The New Year is off to a good start with lots of visits with friends and family, so color that red, or some bright color of your choice, but the weather here in Vancouver is grey. I miss the blue skies, albeit cold temperatures, of Cariboo.
I have a few new photographic tools but testing them is difficult in this weather, so that blog will have to wait.
|Christmas trees in a "pool" of light.|
|A garden of light.|
|A garden of spring crocuses.|
|An example of the black space the camera sees which our eyes fill in.|
All the above photos were taken at variable focal lengths, with the ISO set on Auto and the aperture and shutter speed on AUTO. The only allowance for exposure was made by sometimes exposing for the darker areas and then "freezing" or holding the exposure while I panned back to include brighter subjects such as the gingerbread man. None of the photos are manipulated in Aperture 3.
"Shoot the cliches and then keep shooting." Someone once told me that rule, and it is a good one to follow, for after you have shot everything you start to really see new opportunities, even when it is not an assignment. In the days of film this could be expensive but in this digital age it is inexpensive, at least from a film point of view.
Get higher I thought. So I used my usual method. Put the camera on a monopod. set the timer for 3 shots after a 10 sec delay, lift the camera, rely on auto for exposure and guess work for framing, hold it still and wait for the 3 shots. Sort of an advanced "hail Mary" which is what we called holding the camera in the air at arms length and praying. So I got these first two shots below. And for another change of perspective a zoom shot.
|For a different view of the toad stools I set the shutter for about 1 sec|
and quickly zoomed out while the shutter was open. It is hit and miss
but it can give a interesting shot.
|Amy had to climb into the garden and crouch down for this shot, then hold|
still for a longer exposure. The image was manipulated from a RAW image
to lighten shadows and intensify the color.