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Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by steveparrott, Jun 27, 2005.
Landscape lighting is beautiful in person, but seldom looks good in photos.
Very good article, most informative.
I always get to the house after dusk, but I figure something is better than nothing. I have better luck getting the details on film than the big picture. The dark spots of a lighting design show readily after twilight. I suppose a shot around dusk would prevent the dark areas from sucking your eye in.
Here's a shot of one of your Large China Hats.
As per the norm from you Steve, very good information. My problem is the cost of a camera that you suggest. I own an inexpensive 5 mega pixel Kodak digital and an old fully manual Pentax 35mm camera with wide angle, macro, and telephoto lenses. Would either of these produce adequate results.
I sponsored one of your seminars here in the south, and your rep Dan took a few pictures with his digital on a tripod at dusk of the front yard. These seemed to come out ok. Did not notice what camera he used. Does Cast supply him with the camera you spoke of or was this of lessor quality.
jwholden, what type of camera, lens and film did you use for the photo you are sharing with us.
It is an olymus digital 3.1 mp. The picture was taken in night scene mode.
Almost any camera can capture good photo's at night, it is just a matter of practice and understanding your camera. Because of the slow shutter speed you will need to support your camera off your body. Put it on a tripod or a rock, something that does not move. Now put your camera to "night mode" and shoot. Some camera's will also blast the flash for your subject but leave the shutter open so things in the background will be lit up naturally, however somewhat blurry if moving. If no "night mode" play with the settings so the shutter will stay open, and if the result is still dark you can wave a flashlight in the dark area's to help.
I shot this picture using my Canon Digital Rebel in program mode and hand held it, hence the less than perfect sharp picture. But I was tired after putting all the plants in and did not have my tripod with me and no rock was 6' tall near by, so until I re-shoot it, I think its fine.
The retaining wall, gravel, lights were on-site from a previous landscaper who took the money and ran. The pondless waterfall was installed by someone else at less than I bid...It totally looked it too. But after I spent an hour moving rocks around the stream, popped in a ton of plants this was after I put in the flagstone patio with retaining wall, the results are pleasing.