I’m starting to realize the more of something there is, the clearer the picture seems. Let me explain my incoherent statement. For example, let’s take this cat picture. Cats are definitely hairy, so there’s more to look at. Since there’s more to look at, there’s a potential of more detail to capture.
1/800 Sec, f/4, ISO-1000
1/800 Sec, f/5, ISO-1000
1/124 Sec, f/4.5, ISO-2500
Notice anything? The trees at the bottom have a lot of empty branches hence that has more detail than the sky. And I think you know where I’m going with this. If I want to showcase the sky, I need to make the sky bigger. The rule of thumb I keep hearing when taking pictures of landscape is that either the sky should win or the land should win. And when I say win, either the sky of the land has to take up 2/3rd of the picture. So, what did I do, I tried it out.
1/160 Sec, f/6.3, ISO-2500
1/160 Sec, f/6.3, ISO-2500
Of course there are exceptions to this rule. When there is a reflection in the water and you want symmetry and so on. Every situation has a potential to be different. So take this as a suggestion to try something different and out of the ordinary. Be creative. On another side note, when there is more detail, you will find that your camera focuses faster. What is camera looking for focusing? Many cameras use contrast detection to focus. Meaning, if you put the focus point over someone’s eye, since there is white and another color, it has a good chance of focusing. Now when you point the camera up to the sky on a clear day, it’s just blue and you will find the camera having a tough time to focus because it can’t find any contrast. Same goes for low light situations like night time. It can’t discern contrast because everything is dark and you will find the camera struggling to focus.
Ok…Now back to what we were talking about, details. If there’s too much detail, your eyes may get distracted, but if there is the right amount, you will be attracted to it. When there is a picture of a close up of someone’s face, what are your eyes drawn to first? Mine are usually drawn to the eyelashes. If it’s a clear shot, you will be able to see the individual eyelashes. Maybe that’s why bokeh is so powerful in photos…you minimize the details the viewer sees in the background or foreground. The main goal behind all these techniques is so we isolate exactly what we see. You will notice that the camera doesn’t act like our eyes in which everything seems to be in focus. Use that to your advantage.
Looking at a beautiful sunset just makes me wonder…Does God have time for me with all that He has going on?…He does…even for the details in my life.
Luke 12:6-7 “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”