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firespinning, Beginning of Summer 
24th-Jul-2005 08:47 pm
Photos of fire from sunspiral and roozle's wonderful party. Performers are regyt, water_childe, buxom_bey and others. Taken with a Canon s500.

The last one is my favorite. All flashes are from other cameras.
25th-Jul-2005 05:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting these! That last photo is amazing!
25th-Jul-2005 06:48 am (UTC)
its beautiful
25th-Jul-2005 10:55 am (UTC)
NICE. What were your exposure times/shutter speeds/f-stops? I'm curious to try something like this sometime...(vague, I know).
25th-Jul-2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
The camera is semi-auto and has a tiny lens, so the exact settings are tricky. I have to tell it to expose for a relatively short time to fight the autosensor. The camera sees nighttime and figures any sensible person would be using a tripod and want to leave the shutter open for a second or more, but I was all handheld and so. I think it would help to have a real light source, even if it's not very strong... assuming you want the figure visible, and not just the fire. Anyway, these were something like max pseudofilm speed (400), near min autoexposure time, max aperture.

25th-Jul-2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks :) I took some photos of 4th of July fireworks, but I haven't had them developped yet. I tried last year, too, this one is the best one I got.
9th-Aug-2005 09:15 am (UTC)
what camera?

but besides that, these are some of the best pictures i've seen, ever, for fire spinning - and some of the other folx are using expensive dSLRs and what not. composition and creative shooting win every time over gear.

9th-Aug-2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
The camera is a Canon PowerShot S500. It's great for a compact camera. :)

Thanks! :) Mmm... I'd love to play with a dSLR. Maybe someday. :)

And hi! :)
10th-Aug-2005 08:39 am (UTC)
ah, yes, the lovely s500. that was in the top 3 of cameras when i purchased a bit ago... i went with the s50 :) fantastic cameras. good UI/menus.

i simply love the long exposure times via modes, semi-manual, and manual.

my only regret is that the after-market battery i bought is shitty, and should get another one sometime. getting a really large CF card or two is also tempting, but that would only encourage me to shoot 5 MP images more, when 1 MP will do.

11th-Aug-2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
Mmm. I like the sX0 series too, from what I've seen. We have an s30 somewhere. :) You have a few more manual features, I expect. What I really want is a bigger lens, so I have more choices in low light. Not sure how much difference it would make.

The aftermarket battery I got is junky, too. :)

We have 256M and 512M CF, and usually shoot at 3MP. It's pretty hard to make 5MP worthwhile (never mind necessity, given that I mostly web-publish), given various sources of noise.
11th-Aug-2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
probably what i would buy other than a Can0n battery, is a battery BRICK that powers the camera for days... :)

low light - yah - can't beat a large fast piece of glass, faster the better - or a telescope hookup ;)

now, the fact that CCD "sees" IR and UV pretty good (despite the UV filters)... perhaps you could play with a filter to block visible light, and shoot IR :) especially during the daytime - it's creepy.

low light trick i like - tripod - fixed focus with a mild light source behind something like a bush/tree, and long exposure. run around in front of camera, multiple positions split across seconds, different people, have two people in frame, have one run away... ghosts and all that :)

i was DYING that my craptastic 35mm film camera couldn't do THAT. *cry* current thing i want to try: long term time lapse - direct connect to computer, take pictures of flowers and such; but also stop-motion :> claymation/etc...

25th-Oct-2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
I've got an aSLR with half a roll that needs shooting... *dangle*
2nd-Nov-2005 08:31 am (UTC)
Hehe. I could do that. But aSLR is really different. :)
2nd-Nov-2005 10:08 am (UTC)
As may be. SLRs are pretty much sexy no matter what. ^_^

...How different would it be? the biggest difference between analog and digital is the medium of exposure, isn't it? dSLRs I've seen, anyway, didn't look too terribly much different from mine, aside from having more buttons and fewer levers.

(Mine's a Minolta X-700, which was sorta the granddaddy of dSLRs... got... three auto modes and a manual mode.)
2nd-Nov-2005 11:50 am (UTC)
Heh. The main difference is in exposure; the controls are the same, but without seeing what you get, you pretty much have to trust an aSLR to do it for you, where I can be fairly sure a dSLR is doing what I want. Ditto for all settings; I can check if an image was focused properly, etc. Since much of the point of an SLR is being able to fiddle with things until they look the way you want them.

However, my experienced is colored by much older SLRs than yours... yours looks easier. :)
2nd-Nov-2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
Aah... dSLR I saw didn't have a viewer built in. ^_^
26th-Jul-2005 02:40 am (UTC)
It looks like they're dancing with spirits... or demons. ;-)

Great shots!
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