Wednesday, May 25, 2011

That's the breaks, kid.

My windshield was a casualty of the weekend's hail storm, and this is a photo of the world looking out through it.  It is getting replaced tomorrow, so this was my last chance to take its picture.  I actually wanted a photo of it on a bright sunny day, with the sunshine refracting through all of the cracks in the glass, but we haven't seen sunshine in days.  I liked the way the blue of the glazed glass and the green of the trees overhead mixed together.

I heard a great tip from pro photographer David Hobby at a conference I attended earlier this year, which I am paraphrasing as "400 and done."  The gist is, before you leave the house in the morning, set your ISO to 400.  That is a reasonable range for most DSLR's, and that way no matter what comes your way, you will be reasonably prepared for it.  For example, if you were at a concert the night before shooting at 3200, and forget to bring the ISO back down, you are going to be in a world of hurt when the perfect shot comes up outside at noon.  Or conversely, if you have it cranked down to 100 for that noon-time shot, and then try to whip your camera out of your bag and snap that yummy-looking, lit-by-candlelight appetizer before your dinner date starts throwing things at your head, you won't be too happy with what you get. So, just set it to 400 in the beginning to be safe.

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 50mm f1.4
50mm - ISO 400
1/200s- f/2.5

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