Monday, July 27, 2009

Week 13, Day 88, July 27, 2009 Train Trestle Part II

The lighting was better, and I used a circular polarizer filter. I think this photo is better than the first one that I took. I also found out why the photo is loosing symmetry. There is a bend in the river, and the trestles left and right side are shifted from each other by about 3 feet. It appears to be part of the original construction because the concrete doesn't seem shifted from one side to to other.

Lesson Learned:

  • I think the biggest lesson learned is that I should have used the 17mm focal length instead of the 21 mm. The track looks longer and more impressive with the 17mm.
  • I didn't find the exposure that I liked the best of the photos that I took. I think a graduated filter would work better than the circular polarized filter. (This is more of a hypothesis than a lesson.)
Photo details: Exposure time 1.3 sec, Aperture f/22.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 21 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 34mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, tripod.


Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

OH! Very pretty.

RuneE said...

Absolutely an improvement (though it was good to start with). I'm not sure that the pla-filter did any difference in this case, but the tripod certainly did and also the Wider angle. Since you has the tripod I would have used f. 8 or 11 since that is when the lens is at its best (and sharpest), and with 21mm the DOF would have been good enough.

Jen Yu said...

Nicely done, Steve. Great capture. Since the skies don't offer much color (is that b/c of the typical weather?) I'd be tempted to sneak back in early morning (pre-dawn) or right at dusk when there may be purplish hues or something interesting colorwise to contrast with the greens. I think the ND grad would darken then leaves on the upper portion of the photo too much. You could try some HDR processing perhaps.

Gallow said...

I think you're right Jen. I think the morning sky would be the best. We've been getting a lot of clouds in the afternoons.