the other picture).

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    I'm a bit insure on which one I like best. I think the first fits the theme better, but the colors is a bit nicer on this one.
     
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  2. OleJ

    OleJ Me!

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    Nice! I like the first one best as it almost sucks you in. Is that Oslo fjord?
     
  3. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    Nope. It's Trondheimsfjorden. The tiny island you see to the left in the picture (Barely visible) is Munkholmen.

    Munkholmen actually have an identical lighthouse :)
     
  4. Boswell

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    I really like the second photo..if only it was a bit brighter!
     
  5. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    Here is one from the same series of pictures. (I shot most pictures in burst mode with 3 different exposures)

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    Cropped and adjusted the contrast a tiny bit.




    While I'm at it, here is one of the pictures of the actual sunset:

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    This one is just cropped and rotated a bit. I also removed a stupid bird. (It was a 5x5 pixel dot just beside the sun...)
     
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    The first one from this set (the one of the huts) is great.
     
  7. Adrir

    Adrir Aspiring Game Developer

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    I like the sunset!
     
  8. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    Thanks :)


    I just discovered that I could post two entries, So both the lighthouse and the loading docks is posted on the POTM site :)


    When looking back at the first picture of the docks I realize that it's not really good at all. I swear it looks brighter when viewed fullscreen...
     
  9. Vers

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    The first two are underexposed... Check the histogram regularly after each shot to make sure you nailed it. Pack a tripod next time (if you hadn't) and use the timer/release cable. This will help you get consistently better images in lower light. If you absolutely have to shoot HH, bump your ISO up a bit, don't be scared of noise...as long as you properly expose it will be negligible. Looking forward to see your improvements ;)
     
  10. Smilodon

    Smilodon The Antagonist

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    The underexposure on the first one is intentional. The higher exposure looks just like any overcast day, and is pretty boring (The sky is almost one even color).

    I Did use a tripod on all of them except for the one of the loading docks. It's a gorillapod, but I think I'll have to get a proper one soon.

    I'll try to shoot with higher ISO next time, and see how it goes :)
     
  11. lcdguy

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    the loading docks kinda reminds me of that loading dock in HL2 with the air boat :D
     
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