Wednesday, March 5, 2014
pink colored fountain. This post gave me the idea for this month's gallery. I walked through my photo archive and picked some other fountains that I've shot during the last years at several places around the world. They were mostly taken long before I started photography seriously. That's why nearly all of them are shot with too fast shutter speed. Today I would choose longer exposure times to point out dynamics of such a scene. Of course, that strange, pink fountain is again part of today's display.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
|400mm f/8 1/400sec ISO400|
|400mm f/8 1/800sec ISO400|
|400mm f/8 1/800sec ISO400|
|400mm f/8 1/2000sec ISO400|
I took these photos with my EOS 500D camera and my EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens mounted to it. My usual settings when shooting with this combination is Av mode with fixed aperture value of f/8 and a fixed ISO value of 400. This aperture value shall produce best image quality and to get feasible shutter speeds I have to increase ISO up to 400. The resulting shutter speeds were calculated by camera automatically. I had no tripod with me, thus I had to shoot free-hand.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
|23mm f/22 1/20sec ISO100|
For taking photos of that fountain I got either down on my knees or sat down onto the floor to get a lower position. Additionally I went close to the water and used a wider angle or a shorter focal length. Both will increase the impression of the water flying high above my head. While taking the shots I experimented with different shutter speeds. Moving water should be captured in a way that clearly shows the motion by motion blur. This will be achieved by longer shutter speeds.
Below are two examples of the same scene. The first one was shot with camera's Tv mode. I used an extremely short shutter speed of 1/1600 of a second. You can clearly see every single water drop. The whole scene shows no action. It is kind of frozen.
For the second shot I selected a fixed shutter speed of 1/20 of a second. Aperture value was calculated automatically. With this quite low shutter speed the motions comes out very clear. The small drops now appear as silky threads. The whole scene shows a lot of action. You can really imagine the water flying into the center and splashing around there. With a short focal length camera shakes are not that problematic, at this shutter speed.
|32mm f/4.5 1/1600sec ISO100|
|32mm f/29 1/20sec ISO100|
Here is another example of the same scene with different shutter speeds. This time I kept my camera in Tv mode and selected different shutter speeds manually. The left photo was shot with 1/500 of a second. Again this one is kind of frozen with not showing any action. The right photo was shot with 1/100 of a second. Even at this quite fast shutter speed the motion is already visible. It is not that beautiful as in the second shot above, but when shooting directly into the sun it is hard to go much slower. Even with this photo I had to correct exposure heavily in post production, because it was much overexposed. To get slower shutter speeds on bright days you can use ND or gray filter, but I do not own some. So I have to deal with what is possible with my gear. And it works good for me.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Since I got my iPhone 5 over a year ago, I took a lot of photos with it. I'm using an app that allows me to adjust aspect ratio and control focus point and exposure. Most of the time the photos come quite OK. Sometimes they are really bad but from time to time it happens that I get really surprised about the quality. So it was with the two scenes I'm showing today.
The first photo is about a small camp fire we did at a friends back yard last Spring. We used an large, old and rusty pot, placed some pieces of wood into it and inflamed them. It was a wonderful atmosphere. We were sitting around the fire in the dark night talking and having fun. The flames were dancing around in that pot. This was when I took out my iPhone and got as close as necessary to frame the scene nicely. I set exposure point right into the flames to get them exposed correctly. From that scene I took a small series of photos in the hope at least one would not be motion blurred too much. I had to hold the phone in my hand with no help to stabilize it. The result came out surprisingly well.
The second scene that I captured last year was again at night at another friends terrace. To make the evening more comfortable and emotional we placed some small candles onto the table. I like fire at night. It creates such a positive atmosphere. The candles were burning down quite fast and soon some wax were flooding the table. This was the time when I took out my iPhone again and tried to catch this scene onto a photograph. I again set exposure to the flame to not get it overexposed. This time I could rest the phone onto the table surface and stabilize it this way. I again was surprised by the good quality of this night shot.
|4.1mm f/2.4 1/202sec ISO50|
|4.1mm f/2.4 1/148sec ISO50|