Shooting into the sun–With my 50 mm lens 1/8000 @ f1.4 ISO 100 and backlighting the flower bloom, you lose a sense of what kind of light was used or even the time of the day. This was early morning around 7:45 am.
The sun came out of hiding finally.
I went by one of my favorite buildings downtown–theÂ Life Arts Center which is one hundred years old, I think.
Those pictures for the story were taken by David Bauman, long-time staff photographer at the paper and a good friend.
His dad Fred was the one who hired me out of college.
During certain times of the year and time of the morning, the sunlight just catches it right.
5 minutes earlier or later and the whole scene looks different.
If you’re driving, that means it won’t catch your eye and you’ll miss it.
If you’re walking and you’re in not in a hurry, you will see it.
Let me take that back.
Room for improvement?—Sometimes you can’t plan on composing exactly in the viewfinder and so you have to crop in post production. I suppose I could lose the roof in the picture by pointing my camera slightly down and capturing more road.
One of the most interesting things about photography is that no two people see the same way.
You could send out 100 people with the same lens and camera, confine them to a small area and you’ll see very different images.
So I may be the only person alive who thinks this is a scene be worthy of a picture.
The picture above was taken with a 50 mm lens across the street.
I switched to my longer zoom to give me ability to crop â€œin camera.â€ Â I certainly didn’t need all that clutter in the scene and if I can do that when shooting, I end up with a bigger image size.
That way if I want to enlarge this, I’ll have a nice crisp image with lots of resolution–enough to make into a poster if need be.
From 2 years ago–Here’s the bougainvillea plant from Feb 27, 2008. The time was 8:15 am. Shot with my 80-200mm zoom lens. In case you’re thinking I have such great recall, don’t. That EXIF info is available whenever you go back to your original files. So it’s pretty much the same time of the year.
Composing in viewfinder
I’m an advocate of composing in the viewfinder as much as possible because when you do decide to have your prints made for display on a wall, you can actually save a lot on matting.
If you watch the clutter in the edges, and you compose as if you are seeing the final print in a matte, you won’t have to cut custom mattes.
Every custom cut matte means extra expense on your part. Keeping that in mind, if you’re on budget, you can re-use the same mattes and just swap out your pictures.
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