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The Sky At Night... [Dec. 30th, 2006|10:11 pm]
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If the truth be known, I'm bloody disappointed with the pictures I took, so I'm only going to post one. Most of the pictures were phenomenally noisy, and the general quality was seriously bad. Add to that that since my last post, most of the sky was cloud-covered, and you end up with Not Good Stuff™.

[image] The Sky At Night

stephaniewalker, any tips?

[User Picture]From: helley
2006-12-30 10:17 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, it's a shame you're disappointed. I like the way you've got the telegraph pole/wires in the pic.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2006-12-31 12:05 am (UTC)
I suppose it has appeal in it's own way. :o)
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2006-12-30 11:53 pm (UTC)
I've always found the moon difficult to shoot. Due to the huge contrast, exposure is a guessing game unless you have the ability to spot meter - partial/evaluative metering will always greatly over-expose. Also due to the movement of the Earth+moon you need to keep the shutter speed fast - see this for how much movement can be seen in a 1 sec exposure.

Even 1/60s is too slow - look at the blurriness of this (cropped) compared to 1/800s in this (cropped)

I really need to get outside and try again with my 30D and 50-500mm lens one of the days
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2006-12-31 12:04 am (UTC)
The S7000 does have the ability to spot-meter, I just didn't 'play' enough. That last picture of yours is just amazing... I need to get a zoom adapter for my camera, as the S7000 doesn't have interchangeable lenses - so it's 35-210mm as standard.

Even after over 2 years, I'm still 'playing' with this camera! :o)

Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it!
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2006-12-31 12:55 am (UTC)
It's not amazing at all. The 300D I took it with is terrible at higher ISO settings so the noise level is hideous. Thankfully my 30D is a lot better and is actually usable at 800-3200. It also has spot metering :) I think the focusing was also slightly off.

Hmm think I might see if I can get the moon from my garden tonight. Should be reasonable - apparently at 9:30pm it was at 65 degrees altitude and fairly close (374,000Km). Hmm why don't people use Mm as in 'megameters'? Such a cool sounding word...

And, uhm yeah I'm sorry you felt it necessary to thank me for the comment. Kinda shows what a dick I've been with my 4am drunken rantings. I'm really sorry.
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2006-12-31 10:43 am (UTC)
In manual, my S7000 has a minimum ISO of 200... in automatic, it goes down to 160 (when it wants to). The Fuji website even says that the Fuji SuperCCD is very low noise up to ISO800, but trust me, it ain't!!

I'd love to see the photos (if any) you took last night, just to see what they're like. My next major purchase will be a Digital SLR... if only they weren't so sodding expensive!!

Please don't misunderstand me, Matt... the reason I thanked you for your comment is that I genuinely appreciated what you said. One thing you should know about me is that I do not keep grudges against anything that happens in the past. The 'thank you' was for your input, not for -not- posting a drunken ranting! As far as I'm concerned, we're good. k? :o)
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2006-12-31 01:02 pm (UTC)
DSLRs are incredibly expensive, and the expense never seems to stop... You end up buying better and better lenses, bigger bags, more filters, more batteries, more storage, faster storage, better tripod, etc - it's a slippery slope! I know I've already dropped probably 3500-4000 in that direction in the last few years! I still wish I could afford a Canon EF 70-300mm IS USM though, but at £370 it's too much while I'm in this job. Think I'll wait till I land a job with decent pay and I might go for the 100-400mm L IS USM instead. Very reasonably priced at £1050

No pictures last night I'm afraid. Seems the back door's somehow wedged shut. Shows how often I use it!
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[User Picture]From: emsee
2006-12-31 04:35 pm (UTC)
With regards to the noise, can you fix the ISO setting at 100 or 200 (or possibly 400)?
The camera's probably automatically ramping up the ISO to something like 800 or higher (which tend to be very noisy on non-SLR cameras).
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[User Picture]From: thelovebug
2006-12-31 05:40 pm (UTC)
The ISO was fixed at 200 - the camera doesn't have a lower setting on manual. The CCD in the camera is supposed to be the dogs in terms of high-ISO and low-noise.
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