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Old May 6, 2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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I got a chance to take some flower pictures at lunch, using the tripod and without the wind that the last few weekends have been plagued with. I was surprised at just how much sharper my pictures were, regardless of shutter speed. I've seen so many landscape photographers say that a tripod is a necessary item, but didn't quite believe it (after all, your shutter speed should be fast enough outdoors to make up for any possible camera shake, right?). But now I think I finally understand - it really does make a difference.

Some flower pictures (I apologize for those who get bored with flowers, but I like shooting them).

1/100 sec, f11, ISO 160, K20 and Viv 105 Macro, slightly cropped:



Significantly cropped (not quite 1:1):



I would have probably managed to hand-hold a shot that was similar, but probably would not have been as sharp.

1/13 sec, f18, ISO 100, same camera/lens combination, full frame:



That last one would not be possible if I were hand-holding (would have used a flash and not gotten the same shot). I also used the reflector to give it a bit more warm light. These were all taken raw, then I used LR to convert them, resized in CS4 with a bit of sharpening to compensate for the resizing. I was very happy - all but two were sharp, only one a complete throw-away.
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Those are great Harriet, the tripod sure does make images sharper, it just isn't possible to use it all the time.

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Old May 6, 2009, 1:40 AM   #3
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Flowers are never boring, yes these are very sharp. lovely colours too.
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Beautiful shots and again proof that taking time and setting things up well, this time with the tripod, will yield some professional looking results.

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Greate photos! Composition, colors, sharpness.

I'm never bored with flower pictures. Especially at this time of year when not much is in bloom yet.

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In addition to the tripod, for serious pictures, I also use the feature where the mirror pops up and the shutter releases 2 secs later. It ensures no vibration or shake at all. Another thing I like about using a tripod is that it allows you time to pay attention to the composition. But as Tom mentioned, it is not always practical to have around.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Nice color rendition and sharpness in your flower image.
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Wow! These are great.

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Greate photos!* Composition, colors, sharpness.

I'm never bored with flower pictures.* Especially at this time of year when not much is in bloom yet.*

Jim
You should check out the Garden Walk in Tonawanda/Kenmore in the summer. I see a few signs around for it in Kenmore already.
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Old May 6, 2009, 10:53 PM   #9
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You are right, jelpee, using the 2 sec. mirror lock-up does help, as does using a remote. I discovered you can set the camera to use the 2 sec. mirror lock-up when you use the wireless remote, too.
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Love em Harriet!
interesting how the petals have creases in them that look like they were folded up and packed away for winter and then unpacked for spring!
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