Second Set Of Photos From Nikon D5000

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On Darren's suggestion, tonight's photos were taken in Shutter Speed Priority Mode.
Photos taken after 6pm Aug 5. Lens was the 55-200mm VR kit. Camera held with just the right hand as I was flying the kites with my left hand.

It looks like I have to get to at least 1/800th second when the lens is on about 100mm. That just seems inordinately fast to eliminate blur in the photo.

Am I overlooking something? I always thought if your shutter speed was 1/lens length, the camera motion was moot. Maybe I'm getting kite motion, although the kites were close to stalled on the 30 foot lines.

I do like the look of the photos. Higher winds so vented kites.
Again, open to suggestions.

Allen Carter:

The 1/lens length this is a rule of thumb for 35mm SLRs, and it's more like, "if I really try, I can get a steady shot at 1/60 second"

Two differences here. This isn't a 35mm camera. You've got some sort of magnification factor due to sensor size. 100mm isn't the same as 100mm...

That's maybe a contributing factor, but I'd say you've got camera movement and kite movement working against each other. No way you're holding the camera super steady one handed while flying and no way the kite is always pasted to the sky. Camera moved one way a tiny bit and at the same instant the kite moves the other way. Motion in opposite directions is exaggerated in camera.


I wouldn't rely on that rule of thumb with a moving object involved and especially one-handed shooting, even in bright sunlight.  Also, a telephoto lens magnifies any movement whatsoever.

From my experience as a newspaper photog and shooting sports for almost 40 years, the  faster the "shutter" speed, the shaper the photo, especially in one-handed mode, if you want to stop action and depth of field is not a concern.

Blur in those days was the bane of every news photog using a 35 mm since most focal plane shutters synced with strobes at 1/60 of a second.  You had to be very steady for low-light shots without flash or risk a ghost image with a flash.

Those days for me were 15 to 40 years ago when film camera popularity reached its peak.



I can't remember from the original thread, are you shooting RAW format?

If you are, you made need to adjust how much sharpening you apply. By default, JPG format applies sharpening. RAW format does not. Your processing software can be adjusted (usually) to apply a predetermined amount of sharpening.

This was a surprise to me when I first bought my dslr and started shooting raw. I still struggle sometimes to find the right level of sharpening.



The camera has a 1.5 magnification. The 100mm I stated earlier already took the magnification into count. The lens was on 65mm.


The camera is set to record in JPEG fine (1/4 compression). I haven't tried RAW, nor have I ever used RAW. I probably should, but hated the file size. My 5 year old Mac's hard drive always seems to be near capacity and I'm too lazy to put in a larger HD.

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