This is just a walk around Lunenburg’s favourite schooner. The Bluenose still doesn’t have her top mast up but she is coming along.
Getting ready for D’s Surgery so my time is precious therefor I’m not sure if I will get a chance to do extensive shooting today. This caused me to I picked a photograph from my tickle trunk for todays image.
A friend asked me to suggest some locations to shoot sunsets in my area. The trouble is I don’t shoot sunsets. That being said Blue Rocks would be a wonderful place to shoot sunsets, if the sun cooperated!
Lunenburg is full of photographers and this group ticked my fancy so I shot the shooters
Here is a test, think of the last photography you took, now without looking at the EXIF, tell me the ISO, the aperture the shutter and the focus point you selected.
Most of my photography is shot in manual mode with manual focusing I am often asked why?
Step back manual is not bad, in fact most of the great photographers we revere shot in manual as that is all they had. Many of them didn’t even have light meters. Now we leap forward to the digital age with automatic this and automatic that cameras that are hundreds of times better than some of the best of the best used from bygone days. Yet we don’t have hundreds and hundreds the number of great photographers. I suspect that if it was not for Instagram we would have no new photographic idea and Instagram is wearing thin.
While I am painting this with a very large brush there are two things that determine the merits of a photograph one is artistic the other mechanical. Shooting in manual is the mechanical aspect. Mechanically, while not the only things that dictate the outcome of an image, shutter, aperture, ISO, and focus are the most influential. The first three have to do with exposure the fourth about selection. If you consciously control all these variable you are make a picture not taking a picture.
Oh for those that have to know; ISO 200, f/6.3, 1/400, and I focused on the young man’s head.
Today I was out walking with Charlie and the air was cold, there was silence all around and the sun was coming up. I just loved the solitude with the hint of a warm day coming. I took two exposures one that accentuate the sky, and one that accentuate then ground. I made my final exposure, a balance between both of them. Charlie and I walked on.
I do read all my comments but I don’t always reply to them, often because I don’t know how to express my answers in a fashion that would do credit to the person that wrote them. Yesterday A friend, Glenn, commented that he sees the world in colour and it got me thinking. Glenn is a great photographer and his images are far more complex and wonderful than just seeing in colour. Unfortunately many photographers are not so skilled. They often think they see but they don’t perceive and without that they can’t imagine. Picture in your mind a warm summer day, a soft breeze, a babbling brook and birds chirping and you come along a beautiful trillium. You photograph the flower and the final image isn’t how you remember it. Why? The photograph can’t capture the warm summer day, a soft breeze, a babbling brook and birds chirping all the things that encouraged you in the first place to take the picture. When you see a scene you have to be well aware of what you want the subject to be. Then you have to imagine how you want it to look. Finally you must use all your skills to achieve this end.