Case Study 1 – Priority Modes

Shallow Focus

I went out late, as the sun was just disappearing, to take this photo. I didn’t want the photo to end up washed out, but I got frustrated at first because my lowest aperture was in the 4-5 range, and this didn’t seem to generate the blurry result I wanted. Finally I tried zooming in and focusing on my subject, before moving my view slightly to the right in order to blur the tracks in the background. It was pretty much dark at this point, but the colors came out vibrantly anyway – I’m guessing this is a normal result when using low aperture in low light.

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746 Tracks
Date: Apr 30, 2014, Late Evening
Location: St. Anthony, ID
F-Stop: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/50
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Levels, Vibrance

Deep Focus

I took this in the late morning, facing the sun. Because of this the colors washed out pretty bad, but I still liked the shot. I used some creative selection mask editing to balance the brightness a little, but the edits are somewhat noticeable. I will probably go back and attempt this shot again in the evening.

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Hinckley Garden Path
Date: May 01, 2014, Late Morning
Location: BYU-Idaho Gardens, ID
F-Stop: 22
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Selection Mask Brightness Edits, Vignette

Frozen Action

Since this shot was taken with high shutter speed, the colors still worked pretty well in the late morning. Inadvertently, since I had focused in on the water jet and then moved the view to the right again, I ended up with both still motion and a shallow focus, which I thought was pretty neat.

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Gazebo Jet
Date: May 01, 2014, Late Morning
Location: BYU-Idaho Gardens, ID
F-Stop: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/4000
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Levels, Vibrance/Saturation

Blurred Motion

Another late-morning shot which didn’t turn out too well on lighting, but the blurred water was still pretty interesting.

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Bubble-Blur Waterfall
Date: May 01, 2014, Late Morning
Location: BYU-Idaho Gardens, ID
F-Stop: 14
Shutter Speed: 1/2
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
Edits: Levels, Vibrance, Brightness

One Response

  1. Megan on May 2, 2014 @ 5:04 am

    I took a picture of that same waterfall! lol I think yours is better.

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