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Old Nov 16, 2010, 12:25 PM   #11
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The pier shots are great and the technique is something I will have to try. Thanks for sharing.

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Old Nov 16, 2010, 11:19 PM   #12
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I just realized that the only lens I have with a zoom range great enough for this type of shot is the 24-135mm Sigma which is back in Gander. The lenses I have here are just 3X zooms (or less) so they don't show the effect very well. I may try it on some still life ideas however.
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Old Nov 16, 2010, 11:43 PM   #13
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Nice shots Harriet, I have found that the old power zoom lenses do a great job of what you are doing. They even worked automatically with the PZ-1, where you could set the camera to either zoom in or out by just pushing the shutter release.

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Old Nov 17, 2010, 10:00 PM   #14
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Thanks for the compliments, everyone.

frogfish - I almost didn't post the first beach picture (being such a boring, uninspiring picture), but wanted to show the contrast with the one having people in it. I wasn't sure the effect would be as understandable without the comparison.

Ira - Even 3x lenses can do something similar. This was the first time I've tried the zoom technique at night for light trails. I was probably well over a half mile away from the pier, so I wanted to have as big a range (and as long a lens) as I could get. I would have moved closer, but discovered that what was beach a couple of months ago has once again become an estuary drainage area and the light was changing too fast. But I've taken zoom while shooting shots during the day with the 50-135 and gotten some interesting results. You would just need to position yourself closer to your subject.

Tom - so that's how the power zoom lenses worked. I had heard something about them but didn't quite figure out how they worked. The only film 35mm camera I had owned was an ME, so pretty manual.

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Old Nov 18, 2010, 8:25 AM   #15
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Great shots Harriet,
really like that close second one for the montly challenge.
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