- 16 Oct 2012
I would have been proud of your photos! Despite there being time restraints for the eclipse you still need patience and confidence to get results like that.
Long exposures can be real pigs to do and get right - I can’t think of any that I have tried and been truely happy with. For long exposures, you really need a tripod, or a solid structure to put the camera on. Small bean bags are useful and easy to carry around. I am really thinking of getting a Platypod (a flat plate with 3 adjustable feet and a ball head) that is very versatile and easy to carry about.).An electronic realease or use the self timer really helps avoid the shutter push and if you are using an SLR use the mirror lock mode too as the action of the mirror moving up can also give a shudder. At least with digital cameras you can check the result after each attempt and try again. Film was about having a lot of faith in what you are doing and the settings you used. I would never have considered doing a wedding with film.
I am getting past the age where I can carry 20kg of camera kit wherever we go. With cameras in phones becoming very good quite often you don’t need a stand alone camera except for events where you need much more control over exposure and other settings.
There are times where branded items are worth the money for compatibility and sometimes quality. I got some wireless flash triggers years ago when I was doing headshots for corporate websites and I still have them and they were a fraction of the cost of the big name triggers. There are decent alternatives to brand name lenses - Sigma for example. These are generally as good but can be less expensive because they are not constrained to a single brand. I made a rotating mount of timelapse out of a £2 IKEA kitchen timer. If it works...Well my nikon d7000 serves me well since 5 years now and an old tripod from my father that he does not need anymore i bought a remote release for less than 10 euros at amazon ages ago and used it the first time at friday before i had only seen expensive nikon originals that cost 100 euros and i would rather save that on a second lens
(instead i used a rubber band and lego to use the bulb mode and press down the release and punched away the lego when i thought the sensor was long enough exposed)
before i had an old analog slr from my father as well - did long exposures in night and it worked but the problem was that i couldnt develop the pictures on my own so i had to stick with cewe crap at the local schlecker back in time(germans will know ) and oh damn did they do a bad job
overall they looked ok analog and it was indeed an adventure until you got the final photos
and thanks for your kind words about the quality
I would also have enjoyed to see it from a less light polluted placeThese are gorgeous pictures indeed, Steffos, many thanks for sharing.
A trip to the countryside provided the best view and we were delighted to see the shining bright white light of the moon transforming into a fascinating orange-red hue.
There was a little girl standing nearby with her parents and we accidentally overheard her saying: “Oh dear... when does the moon finally bleed?”
Well but indeed you should fix your phoneLMAO!!!! Once again someone brings tears of laughter to my eyes.
Not sure what the small thing is. Could be a geostationary satellite as the exposure was about 2-3 minutes.
i can see someone is waving.