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JohnE Nikon

New HArtford, US
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JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Thu 24-Jun-10 02:43 PM

I bought a D5000 for my wife approx 6 months ago but have taken it over. In general I am very happy with this camera.
Recently I have been experimenting with night time landscape / city photography.

The sky and clouds are often blurry. The distant houses are also not as sharp as I would like. I have been admiring some photography on this web site and from National Geography, where the sky and building architecture is crystal sharp.

I have tried manual focus and auto focus. I find focusing difficult with minimal light. I use the kit 18-55mm lens. I have used S priority between 1 sec and 10 minutes, depending on the background. I have used a remote to limit camera movement. When exposure is > 30 sec, I use a remote which can be used on bulb setting so that you do not need to manually depress shutter.
I use an inexpensive lightweight tripod.
Should I increase f stop and keep exposure longer, focus approx 20 feet away, buy a better tripod, keep practicing or is this camera not capable of the kind of pictures I envy?

I also recently bought a 1.8 35mm prime lens for low light photography. This does not have VR on it and I notice some blurring. I am not sure if this is related to shallow DOF or vibration not being corrected. Should I use this lens for my outdoor night time photography with a tripod? I will be greatful to hear from anyone.


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Reply message RE: Blurry night time photography gkaiseril Gold Member
24th Jun 2010
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Reply message RE: Blurry night time photography JohnE Nikon
24th Jun 2010
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Reply message RE: Blurry night time photgraphy Bob Chadwick Silver Member
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     Reply message RE: Blurry night time photgraphy Bob Chadwick Silver Member
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Reply message RE: Blurry night time photgraphy MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas
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          Reply message RE: Blurry night time photgraphy MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas
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               Reply message RE: Blurry night time photgraphy JohnE Nikon
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