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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:23 PM

This was taken with the D50 in 2008 when l went to Chickasha Oklahoma to see the Christmas lights. l used a flash with a slow shutter speed to expose the lights in the background. Some photographers say it's better to use natural light and avoid flash if possible. l don't have a no flash picture of this to compare it to. But l think if l was able to bump the ISO way up and not use flash it would not have looked as good. What do you think?

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 07:57 PM

In this situation, flash.  You got a nice picture out of it.

I am impressed there are no shadows, however.  How did you manage that?


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Posted 02 December 2019 - 08:56 PM

I am impressed there are no shadows, however.  How did you manage that?

Flash was mounted directly to the camera and l was a good distance away from the horses. FL was 65mm, so l was probably at least 50 feet away.


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 02:41 AM

Excellent result Bill.


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 01:53 PM

But l think if l was able to bump the ISO way up and not use flash it would not have looked as good. What do you think?

 

Bill, you're right.   You would have had a LOT of noise in that scenario.  A lower shutter speed might have been an alternative scenario, but it would have been very blurry.  I would have also chosen flash.

 

Job well done, sir!  :)


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Posted 03 December 2019 - 05:28 PM

It looks just fine. You gotta us flash on Christmas parades. I just set camera at about 800 ISO and turn the flash down to 1/25th power and go at it. If they all look as good as this, I am happy. (I do not like shooting parades day or night) One of my parades I stand with my back to a gas station and use their lights to fill in the street.


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 03:56 AM

The only thingg about using flash that l didn't like about this photo is it lit the pavement up more than what l wanted.


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 01:49 PM

The only thingg about using flash that l didn't like about this photo is it lit the pavement up more than what l wanted.

 

I don't think you had very much choice.  The point of view (specifically, the angle) is what really makes that composition work.  Lighting the pavement is the price to pay for that angle.

 

You could try darkening the pavement in PP, with a localized adjustment.  If you're using PS Elements it's quite straightforward.  :)


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