Back to the a photo captured a few months ago on my trip through the UK. This was taken late at night in Newcastle on a solo photowalk along the waterfront.
I was having fun getting some long exposures using my Gorillapod when I noticed this couple stealing away a few moments on a public bench. I hesitated as to whether I wanted to take a shot, but went ahead. I set my camera on a self-timer and set it on the ground with a wide view of the scene. I was happy with how it turned out.
Canon 40D, Sigma 10-20, 6 seconds at f/8 and 100 ISO
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I have enjoyed over the last (almost) year sharing my photos through flickr and on then on this site. What is always intriguing to me is what other people like (or not) compared to my favorites. This recent shot taken on my family vacation is one of my highest ranked on flickr’s “explore” feature to date. Sunset shots are typically popular, especially with a silhouette in them.
I think what is particularly fun for me is that some shots I work so hard at getting and others are just taken casually and luck is on my side. This particular shot was almost an afterthought, just snapped before I put the camera away. It speaks loudly to the mantra to just “keep on shooting” and the more likely you are to get the great shots.
Canon 40D, Sigma 10-20, 1/250 at f/10 and 100 ISO
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I got out one night on my vacation in Pismo Beach with a little time to enjoy the sunset and my camera. I took my tripod hoping to find a location I could emulate the low angle, long exposure style of one of my favorite Flickr contacts, xinapray.
First off, I found it very difficult to get a balance of exposure between the fading sky and the foreground. I did a little painting with light using a handheld 580EXII and manually fired along with a self-timer.
I felt like the results were so-so and a little lightroom help enhanced it a bit. It gave me further appreciation for those great exposures xinapray has of the Seattle shorelines!
Canon 40D, Sigma 10-20, 1/60 at f/4 and 400 ISO
see it (much) larger on flickr
It’s amazing what some vacation time will do for your stress levels. We are spending a week at Pismo Beach with my wife’s family and enjoying every day.
Last night I did the family photo thing, being the defacto photographer of course. I handed off the camera to a sister-in-law to take a few snaps of my family. This is me and my lovely bride.
I’ll catch up on some posting in a bit. Right now I’ve been just enjoying a little unplugged time 🙂