It’s been too long since I’ve been able to get some time in with my camera. I finally had a free lunch hour, and luckily a tripod I ordered came the day before. Being cloudy and overcast, it seemed like a perfect day to make use of a tripod for some longer exposure times.
My goal with camera gear – aside from good quality – is to be relatively light, compact, and easy to just grab and use. I’m always amazed when I see people with their DSLR’s (as opposed to mirrorless m43 systems) at how huge they are. Especially some lenses and the accompanying travel cases. When I went looking for a tripod, I wanted something that would compliment the minimalist size of my Panasonic G6. I ended up with a Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN. It’s lightweight, compact, and very easy and quick to mount and unmount the camera. It’s also just as quick and easy to adjust where the camera is pointed.
I ended up at a park near the Cedar River and found a castle-looking pavilion that I thought might provide some interesting shots. Being in a shaded area on a cloudy day, I used the tripod to hold the camera still so I could keep a low ISO by using longer shutter speeds. I also wanted to focus on having a narrow depth of field.
Unfortunately, focus is what I really needed to focus on. I didn’t end up with anything very interesting or that I liked. The narrow depth of field just looked blurry and out of focus rather than creative and pushing your eye to the focused part of the image. That meant the river landscape in the background wasn’t clear to look at, and the stone walls of the pavilion that I was focused on didn’t really provide much too look at, either. The depth of field was too narrow to create much of a subject to look at on the stones. Only part of a stone would be completely in focus, yet the composition felt like the whole rock should be sharp. It just isn’t clear what the point of these pictures are.
I did get something out of this, though. I was getting used to the tripod. I think next time I may look for my angles holding the camera by hand, then set up the tripod once I’ve found my shot. Also, I would like to try setting up a scene instead of trying to find something randomly to photograph. I’m going to try and find a couple of objects to take with me to use as subjects. That way I will have an object to clearly be the focus of the image, and I can build my composition around that.
These photos and more from earlier shoots are on my flickr site.