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A quick shot …

19 Jun

Just popping in to a local fast-food emporium two evenings ago, and noticed this old girl watching me … There was reasonable support and the air was clear, so I got this.

Not much else that's ready, yet, so …

Th-th-th-that's all, folks!

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Posted by on June 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

40 responses to “A quick shot …

  1. debplatt

    June 19, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I am moonstruck! :up:

     
  2. aaronwriter

    June 19, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Wow! You must have a really big zoom to do that.

     
  3. debplatt

    June 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    :left: :right: or a spaceship!

     
  4. debplatt

    June 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Originally posted by derWandersmann:

    The convenient support that I mentioned was a steel signpost, against which the camera (and I) were braced. At that, this is only the sharpest of four.

    Although I keep trying to do this impromptu bracing stuff, I have to confess that my results are deficient in every way. 😆 I am often fooled into thinking that a shot came out okay, only to learn after the transfer to my computer that the image is too blurry to use. Oh well…I am more and more likely to bring a monopod or tripod with me, and to use the delayed shutter feature. That's working out better for me, but I do envy your ability to exploit whatever happens to be around. :up:

     
  5. derWandersmann

    June 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I must have mentioned the camera before, and just recently, too … over on SC's blog. Mine is the Olympus SP550-UZ, with a fixed lens … it's a zoom with a 1:18 range: 28mm-504mm … that's plenty long enough for this. It's only 7.1 MPixels, which is pretty coarse by today's standards, but was almost 2× the 4.0 MPixels of my Kodak Easyshare.The pic is a crop, of course, the moon was lots smaller than that in the original frame, but big enough to work with. All I did was sharpen it.I suspect that new Oly of Copper's could do much better … 1:30 zoom range, and probably 10 or 12 MPixels.The convenient support that I mentioned was a steel signpost, against which the camera (and I) were braced. At that, this is only the sharpest of four.OK, I just checked … hers is 14.1 MPixels.

     
  6. derWandersmann

    June 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Really good, experienced pros use tripods all the time … they frequently carry their cameras around attached to the tripod, ready to go. Spread the legs apart, aim and shoot. Monopods are almost as good, and can serve as a hiking staff. A hunter friend of mine carried a 5½' staff with a tripod screw on the top. It also had a leather loop for his hand, and he would use the staff to steady his hand for a rifle shot.

     
  7. debplatt

    June 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Originally posted by risis1977:

    It means that u always bring your camera everywhere . .

    dW, let me stop you before you tell Lara Croft where you keep it. 😆

     
  8. derWandersmann

    June 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    LOLOLOLThank you Nathalya Risis … yes, I do carry it with me everywhere. It gets awkward in bed, and I take VERY quick showers, but I don't miss many shots.

     
  9. risis1977

    June 19, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Wow :eyes:It means that u always bring your camera everywhere . .Great shot . .:yes:

     
  10. aaronwriter

    June 20, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I carry my camera with me all the time too, but I never thought about doing the moon, as I think mine isn't strong enough.I bought it because it's compact and fits in my pocket.PANASONIC DMC-T26 10 M PixelsLeica lens 25 mmI'm not that technical, I just like to take photos,mostly close-ups, details etc.I am interested in architecture so do use the zoomwhich is 12 x optical and 48 x digital.Actually the crown I use for my icon is high up on a public building on the main square in Mons, a town in Belgium. You can hardly see it and I had to use the digital zoom to get this close.So is it a good camera or not?

     
  11. risis1977

    June 20, 2010 at 7:06 am

    😆 Now , he knows debb :doh::DI think , I'll start to bring mine also , soo I can shoot something wonderful . . But sometimes isn't easy to bring it while carry my bag :ko:

     
  12. risis1977

    June 20, 2010 at 9:06 am

    And mine NIKON D3000 What do you think dW ?

     
  13. derWandersmann

    June 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

    An excellent machine, Nathalya … I am very pleased that you managed to get something better than your phone. I have been hoping for this for a long time.As for the camera itself, I'm not that familiar with it, but I believe Allan had one and liked it a great deal, but he only mentioned it once, in a video. His blog is here, current until he died … I think you can find his blog at:http://my.opera.com/ricewood/blog/Read some of it; he was a wonderful man, Ris, and an excellent photographer.Aaron, I must admit that I neither know nor can I seem to find out anything about your Panasonic, but I can say that if it seems to answer your needs, stick with it until you really need something else. And you'll know when you need it. It is important to know the difference between "need" and "want". "Want" is something created by advertising departments, and has nothing to do with you. A saying by Edward Steichen, the great early 20th Century photographer is still as true today as when he said it: "No one has ever fully exploited the capabilities of the simple box camera." We no longer have "box cameras", and if we did, it would be difficult to find the film for them. But the principle is the same … a simple camera can accomplish amazing things, if the photographer is willing to learn, and is careful.

     
  14. aaronwriter

    June 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    http://www.panasonic.be/html/fr_BE/2142959/index.htmlThanks dW.I couldn't find the info for my camera on an english sitebut still found some info on a french site, if you follow the link you'll see my camera.(actually the technical info is in english)It does what I want except when I want to take pics of people in public. Then I get a lot of blurred pics.Would one day like a camera that has a faster shutter speed and a better zoom. But I'm not in a hurry.

