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1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by lilybug1960

1/15th of a second at 400mm…handheld…
 
A final test of a lens I will be shooting moving critters is the slow shutter speed, handheld, racked all the way out on the zoom ring test. I’m not looking for birds in flight, instead a subject I have to work to get parallel to, and in an odd position, so it isn’t “ideal” for handheld shooting. I found this butterfly after having been in the heat and humidity of the Butterfly House for about 2 hours, so I was feeling I needed Vibration Compensation. I positioned myself as parallel as possible, slowed my breathing down and finally slowly exhaled, releasing the shutter button at the end of the exhale (that is the proper technique, not holding one’s breath). I snapped of 3 or 4 frames and was very pleased that the image was extremely sharp. Have I mentioned how much I like this lens?
 
Tamron 18-400mm Di-II VC HLD lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, MindShift Gear PhotoCross 13 Sling Bag, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #MindShiftGear
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Creating a Sturdy Base for Handholding

Posted in Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2017 by lilybug1960

Creating a Sturdy Base for Handholding.
 
A long time friend of mine asked me to do a post that would help photographers create a sturdy base when handholding a lens. Vibration Compensation can give the photographer several, even up to 4, stops of light, but using a good technique will increase the effectiveness of the lens that much more. When I am handholding a lens for a slower exposure I will use my body to support my upper arm and elbow, then in the area between my thumb and index finger I will rest the bulk of the lens. I will have my fingers closer to my body so the thumb and index finger are in the front, this causes the palm of my hand to “cup” the lens. The palm of my hands are about 3-4 inches wide, placing my palm under the lens, with my upper arm and elbow supporting the weight of the lens against my body make for a very sturdy base. Breathing is an important element in this equation as well. You don’t want to release the shutter while holding your breathe, you want to exhale and in that pause before inhaling release the shutter. Follow these tips and I promise you will be able to start handholding your lens for images down to the 1/4 seconds or slower even. My personal best for a sharp handheld image is 1/2 second with a 24mm lens.
 
Tamron SP 70-200mm f2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, at 70mm, f4, ISO 200, shutter speed of 1/40th of a second, handheld utilizing the Vibration Compensation feature of the lens, Mode 1, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMasters, #MindShiftGear