In the previous post I discussed the benefits of experimentation in photography. In this post are a couple of shots that demonstrate the benefits of experimenting and the lessons I learned from them. I usually carry my camera in my hand so if I see anything I can quickly bring it up to shoot. If you are walking around with a camera in a backpack you’ve no chance of catching decisive moments, a messenger or sling bag gives you more of a chance but having it in the hand or round your neck is best. I often visit Aberdeen Beach for the cafes and to get some sea air. The beach and Promenade are excellent areas to see people and have a walk. The industrial areas are quite close by and supply vessels go in and out of the harbour all day. Where land meets sea, the weather conditions can change frequently, but they can be fleeting, and the shot you see may only be there for seconds. The image above was taken as I returned to my car from a cafe. I had my Fuji X-T10 with the 18-55mm lens on my shoulder, and took a few shots as the clouds moved in front of the low Winter Sun. I was relatively happy with the outcome. If taking the image again I would ideally be closer to the man walking. However I did get some useable shots and have learned some lessons from the experience. Ultimately you learn more from experimenting and are more prepared for the vital seconds when you take your best shots.
The picture above was taken when I was out with my family for dinner. I had my Fuji X-T10 with the 27mm pancake lens, roughly 41mm on the Fuji APS-C sensor. It’s also a useful lens for keeping the camera small, and allows you to keep it in a coat pocket. The light of the Sun was starting to drop for the evening and came through the window at right angles to our table. Conventional photographic wisdom states don’t shoot into the Sun, but I tried it and was reasonably happy with the results. I like the layering of the people and focused on the menu in the middle ground so the haloing around the persons head would be slightly out of focus. If taking the shot again I would change the orientation to portrait. I feel that the right hand side of the frame distracts from the main focus. This would also give a line of lights echoing the tables to draw the eye into the frame. The camera is in Aperture priority with the aperture set to F2.8.