Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5480 posts, RR: 34 Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3342 times:
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 3): Interesting that you say that. The shot is exactly what I intended, but for some reason it doesn't quite work for me. I've been trying to figure out why, and haven't really come up with anything
Hmmmm . . . . different strokes for different folks, I suppose. I'm no expert, but to me it has an interesting mix of shapes and colours. It's also clean and simple, with the objects perfectly balanced in an asymmetric way. I see it as a well-composed still-life.
I love this close-up: the contrast of the green and orange on the beige leaf with the drops. Great effect!
Quoting CplKlinger (Reply 17): If anyone has any ideas on how to make the nighttime photos better, I'm all ears. I set the ISO higher on the camera on account of the motion, but I think that might have made the image grainier.
I don't know what kind of camera you have, or what sorts of adjustments you have available to you. You are correct, the ISO noise (the graininess) comes from the fact that you have set your ISO very high. The trick to clear night photography is to reduce your ISO to more normal levels and then open up your aperture. If you want to eliminate the shakiness, steady the camera the best you can and make sure your shutter speed is greater than 1/60th of a second- that's the speed your shutter automatically fires if you use your flash. So with the aperture fully opened, adjust the ISO to get the shutter speed to 1/60th. That will give you the least possible grain with a manageable shutter speed to eliminate the shakes. Of course, a tripod would enable you to take long exposures - even bulb exposures.
Now if you don't want to have the light streaks, then you'll have to do a fully manual shot, or at least shutter-priority at 1/500th or better. That brings in lots and lots of variables, many of which a few of us could go on and on and on about....