I have been having a blast going through all the pictures I shot this weekend. One thing about having a camera that shoots 8 frames per second - you get a HUGE amount of pictures. .
Then when you forget to change your camera settings and accidentally leave it the settings on the highest quality of RAW + Jpeg (two files per shot) guess what happenes to your computer when you down load them?
Yep, you guessed it....the computer was very unhappy. Slow, slow, slow editing.
Helen (remember my camera's name) has been kind to me and tolerated my tinkering and screwing around with her well. She has the coolest button in the menu that I have utilized several times. "REMOVE ALL CAMERA SETTINGS". This is a good thing - because I can go back to the beginning and undo what I did - especially helpful when you don't know what the h*ll you did.
I am learning about aperature, shutter speeds, ISO and how they all work together to create pictures. I have had some lucky shots, but most are spectacularly awful shots. But hey, at least I am learning what NOT to do. Post processing does not offer much hope either. The software I have cannot adjust exposure - so I am making do. The only edits I do are adjusting the color saturation, sharpness and cropping. I can't wait to get started in my photoshop class.
Here is a series that made me giggle & taught me something...
I learned a lesson about shutter speed (exposure). The higher it is set, the darker the pictures. Even if you crank up the ISO - it cannot compensate for the shutter closing so fast. These pictures were shot using
Exposure: 1/8000, Aperature f/5.0, focal length 70mm, ISO 6400.
The ice was in the shade and the dogs were moving fast. So in my uneducated brain I thought I needed to crank up the shutter speed to catch the action, and jack up the ISO so they would be lighter. I figured out much later in the day that I could lower the shutter speed significantly 1/1250 (lets in more light), and lower the ISO (less noise) and get much nicer shots.
*bangs head on desk*
What would you have used? I would LOVE to hear any suggestions - because I am a dolt with an camera that is way over her head - I need help. Think of Helen, spare her the misery. Spare my children the exposure to the swear words and screams of agony as I see how many shots I toasted.
Here Ranger is in the sunlight, which is lighting up his eyes, but overexposing his white fur. The shutter speed was fast enough to catch the ball and his movement, my focus was in the wrong place, on the ice, rather than the dog.
Now he has slid into the shade. But it still makes me smile - because he is apparently having fun.
Now I am not so unhappy about the focus being on the ice - it captured the reflection. You can also see how slippery it was.
What kind of a evil demented person throws a tennis ball on very slippery ice for dogs to catch?
*waves hand* ME! *insert evil maniacal laughter here*
I love the reflection of his behind, but wish I could have gotten it all in the frame.
My favorite, even though there are so many things wrong with this shot. The reflection is cool.
Happy dog, check out her nails gripping the ice. I didn't have to clip their nails this weekend. The ice nicely wore them down.
I started playing with the settings and managed to get this shot. Bonnie is back lit so I was surprised I got it.
Another one I liked
I need to get gutsy and take their collars off one day so I can get shots without their tags hanging down.
Why didn't Bonnie's tongue get stuck on the ice?
Another back lit happy dog shot
I love my camera. I love my dogs. Loving my teenagers is a daily struggle. Two out of three ain't bad.
Today I am going to spend my afternoon trying to rescue the pictures I shot of the juvenile bald eagles playing together as they flew over our heads. Say prayers please. Thank you.
When I am feeling down I can just look at this picture