Back in my room looking at the pics, I kept returning to the idea of keeping the camera still. Any movement at all seems to cause problems. I headed back outside around midnight to try a few more pics. The tide was lower at that point which allowed me to use the tree to help keep the camera steady. The results were encouraging.
The tide was a lot lower, actually. The waves were reaching past the tree in the "Night shots part 1" series of pics, but not now !
The new Westin Hotel is now open.
Looking back at the Days Inn.
I took a walk up the beach to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel Beach Pavilion. This is where the exposed sand bar is located. The above picture was taken using the flash.
I headed back to the Days Inn and continued to play with the camera.
I put the camera on a level spot on the dead tree and tried to focus on the tree, itself. The result was encouraging.
Using the self-timer combined with giving the camera another object to focus on, (i.e. me), produced an unusually decent picture.
I used one of the branches on the tree to help hold the camera still while I took a picture of another branch. That seemed to work quite well.
I was really pleased with the above picture.
Shooting the other direction toward the Westin Hotel has me really confused. I just can't seem to get the camera to focus where I want. The Westin and the water tower, (on the left above), seem pretty clear.
I put the camera on the tree and took a few pictures of the base.
This seemed to work really well !
The pics above were all taken around midnight, ISO 3200, f/2.7, 1 second exposure, no flash, on a beach lit only by the moon.
My camera's maximum ISO is 3200. In an era of cameras that are now capable of ISO numbers as high as 409,600, my low light expectations may be a bit optimistic. I headed back to take a few pics in the pool area which has some lighting.
The additional light available for the camera to take in made a big difference in picture quality.
The photo above facing away from the hotel actually turned out much better than I expected.
Not bad for a midnight picture.
This is absolutely true !
I also took a few more pics of the Jag in the parking lot for no specific reason.
The weather is supposed to be mainly clear overnight and sunny tomorrow.
I have a feeling that I'm really going to enjoy myself . . .