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Photographer's Note

This side of the port is near the pier to the right.
If you like to see the same POV during the day click here.

Information about Nafplio is here.
All my shots from Nafplio day/night are here.
All my Night shots are here.



About the shot:
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The trick was to create the reflections and capture the boats as steady as possible.
settings used:
Aperture = f/4
Exposure = 3 sec
Tripod = Yes
ISO = 100

Now why didn't I use ISO 400 instead of 100? that would give me a faster speed. The answer is simple, the reflections couldn't be made smooth enough, and the noise would be visible.
It might my 400 ISO level be noiseless during the day, but in night things are a little different.

A few notes about ISO:
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ISO level is useful for handheld fast captures in low light conditions or in sports where a fast speed is required (1/2000) while a tripod can hardly be used. The more ISO you increase the fastest speed you get, but that is costing on quality.
Colour (green/red) artifacts and dots or NOISE as you have probably heard is being created in high ISO levels.
Thats is happening because the sensor is trying to gather all the information as fast as each ISO level permits and the sensitivity of the sensor drops the quality especially in low light conditions.
dSLR Cameras with large sensors such as APS-C (22.2 x 14.8 mm) or APS-H (28.7 x 18.7 mm) and Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensors, produce lower noise levels than compact cameras.
The biggest the sensor is, the lowest noise and the better quality you get.
Cameras such Canon 5D or 1Ds mark II or III, are completely noiseless at 1600 ISO levels, and produce low noise even at 3200!!!
Beside the noise large sensors offer better quality cause they are gathering more information about the light such as (light range or dynamic range - whitest to gray, or more light gradual levels) and more details in each scene.
Don't get confused with megapixels a dSLR with 6 megapixel may produce better images rather a compact in 9 megapixel.
Megapixels have to do with size, NOT quality!


RAW Post Processing Notes:
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I couldn't see well from the viewfinder so I made some rotation corrections,
- White balance crazy (so sky could look cold, and the rest of the scene warm)
- Saturation psycho, (to enhance a little bit) :P
- Sky selection smoothen (Neat Image)
- and my usual Frame, Title and JPEG optimization


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