Sometimes I need a day or two after I take photos to start to appreciate them. Yesterday I went snowshoeing and took quite a few pictures. The bright snow and the overcast sky made setting the exposure somewhat difficult. I think I also had the White Balance set incorrectly as I had it set for a cloudy day yet the bright snow made the day seem brighter than it really was. The other problem I had working against me was that I was snowshoeing with other people. I didn’t feel I had the time to take multiple shots of the same scene and adjusting my settings numerous times for the perfect shot. When I first uploaded the pictures to my computer I was very disappointed and thought of all the pictures as too dark. Today I still feel some of them are too dark, but there are others that seem to be okay. I might tweak these photos slightly in photoshop.
Practice makes perfect. Today I was taking multiple shots of the same scene and changing the f/stop and/or the exposure bias to see the changes on the final photos. The first two photos demonstrate the difference of simply changing the f/stop. I used the aperture priority setting on my camera and by changing the f/stop the shutter speed automatically adjusts itself. In the first photo the f/stop is set at 4.2. I focused on the power plant and with less light coming in the lens the fence in the foreground is barely visible. In the second photo the f/stop is set to 18. With more light coming through the lens the fence is more visible. I like the composition of the last two photos and wanted to share them, yet they aren’t phenomenal photographs. The basketball net is a bland photograph since there is no virtually no color. I will repost it after I have altered it in photoshop. I like the lines and drops of water on the monkey bars but again the overwhelming amount of grey in the photo make it bland. I will also run this photo through photoshop and see what I can do to make the picture pop.