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Hand-held Photo for 1 second

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This photo was taken in a church in Schwetzingen, Germany when I visited and listened  

hundred of Pipe Organ in Europe.

As far as I remember, this photo must be the best usable Hand-held photo (which got an

evidence), in my entire life.  —– how can I say this ?  =  The film was Kodachrome  ISO 25.  

The lighting condition like this = if it was ISO 400,  1/30 or 1/15,  F2.8.  —– just count on

your fingers, it became  1/2 ~ 1 second for ISO 25 Film.  But the lens was Pentax  17 mm F4.  

It was in deed 1 second F4.    Please look into the mirror above the organ key-board. =

The image in the mirror was me holding camera = no tripod.

Still you can read (well more or less) the music score.

Not too bad isn’t it for Hand-held for one second ?

—– (Knack to hold the camera is,   1) Close armpit and put elbow solidly on the chest.

2) Don’t push button with pointing finger alone but do it as if you are squeezing all the

finger inward.    3) Relax, never been tensioned.  Just hold breath and release the shutter.)

(Because of an Organist who is facing the key-board, hence couldn’t see the progress of a 

mass service behind of him, it is necessary to have a mirror there to see the timing.)  

—– Well, it was a long time ago,  when I had a muscle.   😀

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  1. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on August 24, 2013 at 19:54

    Very nice! Wonderful clarity and light.

    • yoshizen said, on August 24, 2013 at 20:01

      Thank you Lemony.
      It was there. All what I did was Just click.

  2. elenacaravela said, on August 24, 2013 at 20:08

    Well done Yoshi!

  3. bentehaarstad said, on August 25, 2013 at 16:44

    Iso 25 wouldn’t be my first choice for photographing hand held inside a church. 😉 But the result is very good. Today we can choose iso for every picture, ot always I remember in the heat of things.

    • yoshizen said, on August 25, 2013 at 17:23

      In old days there wasn’t much choice any way.
      Kodachrome was either 25 or 64. Ektachrome was
      also 64. On top of this, Kodachrome needed to send
      to Kodak lab and wait 1 week to receive film back !
      K 64 wasn’t as good as 25 —- better use Ekta as it will
      be processed in one day.
      Today is a heaven for the photographers. 😉

  4. drawandshoot said, on September 2, 2013 at 02:28

    Well, done. You must still have some muscle, no? : )

    • yoshizen said, on September 2, 2013 at 02:50

      Ha ha ha , Karen, you know, these days I’m using mono-pod.
      —— What I’m not happy at all is
      “Why the camera and lens became so heavy now” 😀

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