November 19, 2009

Sometimes Fall is a Destination ...

Southern California is a gorgeous place to live. But. We miss out on Fall. Our palm trees do NOT turn glorious, vivid, golden-hued shades of Fall (and if they do, it's not a good thing!). So it was with great delight that I found myself in the midst of all this fall splendor in Yosemite. Please forgive me the sheer number of photos [that are all of the same thing] that I'm about to post. I just can't help it. I can't condense. But if you hang in there all the way to the end, I'll include all my nitty gritty camera settings & details for capturing flare in this particular location.

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Ok. Camera settings and nitty gritty on flare... so I'm shooting straight into the sun, which I'm trying to "place" either partially behind a tree trunk, or between tree branches, or slightly below a mountain. I'm intentionally manually "over" exposing (which really means I'm NOT exposing for the sun, which is the dominant light source). My aperture is stopped down all the way to f/16 (really small - I want those sun flare & rays defined and focused). Because my aperture is so small (letting in less light), I bumped my iso to 320 (probably should have bumped to 400 or 500 to get a slightly higher shutter speed). I usually only bump my iso as high as I have to in order to keep my shutter speed above 1/100 (the speed I need to compensate for my less-than-steady hands, aka camera shake). And I used my high-tech hand trick to force the camera to autofocus.


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18 comments:

Becca said...

oh my gorgeous pictures!

Krystal said...

I am new to your blog! Your pictures are amazing! Thanks for the nitty gritty too! I'm always excited to learn!

These fall photos are gorgeous! Have a great day!

Teri said...

Hey Susan! I have so missed reading you lately. Life. :-)

Loving these fall photos. I must admit that we here in the ATL are quite lucky when it comes to fall colors. Spring, too, for that matter.

So good to be here again.

metaphase said...

Well, no autumn colors here in South Alabama, either. That sunflare! Honestly? Green is so unflattering on me, and yet here I am turning all shades of it. :) The one with the ring entirely around it? Just too much to handle..

Charis said...

I can feel that Autumn sunlight warmth on my face. Beautiful!

tearese said...

don't get rid of any pictures on my account! Fall already seems to be out the door here, so i'm happy to see some more scenery.

Tracy P. said...

Wow, Susan. Stunning! I only wish this had been posted a week earlier. I had a chance to catch some sun flare on Monday, and believe me when I say that I was muttering to myself, "Where is Susan when you need her?" But hey, "The sun will come out tomorrow...." I'll turn down my exposure when it does.

SKELLER said...

D'oh!!! Thanks, Tracy! I know what I was thinking in my head, but I typed it out opposite. "OVER"expose. Not "under".

Christy Lynn said...

Wow, I am blown away! These are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for making my day!

Angie - The Arthur Clan said...

You are the queen of sun flare Susan! Holy wowza!

Jennifer Bowen said...

I don't mind all the fabulous photos at all. In fact, keep 'em coming. Thanks for the tip on sun flare. I'll have to try this out when the sun finally decides to come out. =)

Life with Kaishon said...

I wanted to see more pictures. : ) What is going on?

I loved your pictures and I loved your little lesson. And I ADORE your sun flare! Or should I say God's sun flare : ) I adore His creation and your capture of it!

Melissa G. said...

You did a wonderful job capturing those sun flares! These are amazing photos! I'm really enjoying browsing through your blog and seeing your photography! You are really good!

marci said...

I come to you via theanimatorswife.
I absolutely love Fall and these are.........breathtaking!! I'm speechless. God is such an artist!!

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

Wow!! These are beautiful Susan. Your colors are so vivid and pop without being over done. I love the round sun flare that looks like a circle rainbow. That must have been a treat to catch that one!

Susan said...

Simply incredible!! You inspire me...

Kate said...

SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kent Weakley said...

Susan,
Beautiful images. I think fall is one of the greatest subject matters. OK, yes everyone photographs fall leaves, but the process of getting out and appreciating nature, especially at this time of the year is priceless. Don't apologize for posting too many, I think you should post MORE!