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

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Day 2: To P or not to P

Today’s Missing Pages article from photo.net was all about the ‘P’ button. And please excuse the awful pun, I just couldn’t resist.

Confession time. When I woke up and read this lesson, I was in two minds if I should skip this lesson. I have been reading that it is the “Great Satan” on many of the photography boards. Usually by those cognoscenti who seem to post a lot of words but few images.

But I loaded up Horace with an SD card and donned a brave face 🙂 And what a lot I learned! It was a case of only knowing when and how to use a tool once you have mastered it. I now know how to use it but have not yet fully mastered it. But I have set aside some time to practice some more.

What I find really useful was it did not like going below 1/60. It helped me a lot as I sometimes get “shaky hands”. Nothing serious, just that if asked to hold my hand out straight and keep it still, I would fail every time 😦 On the plus side, my setting up, clipping and unclipping speed from a tripod became much faster 🙂

For today, I roped in another model. This time it is Percy. I choose Percy, and he agreed, because the light conditions were all over the place from gloomy, shady, cloudy to sunny. And as Percy is a brilliant bubble gum pink colour, I could practice contrast between various colours. The picture shown is the best from the session. I had great fun doing this practice today. So a good reminder to me that when I don’t feel like doing something, give it a try – it may turn out to be more fun that I thought!

 

Percy Pig Model

Percy Pig Model

And here is what I learned and wrote down on some 3″ x 5″ card:

Shooting in ‘P’, ISO starter points:

  •     80 or 100: Bright sunny day
  •     200: Gloomy / Hazy or outdoor shade on a sunny day
  •     400: Indoors cloudy conditions outside
  •     800: Low-light conditions

And now onto Day 3….