Just to start up, can I ask you to take four images. Leave your camera set to Auto or normal (although I suspect you have no choice!). The images
- one taken at night, from the exact same position as your op pic, showing the streetlamp at the same location in the frame. If you have to zoom to
match it, can you let me know exactly how far you zoomed..
- one taken in daylight, exactly as above.
For those two images, can you ensure the camera is dead steady when the images is taken (yes, even the daylight one? A good way to do that is to use
something like your ladder, and a big chunk of blu-tac - that chewing-gum-ish stuff used to stick up posters. Jam the camera into it (obviously in a
area where it won't go into any plugholes or anything!) If your camera has a self timer, use it - set the camera up perfectly, then set the timer
and stand back.
Then I'd like to see another (different) streetlamp at night, and this time, can you put the streetlamp to the left side of the image, take a shot,
then to the right, and another shot. It would be good if the streetlamp was a different colour, but doesn't matter that much.
During all this, if you happen to be lucky enough to have an aircraft passing through the frame, do include it!
I know you have done some of this in your video, but I'd like to see stills - humour me! These are just to get some baseline info about flares,
general resolution, and color accuracy. I don't need full-resolution, exif intact versions, reduced ones will be fine. If the full-res ones might
be important I'll tell you, so please keep the images for at least a little while.
Can I also ask, what brand/model information is there on the camera? Are there any numbers/letters on the lens? If so, can you let me know what they
are? Lastly, if you look at the front of the lens, is it curved, or does it have a flat piece of glass/plastic over it?
Thanks! No hurry...
PS, may i strongly recommend that blu-tac trick - the cheap no-brand stuff is fine for this (just don't get it near the lens - it's greasy!) , buy
yourself a big chunk! It's also really useful for videos at night, as you can still slowly pan the camera around while it is stuck in it, and it
remains nice and steady... Works on car roofs, tree branches, etc... Also, I know it's tempting to use the digital zoom, but please try NOT to.
Opitical zoom is fine, but if it is purely a digital zoom, all the camera does is guess at (make up) new pixels. And the camera has to do it on the
fly, so the algorithm used is nowhere near as good as something you can do yourself afterwards, say in a program like XNView. ('Lanczos' is a very
good - and free - algorithm, for those interested). But remember that enlarging beyond pixel size (ie beyond 100%) is always guessing, so avoid it.