Miami Beach and Buildings At Night


When it got dark, we didn't want to wast time to sit indoors somewhere and most of the evenings we still went to the beach. This time I had decided to take a camera and get some night shots of the beach and nearby buildings.
There was one problem though, I didn't have a tripod with me in the states. I decided to leave that back home because it's heavy and takes off a lot of room in the suitcase. Overall I wouldn't have much use to it in this Florida travel. So I did what I could, I put on the shutter delay mode and used an external shutter button. My camera was on the camera bag which was a highly unstable surface.

With a short lens, I was able to get SOMETHING.
This pic is okay when you watch it on a small screen but if you see it large, it's actually a failed attempt and is blurry.

I guess the second one was the most successful shot cause its sharp. I used a shutter speed of 8 seconds.


Can you see the high rise buildings in the distances?


Next up I decided to do something stupid and I put on the telephoto lens and zoomed it out to the max to get a close-up shot of the high rises you see on the photo above. Even the slightest movement of the camera makes the picture blurry as hell so I did about 10 attempts. Finally, I got a shot that was far from perfect but acceptable. I couldn't do any better taking a 10-second shot, with the focal length set on 300mm on a fucking bag :D

Overall 90% of the pictures of this session ended up in the recycle bin. Miami Beach at night is full of long exposure opportunities but never do it without the tripod.


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