We had nice clouds on Saturday so I grabbed my camera with my 15-30mm lens and my 15 stop Neutral Density filter and headed to the river...Ironically, while I was taking 4 minute exposures with a 15mm lens, the sea lion that has been frequenting our stretch of the river appeared. Read the blog to find out what happened when the sea lion got closer!
I bracket compositions much more than I do exposures. I feel confident, after 40 years of picture taking that I can get the exposure correct, but composition is much more subjective and emotional...Changing focal lengths, my height perspective or even just shifting right or left can make huge differences of the feel of an image. As a photographer I am trying to capture an emotion and feeling of a particular subject and share that with others. How I place the frame is critical to telling that story. And there is no one right answer.
My advice is, if you have time, bracket those compositions...When you get them all back, evaluate them as a group. See what was successful, and what wasn’t...
Here is a series of images to illustrate these concepts. Let me know which one is your favorite.
When I first starting taking pictures on the river, I realized that everyday might not be a good picture day, yet everyday would be a good river day...That first day back was the first time I ever went out on the river and did not take a single picture. The light was flat, the wildlife sightings were poor and I could not find anything interesting enough to photograph...I set the alarm and extra 15 minutes early to make sure I was at the river early in case the sky lit up. ...I positioned the kayak pointing south, into the sun, and brought out the wide-angle lens. The lens is very wide 15-30mm, and I wanted to shoot at 15mm. It gets real tricky not getting any of the kayak or the paddles in the frame when shooting that wide. To find out the whole story read the blog.