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Pine Needles

Pine Needles

Pine needles in the snow by 8 foot falls.   There are a couple of things to notice in this picture.  First, the water has a nice silkyness.  This is achieved by setting a slow shutter speed which blurs the movement of the water.  I took this in manual mode and set the ISO to 100 and an f/16 aperture to both limit the light and to get a good depth of field.  The shutter speed was set to 1/5 of a second which indicated an overexposure of about 1 stop.  Why the overexposure?  The camera sees the world as grey so with all the snow my camera was fooled into an underexposure which would have made all the snow grey.  So I set for an overexposure to make the snow more white.  With a 1/5 sec shutter time I took this on a tripod – too slow for my hands (especially in the cold)!

Canon 5d mkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 24mm | 1/5 sec at f/16

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High Key in Sunlight

In The Kitchen_

It may be cold outside but the sun still is warm as it streams through our kitchen.  A quick portrait in “high key”.  High key is when the histogram is skewed to brighter so that there is essentailly no black in the picture and the luminance is very high across all colors.  I took this photo in aperture mode and set my camera to overexpose by 1 2/3 stops.  This blew out the sunlit kitchen to the right but also allowed for a proper exposure of her face.  If I had let the camera meter the scene the background would have been properly exposed but her face would have been very dark.

Canon 5d mkIII | Canon 85mm f/1.8 | 1/60 sec at f/2.2

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