Today I went on a photo shoot at Kelley Park in San Jose. I wanted to practice changing settings in manual mode, using my telephoto and wide angle lenses, and composition before I leave for South Africa next week. Pretend that the squirrel is a leopard!
Today I went on a photo shoot to Almaden Lake Park. I was disappointed that the birds on the lake were blurry. The camera was on a tripod, but I forgot to turn off image stablization. Shot at 300mm, aperture 9. I probably should have used a larger aperture to increase depth of field, as the birds were quite far away.
Yesterday I took my second trip to our little zoo here in San Jose to practice photographing animals in preparation for our trip to Africa. When I got home, I found that many of my photos were blurry. This was a very valuable experience, because, for the first time I really understand that my shutter speed needs to be larger than the inverse of my focal distance. It seems that the only way that I can accomplish this is to set my shutter speed and then use auto ISO. After I returned home, I took a few shots using this approach and they look sharp and bright, even though the ISO went as high as 6400 when shooting a shady area.
Here are a few from the zoo that came out o.k.
This post is in response to today’s assignment from Blogging University, Blogging 101 course. It was to try another blogging event. I chose to join the Weekly Photo Challenge and take a photo for this week’s challenge: “Half and Half”.
Shot with my Olympus OMD 5
1:1.7 20mm Lumix lens
1/15 sec, F 4.0, ISO 800