Saturday, July 14, 2012

Market day...




Nope, this post is not about squash or zucchini or scallions or Jersey sweet corn.  It's about aperture priority and the fact that I've been a lazy photographer and never really concentrated on anything but the manual setting on my camera.

This all started when one of my bosses and I had a discussion about a photo course he's been taking as prep for an upcoming trip.  He and his wife will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (yes, I did say climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro - cannot wait to see the photos!).  The course, at this point, is concentrating on camera settings and he noted that, while on the move, he would be making a lot of use of aperture priority and saving manual for when there was enough time to play with various settings.  Now, if it were me, I'd probably throw my hands in the air and set the dial on my camera to full auto.  After all, I'd be concentrating on my air intake and blisters.  Aperture and shutter modes, up until now, have been totally foreign to me.



So, in the interest of wrapping my head around aperture priority (shutter priority will come later), I decided to experiment with the vegetables I bought at the farm market that sets up in our company cafeteria (a wonderful perk) every Tuesday.  All shots were taken at 100 ISO with an 85mm Nikkor micro lens.  The first shots (top or left) of each set were taken at the widest aperture (3.5) and the second shots, at the smallest (32).  Which do you prefer?




There are several shots here where I almost can't tell the difference.  Nonetheless, this experiment or learning experience was way too much fun but that's what photography is all about, isn't it?

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  1. I've been exploring the joys of aperture mode too, trying to figure out which is best for the effect I'm looking for.

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  2. I've been playing with the "P" mode for some time, but haven't gone to A or S much. Thanks for the hint to give it a try. xo

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    1. My biggest problem...deciding what mode to use when and trying to make a quick and correct decision! Always good to hear from you!

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  3. Wonderful experiment to test out the new settings... I shoot mostly in "A", haven't mastered the "Real" manual mode as yet.

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  4. Your two bottom shots with the veggies and basket are very good. Nice work.

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    1. Thanks so much! Please come back soon and visit!

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  5. Wow! What a great way to explore! I love all these shots. I've let myself stay stuck in auto mode and hadn't been able to decide how to go back to the manual modes I used in the pre-digital age. You've given me some great ideas. Thanks!

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    1. Hey Kay, thanks so much! I only had one problem when I did these...did I want to photograph them or cook them!

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    2. PS...Take the leap to manual Kay! It's too much fun! Hugs!

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  6. It is what it is all about. Ever since I purchased my Canon I have been experimenting/reading like crazy. Now I am combining all that I have been learning in each shot....so even though only 3 out of 200 turn out like I imaging in my minds eye...that's okay...it's all about the creative process and the love of photography...next up for me is shutter speed ;) I highly recommend staying on manual...you never know what will turn up!!

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    1. You said it all! I recently read an quote that went something like...Once you discover photography, it's like a disease. Like you, I'm hooked! Thanks so much for visiting!

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  7. There's lots of room for different versions - but I am really drawn to photos with a shallow DOF.

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  8. Hi Helen, thanks for letting me know your tumbler site your photos in there are beautiful!! The lavender is beautiful and don't tell me you are using the auto mode hehehe.
    For the garlic...I like the first shot.
    onion....I like the first shot.
    zuccini..I like the one on the left same as the basket. ^_^
    I love photography and want to learn more ^_^ Can't wait Christmas so Santa would buy me another lens hehehe. ^_^

    Thanks for the visit I do appreciate it!

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  9. i really like a shallow DoF, so usually set my aperture to 5.6 or wider. my favorite lens is my 50mm 1.4 set to 1.4.

    these are beautiful captures you used to demo this with. and that's some pretty great lighting for a company cafe! :o)

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    1. Thanks so so much for the comps! Photos were taken in my kitchen. It's small with only one window but, if I catch it right, the light works perfectly. I'll have to think about taking some shots when the market sets up again...the only problem - every time I bring my camera to work I have to get a camera pass from security. Ugh! I refuse to understand this since getting a cell phone w/camera past Security is a whole lot easier than a 35mm DSLR with a tripod and you don't need a pass for a cell phone! Go figure!

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  10. I like to take a series of aperture shots too. I am guilty of a DOF that is too shallow, but I have learned to back off the wide open and find the best depth of field.

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  11. I like both, depending on what point of view you are intending for us, but love the sharper (greatest DOF) best! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #39!

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  12. I always always always shoot in P mode on my D90 ... but a few weekends ago I clearly did something wrong and couldnt get the camera to focus so I put it on M and zoomed .. and got a pretty good shot of a tiny bird in the grass crying crying crying for its mama .. if its mouth hadnt been moving it or if my camera setting hadnt been f#%*!ked up it would have been a perfect shot .. and we have Farmer's Market on Weds here in our caf!

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  13. I think 90% of my shots are in aperture priority. I don't always know which DOF will look better though, so I often take several at different settings just in case. It's like with these shots. They are all pretty similar as far as being close-ups of stationary objects, but some I like the shallow DOF, and some I like the opposite.

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  14. I enjoyed your post. Your pictures are lovely. I can see the difference between your photos...nice bokeh on your wide open shots. I've been using mostly Aperture when using my prime lens and using Program when I use my wide-zoom lens. You are on a roll in your adventure. You're doing a great job! :)

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  15. These shots made me hungry:) I think it is funny to go from manual to aperature priority:) I prefer manual because I'm a control freak and like to manipulate every possible part I can. But it is a fast setting when time doesn't allow for it.

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  16. With a few there is a big difference, but with most, like you said, you can barely tell the difference. I've been playing around too between aperture and shutter priority. I guess it really just depends on the mood you want to present. Shallow DOF shots are always more moody to my mind. Great experiment! I think my favorite shot is the first garlic.

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    1. The first garlic shot is my fave too. Whoever thought garlic could be moody? LOL

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  17. I so love the garlic shot with the shallow DOF.

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  18. Love these shots...for sure the ones with the gorgeous shallow DOF!

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