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    Default My Signum taken using long exposure

    Playing with the camera tonight I though I would have a go at doing some long exposure pictures of my Signum.

    It was really dark but I think they came out 'ok' for a first go and something a bit different.






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    i like mate well done

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    The first pic is the mutts!! What ISO, f stop and exposure time as a matter of interest?

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    The first one was most in focus but was a bit darker.

    It was f4 at Iso1600 and 13 second exposure.

    I need to work out how to use the live view so I can focus better.

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    Lovely photos of a great car in a nice location!

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    love the pics mate.

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    Looking great buddy!!

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    Cool pics Lee.. Will need to get you to do some of mine or we could do them both together and see how that turns out if your up for it.... I was going to try a few shots down in the dunes near the hayling ferry..
    My old Signum, the animal; she now rests in pieces in several other members cars.. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=200
    The wifes vec show car, started as a standard daily driver and ended up like this. https://www.vectra-c.com/forum/garag...vehicle&id=709



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    gorgeous mate woukld love to take piks like that
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    Quote Originally Posted by lee gsi View Post
    It was f4 at Iso1600 and 13 second exposure.

    I need to work out how to use the live view so I can focus better.
    To get the focus spot on shine a torch on the car and auto focus on that (best to have the focus point over an edge so theres contrast where you are focusing it will struggle just as much if its all white as it would all black) then switch to manual to lock it in place.

    ISO1600 is getting noisey, turn it down to 200 and enjoy the quality. ok so now you'll have to expose for longer but its on a tripod anyway so waiting longer is worth it. Assuming DSLR then f/8 will probably be optimum sharpness for the lens (and the increased DOF will improve the overall picture sharpness anyway), again you'll have to expose for longer again and more than what is probably your 30sec max (assuming same light and assuming you took the advice on ISO) without using a remove on bulb, but you can take a few 30 sec shots and 'stack' them after wards (either in photoshop/gimp or on a nikon you can do it in camera). Using RAW is often a life saver for night shots as you dont get the headroom you need on the compressed jpegs.

    Hope that helps some, trust me its a recipe for some crisp shots. Looks like you had a good sky that night, open sky is always nice, especially if the moon is out, the first hour after sunset theres still a surprising amount of blue in the sky when you do a long exposure, get a shot then and your winning. Ive only done a handful of car shots, but Ive done more than my fair share of shots at night and in dark places

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