February 10, 2005

Lac Philippe, Gatineau Park

I took my new tripod (a Manfrotto 190 (Q)CLB with 486 RC2 ball head) for a test drive near Lac Philippe in Gatineau Park last weekend. I'm still getting the hang of things and need to pick up a remote shutter release, I've realized, but this is one of the first photos I managed that would have been much trickier before. There are a few more on the left sidebar, and I may post some more later.

Posted by anatole at February 10, 2005 01:33 AM

We have stars??? Maybe I should get rid of the glow-in-the-dark ones on my ceiling.

Posted by: Lana at February 10, 2005 12:19 PM

Excuse me for being too lazy to dig this out of the archives, but what camera are you using?

Posted by: Mike Hoye at February 10, 2005 12:25 PM

Very nice! Are there more than this one?

Agreed about the remote shutter release... what I've been doing, though it's not as good for catching the moment you want, is using the timer delay... by the time it shoots, the shutter-button pressing vibrations should have dissipated.

The later ones in this set of mine are tripod shots... I'm still getting the hang of it, myself.


Posted by: madhava at February 10, 2005 12:30 PM

Aha! So you went out on a night ski! How was the actual skiing part?

Nice pics... love the morning frost.

Posted by: George at February 10, 2005 04:42 PM

Mike: The EOS-300D ("Canon Digital Rebel"). Mostly shooting with the customized-for-it lens that came with (EF-S 18-55).

Madhava: There are a few more, which I'll post, although a lot didn't work out. I spent a while being stupid about focus before I figured things out, and then the vibration was an issue so a lot were fuzzy. It wasn't so much the initial pressing-the-button vibration. One problem is the mirror flipping up, for which I used a technique I read about (manually "shutter" the lens with a dark black object for the first second until the vibrations die away, then take it away quickly.) The other (bigger) problem was the vibration I introduced simply by holding the button for such a long exposure while I was cold (because some of them were beyond the largest Tv you can set of 30 seconds). Hence the need for the remote for very long exposure night shots.

George: Skiiing was nice but slippery after all the warm weather of late. I didn't really do any night-skiing, per se. Got up just as it got dark and left in the late morning.

Posted by: Anatole at February 10, 2005 06:41 PM