I'm starting to feel a little better about low light pictures. Plenty of work left to do of course, but at least making progress. Thanks to everyone for their advice/ideas.
I'd like to try out some more urban areas this week. Any good examples or advice for what pictures or locations have worked well for you?
Thanks in advance.
I'll again state that I'm only a mediocre photographer, but here's my take:
#1 is pretty good, like 7/10 in my book. Not terrible, but not a "wow" picture. Something I'd maybe use for a computer background image for a few weeks.
#2 I'm not quite sure what's going on - I look at this and wonder what exactly you're trying to highlight here (I suspect it's the vehicle side profile, but everything looks kinda out of focus and I'm not sure). The background is also kinda busy and the streetlamps are kinda distracting. I've been starting to notice tilted horizons in my wide shots lately (it's starting to drive me nuts) and the angle of the curb in front just kinda of triggers that "the camera should have been leveled first" reaction. Easily the weakest shot.
#3 Your best shot in this thread so far. If the treeline on the right wasn't there (so the picture looks a little more balanced lighting-wise and you can see the right-side haunches of the vehicle) I'd submit it to our local lotus club for inclusion in their annual calendar.
I'm kind of a fan of photographing in urban locations - my big problems are typically traffic (and super
aggressive drivers) and parked cars cluttering up shots.
I took this a shot a few years ago in front of Calder's Flamingo in downtown Chicago at sunrise. I'm not quite happy with the lighting or the way the lines in the photo are tilted and I hope to retake it again someday. Note that this photo was really only possible at this location because it was a passable temperature on Christmas Day and traffic was low enough to temporarily park the car for 40 seconds at sunrise. If I tried to do it again on any other weekend morning, it would likely result in serious damage to the car (I have had cars, yes multiple, run into before in the city).
(5dmk2 @ ISO400, 33mm, 1/40 @ f/5.6 on a 24-70 2/8L)
Took this a little later (was able to get the car in front of the Bottega Veneta store on the Mag Mile). Tried to edit it in an attempt to approximate the toning I've seen in high-end fashion/luxury ads to limited success.
(5dmk2 @ ISO200, 65mm, f/2.8 on a 24-70 2/8L)
As you can probably tell, I'm a big fan of side profile shots.