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TDN169
06-03-2008, 07:42 AM
Has anyone here ever got a decent photo of shafts of light coming through clouds or the windows of a building? I've tried but it never comes out right.
I figured you might need a really dusty room, or a day with a high pollen/pollution count to get it. Any advice?

Bynx
06-03-2008, 10:54 AM
When you are outside build a very small smoky fire. That creates very nice illuminated beams through the trees.

TDN169
06-03-2008, 02:32 PM
I assume the sun has to be at about 45 degrees- not evening, early morning or night.

Is there any way to get streams of light from clouds- any filters, lens coatings etc.?

SpecialK
06-03-2008, 05:55 PM
Smoke, fog, dust, whatever...should be backlit for best effect.

Rhys
06-03-2008, 06:06 PM
Try squirting an aerosol into the room - something with largeish molecules.

Irreverend reverend
06-03-2008, 06:13 PM
You could try light filtered through window blinds; nice effect for some subjects.
John

Irreverend reverend
06-03-2008, 06:16 PM
I have had some nice effects using window blinds at varying degrees of light.

John

Irreverend reverend
06-03-2008, 06:19 PM
Sorry for duplication; do not get "quick reply" confirmation from Moz!illa

shankar
06-21-2008, 06:33 AM
How about this ??? This was taken in India...I see similar scenes in Michigan a lot...Unfortunately I don't have my camera around at those times....

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2170/1636575552_8927a0d9d1.jpg

TDN169
06-22-2008, 03:40 AM
That's pretty good. I found this vid- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3Wh8OtJ1JU look at the first 1.5 seconds for a great effect.

shankar
06-23-2008, 06:43 PM
Today we had a spectacular show in Saline, Michigan. It was a stormy day with lots of clouds and the sun was still up. I was riding the bike with my camera since I knew we'll have some nice sunbeams...

Here are some of the pics I took with my Fujifilm S700. Mostly in auto mode. A couple taken with sunset mode.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/2605380875_a52f0dae25.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3064/2605378273_8f588c775d.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2606206222_eac0818515.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3038/2606198750_34839f43bf.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3254/2606196628_884b4063d2.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3259/2606191996_803d2ed75a.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/2606195368_c3c8612b11.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3004/2606193890_491c8ffd03.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3050/2605359993_90aa884193.jpg

Phill D
06-23-2008, 11:16 PM
Those are great shafts of light nicely caught. I never seem to have a camera with me when I see anything like that :(. I did manage to get this shot of a concert that my son (the base player) was playing in recently. It was the first time I'd tried my new Olympus dslr at a concert & I was a bit wary from all the reports I'd read about noise. This was one of my better shots. I've not edited it at all except compressing for this forum. If this is what it can do with the kit lens then I'm going to be happy for a while at least until I can afford say a 50mm f2 prime for future occasions.

pixels
06-29-2008, 04:01 PM
http://pixels.xoditech.com/IMG_0614.JPG

misty nights = awesome for photos.

TDN169
07-07-2008, 04:32 PM
Some pretty good stuff!