Nighttime shot – you choose

We had a very dramatic sky yesterday evening at around 8.40pm. I did my usual and took a range of images. I thought that you might like to see the slightly different effects.

Firstly, I took the shot using the standard automatic settings with the camera set to Landscape on the options dial. This resulted in a photo taken with an aperture setting of f5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/30th sec.


As you can see, this resulted in quite a lot of light bleed and a not-very dramatic sky. I then switched the camera to Aperture priority – which meant that the camera would leave the aperture where it was but I could adjust the shutter speed. I moved the shutter setting to 1/80th sec.


This improved things a little but not by much. I certainly wasn’t satisfied that I had the best out of the view. I then adjusted the shutter speed to 1/160th sec. For the uninitiated, moving the shutter speed to a faster setting lets less light into the camera.


Finally, I was happy. I think that this one shows how dramatic the night sky was at that time. What do you think?

One thought on “Nighttime shot – you choose”

  1. I actually like all 3 pictures. I rarely take one shot/one setting these days (unless I’m snapping away at a family do or something.) It’s time consuming but I do like to see the results of different settings and I try to avoid using the flash as often as possible.

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