K-5 Blurry Night Shots WITH Tripod

Started Apr 30, 2014 | Questions thread
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Roland Karlsson
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Re: It is out of focus
In reply to SirSeth, May 2, 2014

SirSeth wrote:

I don't think most people realize how much understanding and planning a really good night shot takes to achieve. Especially those brilliant shots of the milky way. This is the domain of photo technicians who are willing to distance every obstacle as far as possible from their goal. That means a tripod and head rated for at least twice the weight, never extending the center column, hanging weights from the tripod to reduce wind and shutter effects. Using mirror lockup and remote shutter release or time delay, dark frame subtraction, MF with distance scale on the lens, and showing up when the atmosphere, location, lighting, and weather is just so. There are people who really like this type of challenge. We look forward to seeing how it works out for you.

Yeah, but still. The problems with this images are

  1. Lights are over exosed
  2. Everything is out of focus
  3. The two cars are moving

Moreover, if the ground is stable and it is not too windy, a long exposure will make it possible to use a lighter tripod without any sand bags.

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