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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

Florida From Above

ISO 250 85mm f/5 1/500sec

This is another shot that kind of worked through the plane window. I took this shortly before we touched down at the Fort Myers airport. And actually, now that I'm thinking of it, perhaps a lot of the problems that I attributed to the plane windows were maybe just caused by unclear air in between me and the ground, because this one is pretty good, and we were fairly close. Likewise the SF photo was taken when we had just taken off.

So today marks the 11th day of my March Manual challenge, and I wanted to give you guys an update on how it's going. Honestly, I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would, and I'm finding it easier and faster than I expected. Yes, sometimes when I pick up the camera I forget to check the settings and so I end up with a completely white or completely black frame. But that's happening less and less. (And I've been so good! I think I switched out of manual one time. For maybe a minute. And that's all. I haven't even really been tempted.)

We've been shooting a lot of video as well, and manual is perfect for that. I wouldn't want to shoot in any other mode, honestly. You need the control. I have to use manual focus as well for that, so I'm getting some good practice doing things the old-fashioned way.

One thing I want to be doing, and I just forget most days, is posting my settings with each photo. I love when other photographers do that. Remind me when I forget; I'm going to make a real effort.

So, what about you? Manual? Aperture priority? Shutter priority? (I can honestly say I don't think I've EVER used shutter priority. Aperture is so much more important to me. Program? (P is for Professional!) Auto? Fess up, you auto users. Nothing to be ashamed of, from time to time.

3 comments:

  1. I am all for the manual. I think I started about a year ago, when I had a problem with my camera overexposing in Aperture mode and I got tired of using Exposure Compensation. I got used to it, and enjoy it, especially that it is very handy in challenging light. Useful skill to have.

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  2. I think you're right about the bad air instead of the plane's window. I've shot in Auto a couple times and it really does a pretty good job, but for some reason I rarely use it. Maybe I'm a control freak.

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