Number 2

March 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment
NUMBER TWO........

17mm            f/10      1/500sec      ISO 100

Morris Island Lighthouse

 

17mm               f/11                   1/250sec                 ISO 100

Tip of the Week: If life hands you lemons.......well you know the rest. The tip this week focuses on how to identify a problem and how to minimize the problem for the best photo. In 2012 my wife and I went to Charleston for a vacation. This was our second trip to the area and we wanted to go see the lighthouse on Sullivan's Island. I was excited for the opportunity to take some photos of the lighthouse since we got some great photos of the Morris Island lighthouse just a few years prior.

When we arrived at the Sullivan lighthouse, we were disappointed to find the lighthouse surrounded by a chain-link fence with barb-wire. I knew that I would not like a photo of the lighthouse with the fence, however removing the fence was simply not an option. I could either crop it out of the photo or block the fence with the foreground of the image. I looked around the lighthouse and finally found a small hill with flowers to serve as my foreground. I shot low to cover as much of the fence as possible and focused on the flowers with a large aperture to throw the background out of focus. The final image is was wildly different from my expected image of the lighthouse, however I was happy with the result when considering the challenges that the scene presented.


I reference this series of photographs often during my teaching sessions. One thing that I strongly recommend is to alter or totally abandon your planned image to try and find a more creative option. Sometimes the light won't work for the planned image, or people are standing around the subject, or subject doesn't want to be photographed. As a photographer, it is up to you to find the image in the scene and to capture it as best you can.
17mm               f/9                         1/500sec                 ISO 100

 


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