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#46    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:47 PM

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My night pictures never come out at all, and they're nearly always blurry.


Are you using a tripod BurnSide? Night pictures need fairly long exposures and a tripod is esential. I use a cheap mini tripod for my digital camera and have got some resonable results.

The picture below, for example is a 1 second exposure. It would not be possible to hand hold a camera steady for that long and it would have been blurred with out the tripod.

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 09:51 PM

No, i'm not. I didn't even think about a Tripod, but along those lines i didn't even think about longer exposure.
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Posted 11 May 2006 - 10:08 PM

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Are you using a tripod BurnSide? Night pictures need fairly long exposures and a tripod is esential. I use a cheap mini tripod for my digital camera and have got some resonable results.

The picture below, for example is a 1 second exposure. It would not be possible to hand hold a camera steady for that long and it would have been blurred with out the tripod.

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very nice pic, I like it!


and burns, if you can't use a tripod (they can also be pretty pricey for the decent ones. cheap ones can be unsturdy sometimes.) you should lean the camera on a wall, cheap and its free  tongue.gif



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Posted 11 May 2006 - 10:14 PM

Thank you Leliel.

If you are going to use a wall one tip I was give is have something with you like a mini bean bag or even a soft toy. The problem with a wall is that you tend not to be able to change the elevation of the camera. Using a mini bean bag you can place the camera on that and use it to point the camera up or down. A lightly stuffed toy will work but will look very silly.

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 10:34 PM

That's really good thinking. Thanks, i will definately take that advice.


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Posted 12 May 2006 - 09:14 PM

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Are you using a tripod BurnSide? Night pictures need fairly long exposures and a tripod is esential. I use a cheap mini tripod for my digital camera and have got some resonable results.

The picture below, for example is a 1 second exposure. It would not be possible to hand hold a camera steady for that long and it would have been blurred with out the tripod.

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That's lovely!
Tripod, excellent idea.  I need to invest in one of those.


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Posted 12 May 2006 - 09:38 PM

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 07:35 PM

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What are the sky conditions like for you

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Digital is the way to go for astrophotography; compared to analogue film - even hi ISO such as 1600 - a digicam's CCD/CMOS sensor is an absolute light-bucket. This allows shorter exposure times (typically 10-15 seconds instead of several minutes); so for wide-sky shots you don't need a driven mount, and you don't get so much excess of sodium glow from streetlights. If we can get a decent moonless clear night (I know its working out wrong in the lunar cycle!) it'd be well worth trying to capture Comet P73/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 with a tripod mounted camera and standard lens.

I been watching that comet, but no pictures..

CCD is the way to go for astrophotgraphy...

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 03:32 AM

hey wolf thanks for the info on where to shoot animals, i prefer to use long lens' for animals as it gives the shot more of a wild feel and you get nicer blurred backgrounds with them too,

as for night photography high iso is great for catching the stars at a standstill, but ive always tried to get the trails of the stars as the earth moves, which can mean up to 4 hours of exposure time! which isnt practical with digital unless you like dead batterys and image noise from hell!! grin2.gif

ive never managed to get a shot like this ive been pleased with though, they either result in steamed up lens from dew, cameras battery running out about an hour into it and it locking up, broken cable releases, nasty city lights or clouds coming in and ruining the effect!! also i didnt have a tripod until a few months ago so i had to improvise with all kinds of stupid stuff!

so i gave up on that idea until im in a place with nice sky


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Posted 14 May 2006 - 04:02 AM

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 01:59 PM

how do you add the thumbnail??

what I love about the digi-cam is the little movies I can take, then download them to photobucket and I can send my family the link and they can view it.  I guess I'm old cause this makes me giddy. lol.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 04:13 PM

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as for night photography high iso is great for catching the stars at a standstill, but ive always tried to get the trails of the stars as the earth moves, which can mean up to 4 hours of exposure time! which isnt practical with digital unless you like dead batterys and image noise from hell!!  

ive never managed to get a shot like this ive been pleased with though, they either result in steamed up lens from dew, cameras battery running out about an hour into it and it locking up, broken cable releases, nasty city lights or clouds coming in and ruining the effect!! also i didnt have a tripod until a few months ago so i had to improvise with all kinds of stupid stuff!

Star trails are only possible with film...It's hard to find a good day for it...

Your best bet is to center the camera on the star Polaris ( if you are in N. hemisphere). You will get the fastest and best star trails around that star.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 08:35 PM

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Star trails are only possible with film...It's hard to find a good day for it...

Your best bet is to center the camera on the star Polaris ( if you are in N. hemisphere). You will get the fastest and best star trails around that star.


In the UK its getting difficult to get any night shots longer than 15 minutes duration without sodium glow interfering.  To record star-trails you'd need to invest in a suitable filter to get rid of the sodium glow effects.

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Posted 14 May 2006 - 09:07 PM

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you'd need to invest in a suitable filter to get rid of the sodium glow effects.

They can get costly...Does anyone here have a solar telescope or filter?

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Posted 15 May 2006 - 02:27 PM

heh yeh when i was doing star trails i didnt have a tripod (SMART!) lol so i had to improvise, meaning i have the crappest foreground like a bit of a tree, ill dig up some of the shots.

I have a scanner but its crappp and on another pc so ill just take photos of the photos hahaha.

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i wish i had a tripod when i was in canada, some great skies when we went camping.

Also saw some of the northern lights when i was there and TYPICAL Camera decided to run out of batteries  angry.gif

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