     
  15. debplatt

    June 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Originally posted by aaronwriter:

    Then I get a lot of blurred pics. Would one day like a camera that has a faster shutter speed

    I was looking at the specs for your camera, which said this:

    Shutter Speed 8-1/2000 sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed)…

    It seems that you can actually set the shutter speed manually on your camera. So maybe in auto mode it isn't setting the shutter speed in a way that's good for your scene, but you can manually override this. I think. :confused:

     
  16. debplatt

    June 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Originally posted by aaronwriter:

    Actually the crown I use for my icon is high up on a public building on the main square in Mons, a town in Belgium. You can hardly see it and I had to use the digital zoom to get this close.

    That's really cool. 😎 :up:

     
  17. aaronwriter

    June 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I always keep it on manual as I never use the flash and I like tochoose the number of pixels if I want to send a pic by email etc.I'll check if I can increase the shutter speed.I looked at all the programs when I bought it, but there are so many options to choose from, in the end I gave up, would rather just take photos. But I appeciate your help.Originally posted by debplatt:

    That's really cool.

    Thank you.

     
  18. derWandersmann

    June 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    It looks to me as though the camera should do an acceptable job in the situations you describe … after all, those are the very shots that most people buy a camera for. Keep banging your head against the wall; sooner or later you'll get the answer. Better yet, ask the company, telling them what camera you have and what you're doing … and SEND THEM THE BAD PICTURES! They can dig the settings of your camera out of the shot (it's all in the metadata somewhere) and tell you what you're doing wrong.Glückauf/bonne chance!

     
  19. aaronwriter

    June 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    That could be an idea for me,try one feature at a time.This is stupid, I understand what the shutter speed does, but how would changing the aperture size help me?What does it change? Should it be smaller for something moving for example?

     
  20. debplatt

    June 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I just got a new camera this winter; the manual that came with it was huge and overwhelming. However, now that I've gotten down most of the basics, I have been pulling out the manual every three weeks or so, and then I choose one new feature in the manual that I'd like to learn more about. Recently I've been learning how to manually set the aperture size and shutter speed.

     
  21. aaronwriter

    June 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    It's great having all this info explained like this,much better than trying to understand the operating manual.

     
  22. risis1977

    June 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks dW . .

     
  23. debplatt

    June 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Originally posted by aaronwriter:

    I understand what the shutter speed does, but how would changing the aperture size help me?

    Oh! The shutter speed and aperture size work together to determine how much light gets to the camera's sensor. If I am trying to photograph something that's moving, I need to make the shutter speed faster to freeze the action. But this means the shutter is open for a very short time and will only let a little bit of light in. If I don't make the aperture open wider to let in more light that way, the image will be too dark.

     
  24. derWandersmann

    June 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

     
  25. aaronwriter

    June 20, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Went to bed after my last comment, thanks for the links dW.

     
  26. RedFreya

    June 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    A beautiful Moon picture.I tried to take a photo of the moon recently, but it came out as a blurred streak.( it was in the early hours after a party, so my hand was less steady.:lol: 🙄 ).It depends on the size of the Moon, sometimes it is massive, so you don`t need a powerful zoom. 😆 😆

     
  27. zamboy

    June 25, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Hi dW. The old lady was facing sideways, might be looking at me. Anyway, it's a spectacular photo. :left:

     
  28. PainterWoman

    June 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Beautiful shot of the moon! Were you able to photograph the eclipse a couple days ago? I fell asleep and never got up to go outside to see it. The last time I saw a bunch of professional photographers was in Hawaii at a surfing event. 1995, I think it was. I noticed only men were carrying around those gigantic lenses. I know I sure wouldn't have wanted to.

     
  29. derWandersmann

    June 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you.

     
  30. derWandersmann

    June 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    That's always a question, but of course, it is possible to muck about with the colour sliders in Photoshop to get the moon to just about any colour desired. I, too was driving the other night … there was a glorious golden full moon, and by the time I got to stop, it had risen into a bunch of thick cirrus clouds and was nothing but a vague smear of light. But the moon above was not near the ground, where one could expect gold, it was almost vertically overhead. I wasn't conscious of any colour, really … it was just very bright. I think the camera cut the exposure enough to show the detail and the colour, which, I think, is about the colour the moon really is.

     
  31. solidcopper

    June 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Yes, this moon you captured looks very realistic.It is called "sickle moon" in Chinese because it looks like a sickle in its shape.

     
  32. solidcopper

    June 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Nice job, dW. Exactly a week ago, I saw a huge golden full moon on the sky driving on my way home. I thought I would try my new camera on it when I got home but, as many times that happened before this, I forgot. Seeing this, I wonder if the moon would be less golden once I got it on computer screen.

     
  33. Olgita

    July 3, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Oh MY! Its so great!!! I love it!One day I tried to take a pictures of the moon with my Canon! 😆 I better never show that picture 😆 I guess I deleted it 😆

     
  34. derWandersmann

    July 3, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Perhaps I should send you my signpost? LOL Seriously, if you've still got it, email it to me … maybe I can figure out what's wrong.

     
  35. ssalonis

    July 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Very! good looking old girl. She looks at me too sometimes but never pose like this.

     
  36. Zaphira

    July 4, 2010 at 1:07 am

    That's a very nice shot of the moon. :happy:

     
  37. derWandersmann

    July 4, 2010 at 8:07 am

    That's right, you like moon pictures, don't you, Zaphira?Thanks, Miska … glad, glad, glad that you're back.

     
  38. Zaphira

    July 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    I love moon pictures! Especially beautiful ones like this one.

     
  39. derWandersmann

    July 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Feel free to pinch it, then.

     
  40. Lemminkainen

    August 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Vittun kaunis kuu, beautiful moon… I would like to take great shots like that, love the sky… universe… astronomy ^^

     

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