Sunny, 28 Degrees, West Wind 5 – 10 mph.
April Fools day and Easter all in one day. I am not a practical joker or a religious man either, so it’s just another Sunday to me. It’s a beautiful morning despite a wind chill around 20 degrees. The sun is shining brightly and there are nice puffy clouds near the Eastern horizon, making for some visual interest.
This prompted me to hustle down to my scenic spot in the woods with Jamie. I skipped the usual route and the time I normally spend shooting things on the way down there in order to go directly there. I was not disappointed. The sun was strong and the clouds added variety both in light and in the sky.
I was shooting again with the Lensbaby, interested in exploring further what it might do on a brighter day. I wanted to focus more on which focal lengths created the best effects for what shots. I stuck to smaller apertures for the scenic shots so as to have more of the shot in focus. I used wider apertures on the overhead branch shots that I took as the distortion created by these apertures helps with the trees.
As always, with a second day doing anything, I was able to be more discerning in how I used the lens. We will see what the results are like on a sunnier day, but the scenic shots looked pretty good through the lens. The tree branches didn’t look so good against the blue sky. I’ll probably convert these to a split tone to remove the blue.
Figuring out exposure with the lens continues to be a challenge. I can’t figure out if I have any kind of auto-exposure or not. It would seem I do, but I still can’t really get a close exposure on the first try. I just shoot a frame, look at the image, adjust and shoot again. Not very efficient, but it gets the job done. Sometimes I had to compensate as much as 3 stops darker. Sometimes a stop or so lighter. I can’t make sense of it.
A pretty light day today, after spending a lot of time yesterday catching up on my selecting of images and writing my wrap-up for the month of March. It’s hard to believe I’m only two months into this project. It seems like I’ve done so much. I am still looking forward to the upcoming spring. It remains a ways off.