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Report - Under The Corn Exchange - Tunbridge Wells - April 2014

Electric_Orange

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28DL Full Member
#1
Well first off this really is a pit worthy report and I decided to share only because I've upgraded from a 15 quid boot fair shooter to a Sony A58 and to be honest I haven't a clue and could do with some pointers on how to take pics in zero light. And who better to ask than you lot.

So a day at the Wells was a somewhat half hearted attempt of a tourist attraction under the Corn Exchange in Tunbridge Wells and closed down in 2004 due to lack of interest and frankly it was crap.

I was hoping for more but in fact it's nothing but empty rooms, although I managed to get a little lost in the labyrinth and not sure how if I looked up I was 3 stories down underground..? I'll have to check my map..


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Bit rubbish really but on the plus side I've found some really nice (not seen here before) Victorian culvert brick porn that I'm saving for when I learn how to take some pictures that'll do it justice. So looking for advice please..

Ta..
 

ACID- REFLUX

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#3
Light paint your subject matter ( rather than lighting one area) while using "BULB" setting in S mode ( works better with a remote release) on a Tripod if pitch black etc using a decent Torch like a P7 etc and alter the WB to custom @ 7000K ( i think it is) or AWB if lazy :) Guesstimate exposure time and review and adjust as required.

Or purchase an external Flash unit which is easier, but personally i prefer to Light Paint as it"s more of a challenge :) even though i have a Sony HVL-58

I use a Sony A77 amongst others and use the Focus Peaking in Manual Mode, so i can select Focus and DOF as i want and usually between F5-F8 depending on how many days i want too be down in the dark lol

I use Manual Focus 99% of the time for this stuff, mainly with a Tamron 11-16mm F2.8 UWA FYI

Other flavours are available :)
 

Electric_Orange

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28DL Full Member
#4
Thanks mate that's quite useful, I need to practice more and experiment with lighting techniques..
 

canute

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#5
Worthwhile site Electric Orange, good find :thumb

Difficult to photograph but there's some good advice above and elsewhere on 28DL about low light photography - might be worth a revisit
 

Freeformation

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#6
Bit slow on the uptake I know but literally had no idea a day at the wells had closed! I swear its still signposted in town! I remember my Mum always taking me here in the school holidays because well there's not a lot else to do in Tunbridge Wells...
 

Poltergeist mor-tan

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#7
If you want to explore somewhere more intersting in tunbridge wells there are ww2 'tunnels' in hargate forest. But photographing wont be to good due to lack of light
 

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