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Tuesday March 19 2013

Last night I attended a book launch, of two books, one by Madsen Pirie, and the other by J. P. Floru.

I took lots of photos, but literally just the one came out half decently.  All the rest were too blurry.

So, what was special about this one?  Seriously, see if you can work it out:

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That’s J. P Floru, looking up for the cameras while signing a copy of his book.  There’s a clue there.

I hope to be saying more about Floru’s book at Samizdata, Real Soon Now, but I promise nothing.

They came out blurry because there wasn’t enough light. This would suggest to me that you weren’t using a flash, or that the aperture wasn’t wide enough.

Often this sort of thing happens when the mode dial on the camera moved from auto while in a bag, or the flash is accidentally turned off.

Posted by Alex Singleton on 23 March 2013

Two out of three, Alex.

Half out of one for the flash thing.  I used flash for this photo, yes.  But you didn’t register that the flash I just happened to use to take this photo was the flash from someone else’s camera, rather than from my own camera.

The one out of one is that you are spot on about the setting having strayed from Automatic focusing to some other gobbledygook setting.  I didn’t realise this until after I had written this posting, when I went out photoing again, and got distant blurriness instead of distant clarity, in what was pretty much broad daylight.  Only close-to photos came out half reasonable, as happened at this event, because the camera was fixed to be okay only close-to.  Only then did I realise.  Once back on Auto, all was well.  You can tell this from the shadows, especially the shadow of the glass.  But behind him also.

The other half out of one was the claim that there was two little light at this even for me to have taken decent photos.  There was not enough light for the camera, wrongly set.  Fortuitous flash supplied enough.  But had the camera been rightly set, there would have been enough light.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 24 March 2013

What’s so special? Let’s see...the guy at the picture, who happens to be a writer, doesn’t know how to hold a pen correctly?

Posted by Tatyana on 25 March 2013

I know the feeling lol. I just did a photo shoot and it was like the craziest thing to get just one satisfactory photo.

Posted by Leon on 27 March 2013

Nice pic:)

Posted by Jameson on 28 March 2013
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