These were taken at the China Lights festival held at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Milwaukee.
Armed with my GX1 fitted with the reliable Samyang fish-eye, I knew that I’d have to invest time in composition and framing while on the move, without the help of a tripod. Since I was with the kids, the time for each shot should have to very brief or else they’d wander off without me. Most or all of the shots were taken at 1/6th of a second @f/5.6 (if I remember correctly) at ISO 200. Luckily for me, I was able to use proper breathing techniques and timing to reduce shake as much as possible. Enjoy.
Last weekend on the drive to Fahaheel for the Enthiran movie, I was in the backseat of my friend’s car trying to get some decent long exposure shots of traffic lights. Unfortunately due to a weak tripod/mounting area most of the frames were badly shaken up and unusable. I didn’t want all those shots to go to waste so I used the Stopmotion editor in my camera to make a short film.
If you’re not familiar with the process here’s a summary on what to do;
In ‘Retouch Menu’ select ‘Stopmotion movie’. Select start frame and end frame and then save movie. The camera processes the frames and generates an AVI file as output. The stopmotion editor has a limit of 100 frames so I was only able to make a short video and I set the FPS to 6 so the clip has a duration under 17 seconds. In future I might combine two or three clips using Virtuaub or other video editors and see if I can make a short stopmotion movie.
A couple of the frames that were decent and without shakes.
This weekend we were lucky enough to have clear skies and a not-too-hot evening temperature (by that I mean anything below 40 degrees C) I had a nice long walk and found myself on one of the pedestrian bridges overlooking the 6th Ring Road. I hope you enjoy these pictures.