Day 195 – Another Day, Another Morning

This morning I was out enjoying the sunshine and taking photos, I ended up taking photos of the same location from a different angle as well as just capturing pictures that caught my interest. I am working my way through a camera manual `- this is an extra one I brought, it speaks plain English and it is already teaching me a whole new way to look at things, and take short cuts, this week I reprogrammed a button on my camera to enable me to switch easily from “one shot” to “al servo” to capture a moving object and today I was able to put it into action.

ISO200, F8, 1/640 sec

ISO200, F8, 1/640 sec

The above shot, made me smile – a bird on a stick, an easy photo to get – but it made me wonder whether the pigeon was on the lookout for people in distress, whether he had his back to the potential incident and did not want to know, or if his life saving ring was needed, would he just take off. A photo tells a story… this one could tell lots of stories.

ISO 200, F8, 1/500 sec

ISO 200, F8, 1/500 sec

The view to Hurst Castle and the Needles Lighthouse – a different view from normal. The Isle of Wight behind was beautifully clear, but I enhanced it further with the new “dehaze” function in Lightroom CC – it works amazingly well on landscape images.

ISO 200, F14, 1/320 sec

ISO 200, F14, 1/320 sec

Thinking about the image – the power of red works really well here, it makes it a really informative picture, not so much one to have on the wall, but one for an information leaflet or web site for the local area. I had not realised Keyhaven harbour was known as Saltgrass lake either until I posted the photo here.

ISO 200, F14, 1/200 sec

ISO 200, F14, 1/200 sec

ISO 200, F14, 1/160 sec

ISO 200, F14, 1/160 sec

The two photos above capture leading lines, both lead to the lighthouse, but by moving you get a very different view. The first image I think is stronger as there is more foreground interest, the path leads you out of the picture but the lighter area of beach draws you back in, whereas the second shot leads you out of the photo for good. I think it is amazing how I can now see these details now in the photos I create.

ISO 200, F11, 1/640 sec

ISO 200, F11, 1/640 sec

My final view to the Lighthouse, a different direction again, and I love this one as it gives a sense of scale the other Lighthouse and Castle photos are missing – it really in an impressive place to explore.

ISO 400, F14, 1/200 sec

ISO 400, F14, 1/200 sec

I just took this image as it appealed… I liked the idea of the cows having a paddle in the salt water marsh to cool off from the already warm morning sunshine.

My final two shots are of a Little Egret, they are slightly cropped and I switched quickly form “one shot” to “al servo” as I spotted him when he was already on the move.  These are much more interesting than the bird on the stick I started my walk with as the bird is doing something. It was hard to judge the exposure right, dues to the sunlit bird and the dark water and the bright  reflections, but I think I have got the colours and the control sorted much better this time than when I last photographed these birds. This shows just how important the right timing, the right light and the right focus is, and the more you practice the better the photographer you become.

ISO 400, F14, 1/500 sec

ISO 400, F14, 1/500 sec

ISO 400, F14, 1/400 sec

ISO 400, F14, 1/400 sec

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