Thursday, August 4, 2011

A capitol night

One of the side effects of being a photographer is an increased sensitivity (and irritability) toward lighting conflicts. The Capitol building is lit up with some seriously yellow lights at night, but the statue on top is being hit with bright white flood lights. It certainly stands out that way!

This shutter speed/aperture combination perfectly lit up the building yet preserved the detail of the scene. I started with twice the aperture, but I wasn't getting the crispness that I wanted in the architecture. Sometimes we make the mistake of shooting wide open in low light, but that often results in a loss of detail.

Nikon D90
Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6
50mm ISO 400
1/1.3s f/10

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