Monday, October 24, 2011

A View From Western Maryland


Fall Scenes – Up & Down

A Fall Sky    

This is not a timed photo. I did not set my camera on a tripod and then set a slow shutter speed in order to capture this sky view. Recently, at a youth soccer game, in between quarters, I was looking around and as I turned I noticed the sunset view.

The clouds were being blown by strong upper winds as I captured this scene. My camera settings were ISO at 1600, as the light on the ground was getting quite dark and I needed the high ISO in order to give me a fast enough shutter speed for capturing the action. I was shooting in Aperture Priority mode, set @f/4.5, and this gave me the 1/3200 shutter speed as I pointed my lens at the bright sky.

So you can see that I had a fast shutter speed and that’s how I was able to capture these clouds being blown by the winds making the photo look like it was taken at a slow shutter speed.

Fall On The Ground

How many times do we see photos of the landscape in the Fall showing all of the colors of the changing trees? However, as seen in the first photo, there are other Fall scenes that can be captured as well.

This photos is of ground cover on a hillside in my backyard. To me, it is every bit as colorful as any tree one may see this time of the year. In fact, almost all of the trees in my neighborhood have beautiful colors on them and any one would make an excellent Fall photo. However, I choose to capture this image as it is not your normal Fall scene.

So, as you can see, no matter what is the season, don’t just look for the expected scene in which to photograph, look for the unusual that also describes the season. Then see how it can be captured to represent the glorious time of the year in which you find yourself. You might just capture something just as exciting but completely different than what is expected.

In fact, it can be downright fun to do so…

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