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Old 05-01-2018, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default MAY 2018 PHOTO CONTEST #150 INTRO Thread – “Let There Be LIGHT!”

The photo contest theme for the month of May is….

“Let There Be LIGHT!”

Photographers are always chasing light. The most beautiful and interesting photos are the ones that capture dramatic contrasts of light and shadows. There are lots of composition ideas, tons of photography techniques, countless lens options and what not, but it's still all about the light.

*The contest ENTRY thread will be posted later in the month.

*There is only ONE submission per person, so make it your best.

*Your entry photo MUST be taken during the month of April 2018.


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Now, go out and catch some light!

Feel free to post some past light you've caught on this thread to get everyone fired up about what's possible.
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Cool captures Shane!

I like shooting critters in the good light, but I've never been much for chasing sunsets. You have some beauties!




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A good buck walking out of the shadows and into the light.
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Man I suck after looking at these pictures!! I need more time to get some practice in. I might have a few I can add this evening when I get home.
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Man I suck after looking at these pictures!! I need more time to get some practice in. I might have a few I can add this evening when I get home.
That's the point of the contest, brother! Practice and learning. Go out and chase some light!
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Old 05-02-2018, 11:16 AM   #10
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Beautiful pics Shane but the second one made me laugh. All of that in front of him and he's looking at his **** phone. I'm sure that's the dad in me coming out though.
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That's the point of the contest, brother! Practice and learning. Go out and chase some light!
No doubt about that buddy!
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Beautiful pics Shane but the second one made me laugh. All of that in front of him and he's looking at his **** phone. I'm sure that's the dad in me coming out though.
He was taking pics too. I caught him looking at the one he'd just taken. About 5 seconds later, his next pic was a blurry shot of the rock under him. He heard a noise about 20 yards above us in the rocks, and turned around to see a couple aoudad ewes getting up from their beds - and took a pic of the ground in the confusion. We'd almost walked right in on top of them and didn't see them. They must have been sleeping pretty hard, cause it took them a few minutes to wake up.

About 6 minutes later, this was my next pic....

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Heres a few from my phone over the years
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Wow! Those are some really cool pics...ive got a digital canon but never really learned how to use it much, other than point and shoot.

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These are some that I took w my phone

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Not taken in May, but it is one of my personal favorites.
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And a double rainbow - all 4 ends are on my small piece of heaven.
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And just for grins because I know this is not nearly the quality I see on the others.
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Those are cool shots Dusty
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Man I suck after looking at these pictures!! I need more time to get some practice in. I might have a few I can add this evening when I get home.
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That's the point of the contest, brother! Practice and learning. Go out and chase some light!
So going to get out and try to get some pics... I will post a couple I have captured with my cell phone...

What controls on a camera help adjust amount of light capture?? Let more light in or block some light out??

Here is a pic os some trees with a bunch of icicles... Seeing the sun shine through them you could see light refracion that made the icicles look like Christmas lights but obviously my phone could not capture it.
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Here is another: sun down over water... Again, this is on a cell phone but had this been taken with a camera what would you pros adjust to get a better pic??
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What controls on a camera help adjust amount of light capture?? Let more light in or block some light out??

Here is a pic os some trees with a bunch of icicles... Seeing the sun shine through them you could see light refracion that made the icicles look like Christmas lights but obviously my phone could not capture it.
There are 3 controls on a camera that affect how much light is captured. From a previous thread.....


The analogy that I use for the 3 main settings (ISO, shutter speed, and aperture) is this....

The aperture, designated by f/stop number, is similar to the pupil in your eye. The bigger the aperture/pupil, the more light comes in. The only thing that can be confusing is that lower f/stop numbers equate to bigger aperture openings. So f/22 is a really small opening that lets in only a tiny amount of light while f/2.8 is a really large aperture that lets in a lot of light. If you are shooting a scene in bright sunlight, then you can choose a small aperture setting (bigger f/stop number), because you have a lot of bright light to work with. If you are shooting a scene in dim light conditions, then you will probably need to set the f/stop to a low number so you'll have a big wide-open aperture to let in as much light as possible.

The other thing that aperture size will do for you, besides regulating the amount of light passing through the lens, is that it will vary the depth of field. Depth of field is the depth of what is in focus in your image. A tiny aperture opening will bring more things into focus. Things that are both near and far away, relative to whatever you focused the lens on when you take your shot can generally be more in focus with a smaller aperture. If you want to have a narrow depth of field so that only your subject is in focus while everything else is blurred out, then you need to use a larger aperture (low f/stop number).

Next we get to the 2nd setting: shutter speed. The shutter is similar to your eyelid. The longer it stays open, the more light it lets in. If it opens and shuts really fast, then only a small amount of light gets in. If you are in bright light, then you'll likely need to use a faster shutter speed. If you are in low light, then you'll probably need to use a slower shutter speed.

Shutter speed variations do something else as well. If you want to freeze fast-moving objects, like stopping the action in sports photography, then you need a fast shutter speed. But if you want to show the blurred action of moving objects, then you need the shutter to be open for a longer time in order to pick up all the movement that you are after. Also, if you are holding your camera in your hand rather than using a tripod or something else to support the camera (and keep it still), your photos will likely be blurred from your hand movement if you use a shutter speed that is too slow.

