In this post I venture to deal with very high-contrast basically dark circumstances and then with the very tiny, but without special lens or ring flash, let alone a highly manipulable tripod, yet avoiding (on the dark one) destroying the atmosphere of a dark room as really experienced.
The light I was staring at
|During household rearrangement|
Taking a break from reading on a Kindle, for a coffee break, as the sun came in and out of scudding clouds, I was as usual loving my old house, just as it is. And light I always love. Could the pocket camera possibly accept photographing the darkness without losing every hint of detail where one window with its blinds tipped downwards shone on the polyurethane (of some kind) alternative to wax.
Logically, the only hope was to place the 4-spot reading in the largely light middle of the picture (this is not a post-cropped image), set shutter-delay, and hold my breath. It worked. I had hardly any work to do in Photoshop Levels. The mistake would be to have the camera take the exposure (and focus) from the dark areas, thinking that you needed to get some detail there; you would lose the atmosphere that I was sitting in, and you would burn out the highlights while devotedly detailing the dusting rags.
In the Picasa album you can find two more, one of more of the room, one of only a detail.
Bugs and bits of leaves and...?
|What I'd never taken a second look at|
On most computer screens the above subject, without zooming, is slightly larger than the real thing is.
And yet the pocket camera, not because it is affordable, not because it is tiny, but because the technology is so much farther advanced, took it on first attempt. All I had to do was use the Tulip and the Delay and hold my breath; actually it "took" at 1/25 sec. I did crop it. We didn't need any more white siding. For scale, though, the visible width of my cypress siding is four inches (allow for slight foreshortening here). It looks as if I have some small flies and spiders here, but which creature chopped up the leaves?
Please feel free to provide answers in the Comments, either here or in the Picasa album or by e-mail.