I love using long exposures. It's like painting with light. This is a long exposure of about 3sec taken at my son's wedding some time ago in Greece. The wonderful Greek wedding celebration at night. Lens wide open on my old plastic D70 and some crummy kit zoom lens. Often you don't know whether the shot will be any good. Sometimes it is.
Post by belgiumreporter on Oct 24, 2014 5:11:08 GMT -5
On diffrent occasions i have tried to take long exposure shots in order to get a impressionistic image rather then a straight photograph. The problem is that there a very thin line between an impressionistic (photographic) image and just a plain out of focus photograph. As it is very unpredictable what results you'll get it is more of a trial and error kind of thing then exact science. This photo i've made on a not so long 1/8 th of a second while pulling the zoom. I know you can get similar (and more controlable) results in photoshop, but still i found it a challenge to do it "the old fashionned way". The result isn't exactly what i've wanted so more experimenting will be due. If you're wondering what's on the photo, it's a tsukudu (typical african sort of crudly build wooden scooter) street race.
Post by belgiumreporter on Oct 29, 2014 9:09:07 GMT -5
Here's a pic made with a15 second exposure at 6 ISO. My Kodak dcs14n can indeed go as low as that in ISO. It's a great thing for product shots as there isn't a trace of noise in the image even at full size (pixelisation becomes before any sign of noise when enlarged). At 6 ISO it is also possible to get extra long exposure times in broad daylight to get the empty streets effect.
Very nice. I have had blinders on and never looked at the DCS14n. What's the downside with this camera? I like that it uses the F mount. All of my lenses are F mount or Pentax 645 with adapters. David
Well, David there's a lot of downsides on the dcs14nx, for one thing it was made when kodak was run by accountants and not by phtographers (the reason why they went bankrupt) But let me sum it up :
The camera is SLOOOWWWW, it takes more than 1 minute to start it up. It is clumsy, because of the thickness of the (back) body it is easy to push one of the function buttons with the tip of your nose while you try to look through the viewfinder (happened to me on several occasions) and the camera will go bezerk. Anything above ISO 400 is worthless. The body is based on the nikon F80 wich is an amateur camera, the vieuw through the vieuwfinder is (relatvely) dim and small, something you're not inclined to bring in relation with a full frame camera. Earlyer models like the dcs 620 and so were based on the superior F5 body and did have interchangable prisms (even nikon with the D1 didn't have that) something wich came in handy in the day there weren't any live vieuws or flip up lcd's. It goes with an alarming rate throug batterys, so allways take some spare well charged ones along. White balance is troublesome. AF is slow. Writing time is slow Frame rate is low Rubber body coating desintegrates and becomes sticky. Older manual Fmount lenses do fit but don't communicate with the body. And i must have forgot to mention some of the other quircks of this camera. So why did i buy one ? It was at the time the ONLY full frame f mount camera available, so full advantage of extreme wide angles, at full apperture nice selective focus and for some applications it could deliver (even today) sensational good image quality. If you could find one second hand for a reasenable price (providing it is the full kit ) i think it will still be worth the money. That is if you know for yourselve if the camera will fit in with your shooting style, because of its limitations. Anyway it is one of the cameras with wich i have this love hate relationship and i will keep it, be it for occasional use or just in my collection.
Here's a few pics i've made the last time (2011) i took it out for a report of a ballet gala just before the D3 replaced it
Thanks. It still looks like a good option for me given my interests. There have been a few times when the D70's 1/8000 sec shutter gave me the chance to capture images that otherwise would have been impossible. However, I like slow setups on a tripod whether it be of cameras in the light tent or flowers in the fields. If I can find a Kodak that is already clean and reaonably priced, I will get it. I must admit that the Df has been tempting but for all the wrong reasons. David