Day 145—She’s Baaaaaaaack!

Mady’s back. And she served as a marginally cooperative subject today as I photographed her in indirect light with the lawn serving as a reflector of sorts. We’re studying light this week so I encouraged Mady to lay in the shade on the lawn while I lay a few few away on the lawn in the sun. I even used a custom white balance. I couldn’t decide which of these shots I liked the best so I’m including all of them. You can see the main light reflector (the lawn) in her eyes. I used manual mode today and felt the kind of relief I felt the other day when I used manual mode again for the first time since starting this class because I had complete control again. Aperture and Shutter Priority modes have definite advantages and I know I will use them often, but I think I am most comfortable using manual mode. And I know when there’s a problem, I’m to blame, not the camera for automatically resetting one of the exposure elements.

I really like the composition of the first shot as well as Mady’s expression. And I love the last one because she’s looking straight at the camera. And well, I just plain like all the others; I just can’t put my finger on why. The first shot required a little help. I had to make a couple of adjustments in Aperture: the custom white balance didn’t seem quite right, perhaps because it was underexposed; I left the ISO set to 100 (I’m still hung up on low ISO settings). When I increased the exposure by 1 2/3 stops and changed the white balance to sunny (5500 Kelvin) the shot appears almost the same as the other shots that I shot with custom white balance at 7879 Kelvin and ISO set to 200. All were shot with the lens at f/5.6 and shutter speed at 1/60. I cropped the last shot slightly. The rest are SOOC.