- Bart Busschots (host) – @bbusschots – Flickr
- Mark Pouley from Twin Lakes Images – @switcherMark – Flickr
- Antonio Rosario from Switch to Manual – @amrosario – Flickr
- Kenny Lee – @KennethLeeNJ – Flickr
Our topic for the third show is ‘Shooting After Sunset’. As the northern hemisphere winter continues, why not turn those long nights into photographic opportunities?
Mark’s ‘Accidental’ Blue Hour Shot:
Bart’s Illustration of the Blue Hour – St. Patrick’s College Maynooth during the blue hour and in full darkness:
Antonio’s Moon Shots During the Blue Hour:
Antonio’s ‘accidental’ Andromeda Galaxy shot:
A city skyline against the blue hour sky by Antonio:
A skyscape with lit foreground by Antonio: http://500px.com/photo/16626067
An example of light painting by Bart:
Some light trails by Bart:
Bart’s longest single-exposure star trails:
- Mark’s Link to the Kick Starter Project for a light painting tool
Again … great show … I did hear the tip about the ‘manpod’ too. Not quite sure where it was mentioned. Additionally I have one question for you guys. Not sure if you will be doing a ‘dumb question corner’ session here, but who knows …
Is it true that it’s better to turn of Image Stabilization (IS on the Canon lenses) when shooting things like the moon using long exposures? I’ve heard that being mentioned by someone a few months ago, but I have no idea if it is true and what would be the reasoning behind it. So … I’m checking with the experts 🙂
Firstly, you’ve just hit on a great idea – we should do a listener question show every few months!
Secondly, I know that in the past it was advised to always turn off IS when using a tripod. I’m totally not an expert on this topic, but I THINK modern image stabilisation systems are smart enough not to get confused by being tripod mounted, but I could be mis-remembering. Personally it’s not something I’ve thought about much because my astro lens (Sigma 10-20mm) doesn’t have optical stabilisation.
It is my understanding the image stabilization can actually introduce camera shake when the camera is locked down on a tripod. I don’t know the mechanics, but my understanding is that IS systems “move” to counteract your camera movement, and therefor arrive at a “stabile” image. If the camera is not moving (on a tripod) the IS gets confused and introduces shake. I suppose what Stefaan heard was part of this, but it would be even worse if you’re using a long lens zoomed in on the moon. Even a very small shake from the IS would be magnified in that case.
Here is a Digital Photo School link that briefly mentions this issue.
Aha, so it is actually when the camera is mounted on a tripod. I didn’t actually know that. Thank you for the feedback. And yeah it might be a good idea to make a listener feedback episode once in a while …
Thanks Mark, I will have a look.