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Night Time Photography


Taking good pictures at night is something I know many of us find difficult. I decided that last nights Blue Moon was a good chance to go do some practice, so I headed out to the resort dock to see what I could come up with. I noticed that things looked a bit grainy through the viewing screen and am not sure if something was off setting wise on my Cannon powershot S5 IS or what. I should have remembered to bring my glasses as it was hard to tell if it was my eyes or the picture that was out of focus sometimes, joys of aging ha ha. Thankfully I had the flexible table top tripod that SweetJane and Bruce gifted me, it was a huge help and lots of fun to play with.

Does anyone out there in cyberspace have some good night photography tips? I was using the color swap setting when I took the pictures below.

blue moon belize

blue moon belize at grand caribe resort

blue moon at grand caribe belize

blue moon at grand caribe belize

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  1. Cath September 3, 2012

    Thanks tg. Your feedback is much appreciated.

  2. tacogirl September 3, 2012

    Wow what a beautiful shot Cath, you really captured a nice mood with that one, colorful, peaceful and aesthetically pleasing.

  3. Cath September 3, 2012

    I get good results using Scenery mode on a point and shoot while letting the exposure take care of itself automatically. I often fiddle with the manual controls too and set the focus to infinity and adjust the exposure to allow the maximum amount of light with the fastest shutter speed. Here is the shot I took of the Blue Moon in Kincardine… http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/405934_10151855702995283_678964618_n.jpg I’m pretty sure the camera was in Scenery mode with the exposure set at -1 or so.

  4. tacogirl September 2, 2012

    Thanks Emily, was wondering if you had been out shooting any moon pics while I was snapping away. Night mode goes no where fast for me lol.

  5. Emily September 2, 2012

    I think those photos look great! I didn’t even bother to take any moon shots the other night as they never turn out good. I don’t know anything about night-time photography other than just using the “night mode” on my little point-and-click!


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