Wednesday, December 14, 2011

There are 2 ways

to produce night photos. There is the way that most people do, that is hand hold your camera at a low shutter speed and crank the ISO way up and cross your fingers. Tonight we headed downtown to the outskirts of Vancouver's Chinatown to a Cambodian Restaurant where I grabbed a quick shot of the street outside. This particular restaurant has won the award from WestEnder Magazine as the Best Vietnamese Restaurant in Vancouver for 2011

(ISO: 6,400 1/60 sec F 4.0 HHT Mode: Sony NEX-5n w/ 18-55mm)

On the way home I stopped on Cambie Street to snap a night shot the old fashioned way. It was drizzling a bit but I found a dry spot under an overhang. I like the reflections that bounce off the wet roads

(ISO: 100 5 seconds F 18.0 Sony NEX-5n w/18-55mm)

I wanted more red light trails but most cars were headed north.


  1. I love all the color and reflections in the second one. Nice! Rain can be useful for somethings, and making reflective surfaces is one of them.

    I don't know why, but I hate to crank the ISO past 400. I love night time city scenes. Being in a small town, I'm less excited to get out and shoot. Yes, there are photo ops out there, but I love all the lights and busy-ness of the city.

  2. I had to crank the ISO to 800 tonight at my daughter's school advent service, I think it's rude to use a flash during a performance & it's dark. Am hoping for the best.

    Your shots are lovely.

  3. Bob

    What happened to the old "B" setting?

    N who used to own a Zenit

  4. Bluekat:

    My NEX can easily go up to 1600, and 3200 with acceptable noise. I had autoISO for the handheld one, but changed to manual ISO:100 for the tripod mounted one. I don't have a ND filter but wanted a long exposure to catch the trailing lights. A slight sheen on the roadway makes for good reflections


    The main problem is the bright LCD screen which distracts people behind, and perhaps the shutter noise. I have found that when you have marginal light for photos, video mode seems to work better


    Older cameras had "B" and a tripod cable. Newer cameras can be set electronically for longer exposures. I have some old cameras too, and they make for good doorstops

  5. Nice photo's the car tail lights trailing,also
    great colours bouncing from the ground.


    scootering adventures

  6. Beautiful night shots.

    See you tomorrow night.

  7. ISO 6400, Bob? I'm still hoping someone will make a sensor that equals Kodacolor 25.

  8. Bob,

    love the night shots. The HHT shot looks a little soft. I'm guessing that's the averages of the multiply images. The long exposure is very sharp, did you use a tripod?

  9. Len:

    When the roads are wet, there are lots of reflections, even if you can't see them with your eyes. Snap a photo and you will see what I mean


    Can't wait to see you both tonight. I am leaving after work so a long drive in the dark and rain. I can bring an extra tripod if you need one


    The NEX doesn't have any problems at least up to 3,200:ISO, you can push to 6,400, and there is an interesting comparison at 12,800:ISO


    the first shot was handheld. The last one was tripod mounted taken the traditional way with low ISO and long shutter speed. You would use HHT mode where you can't use a tripod or want a quick snap.

  10. My D60 starts getting noticeably noisier past ISO 800 and I can't justify replacing it. I like the motion in the long exposure shot. I have started looking for a set of ND filters for my 50mm lens but don't know how to determine what's good and what's bad...