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Old Apr 17, 2011, 1:12 AM   #1
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I went out early this morning (2AM until 6AM) with a local photography club to do a bunch of long-exposure work with lights. The others all had quite high-end DSLRS; fortunately I could still do most stuff with my FZ40 except limited to 60 second exposures.

There were 2 locations: firstly an old shipwreck on a beach; secondly a pier in the bay. The light sources were LED's, mainly for spinning orbs, and steel wool which was set on fire and swung around.

1: An orb in front of the shipwreck and steel wool behind it:


2. My first orb; I need some practice to spin them straight. This was using the red light from the back of my bike on a piece of string:


3. An orb out in the bay; the guy spinning this one got really cold and wet!


4. Steel wool craziness:


5. Orb on a table:


6. Orb in the trees:
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 3:24 AM   #2
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Fantastic, well done. Nothing wrong with the FZ40 in these shots.
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 3:36 AM   #3
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Mick,

really fantastic shots.
Superb job, thanks a lot for this inspiration.

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Old Apr 17, 2011, 4:22 AM   #4
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Thanks.

Nothing at all wrong with FZ40 in these I ended up just using Manual Mode since it allows up to 60 seconds per exposure, and kicking it off with the 2 second timer to reduce shake. This was still somewhat restrictive compared to the others who had cable release and were able to shoot for longer and also end the shot at will.

Stefan, it's worth having a go at the orb. In the dark, place a coin on the ground and keep the light swinging over the coin while you slowly step in a small circle around the coin. You need either to be able to switch the light on and off while it's swinging, or else catch it when your back is towards the camera and run from the frame.
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These are gorgeous!
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Old Apr 17, 2011, 6:25 AM   #7
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Mick, I understand how you feel being in a camera club where everyone seems to have all the bells and whistles. I had the same feeling of being the "poor cousin" with my FZ35 amongst the DSLRs. The bottom line is the IQ is just as good and most people don't even know what I'm shooting with! Have fun. Cheers Lyn
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Wow... really well done!
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Fantastic series Mick.

I have tried myself some night shots with FZ40 and if you can set ISO to 80 and no problem with long exposures... FZ40 performs like a champ
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Really well done, Mick! I love #4, and I think #5 and #6 are very mysterious!!! Nice job!
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