In this assignment, I was to find an object or scene and photograph it at different times of the day. I decided to use our backyard fireplace as it is convenient and you can really see how the sun reflects on the tile and chairs at certain times of day.
The first shot I took was at 8:15 at Shutter .625, F8.0, ISO 100. It took awhile for the sun to get through the clouds but knew it was time when the sun reflected nicely on the left side of fireplace and the trees in the background.
The second shot was taken at about 1:30pm. I love how the sun is filtered through the trees and is dappled on the tiles. I used aperture priority and really played around with bracketing. 1/60, F5.0, ISO 100.
The last shot was taken on the day before when it had just finished raining (around 6pm). I love the intense color and glow from the sun setting but was unable to get a shot that really captured the beautiful sunset. I had success in other experimental shots where I underexposed a little and had a better sky result, but didn’t try it for this shot. Shutter.7692, F4.0, ISO 400.
It was a great experiment and enjoyed pulling out the old tripod to play with longer exposures!
For this Better Photo assignment, I decided to try it out on our man made creek that runs into our goldfish pond. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to achieve the soft, flowing effect I was looking for at a shutter speed of 1/8. The second photo was shot at shutter speed 100.
“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” – Ernest Hemmingway
Better Photo Lesson 2 – Composition
This lesson in Better Photo was in creating a better composition when approaching each photograph.
We need to decide what attracts our attention to a scene and then defining that subject within the photo. Ask yourself “What is this photo about?” Sometimes this means to remove details from your photo or to edit out what distracts from your subject. The rule of thirds is a great way to compose your picture. You need to imagine making your photo like a tic tac toe board, dividing it into thirds horizontally and vertically. You then position your photo at one of the four places the lines cross.
Assignment was to shoot images that demonstrate our subject decision, the Rule of Thirds and thoughtful orientation. Shoot showing the difference in a bullseye composition and the Rule of Thirds. Also showing one photo in vertical composition. I obviously set my subject about wine and shot in three different parts of the room from different angles and set ups. The photo I selected was the gave the rustic feeling and cropped it within the Rule of Thirds.