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Night shots with a tripod.

tanglefoot 13 973 England
27 Sep 2012 11:04PM
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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Big Bri 17 16.4k United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 12:35AM
How does self timer do away with touching the camera?
Sooty_1 8 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 12:52AM
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.

TrevW 8 118 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 1:06PM
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.
artyal 5 3 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 9:02AM
Try to borrow some heavy tripod and see if there is a difference in outcome.

Good luck!
sastimos 5 11 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 9:10AM
Hi Folks,

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.
sastimos 5 11 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 9:17AM

latest shot ,with no blurring.
Big Bri 17 16.4k United Kingdom
6 Nov 2012 9:20AM
Nice Smile

(and thanks for the update)

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