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Steady Hand of the Year

Phill D suggested on this thread that it might be fun to have a competition for the longest hand-held shot that was still sharp. With Olympus gear I've become quite blase about long exposures, even managing some of several seconds. So, just how slow can we go? Who can claim the title of the steadiest hand job on the forum?

To make it a meaningful contest, I think we need some simple ground rules:

- The camera must be fully supported by the photographer without any direct supporting aids (monopods etc).

- The camera cannot be rested on a surface. It must be hand held.

- The photographer's body (or parts thereof) are allowed to be supported. This means that taking a bracing position propped up by a wall, bridge, bar etc is fine, BUT the camera or hands should not be directly resting on a surface.

OK?

So, here's one from me to get started - E-M1ii + Panasonic 8-18. 4 seconds. I'm sure I have longer shots with the 12-100 but I can't find them just now!


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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

So for clarity is it ok to rest elbows on a wall ?
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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

Not being familiar with Flickr Paul does the exposure time of "4" mean 4 seconds or 1/4? Either way - nice shot!

Edit : note to self - read the OP properly!
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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

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Phill D suggested on this thread that it might be fun to have a competition for the longest hand-held shot that was still sharp. With Olympus gear I've become quite blase about long exposures, even managing some of several seconds. So, just how slow can we go? Who can claim the title of the steadiest hand job on the forum?

To make it a meaningful contest, I think we need some simple ground rules:

- The camera must be fully supported by the photographer without any direct supporting aids (monopods etc).

- The camera cannot be rested on a surface. It must be hand held.

- The photographer's body (or parts thereof) are allowed to be supported. This means that taking a bracing position propped up by a wall, bridge, bar etc is fine, BUT the camera or hands should not be directly resting on a surface.

OK?

So, here's one from me to get started - E-M1ii + Panasonic 8-18. 4 seconds. I'm sure I have longer shots with the 12-100 but I can't find them just now!


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That is both impressive from a technical perspective and beautiful from an aesthetic point of view. Great idea for a challenge!
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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

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So for clarity is it ok to rest elbows on a wall ?
I think that's ok Dave. I just think that resting the hands on the wall would be going too far.
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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

Great idea. Coffee consumption on the forum has fallen dramatically...
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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

If I entered one of my #pinholewhore shots, how would you know? "Trust", as JPG might have said!
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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

At 1/4 second this is not going to win anything in the time category, but it was hand-held without leaning on anything and I was pleased with the sharpness. Pen-F with 9-18mm zoom at 9mm, f/6.3, ISO 1600. Processed in DxO Optics Pro 11. The headline on the newspaper cutting is readable on the full size original. It's at Pockerley Old Hall, Beamish Museum, Co. Durham.


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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

In for a penny... Hand held at 0.5s

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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

Back in September, while on a meandering trip down to Melbourne from Brisbane for an old friend's 60th birthday bash, I stopped off at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. As is usual for visits to museums, where it is difficult or unpermissable to use flash, I took my Canon EOS 6D along. But, just for comparitive purposes, I also took my Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II with 12-100mm f/4 IS PRO attached. Like an %&^(%$ idiot, I left the ISO set on 200 and so shutter speeds were guaranteed to be challenging.

Much to my surprise, the photos came out a lot better than I was expecting.

This first one of a mini submarine left me wondering whether the blur was caused by my moving or by the subject moving. Shutter speed was 4.0 sec.

Edit: I looked at the same photo taken with my Canon. The fault was definitely mine in not holding the camera steadily enough.


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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

This one of a Messerschmitt BF109 was taken with a shutter speed of 1.6 sec.


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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

While this one of an AVRO Lancaster (my favourite) was only taken with a shutter speed of 1.0 sec.


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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

I missed this Lancaster photo. - Shutter speed of 2.5 sec.

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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

4sec , f4.0, ISO800

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Re: Steady Hand of the Year

Very nice series Larry - thanks.

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