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I would try, mirror lock, this lifts the mirror, then put the camera into self time mode, press the shutter, the mirror going up won't cause vibration, self time does away with you having to touch the camera
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How does self timer do away with touching the camera?
It doesn't, but a longer self timer would allow vibrations to decay before the frame was exposed.
Re the images...certainly camera movement when pressing the shutter. A quick dip of a flimsy tripod, then settling in place. The lights are bright enough to record quickly, the shadowy areas take the whole exposure time. The movement would have only been a second or so.
Re the tripod...I carry a couple of bungees which you can attach to the tripod and a weight (camera bag, carrier bag containing rocks, etc) to keep tension pulling the tripod down. It will increase stability and also damp any movement without oscillating as it rests on the ground. In extremis, you can even put your foot on the bottom end.
Also, the longer the focal length, the more sensitive to vibration it is. I had this same problem. My tripod was low on the ground and it was a windy day. I was zoomed in to about 200mm and my body shielding did nothing to stop vibration. I gave up in the end. I will have to try again on a near calm evening.
Try to borrow some heavy tripod and see if there is a difference in outcome.
I am not certain what the problem was but took onboard
1) ensure tripod was solid.
2) switch IS. off.
And I am very glad to say that recent night shots do not show any signs of bluring/movement.
Thank you to all that took the time to help.
latest shot ,with no blurring.
(and thanks for the update)
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