How do I keep long exposures sharp?

Started Sep 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
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How do I keep long exposures sharp?
Sep 19, 2012

I've recently returned from a holiday in Normandy, and I spent a good amount of time playing with my 600d. I took a few different 30sec shots of a village at night, however many of them lack sharpness (which is annoying as I think they are otherwise beautiful) - see the link below for picutre + exif

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sequentialogic/7996902389/lightbox/

I'd love to know what went wrong, I used a tripod (Manfrotto MKC3-P02 - I know it is light, but it was fully retracted and sat on a granite plinth), I used the 2s timer to avoid shaking the camera with the shutter. Maybe it was just bad luck, but I'd love tips to improve!

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Canon PowerShot A560 Canon EOS 600D Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5)
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