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I agree. Need to find some scenery. But sometimes you just use what is to hand.

Playing with long shutter speeds and a tripod.
 

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Nice moon wookie.

Let me go again : (Still On the SX20IS) This time looking at detail...



LOVING my new long range lens - these buggers are almost impossible to approach - so very incredibly nervous - they bolt if you get within 8 Meters of them. We have cats - so I suppose if you are tasty nature biltong (kinda like jerky - only way better :p) you learn to have quick feet ...


I don't care what anyone says - A good CRT TV can take the lowest res, worst encoded video and make it look crystal clear, when it looks like total crap on a high budget/HD panel screen (and those USUALLY look like crap as they almost never get fed their EXACT signal profile anyway & every tiny data error or over compression jagg glares at you like a slap in the face :\ ) - I LOVE these staggered, misaligned Lo-Def pixels...
 
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I kinda cheated on that one. Took 2 photos at different exposures, and combined them on the camera. Not quite HDR, but the only way to do it. The moon is very bright compared to the clouds, and even the best cameras don't have the dynamic range of the human eye.:rolleyes:

EDIT: How do I get my pics to load as full pics like you guys do, and not just as thumbnails? Not a biggie, but just curious.
I really like the lizard. Nice pic. And biltong tells me you are another SA man. Greetings
 
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How do I get my pics to load as full pics like you guys do
I use the TechPowerUp Image Up-loader http://www.techpowerup.org/upload.php

and then just paste the "[I*MG]http://img.techpowerup.org/100607/IMG_0748.jpg[/I*MG]" URL into your message - without the * stars :)

Although the images can be from anywhere for example your moon ...

[i*mg]http://forums.techpowerup.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=36103&d=1275939352[/i*mg]

Again just do it WITHOUT the " * "

 

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What went wrong here?

What went wrong in this sunset shot?

Is it that I focused on the sea instead of on the landscape?

Or is it a too long shutter speed (I had it on auto)?

Or it's just the lack of tripod?


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Taken later in darker conditions but with flash, my Pink Panther came out quite well :)

 
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What went wrong in this sunset shot?

Is it that I focused on the sea instead of on the landscape?

Or is it a too long shutter speed (I had it on auto)?

Or it's just the lack of tripod?

http://images.gorillarape.com/hosted/20100607142701sunset.jpg



Could be a few things. Yes, a tripod would help with slow shutter speeds. Especially if you were zoomed out. Also, depends on your cameras metering. ie, how it measures the light and where. In that pic it is a high contrast photo, so most cameras will battle a bit.

EDIT: genius here didn't look at the data. Your ISO was too low as well. Should be easily 800 or possibly 1600 in those conditions. And 1/6 shutter needs a tripod. No question.
 
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Agreed. I can be pretty good on shots up to 1/2 shutter speed handheld, but it takes some practice and a very steady hand.
 
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What went wrong in this sunset shot?
Is it that I focused on the sea instead of on the landscape?
Or is it a too long shutter speed (I had it on auto)?
Or it's just the lack of tripod?

Taken later in darker conditions but with flash, my Pink Panther came out quite well :)
It's BOTH the slow shutter time AND lack of tripod.

Slow shutter caused the error - as the camera moved during exposure - but since cameras seldom move around whilst standing on a tripod, you can use as slow a shutter time as you like on a tripod without distortion.

Under NON flash conditions you really need to get to around 1/250 before you can really expect to catch a sharp image whilst actively moving.

NOW - the second shot is freehand at 1/30 - and that seems to be perfectly sharp? well that's because of the flash.. the flash itself only exposed the picture for about 1/1000 (or even faster - just a rough generalization) of a second : IE - the shutter opened, began capturing low weak light - that would be blurry - then their flash fired, and one MASSIVELY more powerful burst of light got captured, after the flash the camera would have continued exposing, but what it was capturing after the flash would have already been completely overpowered by the flashed image, so that's 99% of what you get in the final image - and it appears to be perfectly still.

You can actually exploit this in manual mode for some nice effects - where you shoot a closer subject in near dark, with a lighter background you can set a longer exposure , and a weak flash - and wobble the camera a bit - so the flash hits the foreground subject, and they appear clear and defined, however the background can be motion blurred over the longer exposure that the flash wont illuminate - if you get what I'm saying - Making an almost shopped kinda effect with out any trickery or cheating in software at all...

I will try shoot a sample tonight.
 
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one thing ive noticed about TPU is you all seem to love cats :p
 
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Not me. I need to take a picture of the monstrosity that lives below my girlfriend. It has one eye that stares directly into your soul and doesn't look away. Not to mention the thing looks like it was birthed by a blender.
 
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Not to mention the thing looks like it was birthed by a blender.
I find that gruesomely hilarious :p
Im a dog person my self there fiercer and relies on their owner more which i like.
 
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To me, cats are cute as hell when they're little, then they get either fat and lazy, mean and bitchy, or just turn into creeper soul-stealers.
 
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To me, cats are cute as hell when they're little, then they get either fat and lazy, mean and bitchy, or just turn into creeper soul-stealers.
you made me laugh after a tiring day :roll:

Dogs are my fav, they are man's best friend.

We had a black panther like I mean full black not a single white spot/hair cat and she was my mom's pet in india, street dogs chased its kittens and she tried to defend them and they got her neck snapped :cry:. That cat was fun to play with and one hell of a tree climber.
 
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Sad day man. My two dachshunds at home got attacked by coyotes. The older one got his neck slit on both sides, went through two surgeries, and is almost back to his normal self. The younger one made it out with a bunch of smaller bite marks all over. He's a longhair, and for now, his nickname is Patches.
 
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Sad day man. My two dachshunds at home got attacked by coyotes. The older one got his neck slit on both sides, went through two surgeries, and is almost back to his normal self. The younger one made it out with a bunch of smaller bite marks all over. He's a longhair, and for now, his nickname is Patches.
that sucks. dachshunds - they are the small and long ones right?

my uncle had a German Shepherd/Alsatian, they couldn't keep up with his energy and then he became the street king, he was my aunt's protector, he wouldn't let my aunt go anywhere alone, would hop on to the crowded public bus, go to a wedding or temple or super market and come back, no one gets near him/her :D. The dog died after living for a very long time.

And oh my dog (a fox terrier) saved me and my friend from a damn big King Cobra's bite (yup in india, not so developed places, these are common street friends :roll:).
 
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That's correct, and they really are loyal pets :)
 

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Just found out there a TPU Club of awesomeness witch is this thread, i do not have a DSLR but i am looking for a good one to get anyone know about the Canon T2i? i have heard great things and it would be fun to take 1080p videos. my family has always wanted to have a camera to take pictures of are party's.

I would most likely be doing outside nature shots and some football and some inside, family events, and some NCAA Wrestling
 
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Just found out there a TPU Club of awesomeness witch is this thread, i do not have a DSLR but i am looking for a good one to get anyone know about the Canon T2i? i have heard great things and it would be fun to take 1080p videos. my family has always wanted to have a camera to take pictures of are party's.

I would most likely be doing outside nature shots and some football and some inside, family events, and some NCAA Wrestling
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos550d/

And other reviews I've read have it being a very good camera. Better at video than mine is.
Hope you have a lifetime of fun with it.
 

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