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The main gate of Kanda Shrine

Side story :

The problem with shooting at night are:

  1. It is dark (need a combination of high ISO, slow shutter speed and large aperture)
  2. The lighting is hard for metering; thus I’m having trouble to shoot in aperture-priority mode

Possible solution?

  1. Fast lens and good camera with High ISO capability
  2. Tripod
  3. Shoot in manual; at least the results will be relatively consistent.

Solution #1 is budget-sensitive; and my current camera and lens, although not perfect, is definitely not bad in this department.

Solution #2 is too much hassle for me :D… beside, good tripod is kind of expensive too…

Solution #3 will slow you down a bit when taking photos; thus allowing you to think and not just snapping pictures. It’s a good bargain.

Do you have other thoughts?

*Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan

Update 21 May 2011:

Uploading color version as response to a friend’s request


10 responses

  1. You had a lot of light there. :)
    But I understand your needs.
    Well.. I use tripod but I don’t do street photography, so I’m not in a hurry. :)

    How well does your camera handle ISO? ISO 400 is good enough? ISO 800 is still acceptable? ISO 1600 is still ok or nasty already?

    If you don’t mind having some grain, than increasing the ISO is a good option.
    I would open aperture till 2, which of course would create other DOF problems but it’s ok if you want to give focus to just one plane in your photo.
    Having F2.8 and high ISO, should be sufficient to have a reasonable shutter speed to catch your target.
    But there’s nothing better than experimenting. :)

    If you don’t have a fast lens, then can you open until F4? if yes, then play a bit with the ISO to see what works best. Maybe you can increase it till 1600 or 2000 without hassle.

    I’m guessing here, since I don’t know your equipment… :)

    May 19, 2011 at 23:11

    • I had a lot of light pointing AT me, not to the subject :D…

      As suggested in the category of this post, I’m using Nikon D90. The ISO performance is acceptable until 1600. More than that will be grainy, but I still prefer grain than camera shake.

      I’m also using a fast lens (35mm f/1.8), but it’s f/3.5 in this photo (actually, I set it for f/4, but I think I accidentally change it to 3.5 :D)…

      Actually, I don’t have problem with camera shake. My main problem is to get the right exposure. It’s hard to use aperture priority because the lighting change quite drastically from scene to scene. It’s easier to use manual mode; at least the results are more consistent.

      As always, thanks for all the suggestions, Helder :-)

      May 19, 2011 at 23:26

  2. cakepnya aaih mantabss om,..yup mendingan grainy di banding ngeblur! :)

    May 20, 2011 at 15:34

    • Terima kasih, Om Rifat :D… kalo kamera sampeyan tentu ISO performance-nya lebih mantap lah ya :-)

      May 20, 2011 at 15:43

  3. om any recomendation themes wp yg bagus buat photography apa ya?

    May 20, 2011 at 15:43

    • Wah, saya mau nyaranin pake theme yang ini, entar jadinya samaan kita… kan garing :D…

      Sebenarnya sih saya pakai theme ini karena lebar.

      Gini deh, elo maunya yang seperti apa? (warna background hitam? putih? merah?) terus layout-nya kira-kira seperti apa? … nanti aku coba bantu carikan yang kira-kira cocok.

      May 20, 2011 at 15:46

  4. yg lebar juga dan juga sopan bersahaja,..dan berwarna dasar putih sebab ane kadang suka pake black frame :D

    ada gak om?

    May 20, 2011 at 15:57

    • Hummm… kalau yang selebar ini sih, setahuku ya cuman si Modularity lite ini.

      Kalau yang putih, walau gak selebar ini, mungkin bisa coba: Neutra, Coraline, Fusion (eh, yang ini mungkin selebar ini juga)… masih banyak sih yang belakangnya putih, tapi banyak yang sempit (3 column).

      May 20, 2011 at 16:11

  5. eh eh om kalo modularity ini di ganti warna putih bisa gak sih?

    May 20, 2011 at 16:27

    • Kotak luarnya sih bisa, tapi kotak dalemnya jadi abu-abu (hitam+putih), dan title blog-nya gak keliatan (karena warnanya putih).

      Kalo warna putih, yang aku suka itu Oulipo. Sayang tidak seberapa lebar.

      May 20, 2011 at 16:38

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