Wow, that picture is just incredible! Long-time reader, first-time commenter…
I have to ask. I got my first SLR (a Nikon D40, just the basic one to start off with) at the end of last year, and I just can’t take proper pics at night. I have to use such a long exposure that everything blurs… and the sky generally ends up looking orange from the city lights. If you don’t mind sharing your expertise, how did you get this one so sharp and with such a short shutter speed (I assume, going by the scrolling text) in the dark?
Hey Dave, I shot this at 1/80th of a second. This can be a challenge to shoot this low unless you have a very steady hand. Fortunately I’ve found that I oftentimes can get buy with slower shutter speeds if I can hold the camera still enough.
I think in general anything slower than about 1/125th of a second can potentially be problematic.
One thought is to take lots of shots of the same thing. If you take 10 shots at 1/80th of a second of the same thing, then there is a good chance that at least one of them will come out.
The orange sky vs. blue sky has to do with the white balance or temperature of the photograph. You can adjust your camera’s white balance settings for this or you can do like I do and shoot in RAW where you have much greater control of the photo’s temperature after the fact in post processing.
Hope this helps and keep up the shooting!
Awesome – thanks very much! I’m gonna have to head out and try to find some neon now!
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