Saturday, 19 May 2012

A rainy evening

Rain has always fascinated me, and the fact that it is seldom photographed makes it even more charming. Raindrops,umbrellas, the streets during and after rain always makes fabulous photographs.

 I was originally seating on a window seat at McDonalds,eating a very late lunch and simultaneously studying for a couple of hours when I took these photographs.

The Fuji x100 can be a handy camera to carry around, but its auto focusing system can be slightly slow for such occasions. one easy,practical remedy to combat that is to turn it to manual focusing,use a preset focusing distance of a couple of meters and stop down the aperture value to f/5.6-11. That way, you can photograph the moment you want without compromising the milliseconds of auto focusing. I also used a shutter speed of around 1/250s to 1/125s(apparently that's a good shutter speed to blend in movements without evoking shutter shake). The ISO was somewhere between 400-800(didnt bother with it much since the x100 gives you clean files at ISO-1600).The 35mm equivalent focal length(23mm on its APS-C sensor) is very effective for such photography and I've always felt more comfortable using fixed focal lengths.

Anyway,this is just a series of photographs from the evening. All of them are straight out of camera, I moved in and out of color while taking the photographs. Leave me some feedback if you feel like. Till next time,cheers!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Outdoor shoot with Nikon 35mm f/1.4G

Have been eyeing the location for a while. 1st May seemed like the perfect time to utilize this space surrounding an open carking parking lot. This was also the first proper photoshoot with the 35mm f/1.4G. I tried using the shallow aperture(from between f/1.4-2). Dearly missed carrying a reflector(I dont usually take one but could have borrowed it from a friend). The light was gorgeous,and if used well from the back, could have given some dreamy results.
 The key to getting amazing photographs in such atmosphere is to use the light to the best effect. Really need to try out some backlit shots in the future. Wonderland-II
I quite like this B&W image, though it tends to look dull against light backgrounds. wonderland The only straight out of camera out of the lot: Happy in the sun This was the most tricky shot to get,with the heavy wind blowing the ferns frantically,the focussing was quite difficult: DSC_1656-2 This was taken at another location, at Sun Wen Park which had interestingly lit narrow alleys. Again, quite like the effect of the shallow aperture with the extended alley. Happy in the sun