It’s Ok to Fail…….. Landscape Photography and Vibration Reduction

11th March 2017

Picture this for one moment please, getting up at 4:30am, driving for 1 hour 20 minutes to Gordale Scar Malham, then in the dark hiking up a hill to reach a tree backlit by one of the most beautiful sunrises you have ever seen. You have to be quick as the beautiful pink sky seems to be fading. You rush to get your tripod out as fast as you can set it up, compose your shot, set the exposure, then using the remote click, boooooooom you already know you are onto a winner!  Time to take a second shot but this time in portrait….  click another 10-second exposure. This landscape lark is easy you mutter to yourself.

You review the picture on your camera screen, press the center button to zoom in and SHIT…… It’s bloody fuzzy what the hell!!!, then it hits you like a ton of bricks you left the bloody VR (vibration reduction) on! You switch if off and look up at the beautiful scene! But it’s over the pink sky has gone….. and you are left with a picture or in this case two pictures that look like they have been taken while standing on one of those vibrating pad things you see at the gym.

Yep……..this happened to me this weekend…..  to anyone that does not know vibration reduction in lenses works brilliantly, it really helps you with hand held shots , but if you leave it turned on and you put your camera on a tripod  and like me you forget to turn VR off, all hell brakes loose and you end up with messed up shots.You see VR is always trying to stabilize your picture but if your camera is stable, i.e., on a tripod,  its gets confused and tries to stabilize a stable shot and the result is a picture that looks fuzzy.

All was not lost, and we had a good time. I got other shots, but it is still a bit gutting because the sunrise was amazing. Here is the fuzzy shot 🙁


Thomas Heaton posted a good Video about failing at Landscaping photography click here to see that 

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