Sep 012009
 

Oh dear, it’s 1am and I am just beginning to write 🙂 Well, some days are bicycle days, and today certainly was one of those.

All three of these images took me four or five trials until I got a sharp exposure with the intended framing. That’s pretty much what you get for using such a long and heavy lens as the Sigma 150/2.8 Macro.

I already use a shutter speed of 1/250s, but at times even that is not enough. And then, of course, there is the fact, that with an unstabilized lens, the image in the viewfinder is incredibly shaky, just like your hands. That’s probably the only bonus of in-lens stabilization line Nikon and Canon use, against in-body stabilization, like all the rest uses: you get a steady viewfinder image. Not a bad thing for composing.

Anyway. This is not a stabilized lens, neither is the Nikon 200/2.0 AI that I saw today in a shop. Used, good condition, 1300€. No, I won’t buy it, but I know for sure I’ll regret it 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Let The Bells Ring” from Nick Cave’s 2004 double album “Abattoir Blues / Lyre of Orpheus”, for sure one of his best works. Hear it on YouTube.

If you don’t know the album and you have six minutes to spare, there is another video with a compilation of four songs from the album, and it even begins with “Breathless”, my absolute favorite 🙂

  3 Responses to “1054 – Let The Bells Ring”

  1. So b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.! You make real bicycle-art straight from the heart!! Sunny greetings

  2. Oh, yes, I love those bicycle pics! The detailed one, in locks and with the flowers, is just plain beautiful. The bell was very well caught too. I tried to spot you but since you used the long tele only a small piece of you [well, I assume it's you and not a tripod :-)] is visible. This shot would not have been as good with a shorter lens, obviously.

  3. Btw, a trick you might not have heard of: if the shutter speed creeps down, you're likely to get at least one good pictures if you shoot a sequence while you press the trigger. The first one is usually blown due to movements when you pressed the trigger, but the others might very well be descent. When you already are at speeds like 1/250, I'm not sure however if this trick will help…

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