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    Out of curiosity, what do you guys do with your cable release after you've fired the shutter for a long (say 30 sec) exposure? Do you hold the fella for the whole time or let it dangle from the camera after firing? I've always found it a bit silly standing around holding the cable release but I'm hesitate to let it hang for fear of disturbing the camera while the shutter is open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShutterBugL
    Out of curiosity, what do you guys do with your cable release after you've fired the shutter for a long (say 30 sec) exposure? Do you hold the fella for the whole time or let it dangle from the camera after firing? I've always found it a bit silly standing around holding the cable release but I'm hesitate to let it hang for fear of disturbing the camera while the shutter is open.
    I tie it to my tripod and let it hand there... .

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    for me, i just hang the control onto the ball head's knob while the rest of the wire is dangling.
    photography makes one sees things from all angles.

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    for such long exposures, as long as the trigger point is not time sensitive (e.g. like when shooting fireworks), you can consider using the self-timer (2sec) instead / as well.

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    let it dangling from the camera is fine, as long is not infront of the lens.

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    Dangle (but make sure it's behind the camera)
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    I let it dangle too cos it's so light.
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    Thanks guys.

    Seems that none of you are at all worried about disturbing the camera by hanging the cable release on the tripod after firing. Perhaps I'm being paranoid here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShutterBugL
    Thanks guys.

    Seems that none of you are at all worried about disturbing the camera by hanging the cable release on the tripod after firing. Perhaps I'm being paranoid here.
    Haha it's all right man, unless your cable release weighs a ton!
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    Woohoo! You guys were right. I really put it to the test tonight!

    I dashed out to Labrador Park this evening to catch the sunset but couldn't find my cable release when I got there. So I was forced to shoot this (bulb for 60 secs) with my finger on the shutter release button.



    It looks just a tad soft. This was the longest exposure I tried tonight. The others were much sharper.

    My holding the shutter release button for 1 minute doesn't seem to screw up the shot that badly after all. If so, then hanging the cable release carefully on the tripod after firing isn't going to have a significant adverse effect on the shot at all!

    Maybe I should call this shot: "Look ma, no cable release!"
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    Usually for cable releases, it has a lock switch or position to keep the shutter open while in bulb shooting so that you don't have to keep it pressed continuously.

    Nice pic there. Correct me if i'm wrong, it seems that u're using a large aperture to take this?
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    Thanks.

    It was f1/14. I wanted a greater depth of field.

    I couldn't find my cable release for this shot. I was hold down the shutter release on the camera for this shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShutterBugL
    Thanks.

    It was f1/14. I wanted a greater depth of field.

    I couldn't find my cable release for this shot. I was hold down the shutter release on the camera for this shot.
    Okies...u mean f/14 instead?

    Oicic...cos can see from the pic is slightly blurred, perhaps due to the movement of the cam while holding the shutter release down. In future do use the cable release, results can be a lot more different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShutterBugL
    Woohoo! You guys were right. I really put it to the test tonight!

    I dashed out to Labrador Park this evening to catch the sunset but couldn't find my cable release when I got there. So I was forced to shoot this (bulb for 60 secs) with my finger on the shutter release button.



    It looks just a tad soft. This was the longest exposure I tried tonight. The others were much sharper.

    My holding the shutter release button for 1 minute doesn't seem to screw up the shot that badly after all. If so, then hanging the cable release carefully on the tripod after firing isn't going to have a significant adverse effect on the shot at all!

    Maybe I should call this shot: "Look ma, no cable release!"
    nice shot, just a tad soft! but i like the use of the lights and the overall feel of it... very warm n cosy...

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    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    Usually for cable releases, it has a lock switch or position to keep the shutter open while in bulb shooting so that you don't have to keep it pressed continuously.

    Nice pic there. Correct me if i'm wrong, it seems that u're using a large aperture to take this?
    A 60s exposure with a large aperture ... hmmm sure like to see the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solarii
    A 60s exposure with a large aperture ... hmmm sure like to see the results.
    It'll be overexposed. I didn't take note of the camera shake until i saw it closely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle
    Okies...u mean f/14 instead?

    Oicic...cos can see from the pic is slightly blurred, perhaps due to the movement of the cam while holding the shutter release down. In future do use the cable release, results can be a lot more different.
    usually large aperture will not render point source of light as star-burst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDZ2
    usually large aperture will not render point source of light as star-burst.
    Okies, got that.
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