Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Windy City (not Chicago)

I went with a photo group Monday night to the Liberty Memorial to do some "city by night" photography. Oddly enough the first shot of the night was one of my favorites.









This next shot is of Union Station. The one thing that amazedme all night was that I never used a flash. Sure on the long shots it wouldn't do any good, but even on the short ones it was all shutter speed capturing the limited light.
















This one took me a few tries to get. My first attmept I was battling a gale force wind coming up the west side steps that almost knock the tri-pod and camera over. To top it off, I couldn't see the other photographer in the shot, I was having a little trouble seeing him in the low light through the view finder. Finally I got a tight shot of the Sphinx with the KCTV 5 tower in the back ground that I was satisfied with.
















What I liked about this one, was that with the high winds we were having (and dear God it was cold that night), the smoke was blowing off the top of the monument and being illuminated by the coals creating it.




















Finally, just playing around with the long shutter times, and trying a technique called zooming I got the following abstract of the Western Auto sign that is a landmark here in Kansas City.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just clicked over from Cagey's site. I love your photos of downtown KC. I'll be sure to visit again!

Photobug said...

Thanks dee.

Much appreciated

Cagey said...

Hey - these shots are really cool!

For night shots, is it better to have a higher or lower ISO? Or does it matter?

Photobug said...

Well for night shots you use a slower shutter speed. I shot these at 200 ISO because as you increase the ISO and decrease the shutter speed you increase the noise. If you look at the sphinks shot you will notice a the speckals in the sky, had my ISO been higher it would have been worse. My camera also has built in noise reduction at it was set at medium, but you still get alot.

I shot most of these on shutter priority, and ISO 200, letting the camera pick the appeture.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning - beautiful work, Chris!

Adriana

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning - beautiful work, Chris!

Adriana