Wednesday, 14 August 2013
First light at the edge of the world
Dear photo enthusiasts,
I have been reading a book by photographer Richard I'Anson called Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Photography. Apparently this book is something of a classic and in it's fourth edition. I am finding it very clear and helpful about photography in general. I have been looking for a quote that I can't find so for the time being I will paraphrase it. He said something like "No one ever got a great sunrise shot by staying in bed".
So, dear reader, earlier in the week when I had a day off I set my alarm before dawn, dragged myself out of bed and drove to the coast to photograph the sunrise. I had bought my first wide angle lens, a 10-22mm 3.4-4.5 and wanted to try it out. I'd also bought a Hoya UV filter. I had my tripod with me.
I experimented with a variety of settings with varied success but the very best results were using HDR, a method where three consecutive images are shot at three different exposures. This works well for backlit scenes. Before you get too impressed I will admit that I'd found out that my camera has a setting that does this for me. Sweet!
One such shot..
But my favourite shot is this one, in Av, handheld, done with a panning motion when I saw the bird.
I hope you like!