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Old Mar 6, 2013, 3:52 PM   #1
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Had a wee go at this tonight . Manual , manual focus Iso 200 15 sec exposure . How does it look ? any tips from others would be appreciated

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was that the lighting conditions when you took the shot, also what was your aperture set at?
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was that the lighting conditions when you took the shot, also what was your aperture set at?
It was basically dark and aperture was F8 , white balance was tungsten
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looking at your photo, you focus point seem to be the water not the house. As the house is a bit out of focus. The WB is off with tungsten I would have left it in auto, as it would have given you a nicer dark background. The blue purple background looks like twilight vs night. As the camera was fooled by the amount of darkness. You should EV down 2/3 and you will get a nicer black background.

Also I would have stop down to f13 or higher, and you would not have much dof issues.
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PS the smaller aperture will give you a much nicer starburst effect as well.
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PS the smaller aperture will give you a much nicer starburst effect as well.
Right i'll return as soon as possible with the above advice . Thanks very much .
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Hi forzahibs,

To me, it looks like you have some mostly horizontal camera shake going on, not necessarily a focus problem. Use a tripod or some other solid support, 2 sec delay with MLU for the shutter , and I think you'd get significantly better results. Exposure looks good to me.

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I agree with Scott, I thought it looked more like camera shake softness than a focus issue, but I could be wrong. And I like the just past dusk look to it. I've been using the 2 sec. Mirror lockup for macro work and have been surprised that it made a difference, my tripod is heavy duty enough that I didn't think I would get any shake using longer exposures, but it did.
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Hi forzahibs,

To me, it looks like you have some mostly horizontal camera shake going on, not necessarily a focus problem. Use a tripod or some other solid support, 2 sec delay with MLU for the shutter , and I think you'd get significantly better results. Exposure looks good to me.

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I agree with Scott, I thought it looked more like camera shake softness than a focus issue, but I could be wrong. And I like the just past dusk look to it. I've been using the 2 sec. Mirror lockup for macro work and have been surprised that it made a difference, my tripod is heavy duty enough that I didn't think I would get any shake using longer exposures, but it did.
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I was using a tripod but it was fairly breezy which could explain what you both describe . I used Live view with 2 sec delay which i think locks up the mirror too ?
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On a windy day, put your body infront of the direction the wind is coming form if possible. That will prevent the wind form shaking the camera.
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