Unit 1: aperture priority

An evening walk around the Serpentine in Hyde Park. I waited for a day when a good sunset beckoned to go into London to catch Henry Moore’s famous arch on the Serpentine, taking it from both sides of the river as the evening drew to a close, along with the fountains at the western end. This week in class we were practising aperture priority – so with A priority and manual ISO, we can relax and rely on the camera to adjust shutter speed itself. Aperture priority is the only setting where exposure compensation works, and I shot most of these on -2 to enhance colour depth without darkening them too much as the light faded. This was necessary as I was shooting into the sun. I changed aperture for different depth of field, and took most of these on mid-range aperture apart from the water fountains on 1.4. The beauty of the sculpture also gave an opportunity to practise framing, while the fountains and the conveniently arranged seagulls and swan allowed experiments with balance and composition. I liked using the shadow from the sculpture to do an artistic selfie!

Unit 1: depth of field

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The beautiful Stefan Sobel guitar owned by Alan Franks. I experimented with depth of field at F1.4, focussing on different parts of the guitar neck, the frets and strings, using the lovely gentle natural light of an early February morning and switching off all artificial light in the room. (Check out Alan’s music here the latest album here.)

 

Cactus in the Princess Diana Conservatory

Opuntia Robusta cactus from Mexico, in the Princess Diana Conservatory at Kew Gardens

Spanish Angel at Kew

Pelargonium or Spanish Angel flowering in early Feb in the Princess Diana Conservatory in Kew Gardens

Early Feb in the Palm House at Kew

Photograph of leaves in the Palm House at Kew Gardens near Richmond, London

Leaves in the Palm House at Kew in early Feb

Photograph of leaves in the Palm House at Kew Gardens near Richmond, London

In the Palm House at Kew in early Feb

Photograph of leaves in the Palm House at Kew Gardens near Richmond, London

Kew Gardens Temple of Aeolus

Temple of Aeolus, Kew Gardens

Daffodils in February at Kew

Experimenting with depth of field at F1.4. Here the focus is on the daffodils in the foreground

Week 2: Aperture – size and number, shutter speed – time – shorter – longer. Home work: Depth of Field exercise. Depth of field = zone of relative sharpness. F1.4 to create large aperture and therefore shallow depth of field = soft background. On fourth pic, contrasted with third pic by focusing on different leaf. Experimented with better effect by ensuring background at distance from subject. Used low apertures to isolate subject from background.