…And slow shutter speeds. This is something that’s typically the domain of SLRs, not cruddy point-and-shoot cameras. And yet, here we are.
Under normal circumstances, it’s easy enough to get a slow shutter speed – just turn off the flash in a dark area. In this case, that wouldn’t have worked. To capture the ambient light as dark as I wanted (which is to say, as it was, not as the camera wanted to interpret it), I had to override the shutter speed, make it slightly faster than the sensor wanted to.
How? Well, I could have (and did) used a faster ISO. Maxed that out, but it was too fast. So I used a known hack (CHDK project) to manually control the shutter speed. This was taken at 1/15th of a second, f/2.8 at the widest angle settings of the lens.