Monday, January 12, 2009

Photo: Red Rover Come on Over

Contrast for Eye Catching

Location: Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada
: 2008
Camera: Canon 40D, 17-85mm f/4-5.6 lens
Settings: ISO 100, f/16, 1/25 second, 85 mm
Support: balanced on a post of the docks

Details: Take on my annual boys trip to Rice Lake for some fishing. I was on the docks enjoying a beer when a two buddies were heading in from the lake. The sunset as a striking backdrop and the boat and it's passengers silhouetted makes for an interesting image. An unseen subject can add a feeling of mystery to a photograph, something many people overlook in their attempts for a clearly lit subject.

In this case, a slow shutter speed is needed so you will need a steady camera. Either use a tripod or improvise. In this case I used the post of the docks I was on and put the camera on self timer mode.

Next time you are out, try taking some silhouette shots to get some practice. Take at least 15-20 of them. This exercise will develop your skill and lead you to better pictures.

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