Category: Nature

Deeks-Lake-Meetup-Hike-52SML

Photo of the Week – Making Moving Water Look Fantastic

If you go out into the woods or even to a beach you can get shots like this almost every time.

Deeks-Lake-Meetup-Hike-52SML

This was shot on a cloudy day deep inside a forest. If you aren’t ready for an opportunity then you will never get the shot. The secret for this type of shot is very slow exposures. That’s why I take a light weight tripod with me.

You can even take one of those mini tripods so that you are covered in a pinch. I prefer a medium tripod for traveling light but it still has some build and weight. I like this because I don’t end up with all extremely low shots (which looks great in some situations) and the extra weight holds the camera steady.

Take several minutes to find a great composition and solid ground so that your tripod is rock solid. Set your camera at the highest aperture (F16 or F22) and set the camera on a 2 second timer (now you know why this is and option on your camera). Also make sure you set your ISO to the lowest setting.(my camera only goes down to ISO 200 but a lot of cameras can go down as low as 80) Carefully press the shutter release and do not move. If you walk away you will shake the ground and blurred the image.

With your camera at these setting you will get a 1 to 5 second exposure depending on where you are. If you are in the open it’s best to weight till later in the day and the light starts to dime a bit. If you want to really do this technique a lot you can also get neutral density filters (kind of like sunglasses filters) to reduce the light going into your lens.

TIP: If you want your tripod to be even more solid bring a small bag with draw strings (this only works with bigger tripods and not mint tripods). Fill it will rocks and hang it on your tripod so that the rocks stabilize the tripod. (make sure the bag is not swinging when releasing the shutter of course)

Next Week: The 5 secrets of great composition and why you need to know them.

Purple Mt Flower

Photo of the Week – Mountain Flower

This is the beginning of a new visual and content project. It will consist of photographs I have taken with some teachings for each shot.

Purple Mt Flower

  • Shot with Canon G10 camera
  • 28mm Lens (macro mode)
  • Shutter at 1/160
  • F3.5
  • ISO 80
  • Overcast with sunny patches
  • Processing in Lightroom 5

This was taken on a 30km hike (10 hours) in the sumer of 2013. The difficulty of shooting on a hike of this duration is keeping up with the other hikers on the trip.It’s very easy to get carried away while shooting. I like shooting under pressure (deadline) because it makes you shoot faster and disregard all but the most amazing photographic opportunities.

When shooting flowers try and use a neutral background so that the subject pops. This is also a good technique for portraits. In this case the warm rock color accentuates the purple flower nicely.