Weird night fog over town in Washington State

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I literally took this picture about ten minutes ago. There is a really thin fog over the city below (well cities really: Sumner, WA - Tacoma, WA - Puyallup, WA - Auburn, WA) so the lights are still shining through, but its giving it a myserious and interesting look because of all the different colors that seem to come through. I did not edit this photo, I only resized it. This is exactly what it looks like outside right now.

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Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
Aperture: F/9
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO Speed: 800

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Shutter Speed: 30 seconds
Aperture: F/9
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO Speed: 800

Unfortunately I had to increase the ISO speed some because the longest shutter time my camera can do is 30 seconds. Normally I like to take shots at ISO 100, but in the dark sometimes it just can't happen so I have to compensate some. I took many other similiar shots as well, I might post some more if anybody wants to see.
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Wow, kinda like aurora borealis.
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wow, that is pretty amazing! Good pictures there BWM! :)
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katana wrote:
Wow, kinda like aurora borealis.


That was exactly the first thought I had. Nice shots Bigweb!
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Wow, ISO800 and it's still this dark after 30 seconds?

Which camera did you get? 10D? 20D? Doesn't it have a remote shutter cable that will allow exposures longer than 30 seconds?

Does that body have any in-camera noise reduction for long exposures? Have you done anything in Photoshop or other applications (Noise Ninja, NeatImage, etc) to reduce the noise level of the higher ISO?
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Yes, there was not much light to work with, so even after 30 seconds on ISO 800 it was this dark.

Canon EOS 20D is what I used, and I believe it has in-camera noise reduction of some sorts, but I am sure you could look up reviews on the camera to be sure. I did not edit the photos above, other than resizing it down.

I have no idea if it has a remote shutter cable to allow exposures longer than 30 seconds, if it does I would love to know more, as I might be interested in obtaining that.
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I'm not sure about the Canons, but with the Nikons, they have a setting beyond 30 seconds called "Bulb" (you can reach this in manual mode)...

Basically, in this setting, you use either a screw-in mechanical shutter release cable, or a digital remote (like Nikon's MC-20 - or the D70's infra-red shutter release) which allows long (LONG) exposures. The MC-20 remore allows up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds unattended.

I'm sure Canon has some way of doing this.

You should do a little post-processing to help increase the contrast a bit. If you're shooting RAW, you'll easily be able to pull a lot of detail out of those shadows. Also possibly increase the saturation a tad to really make those colours pop.

Great shots Bigweb :)
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Yes after 30 seconds it does say bulb, so it sounds like I may be able to use a screw in mechanical shutter release cable or a digital remote. I will look into that thanks!

As far as editing the pictures, I was happy with the above results so I did not do anything to them. That is exactly what it looked like outside last night.
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wow, amazing shots BWM! I'd like to see more if you have them.
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Wow! Very nice.

I agree with Axe; a little more contrast via the curves box would really bring out those colours.
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I just wanted to give an update on my photo. I submitted it to one of the major news channels of the Seattle area here and they made a story out of my picture! Here is the link:

http://www.komotv.com/stories/40658.htm

Also labrego I will try to put a few of the other shots that I took on here soon.
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Thanks BW :thumbsup:

EDIT: Oh, and of course you're an astute photographer! *lol with a lot of luck too

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