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  1. #1
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    'Shafts' of Light?

    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?
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    When you are outside build a very small smoky fire. That creates very nice illuminated beams through the trees.

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    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.?
    It's not about how expensive your kit is, it's about the skill and dedication of the photographer, the emotion in every shot, and whether or not the little bugger moved before I pressed the shutter.

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    Smoke, fog, dust, whatever...should be backlit for best effect.
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    (formerly Pentax 50 1.4/50-200/55-300/K100D, Sigma 18-50 2.8/70-300 APO, Tamron 28-75, Viv 800, Tele-Tokina 800, Canon S3 IS, Samsung L210)
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    Try squirting an aerosol into the room - something with largeish molecules.

  6. #6
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    Shafts of light ...

    I have had some nice effects using window blinds at varying degrees of light.

    John

  7. #7
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    You could try light filtered through window blinds; nice effect for some subjects.
    John

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    Sorry for duplication; do not get "quick reply" confirmation from Moz!illa

  9. #9
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    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....


  10. #10
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    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.
    It's not about how expensive your kit is, it's about the skill and dedication of the photographer, the emotion in every shot, and whether or not the little bugger moved before I pressed the shutter.

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