Capture This - Missing Inclement Weather

January 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Capture This - Missing Inclement Weather
Ok, no sign of rain, no sign of mud...inclement weather on hold for the evening-hurrah!   when I went out to do this shoot, I had three different types of photograph in mind...here goes -   

1. Landscape shots with as much in focus as possible

So when I'm trying to get as much in focus as possible I start with my shutter speed and dial it down as low as I dare...that lets in as much light as I can and it also has no effect on how much is in focus assuming you can hold the camera steady...of course I'm on my bike as usual so I don't have a tripod.  I then set the aperture to correctly expose the subject.  The aperture has a significant effect on how much of the image is in focus and at this point i will bring in the ISO setting if I don't think the aperture will give me enough depth of field (enough in focus).  What works and what doesn't is a bit of trial and error and each situation is different....but the important thing is to know about the options you have.  Of course when you are photographing a sunset you don't have all the time in the world and too much messing about and you miss it!!  Once you have all the settings right, set your focus about 1/3 of the way into the image.  I recently came across a great little tip for focusing if you have a camera that has live view.  Check it out on this you tube link....
Read on to hear about 
the other shots I had in mind.
Exposure - 1/125 sec at f7.1
Focal Length - 86mm
ISO 500
Exposure - 1/250 sec at f22
Focal Length - 70mm
ISO 500
Exposure - 1/125 sec at f22
Focal Length - 200mm
ISO 500
2. Close up shots of familiar Ca winter plants with a bright contrasting background 

This is a little more straightforward as I wasn't trying to get the whole scene in focus.  I wanted the beautiful light and contrasting sky to provide a contrast to the almost silhouetted plants that are in focus.  For this image, I would choose the aperture first....how much of the background do I want in focus if any will determine the starting point and then from that will choose the shutter speed that exposes the image correctly.  In the first image, I still wanted lots of detail in the background and since my focus was on a very close subject, even at f22, you can see that the background is blurred drawing the viewer to concentrate on the close subject.  The second is really just a switch of what is in the focus point.
 
Exposure - 1/125 sec at f22
Focal Length - 200mm
ISO 500
Exposure - 1/125 sec at f22
Focal Length - 200mm
ISO 500
3. Other shots of the sunset.

Remember the shutter speed for mostly stationary subjects only matters when it is getting so slow that you aren't able to hold the camera steady.  Although the time is limited the sunset isn't moving fast enough to make the shutter speed important.  Of course all this changes when you use a tripod and I will definitely have a month on this.  In the first image, I wanted to get the blue of the sky and the tree silhouetted and didn't want to blow out (overexpose) the sun...'2 out of 3 ain't bad' but could be better!!  The second image just shows the hill and trees silhouetted, I like this, but I think it would have worked better with colour in the sky.
 
Exposure - 1/500 sec at f14
Focal Length - 70
mm
ISO 500
Exposure - 1/100 sec at f16
Focal Length - 50mm
ISO 500
Next Time
Taking advantage of the weather again...Snow!!!  Look out for some beautiful wintery pictures - I will concentrate on landscape again, but as always...anything can happen!!!
Do get in touch if you have any questions or comments and I look forward to hearing from you,


Cheers
~Tracey
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