Autumn Sky Posted July 3, 2019 Share Posted July 3, 2019 (edited) Bamboo Boar Scarer in Japanese Garden, Victoria BC Butchart Gardens: Every 8-10 seconds water accumulates in larger stick and spills, causing it to lift and drop on rock behind making "thump" sound. This is shishi-odoshi Japanese technique of scaring animals by making noise. Body: Canon EOS 6D Mk 1 Lens: Canon 70-300L at 166mm Aperture: f5 Exposure: 1/10 second ISO: 320 What makes this image challenging was that I had no tripod, and it was fairly dark. I don't like bumping up ISO; even 320 used is more than I'd like. I also used F5 as I didn't need great depth of field, although I'd have liked F8 better. Still exposure time wasn't nearly long enough for handheld. What to do? I sat on the bench (bench was too low to lay camera on it; angle wouldn't be good), set it to 10 second delay, placed elbows on my knees and tried to make my hands as steady as I could. Then as 10 seconds were ticking, around 6 or 7 sec I took very long deep breath and held without exhaling (I find this helps with steadying hands even more). I did not have much hope, but it turned out ok. Focus is on sticks, and that had to be sharp. So further in processing I did unsharp mask in PS on background layer copy, then masked the layer and painted with white brush just along bamboo sticks. I also applied Reduce Noise Filter. Result is above & it is technically acceptable. I'd appreciate comments. What do you do in similar situation if you don't have tripod? Cheers Edited July 3, 2019 by Autumn Sky Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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