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What could have happened to change the way my D5000 behaves?

blogan

US
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blogan Registered since 31st Oct 2010
Fri 12-Nov-10 05:03 AM

Thanks for all of your help. My previous post was about my letting the battery run completely down.

Prior to doing that night shots were great. No problem. Now when I take a shot at night without flash I press the shutter and it sounds like it opens, but takes something like 5 seconds to close. So I always end up with blurry photos at night. It is staying open way too long.

My settings are on auto without flash. And I have the shutter speed set to continuous. As I said, before the battery running down completely, shutter speed was perfect. Now during night shots the shutter stays open for 5 seconds. So all of this happens outside at night. And the result is trails and blur. When I go back inside into a lit room the shutter speed works normally.

Thanks for your help.

Holmes375

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Holmes375 Registered since 09th Sep 2006
Fri 12-Nov-10 05:22 AM

Check your long exposure noise reduction setting in the shooting menu.

-Holmes
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aolander

Nevis, US
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aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Fri 12-Nov-10 12:53 PM

Depending on how dim the light is, the shutter may need to stay open for 5 seconds to get the correct exposure. There are three things that determine the exposure; shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. If the lens is set to a small aperture, the shutter speed needs to be longer to give a proper exposure. At a low ISO, the shutter speed will need to be longer and/or the lens aperture will need to be wider to give the proper exposure. A good book on exposure is Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure".

When your battery ran down, the camera may have reset to different settings than you previously were using.

Alan

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MEMcD

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Fri 12-Nov-10 06:44 PM

Hi Bob,

Welcome to Nikonians!

>Prior to doing that night shots were great. No problem. Now
>when I take a shot at night without flash I press the shutter
>and it sounds like it opens, but takes something like 5
>seconds to close. So I always end up with blurry photos at
>night. It is staying open way too long.

That sounds completely normal. For the camera to capture an image the correct combination of Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO must be used. When shooting stationary subjects a tripod will prevent blur due to camera shake.
In low light situations a long shutter speed is to be expected. You can increase the shutter speed by opening the Aperture (using a smaller f/#) and increasing the ISO. If the aperture is already wide open and the ISO is maxed out the only other way to reduce the shutter speed is to add more light. The most common way is to turn on the Speedlight.


>My settings are on auto without flash. And I have the shutter
>speed set to continuous.

You have the Release Mode set to continuous not the shutter speed.
In Auto mode the camera controls the shutter speed, aperture and likely the ISO.

>As I said, before the battery running
>down completely, shutter speed was perfect. Now during night
>shots the shutter stays open for 5 seconds. So all of this
>happens outside at night. And the result is trails and blur.
>When I go back inside into a lit room the shutter speed works
>normally.

Again, the camera is functioning normally.
When shooting in the dark, use a tripod or turn on the Speedlight.
If the Speedlight is not turning itself on in low light situations while in Auto exposure mode it may be turned off in the camera menu.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

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