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So what landscape photo would you create utilizing the rule of thirds if you had an exposure setting of f7.1, 1/2000th, and 1600 ISO?
This was the first, app produced exposure assignment created by the 365 Photo King app and here is a little bit on how I arrived at a completed assignment.
First, I think this app feeds my primal need to hunt something, as that is the approach I took to complete the assignment. Sure, I could have took a moment and thought about the settings and how each component of the exposure triangle relates to brightness or darkness, such as:
With an aperture of f7.1, that’s pretty middle of the scale when it comes to how much the leaves will open for light, so it’s fairly neutral. Then there is a rather fast shutter speed which will certain knock down the intensity of light by limiting sensor exposure. But! Then there is the very sensitive ISO of 1600, so the light for this exposure will need to be a little suppressed or simply be a less intense light source.
Back to the hunt! This opportunity to get the shot came in late afternoon, so just at the beginning of the golden hour. I took a shot at the trees and sky and could see that the sky light wasn’t too bad, but the trees had no definition.
I then took a photo of my fence and ground area and found that the open shade areas were still showing plenty of detail, giving an opportunity to get a nice shot of something now that I knew my light.
Ok, so now a subject? My backyard is hideous, it’s a rental and you may know how that is. Well, trying to be creative with my Thirds, I tried a weed, tried using a tree for some bonus framing, but it just wasn’t working.
I noticed an abandoned flower pot and started to get some creativity juices flowing. I liked the lines of the fence and the counterpoint of the circular pot, but didn’t like the mono-tonality of the overall image. With just a few steps to my right, I found an area where the fence was creating a nice repetitive and textured background. More importantly, I began to pay attention to the shadow of the tree above me making a little opening in the scene to enhance the pot. I took the shot.
But wait, ok, I’ve got the shot, but it still looks kind of drab. At this point the sun has set a bit more, but my light is still fine. In fact, the light is shining very nicely on the pot and remembering that the brightest point in a photo attracts the subjects eye; I moved to my right just a bit more and found that I could incorporate the weed, the fence, the shadow pattern, and the lit pot for a better image. Now, I had the shot.
All of this took about 10 to 15 minutes at the most really helped me stretch my creativity. Sure, I’m not going to sell the image for mega-bucks, but the next time I’m in the golden hour, I know that this exposure works nicely, I’ll have my eyes out for texture and shadow patterns that my human subject would look very nice in.
I look forward to hearing about your image hunts as time goes by and seeing what you create!