Thursday, July 23, 2009

Week 12, Day 84, July 23, 2009, "Era Gone Bye"

Between Groton and Locke runs an old railroad bed. The trains used to run when I was a child. Some of the old trestles are still there. This one has trees growing through it, and many of the supports are now missing.

Lessons Learned:
  • This is another object that was difficult to photograph. It is large, and it's difficult to get back far enough to photograph it without a lot of trees and other objects in the way. It reminds me of the stone fence my neighbor has. I think I'll try and go back to both of these places after the leaves have fallen off the trees.
  • I think that I should have centered this photo better, but it's a 4 mile hike, and I don't have enough light to go back tonight.
  • Writing the blog will hopefully allow me to remember what I want to accomplish the next time I go to this site.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/50 sec, Aperture f/9.0, ISO 400 (I didn't have my tripod with me.), Focal Length 17 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 27mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, hand held.


Barbara Martin said...

Despite your concerns of the photo, I think it's great. I like the way the trees seem to be overtaking the stucture as if to bring it into their fold.

Gallow said...

Thank you Barbara.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

I love this sort of rural scene!

RuneE said...

I liked that composition, and the low light in the front create a nice grade towards the lighter areas in the front. You might crank up the ISO to 800 (or 1600) if you want a larger depth of field. The camera ought to handle that (I use a Canon 40D and previously a Canon 300D, but Canon uses different names in the US, so I don't know the equivalent models). If you haven't used the RAW-format - try that. It gives better dynamics and better control.

Suggestions for composition: Even lower down and/or incorporate the bushes more. Otherwise chop them off :-)

Gallow said...

RuneE, thank you for the tips. The camera does allow for and ISO of 1600. I didn't have my tripod with me, so I did have to hold it by hand so that would have helped.

You right about suggestion of lower down and incorporating the bushes. I see that now that you mention it.


I do like the rural scenes as well.

Jen Yu said...

I like this compo very much and would probably place the far end a little up and to the left. Definitely go back with tripod. As such, you will be able to keep your ISO as low as possible (and yes, shoot in RAW - *always*) which allows for better colors and less noise. This will print up beautifully if you go back and hit it again. I think lowest ISO (100 or 50 if you have it), go for big DOF (22 or more) and let the exposure be dictated by evening light (probably 2 seconds or more especially if using polarizer). This is a winner, Steve.

Gallow said...

My polarize filter is supposed to arrive today. I'm very excited to try it out.

Gallow said...

I do shoot in RAW, and I can go as High as 22 with this lens, and the minimum ISO for me is 100. I will return with the tripod.