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Friday, 21 December 2018


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I knew it!

We need you in California, by the way.

My personal rain dance consists of washing the car: works every time; makes the neighbours groan.

Anyway, season's greetings to you and your readers!


The G9 is sealed, right? ;)

The first photo may have been a test but you obviously composed with care. Rain or not, well done.

Well Mike, here in Minnesota we finished up our wet weather and have moved on to first ice and now a little snow, just in time. Might be heading your way.

For some of us old guys, hand holding a camera for shutter speeds under 1/60th of a second is a matter of technique. (Kodachrome 25 on anything but a bright sunny day, underexposed by 2/3 an f stop for more dense color/dye) So when getting a camera with IBIS (Pentax K10D with SR) it should have been heaven sent. However, I too became lazy letting the technology attempt to solve a technique issue which resulted in many blurry images.

We humans tend to do seek the lazy way out and technique is the first to go. I continue to use SR, Pentax speak for IBIS, but I remember to hold my elbows in, lean against something or try to shoot like Joe McNally.

Even in the old days I started to move to the next image before the sound made by the camera went silent. IBIS only works when you remember that you don't move during the capture process. I have achieved some pretty interesting results using SR, there's that Pentax term again, when combined with good old fashioned camera handling technique. Technique will enhance technology resulting better results rather than relying on one or the other independently.

Just curious, Mike, for a lot of the photography you show on TOP, is there a reason why you can't use a tripod?

I'm starting a professional real estate photography business, and we shoot everything on tripods. With geared heads and Really Right Stuff plates and clamps. Essentially, we make the room into a "locked down set" as they say in the product photography biz, as one typically composites anywhere from 3-6 frames with different lighting into a single photograph (we do a LOT of layer masking).

For example, this rather ordinary breakfast area photo is comprised of 4 ambient and 2 different flash exposures and took me a full 20 minutes to light and shoot. Can't do this with IBIS...gotta have a "locked down set" on a tripod.

Clearly not sharp, but impressive for 13 seconds hand-held without support with a E-M1 Mark II: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ7HzINFGE7/

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