I was driving home from an out-of-town work trip the other day and saw an old boneyard with a bunch of cool, rusty old American cars. I turned around and pulled in to look around, and then remembered I had my camera with me. After talking to the guy running the yard and asking if it was cool for me to take some photos, I had a nice time wandering around, looking for texture.
It was actually a lot harder than I expected. Of all the photos I took, only three came out even close to what I was going for:
A little thinner on depth-of-field (DOF) than I wanted, but it was pretty dark. Since I was hand-holding and shooting from an awkward angle/position, I had to keep a reasonable shutter speed. Since I thought there would be too much noise if I popped the ISO higher, I went with a wider aperture. In retrospect, a bad choice. I could have also done myself a favor and not set the exposure for -1/3 EV. That would have helped, too.
Shooting outside in harsh sun, this shot was actually pretty challenging. Even setting the camera for a full stop lower exposure (-1 EV), I still have some blown out spots. The DOF worked better for me here, though, and I’m happier with this shot
Another shot where I was fighting really harsh sun, I also used the exposure compensation to adjust down a whole stop. In retrospect, I wish I’d gotten in tighter on the “Special” medallion. You can faintly see 1957 engraved there, and it would have been a cool shot, and a lot less busy than this one.
A few lessons of the day:
- Always have your camera with you
- Don’t forget about the EV/exposure adjustment, but don’t forget when you’ve set it! 🙂
- Use the screen to zoom in and see if you’re getting what you want. I usually do it more carefully than I did that day.
Even though I didn’t get all the shots I wanted, I’m so glad I stopped. It was really cool to see all these old cars, some of which will either be on the road again or help another car get there. The experience is always good, no matter how the shots turn out!
What kind of problems have YOU had shooting lately?
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