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Old Oct 1, 2005, 5:14 PM   #1
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Took some pictures at the Victoria & Albert and Natural History Museums today. Both of these museum's make it really hard for the photographer - the light is very low - theres not much natural light and most of the windows are covered and they've painted all the walls in the V&A a dark brown or red ! I had a first attempt on Wedsneday after work as the V&A closes till late and as I messed up the white balance settings I went back again today. I then popped over to the Natural History Museum to say hello to the Dinosours and other creatures that they have there. The best museum for picture takign is definetly the British Museum, even where its poorly lit you can still get some really decent shots.

All pictures are just resized for the forum unless stated, shot at ISO 100 or 200, hand held, manual, shutter speeds mostly 1/15; spot meter, slight USM, contrast and despekle.

Pict 1. Samurai Armour
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Old Oct 1, 2005, 5:20 PM   #2
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Pict 2. Samurai Armour - Behind Glass; ISO 100; f2.8; 1/15sec

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Pict 3. David ; ISO100, f4.6; 1/20sec ; Slightly cropped




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Pict 4. David ; ISO 50; f2.8;1/30


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Old Oct 1, 2005, 5:33 PM   #5
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Pict 5. Staircase

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Old Oct 1, 2005, 5:49 PM   #6
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You're a mighty hard holder. May you maintain that ability and we continue to share your shots.
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Old Oct 1, 2005, 5:59 PM   #7
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Very good work Harj the FZ10 makes for low noise images the IS of course is working so well at hand held 1/15th shots.

I always enjoy your museum pics

[align=center]The Samuarai armour is amazing well captured under low light.
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Old Oct 1, 2005, 6:23 PM   #8
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Cheers John

I couldn;t have taken the picts at all without that little technique you posted ages back, it and wrapping the strap against the front of the grip are the only way I can take a shot without the FZ10 feeling uncomfortable to hold and reduce cam shake. The other thing I'm also doing is taking a good stance and after taking the picture is to wait a second or two and then check the preview and reposition for a second shot.

I'm amazed how well the IS does really work and coupled to that lovely bit of glass that the FZ's have the cam seems to take in so much info even when I'm underexposing the picture by -2EV. I'm finding that I'm having to do a wee bit of brightness and contrast adjustment in PSHOP becuase of this and sometimes have to correct the whitebalance as well. My only problem real bug bear apart from eth grip and noise at higher ISO's is getting the whitebalance right but the V&A doesn't help with its crap lighting and colour scheme's - my first visit on Wednesday night it seemed ok on cam but when I got it home at least a dozen or so pics were all over the place - but then again it could be user error !

Tazzie and thank you for your comments too.

If anyone would like John's tip just post a replyt on the forum.
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Hey Harj! #1 and #2 are absolutely AWESOME! OK, so maybe my opinion is a little slanted:G:G:G, but they are truly works of art. Gorgeous captures. The rest are also excellent, I especially like the staircase.

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Old Oct 2, 2005, 4:23 AM   #10
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HarjTT, nicely taken and very nice pics! Thanks for posting
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