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JTL
04-11-2005, 06:24 PM
Was downtown for a meeting, the sun was out, so I took some shots on the way...the beauty of a "pocketable" camera!

The first one is inside Trinity Church. The way people talk on the other forums, you'd think that the Canon SD500 was incapable of taking low-light shots. Well, all of that nonsense is simply not true. A lot of people seem not to like to read manuals and learn how to use their cameras...

Just so people out there know that the low-light rap is simply a whole lot of hooey, look at this...

Canon SD500, hand-held, available light -no flash, ISO 50, f/2.8, 1/8 sec.
http://JTL.smugmug.com/photos/19456306-L.jpg


Also, a nice shot in City Hall Park
Canon SD500, f/3.2, 1/160 sec.
http://JTL.smugmug.com/photos/19456250-L.jpg

And, a few more around downtown... :)

http://JTL.smugmug.com/photos/19456257-L.jpg
http://JTL.smugmug.com/photos/19456262-L.jpg
http://JTL.smugmug.com/photos/19456289-L.jpg
http://JTL.smugmug.com/photos/19456321-L.jpg
http://JTL.smugmug.com/photos/19456275-L.jpg
http://JTL.smugmug.com/photos/19456267-L.jpg

Bald Eagle
04-11-2005, 06:29 PM
Obviously that camera takes excellent indoor pics, as you have shown here. I agree, a lot depends on the photographer itself. I love the stained glass inside the church, very colorful. :)

Bluedog
04-11-2005, 06:37 PM
Simply beautiful!

speaklightly
04-11-2005, 08:08 PM
JTL-

Wow! Is that a wonderful endorsement for the Canon SD-500! They are great.

Sarah Joyce

JTL
04-12-2005, 02:42 PM
BE, Bluedog and Sarah...

As always, thanks for the feedback. :) I still feel like I haven't had enough time with this camera. Eventhough, it continues to impress me everytime I use it. For such a tiny little thing, it takes pretty amazing pics. Of course, it can't rival your dSLRs, but apparently it's no toy either...

argo0
04-12-2005, 03:01 PM
Beautiful interior shot -- how did you keep the camera steady for 1/8 second exposure?

JTL
04-12-2005, 03:19 PM
Beautiful interior shot -- how did you keep the camera steady for 1/8 second exposure?Thanks for the compliment :) - I rested the camera bottom (and held firmly with both hands) on a podium/stand (that had some kind of book on it) that is in the center-back of the church.

EAP
04-12-2005, 04:16 PM
I love the second shot, too, of the park. Didn't know New York could be so pretty. :p

JTL
04-12-2005, 05:44 PM
I love the second shot, too, of the park. Didn't know New York could be so pretty. :pWell...now I feel challenged to help show the true beauty of New York. Good. A perfect photographic project for me and my new camera! Thanks for the inspiration! ;)

D70FAN
04-12-2005, 06:02 PM
I love the second shot, too, of the park. Didn't know New York could be so pretty. :p

One of my favorite places on earth, except to drive through. Great city. Especailly Manhattan between Central Park and the Battery. Some of the buildings are art in themselves.

Unfortunately, a piece has gone missing about 3 and half years ago.

SamuraiJack
04-12-2005, 08:36 PM
Outstanding photos. I'm hoping to get some great pictures like that with my SD500 in Europe in about a month, I'll be sure to post the best ones that I get.

I would like to see more pictures. Feel free to post all you want. :)


Wes

EAP
04-12-2005, 11:53 PM
Well...now I feel challenged to help show the true beauty of New York. Good. A perfect photographic project for me and my new camera! Thanks for the inspiration! ;)

Cool! I look forward to seeing some more great shots. :)

JRoster
04-13-2005, 10:45 PM
The church shot is absolutely brilliant! I am very heartened by your ability to achieve low-light performance from the SD500.
Did you set the ISO 50, or turn off the flash, or simply go "full auto"?
Sorry for questions - I am strongly considering the SD500 and would like as many tips as possible so I am not biased by unfamiliarity.

Takeo
04-14-2005, 05:13 AM
Thanks for the compliment :) - I rested the camera bottom (and held firmly with both hands) on a podium/stand (that had some kind of book on it) that is in the center-back of the church.

This is an awesome shot, but it does absolutely nothing to show that the SD500 is good for low light shots. Give me a tripod or a podium to rest the camera on and any P&S will take good indoor shots without a flash.

JTL
04-14-2005, 08:20 AM
The church shot is absolutely brilliant! I am very heartened by your ability to achieve low-light performance from the SD500.
Did you set the ISO 50, or turn off the flash, or simply go "full auto"?
Sorry for questions - I am strongly considering the SD500 and would like as many tips as possible so I am not biased by unfamiliarity.Steps that I took to set-up the camera: Turned dial to M, set to ISO 50, pressed menu and turned off AIAF, pressed right conrtoller button to turn of flash - that's it...

Remember by forcing ISO 50, it automatically means a longer exposure, so in low-light situations you need rock-steady hands (which fortunately I have), something to lean on, or a tripod...

Good luck...it's a great little camera...you'll enjoy it... :)

JTL
04-14-2005, 08:22 AM
This is an awesome shot, but it does absolutely nothing to show that the SD500 is good for low light shots. Give me a tripod or a podium to rest the camera on and any P&S will take good indoor shots without a flash.Whatever, dude... :rolleyes:

But, thanks for the compliment on the shot! :)

gary_hendricks
04-14-2005, 08:33 AM
Steps that I took to set-up the camera: Turned dial to M, set to ISO 50, pressed menu and turned off AIAF, pressed right conrtoller button to turn of flash - that's it...

Remember by forcing ISO 50, it automatically means a longer exposure, so in low-light situations you need rock-steady hands (which fortunately I have), something to lean on, or a tripod...

Good luck...it's a great little camera...you'll enjoy it... :)

Thanks for the tips. I'd like to write a review of the SD500 soon on my website.

Jredtugboat
05-02-2005, 07:32 PM
Well...now I feel challenged to help show the true beauty of New York. Good. A perfect photographic project for me and my new camera! Thanks for the inspiration! ;)

Yeah, right on. I live across the River in Brooklyn Heights and pass by here twice a week on my way from work to class...

I'm going to look at that SD 500, myself...thanks for the hot tip!

yours,

Julian

Savannah
05-02-2005, 10:41 PM
Very nice......I appreciate you showing us that "low lighting" difficulties can be conquered with a little know how and patience. Very inspiring in more ways than one.

Stacy

Rex914
05-02-2005, 10:49 PM
Wow, a shutter speed of 1/8 s. I thought I had it bad to have to hand hold all my restaurant shots at 1/15 and 1/30s. Great job!

JTL
05-03-2005, 05:49 PM
Wow, a shutter speed of 1/8 s. I thought I had it bad to have to hand hold all my restaurant shots at 1/15 and 1/30s. Great job!

Thank you very much!:)

Below is a link is to another SD500 photo (previously posted on another thread) inside a church that I took hand-held without leaning on anything...also f/2.8, 1/8 sec. I have a very steady motionless stance and hands. I get all kinds of great results out of my SD500, so much so that it's the only camera that I've used for the last two months. It shares the credit with me...

Also, a link to a mirror shot of my SD500 low-light hand-hold technique (also previsously posted).

http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/19903850-L.jpg
http://jtl.smugmug.com/photos/20089533-M.jpg