Friday the 13th of April, 2012 top
Today the group headed out for our first full day of shooting — on lucky Friday the 13th.
First stop: the Mission for a blessing. A funeral was in progress.
This shot looks three-dimensional because the wet bells are so sharp, which stands out in front of the soft background.
This snap is all about red trapezoids.
You can't do this with LEICA; you can't view through-the-lens to get framing this accurate, or focus this close.
This is about the balance of the circle within a rectangle. Since color is irrelevant here, I split-toned this in Photoshop.
This isn't a pipe; it's a photo all about colors.
This is all about line and texture. Color is irrelevant and would be a distraction, weakening the image, so I split-toned this in Photoshop.
This is all about a magenta dot against a green background. Having a sharp thistle also helps bring the magenta dot forward, but in any case, this is not a photo of a thistle.
I shot in Av mode and used my 5D Mark III's depth-of-field preview to choose an aperture which gave enough sharp on the thistle, and blurred the background well enough.
This again is all about line and texture. It's not about grass. Color is irrelevant, so I split-toned this in Photoshop.
I stopped down a little to get more in focus. It's simple: just flick the top dial while in Professional (P) exposure mode.
This about shape and texture. Color is irrelevant, so I split-toned this in Photoshop.
The contrast comes from standing up high and pointing down into the glaringly brilliant reflections.
After Montaña de Oro, we had dinner at the Harbor Hut in Morro Bay.
One-seventh of a second exposure hand-held at ISO 3,200 and f/1.4, through a window? Easy: brace the camera on the glass, shield it with your jacket, and hold tight. I couldn't have done this with the LEICA M9 and comparable LEICA 50mm f/1.4 ASPH because the LEICA M9 looks horrible at these ISOs, even if it went that high, and most importantly because I can't see through the lens of the M9, only through the peephole finder. I had to wrap the camera in my jacket, so the LEICA would have had no working finder, ha ha!
That's all for today. NEXT ->> Saturday