The 3rd setting is ISO. A high ISO number (1600, 3200, 6400, etc...) is like your naked eye. It is very sensitive to light, and it picks up detail very easily. You may need to squint or open and shut your eyes really quickly when it is really bright.

A low ISO number is like your eye behind sunglasses. It makes your eye less sensitive to light, so you don't have to squint and you can leave your eyes open longer in bright light. But in dim light you may not be able to see very well, so you'd need to remove your sunglasses.

ISO also has another effect on the photo. Higher ISO numbers will make photos in low light situations brighter, but it comes with a price. Higher ISO settings cause the image to have more "noise" or grainy appearance.

Everything about choosing camera settings is a trade-off. You have 3 different settings that you could adjust to make an exposure brighter or darker, and each of the 3 have side-effects. Which side-effect do you want? Which one do you NOT want? Which one can you live with if you have to, even though you'd prefer not to have it?

I start with the side-effect that I want, and then I work from there. If I am shooting sports, then I definitely want to stop fast action. That means I must have a fast shutter speed. That costs me light, so if I am not shooting in bright sunlight then I have to open up my aperture and/or move to a higher ISO setting. I go to higher ISO as a last resort, because I want to minimize noise. But once you open up your aperture all the way, if you still need more light in order to get a good exposure with a fast shutter, then you have to start boosting ISO.

If I am shooting a portrait or something and I want only my subject to be in focus while everything in the background is blurred out, then I must shoot the shot with a large aperture (low f/stop). That lets in a lot of light, so if I have fairly bright light to begin with, then I will need to shoot a low ISO and/or a faster shutter speed to keep from over-exposing the shot.

For landscape shots, you typically want everything in the scene to be in focus, from the foreground close to your camera to the distant views on the horizon and the sky. For a wide depth of field where everything, or at least almost everything, will be in focus, you need to use a small aperture (higher f/stop number). That means you'll be letting in less light. Also, if you're wanting a really sharp image, you need to use the lowest ISO setting you can so that you don't introduce noise into your photo. Lower ISOs mean less light as well. So, that means that you have to use a slower shutter speed setting so that your camera's sensor will have enough time to gather enough light for a good exposure. If you're shooting at sunset or in a shaded forest or on a really cloudy day when the light is relatively dim, you may need a shutter speed that is so slow that you can't keep the camera still during the capture. You'll need to use a tripod to rest the camera on so that it doesn't move while you're taking the shot.

There are always more than one combination of settings that will give you a proper exposure of light in a given situation. But the side-effects will vary, depending on which combination of settings you use. It's all about the trade-offs....
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^^^Thank you very much Shane!!^^^ this is exactly what I need to hear... Obviously every camera will vary in the effect that each adjustment will accomplish. I will start practicing by taking multiple pics with varying settings and study the results. Can you recommend a book for beginners?? Thanks again for taking time to share your knowledge.
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Great info and great pics!

Question: Do you do much fine tuning on your photos after they are taken (adjusting contrast, brightness, saturation, etc ...)? How much is considered too much?
I really like some of the photo apps like Snapseed, but when I get done editing, the pic looks amazing, but not really anything like it looked originally. Thanks!
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^^^Thank you very much Shane!!^^^ this is exactly what I need to hear... Obviously every camera will vary in the effect that each adjustment will accomplish. I will start practicing by taking multiple pics with varying settings and study the results. Can you recommend a book for beginners?? Thanks again for taking time to share your knowledge.
This is a good book: https://smile.amazon.com/Understandi...9DEDDMGZ8C2R4C

You're right that cameras and lenses have different capabilities. But the best cameras in the world can't create dramatic light when it doesn't exist in your scene. Being in the right place at the right time to experience and capture a special lighting situation is huge. You just can't do that any time you want to. That's one big reason it's fun. It's kind of like hunting.

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Great info and great pics!

Question: Do you do much fine tuning on your photos after they are taken (adjusting contrast, brightness, saturation, etc ...)? How much is considered too much?
I really like some of the photo apps like Snapseed, but when I get done editing, the pic looks amazing, but not really anything like it looked originally. Thanks!
It definitely helps to process your photos. "Too much" or "not enough" is subjective and in the eye of the beholder. I like to try to end up with a realistic representation of what my eyes saw when I took the photo. Sometimes I'll add just a little extra emphasis on parts of the photo to make it look better (to me), but I try to avoid making it look obviously fake. Processing is a whole other aspect of it that also requires some trial and error experimentation, practice, and learning.
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Nice shot, Chad.
Thanks, Shane.
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Man I suck after looking at these pictures!! I need more time to get some practice in. I might have a few I can add this evening when I get home.
Man, Photography and Golf are a lot a like. Small changes can dynamically change your pictures. Something as simple as changing the shooting position can have a huge affect on your picture.

Get out there and start shooting.
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Dam!!! That’s an awesome shot!


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Fire in the sky! Nice shot dude!
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Dam!!! That’s an awesome shot!


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Thank you sir. Too bad I didn't shoot it within the contests time frame. This one was shot over spring break.




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The ENTRY thread is up. If you have a pic taken this month to enter, post it there.....

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