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

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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

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

Let me introduce myself. I’m called Mac and my camera is called Horace.

Last year, after a couple of major strokes, I was advised by the Hospital Consultant to take up a hobby. He also suggested that I write a journal daily too. Both together, he said, would help exercise my body and mind.

Hence the reason why this blog has been started. Each day, I will post something, hopefully with pictures. 🙂

I am starting from scratch – the very basics of photography. I will start with “Missing Pages” from photo.net. After that, I will choose a topic and focus on that. I already know that I want to master portraits next. Colour ones, lifestyle ones, headshots for cinema and theatre people, fun portraits, black and white ones… the list goes on.  🙂

So please join in Horace’s Big Adventure and do let me know of your blogs. I love learning and showing things that catch my eye and just say “I wish I had thought of that…”

Mac and Horace