Thursday, August 20, 2009

Photographing the night sky

Taking decent photos of the night sky with a digital camera is Southern cross :: 34 second exposureslightly harder than finding night mode. There is a fair bit of good advice on the net but it is mainly aimed at the use of traditional film in 35mm SLR cameras. Fast film, open the aperture right up and long exposures, even special film. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
 Southern cross again :: 48 second exposure
The main checklist of important issue for the digital photographer are – 1) a tripod, to keep the camera steady during a long exposure, 2) a B (Bulb) setting (to allow extended time exposures) & Jupiter over Jupiter Boulavard3) a cable release or remote control to avoid camera shake.  Then maybe turn off auto focus and set the focus manually to extreme distance and maybe take off that UV or skylight filter. There are a few good extra hints and tips here.

Venus - Mars - Plaides aligment :: 52 second exposure

Friday, August 07, 2009

12:34.56 7/8/09

Ok I had to do it post something at exactly 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 (with just and extra zero in there) just because I could. Made possible by Blogger's schedule feature over on the right under post options.

Happy 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 !

But the way the next time such a thing will occur is a long way off 12:34.56 7/8/90

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The one that got away

Its often the case, you just aren't quiet connected, panning at the right speed/direction, or in focus when the perfect photo opportunity flashes past. Its not time to get hoping mad, its just time to practise and be "in the flow" next time.
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Most popular camera a phone?

most popular camera on flickr

In researching the post below I checked out flickr's camera finder. I was not altogether surprised to see that the iphone is about to knock the cannon EOS digital rebel off its top spot!

Truth can be stranger than fiction

Nikon has just announced that they are releasing a camera with a projector inside. No this is not science fiction, it really has a camera capable of a meter plus image on the wall. The most unusual part, in my view, is that it is being used as an add-on feature to a camera within the Coolpix point-and-shoot range

The all too obvious comment

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, You’re my only hope.”