Midnight sun - (SEL1017)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Mirrorless, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Mirrorless

    Mirrorless TalkEmount Rookie

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    To properly share with everyone what I have got from the SEL1018 & NEX7. This is probably a better illustration of the capability of the SEL1018 since I've got it. The image was corrected in LR4 for noise (because I had turned of the long exposure NR ) The raw has a lot more potential but this image is from .jpg (but due to my laziest these day... :rolleyes:). Maybe my particular lens + body combination, you can see a bit of magenta in the right hand corner. But I have to say this lens is pretty sharp from what I can tell.


    I still have some trouble focusing using the EVF in the dark when the noise become distracting... hard to set it to infinity because the barrel just goes round and round! LoL I'm getting better working with it, however any tips and tricks are welcomed!! :)

    This place is Banff in Alberta, Canada.

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    midnight sun by mirrorless_1der, on Flickr
     
  2. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer Charter Member

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    Focus using the LCD, use the focus magnification and look for a star bright enough that you can see it. Then turn the focus ring until the star is as small as possible - mission accomplished, you focused properly to infinity in next to no light.

    Nice landscape! A little bit of magenta at every sides is pretty obvious, but you should be able to get rid of it in post.
     
  3. gio

    gio TalkEmount Veteran

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    the 10-18, set at 10mm just focus on sonmething 3 feet away and use f5.6 or 8

    fantastic photo by the way
     
  4. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer Charter Member

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    Stopping down in next to no light? Nope, you can't do this or you'll either end up using ISO 6400 or higher or you're going to get star trails ...
     
  5. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

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    That's an incredible photo, Ambrose... beautiful!
     
  6. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

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    Incredibly lovely.
     
  7. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

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    Amazing shot, love it!!! ;)
     
  8. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

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    Beautiful indeed. Hmm, that 10-18mm really gets me tempted...
     
  9. Mirrorless

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    Poki - I will give LCD a try next time.
    gio - i guess that mean try to use hyperfocal focusing? If I change the focal length I probably need to refocus again right or is it depends on the lens?

    I usually ended up shooting a lot of pic @ISO6400 just to check for framing and focusing...and once I got it, I tried not to disturb the focusing ring... next thing you know...I turned the wrong ring.
     
  10. Orange

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    It's not Orange!
    Beautiful beautiful photo :cool:
     
  11. gio

    gio TalkEmount Veteran

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    there is star trails and i think they help make the photo
     
  12. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer Charter Member

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    They help in this case because the clouds give a sense of time. However, in most other cases star trails are not what you want to get, so you can't simply say "stop down" as a general suggestions - as it's wrong 90% of the time.
     
  13. gio

    gio TalkEmount Veteran

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    I'm sure that you really meant to add "in my humble opinion" , however, I'm sure it was an oversight on your behalf.
     
  14. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer Charter Member

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    Yes and no. Many photos that include star trails include them because the photographer didn't know how to avoid them, and many of them would be better without them (however you are right, that's probably just my humble opinion).

    You know, you can argue years about somebody's preferences, but you won't come to any conclusion.
     
  15. gio

    gio TalkEmount Veteran

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    that's why I never start an argument about photography.
     
  16. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran Charter Member

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    That is truly an amazing image.
     
  17. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer Charter Member

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    Well, that was kinda unintenionally. Sorry if somebody felt attacked by me.
     
  18. gio

    gio TalkEmount Veteran

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    no apologies necessary, I never felt in the least threatened.
     
  19. Yohan

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    that is fabulous!
     
  20. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

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    Woof! I'd print and frame that one for sure!