Day At The Beach

Technical: Nikon D90, 1/400 sec, f10, focal length 105


I have nothing to add about this shot. I like the orange color. You could play around with the composition. I think you have been pausing before you push the shutter. That’s a good thing. And take a couple after you got the first image. You might be able to get something better. It’s hard with what I call a ‘grab shot.’ For instance, I’d have tried to position the sailboat a bit more to the side. It means that you would move to the side. Of course the moment would be gone when the kids moved also.

Mixed lighting

Technical: iPhone 4s, 1/16 sec, f2.4, focal length 4.28

That iPhone got a workout. Lots of shots between the Endeavor and the party. This one looks like a self portrait. The color balance is not swell. Flash is just a bit too bright. But it’s nice to see my son happy and enjoying the evening. When you consider the conditions, the young folks have made an art out of taking their own pictures.


A Little Zoom

Technical: Canon G11, 1/400 sec, f4.5, focal length 30.5

I’m still getting the hang of a higher zoom. You don’t look thru the viewfinder or at the LCD. You just point and shoot. It means you get a lot of duds. Fish are the challenge. If I’ve said it once… the slow moving ones are the most forgiving. I’d very much like to put a DSLR to the test. And… a proper flash. But for now it’s a paparazzi style that is working.


Technical: Canon G11, 1/320 sec, f4.5, focal length 30.5

A little Photoshop can go a long way. I’ve other shots of this fish with more rich brown coloring. But it appears this guy is really black and white. Even for fish it’s the eye. There’s a little catch light and it looks more appealing. This is a big fat fish with little fins and I figured it couldn’t swim fast. Wrong. It’s faster than me. I did a little zoom. The problem with zooming is finding and keeping your subject in the image frame.



Technical: Nikon D90, 1/125 sec, f5.6, focal length 170

Kevin has a thing about chipmunks. He hates them. It’s good he doesn’t have a gun. But Susan shot this one. The upper leaves are overexposed. It’s because there is too much dynamic range in the light. To make it simpler, the upper background is too bright. You can compensate in the camera. Usually the meter will under expose the chipmunk. In order to get everything to look naturally unnatural, you would shoot two images exposing for the light and dark. Or, you could shoot raw and manipulate in Photoshop. I’m less inclined to overthink the image. If you’ll notice the chipmunk is pretty dead center in the image. It tends to get that way when you don’t take time to compose because the critter will only be there a split second.

First Day Of School

Technical: Nikon D90, 1/200 sec, f5.6, Focal length 20mm

Jeffrey and Matilda, first day of school, it’s always special. It’s pretty hard to get them to pose, too much else going on. Great shot, Susan. Lighting was good. The expressions are sweet. It’s not crucial to have them looking into the camera lens. I like the hair against the darker contrasting background. This is a very nice image.

Lonely Goose

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/1250 sec, f10, focal length 110

It’s along the California coast that David has made this image. The composition draws the viewer in along diagonal lines to the children posing at an intersection of the rule of thirds. There’s balance and dynamic lines that pull this image together in a great way.

Moray Eel III

Technical: Canon G11, 1/250, f2.8, focal length 6.1

Here’s the shot. That is to say the close up with the stick from yesterday’s post is out of context. This is the difficult choice. Zoom in or use the wide-angle view? It’s your call. I guess the right context here is the wide-angle shot. It shows the diver and moray eel interaction. That is the real interest. You can decide and if there’s opportunity, you can both shots. But, I think this shot is the better illustration of the idea.

United Nations

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/30 sec, f 3.5, focal length 11

Here’s a wide angle shot. Note the distortion at the edges. The roofline on the right has an upward curve. In the center the perspective lines appear straight. There is so much play between the wide angle and perspective it’s hard to be critical of the technical aspect of this image. The exposure is a little dark in the foreground. Shooting wide angle is an art and the effect is something more abstract. In real life we see parallel lines because our brain processes the image with our knowledge of reality. The camera image shows the reality as it exists. The wide angle images tend to have too much sky and lend themselves better to a panorama type image. To get away from this, often advantage is taken to emphasize some object in the foreground, a rock, flower, or automobile. This technique lends more depth of field to the image. In this image, the battle is with perspective, which is distorted and more noticeable. As long as this is what you set out to do, this is ok. Cousin David also got a great soft golden hour (evening sunset) light on the building. You can see a sliver of sunset in the center base of the building. I know this because the UN faces to the west and the sun is setting from there.

Peeking Through A Hole

Technical: Canon EOS 7D, 1/60 sec, focal length 48, f5

Initially I thought that it was cousin David’s fingers making the opening. I realize that it’s probably some sort of screen. The subject is the calligraphy. The screen is distracting because it’s overexposed. Otherwise looking for a frame/border for you subject is a good thing. Here it is distracting.The brightness of the frame overwhelms. The foreground should be darker.