Since there was a discussion recently about VR (Vibration Reduction) lens I thought I would try to take some photos using my 70-300 Nikor VR lens in low light early AM hand held and then some with full light to illustrate the capabilities of the VR system. The first four were taken just as the sun was coming up and the shutter speeds were 1/10, 1/30, 1/40 and 1/50. Lens wide open at either 5.0 and 5.6 depending on zoom level, all at ASO of 125. While there is some loss of sharpness compared to the three shot later in full light following the first four not bad for hand held. IÔÇÖll try for some next week with my 70-300 without VR but otherwise similar lens in the same conditions and then maybe rearrange the sequence to show a one on one comparison.
Note in the following one the effect that the slow shutter speed has on the water cascading down around the fountain...
These were taken at mid-day speed set at 320 f4.5 ASO 125 and EV at 0
A crop of the above
And another close up
And a couple of moon shots the same morning and time as the first four just for fun, again hand held,
speed 320, f4.5 ASO125 EV -1.00 zoom 85 for the first
And 320, f5.6 ASO 125, -.67 EV zoom at 230
I used the ÔÇôEV to help get some detail in the moon, shoot to bright and you lose that nice detail, also when its lower in the sky you get a better shot, even though you lose something due to haze, which also can help improve the contrast by softening the brightness of a full moon, so its both good and bad. A better way would be to use a filter with the moon higher up which I still need to try. The trick with shooting the moon (yeah yeah I know!) is to remember that it is a sun-lit object.
So, any one else up for trying a series illustrating some aspect of different types of lens, settings, DOF, same shot with different lenses or cameras ( say a P&S and DSLR) etc?
Tell us what and why, good points and bad, as you share your shots.