Our February meeting will be a full one, so it would be great to see everyone there! We have a secret assignment by Peter Jowett, and a been there segment by George Clayton. Our ed segment, which will be near the beginning of the program is by Wendy Devent from Paws on the Run Pet Photography. I also hear we have more than 20 submissions for our “Frozen” theme! That should fill the entire night. Hope to see you there, this Thursday, Feb 15th at 6:30 at Casa!
A Recap of our January meeting:
Lenna Greer, committee chair for the Nature’s Lens exhibit at Helen Schuler gave an update on the exhibit. You will find all the information about submitting, etc, under the member’s tab.
Trevor Page spoke to us about the Lethbridge Film Festival which starts on March 22nd, at the public library. Of particular interest is a film by Rick Andrews titled Wildlife of the Oldman River, which Trevor feels is an award winning show. This show plays on March 23rd. You can see the stunning trailer for this movie here: https://vimeo.com/253493268
David Tanaka gave an ed segment called “shooting on the dark side” which was on night photography in preparation for the field trip to the Japanese Gardens. David mentioned that the gardens were designed to give beautiful views, so it is really hard to get a bad composition. The landscape is forever changing and even for our shoot next week, we do not know if it will be snow covered or bare. Please see more about Davids talk at the end of this meeting summary.
The secret assignment was by Denise Nilsson and her theme was “Broken”. Thank you Denise for your wonderful show!
A few members brought their favorite image from the holidays to show and talk about. Thanks to everyone who did!
The Theme for the evening was Night Sky. With George Clayton’s image we talked about stacking images. George’s image was a composite of 120 images… at 20 seconds each.
And another great shot was by Peter. Peters images was a 45 minute exposure, with some lightpainting added. Thank you everyone who submitted!
We ended the evening by showing last years Nikko Yukko field trip show for inspiration.
MORE ON DAVID’s ED SEGMENT about shooting at night in the Japanese Gardens:
Challenges of shooting at the Gardenmsat night: colder, ice hazards, reduced visability and barriers and poles can spoil your composition.
Bring a tripod. Because it is dark out, you will likely be shooting at a slower shutter speed in order to capture as much light as possible, without underexposing your image. You might use a high ISO and might consider noise reduction when you get your camera into your editing software. However, most cameras are good to at least 1600 these day. You also might want to bring the widest lens you have. Shoot at F1.8 or lower instead of 5.6 and that will allow your iso to drop, and/or your shutter speed to increase. It also will create beautiful bokeh of the lights in the background.
If it is really cold out, your camera will form condensation on it when moving from the cold outside to the warm inside. To prevent this from happening, while you are outside, seal your camera in a large zip loc back, and let it warm up in there. The condensation will form on the bag, instead of on your camera.
Before you come to the gardens, make sure your batteries are charged, and bring extra if you can. Keep the extra batteries in a pocket close to your body to keep them warm. The cold batteries will lose their power quickly.
Because everything is dark, you camera’s auto exposure will try and make the image mid grey. So you may want to use manual exposure to get those rich blacks and true colors. In the dark, the autofocus is less responsive, and you may end up with the wrong part of the image or nothing in focus. You will likely have a higher than normal amount of rejected images.
Shoot in raw to help with recovery and white balance when processing. Try using live view or your cameras electronic viewfinder.
Focus Tips: Focus on high contrast areas such as the edge of lights. Lock focus and then reframe your composition. Use focusing aids if your camera has them. (Magnified view in view finder, and focus peaking)
A Tripod allows you to frame precisely. It allows you to use a slower shutter speed, and therefore a lower iso also. You can then use a smaller aperture, which means that there will be more in focus in your composition. Be careful of the tripd legs however as they can be a tripping hazard to you and the other guests.
Be careful when using your tripod, if your lens has image stablization. Most recommend to turn the stabilization off if your camera is on a tripod because the stabilization can actually cause motion rather than stopping it.