Day 6 : Too Dark Just Right Too Light Bracketing

Today’s challenge in the missing pages column at photo.net was bracketing. I read it, and then reread it. And still couldn’t figure out the why and wherefore in today’s digital world. I can understand it for the film world – now very much a niche – but digital? Still, I persuaded Henry to come out and play and Horace came along after a battery charge.

I have also been reading some of the “popular” – or should that be noisy model and photographer forums here in the UK. And very much reached the conclusion that it is something I can miss. I know about the “join and change from within, one photo at a time” mindset, but I cannot summon up the energy. And as part of rehabilitation, I am trying to send out positive energy rather than be overwhelmed by a tsunami of negatives. If anyone knows some good blogs or sites like photo.net, please do let me know.

But here are the straight from camera pictures. The only work has been resizing for the web.

What have I learned – more practice with Horace. Not to bother with bracketing and get the same results using the Ev dial on Horace. And to start thinking more about the why and wherefore of the pictures I take when I have finished doing the missing pages articles.

Henry Being Bracketed By Horace - As Seen

Henry Being Bracketed By Horace – As Seen

Henry being bracketed by Horace - One stop Under

Henry being bracketed by Horace – One stop Under

Henry being bracketed by Horace - One stop Over

Henry being bracketed by Horace – One stop Over

Day 5 : Lacking Depth

All through my school life from 5 years old until I was 16, I was always told the following:

  • Lacks depth in his art work
  • Will never make an artist

As you may guess, I will never make a traditional artist with a show in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition!  🙂  But don’t get me wrong, I have several original pieces of art on my walls, just I could never draw. And I was forever tormented with grade drag until I did ‘O’ levels.

But when I saw this weeks challenge in missing pages from photo.net, I confess that my heart dropped. Whilst my memory is spotty rather than completely wiped out from the strokes, I always remember struggling with DoF – to give it the “cool” term. It will always be depth of field to me and lens rather than “glass” for the camera body. But then, I was never invited to sit on the cool kids table at lunchtime either 😦

So I started reading this page on Depth Of Field whilst desperately trying to stop from eyes from glazing over and resisting the siren call of this weeks ‘Game of Thrones’. But being a “completionist” type, I read my way through. I am still none the wiser on hyperfocal distance – the distance beyond which all objects become sharp. But I decided that, for now, it was going to be easy for me. I want to master portraits. And my imagination and determination were fired up even more after watching the Met Opera’s “Cosi Fan Tutti” and seeing the portraits of the principles.

So here is Horace and Henry doing a portrait sitting :

Henry Portrait

Henry Portrait

Day 3 : Aperture and Shutter

Today’s adventure was to discover the so called “sweet spot”. The aperture on Horace where everything is just right. I dug out a picture and starting experimenting going across the full range of apertures available from standard / landscape mode through to telephoto mode. I even managed to get Henry involved again – but it did take a bribe of some 3-in-1 oil on his joints 🙂

What I learned today was that Horace has a sweet spot of f3.5

The second part of the adventure was using shutter speed. Not a great success but I got the general idea. Horace needs to start at 1 second and go up to 5 seconds. The challenge was to use :

  • A busy road
  • Sugar hyped kids
  • River weirs

but, unfortunately, I don’t live near any of them. The sea was as flat as a mill-pond. In the end, I made a lot of coffee and kept on pouring it into a mug until I got the idea. Something I will practice come Autumn with high tides and stormy seas by Brighton Pier and Marina.

In the meantime, here is Henry and the Picture of the Chinese Sanpans showing an aperture of f3.5

Henry and the Chinese Sanpans

Henry and the Chinese Sanpans

The start of the journey…

Let me introduce you to ‘Henry’. He is my first experiment in moving away from auto everything or the “P” button on Horace. I have been reading the Missing Pages articles on photo.net. A small step and it was surprising how much photo knowledge I have forgotten. Equally, it is even more surprising how much I enjoyed the simplest of exercises.

Today’s exercises involved taking an object and shooting it indoors and out at different ISO settings.

But this is Henry on my daughter’s swing in our garden.

 

Henry on the swing

Henry on the swing

It was a RAW file which I imported into Lightroom and converted to jpeg format for a web upload. I won’t show all the images as some were pretty awful. And this blog is part learning and part rehabilitation. The consultant tells me that the more I exercise the body and brain, the swifter the recovery. I also think he means I am overweight compared to hospital standards but I did point out that it has taken me both a misspent youth and a number of years to achieve my current figure! 🙂

It also helps that this is Day One of Blogging 101 homework. I am a little late in starting but that was due to some health challenges.