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All of the images were taken with an Olympus E-M10 Mark II with a 40-150mm lens. Other than resizing and cropping no editing has been done to the photos.
Good grief, I paddled around this stinking feather forever. I wanted to practice some close up shots with the bigger lens, and as you can see I got incredibly lucky with the light. I have rule of thirds working in my favor, and while the reflection is nice I think it’s the details on the feather that are really interesting.
I have about 20 versions of this photo as I tried to manually set the ISO, f/stop, and shutter speed. The light was killing me on manual and I wasn’t quite skilled enough to get dark water and lit up feather on my own. So I’ll confess now that I used the auto setting for this one, but I just want you to know that I tried.
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Again, I was practicing my close up shots. I love the color and lines in this one. Composition could be better as it doesn’t make great use of rule of thirds. I tried to focus on the top band of the shell, and it’s leaning toward a bokeh style (but the focus caught a little too much of the rock!).
Had to up the ISO and reel back the shutter speed on this one compared to the feather photo as I had moved over to the shady side of the lake. Since we were out at sunset my biggest challenge was adjusting to the ever-changing amount of light. I wanted to keep the colors cool and a bit dark.
Shutter Speed: 1/80
Meet our friendly neighborhood honkers! We have some very curious swans on the lake who manage to swim just close enough for pictures. I’m glad I was using my bigger lens for this project as I was able to get some nice details on the swans. The lake edge creates a nice 1/3 line, and I kind of like the unusual placement of the swans on the top left side.
There was a lot of light hitting the trees and the swans when I was trying to set up for this picture. I think f/9 ended up being the largest aperture I used for the whole project. I have a lot of washed out versions of this picture. It was chilly out there and I wanted that reflected in the cool tones in the photos!
Shutter Speed: 1/250
This one is my favorite, and not just because it’s of my husband. I generally shy away from action shots and pictures of people. Let’s be honest landscapes and architecture are a little more forgiving for the amateur photographer. This photo started vertical and I cropped it into a horizontal close up. I tried to take all photos in this series from water level which gave this shot a particularly interesting angle.
He was paddling very, very slowly so I could get this picture. Had he been going full speed I would have needed a faster shutter speed. Again, I was going for darker tones so it kind of worked out to use a lower ISO and still be able to get some detail clarity.
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Upon reflection, this photo wasn’t the best choice for the Web format because now that it’s a super small it lost some of its depth. I wanted to create contrast between the dark foreground with the creek leading towards the lit up trees in the background. Symmetry was also working in my favor on this one.
I guess the aperture is leaning towards larger (compared to my other pictures) in this case and I think that helped keep the foreground darker and create depth. A low ISO number kept the plants in the foreground sharp without lighting them up. This was a weird one with the contrasting light and I had to try quite a few different combinations to find something that worked.
Shutter Speed: 1/320
If you don’t take a reflection picture, were you even really on a lake? I did my best to not create any extra ripples so that the reflection of the trees was as clear as possible in the water. The colors were awesome and the reflection just emphasizes that point. My goal was symmetry so it was also important to get the shoreline straight!
Honestly, I can’t remember why I set the shutter speed so high. I was struggling to get a darker version of this picture for a while. Instead of bright yellow I wanted the trees to be more orange and to be able to see variation in that color. Aperture and ISO are both middling, so I bet the shutter speed was just get reduce the amount of light coming in.
Shutter Speed: 1/640