• We can’t see any of your images (either in the RSS or on your blog).
    They work when you click the link. Have you set up your Flickr permissions correctly?

    January 27, 2009
  • Thanks for letting me know about the problem. I think I know what may have caused the problem. After uploading the photos to Flickr, I was unsatisfied with the processing – the images looked too “crunchy” from the sharpening – so I reprocessed and “replaced” the photos online. I’ve linked directly to the photos in the blog post, rather than using the FlickrTag plugin, and that seems to have solved the issue.

    Sorry to those who saw broken images!

    January 27, 2009
  • Ok, I’m a novice here, but I have a couple of questions. I don’t own a tripod, thus haven’t used one. I know you need one for such long exposure times, like 6 seconds.

    However, the main difference I see between the first and the second picture is the focus in the first one is the fireworks and the second is the Ferris Wheel, correct?

    Plus, is the lighting all natural?

    January 27, 2009
  • Oh, in my excitment looking at the photos I forgot to say, Happy Australia Day!!

    January 27, 2009
  • Hi Lisa! Great question :)

    Yes, a tripod is necessary for these kinds of photos. I’d suggest for any photo longer than a tenth of a second is best done from a tripod.

    The first two photos have the same focus point. I think what may be giving the illusion of a shifted focus is the relative movement of the objects in the scene. In the first shot, the wheel is turning, so it has blurred from its motion through the exposure. In the second photo the wheel had stopped. The particular firework in the second photo was longer-lasting, and as it moved through the photo it looked more blurred. So all of the bluriness you see in these photos is from motion – the focus was the same.

    The light is all “ambient” – that is, what was at the scene, not added by the photographer. It’s not exactly “natural”, as it’s all from street lights etc. The term natural is usually reserved for sunlight, moonlight and such.

    Thanks for your great questions!

    Edit: And thank you for your well wishes :)

    January 27, 2009
  • Thank you for your enlightening answers. I guess a tripod will be a future purchase for me.

    I’m still learning all the proper photographic jargon, like the exact meaning of “natural,” so thank you for the lesson.

    January 27, 2009
  • My pleasure! That’s my aim with this blog, really! You might want to consider participating in the community in the forum:

    There you can ask whatever question you like, and we’ll do our best to help you out!

    January 27, 2009

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