Cheekwood Mini Falls
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|Ok today turned out to be a pretty good day. We went on a field trip! (wohooo) I know, it's not a big deal to a lot of locals since this place is pretty much in their domain and they are probably here so many times already. But hey I'm not from here so I show quite a bit of enthusiasm.|
We were given about 2 hours to shoot in this location. Asked to take 5 specific shots and then 10 shots that will totally be up to us. Will be due next meeting! awesome. So we're asked to turn in 15 shots no more no less by next wednesday. so here I'm posting my favorite shot of the day and I will explain how I took this and why I picked this area and pretty much the complete detail of the shot.
First of all the weather was pretty gloomy. Lucky me I always carry a speedlite with me and my tripod in the back of my truck. You'll never know when you will need it. In this case it came in pretty useful. Very soft light from the sun, it was cloudy and not really the best time to shoot landscapes. BUT and a big BUT you can still take very nice shots if you just really put more effort in to it. So yep, Remember always have your gear with you, you will never know when you will need it.
In this shot, I used a Nikon 35mm f1.8 prime, Nikon D90 body on a tripod, and an Nikon Sb800 speedlite. A trick I learned in framing is constantly looking through the viewfinder as I walk around to see potential good frames from the scenery. It's completely different just looking around with your bare eyes in my opinion. I have to learn to see things like how my camera sees so when I spot something I think that has potential I am ready to setup and shoot and that is pretty much how I compose my frame.
Now for the technical part. I used a timer to shoot this. As you can see in the image the water from the falls there looks pretty smooth and there is a speck or a little splash of water there in the middle that got caught in action and thats the work of the flash I used to capture that. Reason for using the timer is that I try to avoid any camera shake as possible even the slightest shift of the camera by pressing the shutter can cause a blur in 1sec exposure. By the way the setting on this was 1/5sec exp f22 ISO100. Ok going back in the composition. There is not much I can do about the upper right leaves' blur. it's outdoors and there will always be a swift of air that will move those leaves. :)
So I set the timer to 10secs., gave me enough time to run around the bush there on the left to position my flash and aim in directly to the middle of the fall there and set the speedlites zoom to 105mm at 1/4. then shwala! after maybe 6 attempts I finally got what I wanted. :) so I really hope this helps any reader who gets to read this. :) but thats all. keep posted. keep coming back there will be more coming up!
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Another never ending beautiful artwork great details and lovely poster well done ANTONIO FAJARDO