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May 12, 2010

New Photo Assignment!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 6:59 pm

Scott Thomas has a new photo assignment up over at his place.  This will be the first time I get to participate using my new blog! Yay!  The subject he has chosen will be difficult  for me! Yikes!  The subject, creative exposure, will be difficult for me because of the lack of depth of my knowledge as well as my camera’s limitations.  I call it a “step-up-from-a-point-and-shoot” because I have the ability to attach a few lenses and I do have some manual settings.  It also has, as Scott mentions in his post, different exposure settings.  I’ve used my scene settings many times and have favorites, but I’ve never quite been able to master using my aperture and shutter speed priority settings.  If I’m understanding the concept of “creative exposure” correctly (and please correct me if I am not, Scott!), it sounds like the challenge is to find an interesting combination of aperture, shutter speed and ISO and explain why you chose those settings.  That will be the challenge for me!  I’m not sure why I choose the way I do – I just pick the one that makes the picture look the way I like it.  I’m not into much post-processing; I like to get it as much to my liking as possible right there on the LCD.  Most of the pictures I post are SOOC, with the exception of some cropping and a little color saturation.  You could liken my thinking with photography to an old quote about art: “I don’t know much about photography, but I know what I like!”

 So, inspired by what KD posted at her place today, I looked back in my photo archives over at Flickr and chose some interesting shots where I used some of the built-in scene settings on my camera, to which Scott referred to for users of point-and-shoots.
Leap do-over

This is one of the first pictures I took when my camera was brand new.  Anxious to try out all the cool settings, I took this of my daughter leaping across the dance studio with the high-speed capture.  No idea about shutter speed, ISO etc.

This one was taken with one of  my favorite settings “available light.”  This setting seems to soften pictures somehow, and I thought it was just right for capturing my daughters in an unguarded moment.
Pilgrim Monument, P-town

I took this shot of Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown, MA from the balcony of my hotel room in Truro, MA with the “night scene” setting, my T-Con 1.7x telephoto lens and my husband, the human tri-pod!


This shot was the result of a happy accident, but also possible, I’m guessing because of some exposure choices that were made by both me and my camera.  This gargoyle resides at the top of the 252 ft. monument that I showed you in the previous shot.  In order to keep folks from plummeting to their deaths, there is a cage around the viewing platform at the top of this monument.  While enjoying the spectacular views from the top, I spotted this gargoyle through the top of the cage.  I set my camera to the “landscape” setting, and the cage magically blurred into the background and I got this unobstructed view of the gargoyle!  Isn’t that cool?  Can one of you photo-expert-types please explain to me how that is possible?

Island sunset

This is one of my favorite shots that I’ve ever taken using the “sunset” setting.  In this case, it really captured the beautiful color of a sunset on Peak’s Island in Maine.  It doesn’t always work quite so well for me.  The colors often seem to be a pale comparison to what I see in real life.

Looks like Scott’s new assignment could force me to learn a bit more about my camera.  (One thing I do learn the more I use my camera is how much I want a DSLR…{WHINE!} )  I’d love to hear any suggestions folks might have for me to help spark my creativity for this new assignment and to help me improve my results, aside from buying a DSLR… 😉  Scott’s assignment is due May 26th… get shooting and please comment to help me if you can!



  1. You’ve got some great shots here!
    I think this assignment might be a toughie…. I usually don’t even think about my settings anymore, or why I chose those particular settings. This assignment will force me to think about my shot first (or make something up later 😉 )
    Either way it will be fun.

    Comment by thedailyclick — May 12, 2010 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

  2. I love your pictures. The sunset is beautiful and the monument is a really cool picture.

    Comment by Patricia Weldon — May 12, 2010 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

  3. I like these very much, especially the tenderness of the tints in the photo of your daughters. I’m impressed with the gargoyle, too. I have such a lot to learn.

    Comment by Gerry — May 12, 2010 @ 10:58 pm | Reply

  4. Love your write up on this, and the gargoyle… Well it’s all because of the depth of field… Your cameras aperture would have been quite large (a low number), which means that only the gargoyle was in its depth of field / focus, and the cage therefore blurs so much so as to make it almost invisible… It’s difficult to explain adequately in just a comment…. lol…

    I think you’d really enjoy playing with some manual settings though… If you learn Aperture / Shutter speed and ISO, then it opens up so many possibilities…
    Small aperture (f22) to increase the depth of focus and make everything in the image clear – Large (f2.8) to only focus on one specific object, and blur everything else…
    High shutter speed to freeze action – Low to blur motion…
    High ISO for shooting in low light (too high will make your pictures grainy though) – Low for sunny days and better fine detail…
    And obviously all of these can be combined to create some amazing effects… and will give you the shot you desire, and not what the camera “thinks” you want… 🙂

    Some of what I’ve written here might help… http://funkyslug.wordpress.com/night-photog/

    Now there’s a comment… lol…

    Comment by FS Photography — May 13, 2010 @ 4:54 am | Reply

  5. Thought I would wait and see what others would say first. FS is correct. When I am at a zoo or hockey game, there is usually something between me and my subjects like bars, fencing or netting. By using a wide open aperture (ie., that means the widest aperture your camera’s lens can go), you can focus past the obstruction in front of you.

    I think you will do very well, Karma.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — May 13, 2010 @ 1:49 pm | Reply

  6. These images covers a wide range of Scotts theme on Creative Exposure.
    Well done Karma. You are good at explaining what you have done too.

    Comment by Carsten — May 18, 2010 @ 6:14 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carsten. I’m looking forward to trying to capture a great image for this new challenge (these I’ve shown here are older images from my archives).

      Comment by Karma — May 18, 2010 @ 10:33 am | Reply

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