The image above is my final choice. Why? Because it sums up the group and the event. The elaborate hats worn by both men and women, but also this image shows the lineage. A pearly princess as the focus of the image. The queen out of focus. The elaborate hats. The younger's hat introducing a newer interpretation of the a pearly grand hat.
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Took me awhile to get the hang of this. I found it easier to hold the camera rather than have it set up on a tripod. I also found that if you place your feet where you want to end up then twist your body to the start it makes following through easier and keeps the picture straight.
The collage above have shutter speeds 1/30 - 1/20 - 1/15 (reading left to right).
Below is another image taken at 1/50th.
Comparing images from the shutter speed exercise and this one I like the images at the slower shutter speeds. They give a greater sense of speed. The blurriness seems less important in telling the story of my cyclist speeding up and down the street.
Of the two techiniques I think panning gives a greater sense of speed. The blurred background really gives the sense of whizzing by.
If I was photographing the Tour de France I might like to show it with two photos. One blurred to stress the speed they ride at and another to identify the rider. However this second one could be a portrait.
Focal Length: 24.0mm
Focal Length: 24.00mm
Focal Length; 24.0mm
Camera set up on tripod at fixed focal length. Early evening on a grey day against dark building was limited light. I've changed the ISO to try and keep the AV reasonable similar through the series of approx 24 shots at a range of shutter speeds from very fast to very slow.
I've selected three out of the series to highlight the difference.
At 1/160th the action of the cyclist is frozen. At 1/50th there is a sense of movement but the cyclist is still identifiable. However at 1/10th the cyclist is now like a ghost passing by. However this does give a greater sense of speed.
Timing is tricky for each of these. I was aiming to catch the cyclist in front of the wooden doors each time.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Image 2: AV 4.5
Image 3: AV 1.4
Focus point = tail light on third bike.
The first image is sharp from close up all the way to the distance.
The second image is not as sharp in the distance.
The third image at such a wide aperture the area in focus is limited to the area around the focus point ie the tail light on the third bike.
Note the difference in this image to the previous post. At a wide open aperture it is very important to know exactly where you want your focus point to be.
In each of these images the I have focused on a different bike. The first image I have selected the furtherest away bike. The second image the middle bike and the third image the closest bike.
For this subject the third image focused on the closest bike is my preference. In the other two images it is harder to know what the image is trying to portray. When focusing on the first bike (image 3) it is clear that it is a Barclay's bike even showing the ID of the particular bike. Having the rest of the line of bikes out of focus tells the viewer that the are many bikes without confusing the image. It also puts the car at the back of the image so out of focus it doesnt' detract from the picture. In the first image the car is clear to the point of detracting from the image.
Friday, 1 October 2010
Focal Length: 200mm
At this focal distance I am almost in the apartments.
(Edges are cropped as I am using a full frame lens on a 50D)
Focal Length: 50mm
This image is closest to what the eye sees naturally.
exposure compensation: +2/3
Focal Length: 20mm
At this wide angle I can see a lot more. At the edges of the frame the buildings are distorted.