Holding on to Summer
Having recently started a new photography course with Kent Adult Education, I now have ‘homework’ to complete each week! Last weekend I decided to visit Ightham Mote to take some shots using the aperture priority and shutter priority modes on my camera. It was a lovely sunny morning and, to my surprise, there were plenty of beautiful flowers still in bloom. If there hadn’t also been some autumn colours and a slight chill in the air, then I might have been fooled into thinking that it was still summer!
Having set my camera to aperture priority, I mostly selected as large an aperture as my camera could manage, generally f/5.6, to ensure a shallow depth of field. There were exceptions, though. Photos 6 and 7 were taken on f/8 and photo 8 was taken on f/22 because I wanted to keep as much of the image in focus as possible.
There was no ignoring this vibrant orange flower as it glowed in the morning sun.
The photo on the left is the original. In post-processing I thought I would try different ways of cropping the image, just to see what happened; this is my favourite.
I turned, somewhat reluctantly, to shutter priority on the camera and went in search of suitable subjects. I love some of the effects that can be achieved by slowing down (in particular) or speeding up shutter speed, but for some reason I find aperture much easier to think about and work with. Still, I had spotted a small waterfall and made my way there, via a water feature, tripod in hand.
Photos 1 and 3 were taken at a faster shutter speed (1/160 and 1/100 respectively). For photo 2 I wanted to slow down the shutter speed to give a slight blurriness to the water. At 1/2 I needed my tripod. After a few minutes, a father and daughter, clearly out taking photos together, joined me and set their tripod up next to mine.
I didn’t want to be too predictable, so also looked for something other than water that I could shoot on a variety of shutter speeds. It was a breezy day and the long grass around the lake, swaying in the wind, gave me plenty of opportunity to practice.