Would VR/IS lenses help this sort of shot?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Gavin Cato, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. Gavin Cato

    Gavin Cato Guest

    Hanging out the window of a car to take a shot such as the below one is a
    tricky business and one with a very low success rate, at least for me. The
    one below is marginal to say the least.

    The shot below was with D1h and 17-35mm at 1/30th. Nikon make a 24-120VR
    which although I know won't be as good optically, would the VR feature help
    stabilise shots like this?

    I've got the 70-200 VR but it's not really suitable for this sort of stuff,
    too long/heavy etc.

    The shot in question;

    http://www.gavincato.com/gallery/photos/temp/aab.jpg

    Apart from VR - any tips on how to do this sort of shot better? It's very
    hard due to camera shake with such a slow shutter speed as the car is not a
    overly steady platform :) And it's not always practical to seek out ultra
    smooth roads.

    thanks

    Gav
     
    Gavin Cato, Aug 3, 2003
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  2. 1: VR/IS would help, as you are effectively taking a shot of a still object
    and camera movement is your problem.

    2: Shoot a slightly faster shutter speed. Helps with the camera shake but
    will sacrifice some motion blur.

    3: Shoot HEAPS.... chances are you will get a good one.

    4: I assume that you are moving at the same speed as the other car.... try
    having it go past you and you pan with it. This will allow you to use a
    faster shutter speed and this will more than compensate for lost motion blur
    of the faster shutter.

    5: Again..... Shoot HEAPS!

    Now on a total side note....

    Did you know that the Falcon Ute rated as Australia's 2nd most popular gay
    car??? It was 2nd behind the Holden Astra and just before the Hyundai Excel
    in third??? ...Surprised the heck out of me!
     
    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Aug 3, 2003
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  3. I dunno exactly... I read the report in one of the papers. I should
    mention that the Holden ute was not on the list. :)
     
    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Aug 3, 2003
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  4. Gavin Cato

    Gavin Cato Guest

    hiya,

    I agree - but not sure how practical that would be for hanging out of a car
    window :)
     
    Gavin Cato, Aug 4, 2003
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  5. Gavin Cato

    Gavin Cato Guest

    hiya,

    Yes 1/30th to blur background to create sensation of movement. I probably
    could do it in PS but would rather the more natural look if possible.

    thanks for the suggestion
     
    Gavin Cato, Aug 4, 2003
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  6. Gavin Cato

    Gavin Cato Guest

    1: VR/IS would help, as you are effectively taking a shot of a still
    object
    hope so. I might grab the 24-120 VR lens shortly.
    I'd do 1/5th if I could, the slower the better :) I know I could get more
    shots sharp with higher shutter speed but I'd prefer to keep as much blur as
    possible.

    this is probably wise, I only too about 20 shots of that particular car
    moving.
    Thats a neat idea - thanks I'll try that.
    rofl. I'll take your word on it :) Kinda kills the stereotype of the aussie
    bloke with the carton of VB on the passenger seat and the dog in the back
    though :)
     
    Gavin Cato, Aug 4, 2003
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  7. Luckily that still applies to the Holden ute, as it did not make the list.
    :)
     
    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Aug 4, 2003
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