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 Post subject: Don't forget 'slow-sync'
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:15 pm 
Hi everyone,

I went away for the weekend with my brother for some mountain biking (around the coastal town of Knysna in South Africa). While I took all my SLR and DSLR kit, I also packed my now much-ignored Canon IXUS 65 compact camera, and put it in my pocket, thinking that there could be some cool shots to get during our ride.

While in a low-light forest section, I remembered that it was the perfect situation to try to 'fool' the usually frustrating auto settings on my IXUS 65 by switching to a 'slow sync' flash setting to capture the motion of the action mountain biking shots. (I believe some other camera's achieve the same setting by calling it 'Night mode' or something...?)

So, here are the ones I was able to capture:

My brother:

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Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 65
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm


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Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 65
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm


Me :D

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Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 65
Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 7.1 mm


So, remember not to forget that 'slow sync' flash settings on your compact camera for those low-light action shots or pics at events/parties/nightclubs etc. to capture something a little different. :D

(I find the technique much more rewarding in day light however, since using it at night can result in overly orange tones from nearby tungsten lights. A little WB adjustment should fix that however.)

Roland


Last edited by roland on Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:02 am, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:38 pm 
Thanks for the tip. I'll keep it in mind. It is indeed an interesting effect.
I am curious about the settings the camera chose though. Can you give us the relevant EXIF data?

Ben


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 11:03 am 
Hi Ben,

Pics updated with EXIF data.

R.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:25 pm 
to get the biker sharp en the surroundings unsharp. do you have to move the camere with the motion of the biker? Or hold the camera just steady?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:39 am 
Hi matti_nl,

Because of the camera's slower shutter speed, one needs to move the camera at a similar speed to your subject or "pan" to be able to get it more in focus. As a result, the surroundings which aren't moving, because blurred.

Roland


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