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Waterfall Photography Using Timer Question/Problem

Charbear

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First post here. I've had my Rebel 7Ti for a couple of years now. I mostly use it for waterfall photography (with a tripod of course). As opposed to using a shutter release cable, I've primarily been taking the shots using the timer (a lot of my shots are a 0.5 - 2 sec exposures). If I recall correctly, I would partially depress the shutter to lock in focus, then push it all the way down to start the timer. I usually take 3 exposures of each shot (often +-2/3 stops).

This last round of pictures, many came out quite blurry. Perhaps I somehow messed up the focus? The only thing I believe I may have done differently is to put the timer on 2secs as opposed to 10secs. I might have done that during a previous session or two..not sure..but if I did, those shots turned out fine.
Do the experts on here see an issues with using the timer as opposed to a shutter release when taking longer exposure shots using a tripod? If so, could someone please describe why and also provide a bit of education on how to use/improve either the timer process or the shutter release cable process?

Thank you!
 

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G'day mate

I have answered you on the other forum we both use
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Hello and welcome to the forum. I can think of a couple of reasons why one set is blurry as opposed to your others, but we need a little more information first. You have a tripod, but what level of quality is it? If it's one of those sub $50 items from Walmart, it may not be up to the task. Secondly, what type of footing was the tripod set on? I know some of my waterfall shots were set on some pretty precarious slippery rocks which necessitates using the spike feet instead of the rubber ones. Of course thirdly, 2 seconds on the timer is cutting it pretty close. There could still be some slight shake as a result of half pressing the shutter button.
 

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Sounds like your camera is hunting for focus. Do you have the lens on Auto Focus mode by any chance? I normally focus the shot and then lock into Manual Focus before taking the shot.
 
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I use a 2 second timer for almost all of my tripod images, 2 seconds is normally plenty of time for things to settle before exposure if your tripod is sturdy and on solid ground.
 

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I would use manual focus or back button focus.
 
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