Thursday, February 17, 2011
I did and it made a lot of difference. The subtle vibration of the machine's motor was transmitted to my hand and blurred the photograph slightly, even though I had the camera's "vibration control" setting switched on. We all know that no pocket camera can obtain the crystal qualities of a 35-mm camera mounted on a tripod and with a cable shutter release – especially when the light gets low.
The "vibration control" system on most cameras of any kind is much better at dampening the "low frequency" shakes from a tired hand than it is the high frequency jerks from an ATV engine, even at idol.
What happens when you are trundling along off-road on an iceburg trying to get to a spot where you can watch a volcano erupt – like in this photograph? It's dark so what do you do then?
Cameras have gotten so automatic for so long that we may not remember the camera is adjusting to lower and lower light first by opening up the aperture wider and wider (which makes the focus harder to accomplish) and then, when that isn't enough, by keeping the shutter open for longer and longer time (which makes motion blur more obvious). That's the rub, when either the subject or the camera moves while the shutter is opened the image becomes blurred.
When the sun goes down, one has to obtain light from the stars, moonlight, longer exposure times, light painting, and light trails. Today's collection of geologically and geographically related photographs are all in the dark – and show what you can do when you've got a tripod! Be sure and leave a comment about any of your own photos, experiences or tips.
[As before, these are full photgraphs so be patient while they load. You can click on the photograph to open the full image.]
There you have it. These are just a few of the many examples of night photography I've seen on the web which might, at least, give us some inspiration to keep trying. If you've got others you'd like to share or techniques please leave a comment.