Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Going Fully Manual.

Had another photograph class last night and almost didn't go. Feeling at a bit of a low ebb (then woke up this morning with a head cold and realised why)... Anyway, glad I did go! We were working with tripods. Took a couple of fabulous (in my humble opinion) photos using an 8 second shutter speed (well, actually using "bulb" in the manual setting - requiring me to hold down the shoot button on the camera for the count of 8 seconds)... I had to chosen the aperture (which I found by setting the shutter speed I wanted in shutter preference, then focusing to see what aperture it gave me, then going to manual, choosing the aperture, choosing bulb and then holding the shoot button down for the length of time I wanted). I had to do all the focusing myself, which was actually my biggest challenge, and being that it was dark outside I was really just guesstimating (shooting in the dark, hahaha)...

So, this first shot was hand helding with me oscilating the camera to get the effect.



For this one I used the tripod, held the shoot button down for 8 seconds as car drove by.



Here I also used the tripod, but as the cars passed, I slowly zoomed the camera out.



When I got home, I was just fooling around with the camera, and got this shot by setting the shutter speed to 30 seconds, but also using the flash. From what I can see, the flash captured an initial strong image, and then as the rest of the 30 seconds passed (and Bryn actually moved out of shot, and lay down and sat up again), it caught these shadows of him moving around that are quite faint.



This last shot is on a much faster shutter speed, so no real special effects, I just found the look on Bryn's facing interesting, and the stance, this is not the Bryn we see most of the time...

6 comments:

Juniper said...

what fab shots Sif, I love them! I am so glad you didn't avoid the class! Shame my tripod bit the dust before it got to you though LOL!

Sif said...

Well, the tripod I was recommended only costs $80, so you might consider getting it afterall... It's definitely on my wish list!

katef said...

Oh these are all awesome! I especially love that first one.. it would look ace framed on a wall somewhere!

loz said...

Those shots look fantastic and your knowledge is just growing through your posts you are sounding very with how much you are learning about your camera:D

Nic and Beren said...

Love the shots they look great !

Amanda O. said...

Oh, looks awesome! A friend of mine who is a pro photographer/ newscameraman got a supercool shot like the car ones you took by shooting at night at a fair - you know all the twirling rides with lights, ferris wheels etc. Always loved those sorts of shots since tehn! I think a photography course is definitely in the works for me but maybe more towards end of the year! Till then I'm glad you're keeping going to yours so I can live vicariously and get good tips! ;-p

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