What a fantastic day I had yesterday! Although it ended up pouring rain late in the afternoon, the rest of the day was an amazing learning experience for myself and my youngest son, Daniel. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Daniel is taking a yearbook course this year at school. I know some people might scoff at yearbook as a class because they figure that it would be what we used to refer to as a basket weaving course, meaning that it’s an easy course with very little work. Well, this definitely does not apply to this yearbook class.
The teacher for this class is an electronics whiz, and the yearbooks he has been involved in have actually won awards. He has set this course up to be very challenging, and the students come away with an incredible amount of knowledge. Before they get into the production of the yearbook, he teaches them the basics of photography and photo editing, and this weekend Daniel had to work on a photography assignment. The assignment consisted of numerous exercises to help the students learn the important factors in taking great photos. They included stabilizing your camera to get sharper images, the rule of thirds, filling the frame, natural framing of photos, lighting, point of view, leading lines, and basic use of a flash.
Some of the photos were easily taken at home, but to complete the assignment I suggested that we all go out for a drive to capture the start of the Fall colours. Another day I will show you some of the photos Daniel took for his assignment, but today I am dying to share with you my learning experience of the day. For a long time now I have been stuck in Auto mode, and I have been determined to take a journey into Manual mode. I also had a goal this summer to experiment with more creative waterfall shots, but I never got around to it.
It started to rain as we drove towards Hoggs Falls near Flesherton, Ontario, but it was only spitting by the time we got there, so we hiked in to the falls. We climbed down to the edge of a cliff to get the best view of the falls but had to be very careful because it was slippery after the rain. I set up my tripod and readied my shutter release cable. Then I set my camera to f/22 and a slow shutter speed and started snapping. Now, I will have to admit that I did have to hold on to my tripod because of how close to the edge we were, but I am still totally excited about the results!!!
First of all, here is a shot I took in Auto mode today, which is how I always used to take waterfall photos.
Now, drum roll please……….. Here is my more dream-like photo of the same waterfall captured using a slow shutter speed. Now, I know I still have a great deal to learn, like how to avoid the overexposed looking areas in the falls for instance, but I was pretty proud of my first attempt. What do you think? Any suggestions would be eagerly received :).