October 29, 2007

At last, some photography…

I’ve not used my camera much at all this year. Very frustrating. This last weekend we went to Legoland and I used the excuse to take a lot of photos. I still need to sort through them all and figure out which are suitable for public consumption! I’ll post a few in a day or two. But there’s one picture I do want to post quickly.

At the end of the day, because of the time of year, instead of closing at 6pm as normal, they had a bit of a show (with a Halloween theme) and an enormous fireworks display. Obviously they had to wait until it was dark for this, so it was nearly 7pm before it got going. While we were all waiting, they were selling lots of flashy, lighty things to keep the kids entertained. I decided to try and get a photo, not expecting it to come out at all. The following was taken handheld (it didn’t occur to me to take a tripod and I wouldn’t have wanted to lug it about with me anyway), with a shutter speed of 4s, and it turned out remarkably well, I think (click for a larger image):

Legoland at night

I’m sure the image stabilisation in the camera had a hand in this, but I would not have expected it to work this well on a 4s exposure. And indeed it didn’t for most of my other attempts. This is by far the best of the bunch. I guess I must just have managed to keep really, really still for this one. Still enough to give the IS a chance.


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