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Images of Canberra – At Night

By Jazz 13 June 2007 27

I’ve always wanted to try night photography as ive seen some stunning pictures both here on RiotACT and on other sites. Last friday night in the freezing cold, Danman volunteered his time to tutor me in some of the finer points of apeture and shutter speeds. The photos here are some of the better results.

lake under commonwealth ave

I think the light effects on this next one are more a result of my sons fingerprints on my camera lense rather than any skill on my part

commonwealth ave bridge

parked pidgeons

civic at night

Thanks Dan


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Danman 10:22 am 16 Jun 07

Minolta DiMage Scan Dual 3 – goes up to 2840dpi and capable of 60mg jpgs.

Works for me – but yes – as such high res you have to make sure the negs are pretty clean…. and the inside of the scanner of course…

Just make sure is a dedicated slide/film scanner and not a flatbed with adaptors.

asp 6:28 pm 15 Jun 07

Danman, may I ask what type of scanner you use for your negs?

I’ve heard mainly poor things about desktop scanners for scanning film (and my results with a high end CanoScan would tend to confirm such things). And yet, when I have look into purchasing a film scanner such as the Nikon Coolscan 5000, people warn of poor results because at 4000dpi, every little imperfection shows up.

Danman 7:09 am 15 Jun 07

Soulman – consumer 100 fuji film – Fuji superior – just to make sure “I still got the skills to pay the bills”

Ill scan the negatives and post to riotact (not all 36 mind you)

Hasdrubahl 6:36 am 15 Jun 07

Some people will go to any lengths to photograph pigeons (pic 3).

Really love that first shot!

asp 11:40 pm 14 Jun 07

When I was just starting out with photography, I used the FZ20. Magnificent camera for a simple digicam. The Leica lens, image stabiliser and a damn fine 5MP sensor served me well. But when I looked at moving up to an 8MP camera, the Canon dSLRs won. Luckily I tested the FZ30 before buying. The problem with the FZ30 was noise, the result of cramming to many pixels onto a small sensor. Poor internal software, bulky for a sub dSLR device and a relatively poor price compared to better performing cheap dSLRs were it’s undoing.

johnboy 9:52 pm 14 Jun 07
ant 9:26 pm 14 Jun 07

It took me ages (days!) to work out that the first one was of water. I wondered if it was concrete, or marble… a really incredible effect. well done.

As for noise, yes it certainly is still a feature of some cameras…. like the rotten Panasonic boat anchor I bought a few years back. It’s the FZ30 and the biggest lemon ever. Lots of megapixels, a really excellent lense and…. a crap sensor and weird internal processing buggers the lot. I have to get rid of the foggy film it inserts into landscapes with photoshop. And low light shots are a kalaidoscope of noise.
A very frustrating camera.

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