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Monday, 5 October 2009
Lights and Fountains at Brindavan
Category: Lights 'n Shadows

Brindavan gardens in Mysore is a beautiful place, especially once the lights are turned on. I was there recently with some of my relatives and had a gala time shooting the lights and fountains:

I used the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom lens for this shot, mounted on my Manfrotto 728B digi tripod. I've noticed that the camera meter usually does not give the optimum exposure for these long exposure shots. So, I started of with the Av mode and then ended up adding an exposure bias of -2 steps. This pic comes at f/10, ISO-100 for a 3.2s exposure.

The same settings were retained for the second pic as well, but this time, the exposure time was 8s. I also cropped the lower portion of the image to remove some over exposed regions of the image.

Note: Thought I'll add some notes seeing the first two comments querying about tripod, trigger mode ... etc

  1. Tripod is a must for long exposure shots.
  2. Even with tripod you need to be very careful to avoid motion / blur.
  3. I usually use timer or remote trigger for long exposure shots
  4. Remote is suited even for telephoto action/candid shots since there is no time lag and there is almost zero movement. A Canon RC1 is good enough for most Canon entry level SLRs.
  5. ISO-100 or lower is best for long exposure. Noise gets accumulated with long exposure and with higher ISO, this can reach unacceptable levels.
  6. A not-too-wide shutter is better for night / long exposure shots, since its tough to get the focus right in dark. I usually opt for something like f/10 - f/16, not too thin to allow diffration to reduce the sharpness.
  7. For exposure times higher than the camera allows, use the Bulb mode. In Canon SLRs, set to Manual mode and increase the exposure time until the camera settings show 'BULB'. In this mode the shutter will stay open as long as you keep the button pressed. For practical usage, use Canon RC1 or a cable release for both opening and closing the shutter.

Hope the notes helped :)

Posted by usandeep at 9:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, 8 October 2009 3:00 AM
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Monday, 5 October 2009 - 11:21 PM

Name: "Mridula"
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Beautiful shots, the second one more so. Were these hand held? 

Wednesday, 7 October 2009 - 3:00 PM

Name: "Dhanush"
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Wow!! This is some thing.Especially the first one.

How do you trigger it? Remote Triggering or Timer. I always have problem with triggering especially if I have mounted a telephoto. It shakes a bit

Excellent !!

Thursday, 8 October 2009 - 11:30 AM

Name: "Dhanush Gopinath"
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Brilliant Notes !!

Thursday, 8 October 2009 - 6:32 PM

Name: "Celine"
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Fabulous shots! The notes did help, thanks. 

Saturday, 10 October 2009 - 5:03 PM

Name: "Ashwathy Nair"
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Marvellous images! Great colours, exposure and very sharp too!

Monday, 12 October 2009 - 2:45 AM

Name: "Evita"
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Excellent images and how awesome that you added all those notes about them too.

That definitely helps hobbyists like me to make the photos even better - thank you.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009 - 7:07 PM

Name: "mohkum"
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Great colours and lighting effect. You have captured the real beauty out of it!

Monday, 19 October 2009 - 7:33 AM

Name: "Sridevi R"

I was there recently...but I could not see so much beauty. You probably have special eyes to see such visual compositions in the common subjects. The soft orange glow of the first fountain is heart warming. 

I enjoyed the musical fountain in Brindavan Gardens and the music particularly. The sync of light and water with the music created such an uproar of cheers from the onlookers that I stood there thrilled for nearly an hour.

Thursday, 22 October 2009 - 9:39 AM

Name: "Thomas"
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You have produced a beauty with the slow shutter speed, lovely lighting as well

Saturday, 24 October 2009 - 12:51 AM

Name: "claude"
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Very nice series! A little preference for the first one.

Sunday, 29 November 2009 - 4:45 PM

Name: "sandeep"
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Mridula: No ... handheld is not a possibility with abt 8s exposure. I did use a tripod

Dhanush: I use remote or timer triggering for long exposure shots. Otherwise, there is always a chance of shaking the setup

Celine: Glad u liked the notes

Ashwathy: Thnx

Evita: Thnx and I am glad u found the notes useful

Mohkum: Thnx buddy

Sridevi: :) I also liked the musical fountain but cudnt get any good shots :( Next time :)

Thomas: Thnx Thomas

Claude: Thnx Claude

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