Picture of the Day – Sept. 4

Arched Passage

One of the things about Kazan that I’ve found very different from

other cities I’ve been to is their love of arches, curves, and anything

that involves a circle. Corners of building will be rounded, domes on churches,

entire structures will be round. I think it’s what makes Kazan so unique.

I will attempt to bring more photos displaying these attributes

in the future.

For now Enjoy the Arched Passage!


6 thoughts on “Picture of the Day – Sept. 4

      1. What do you wish to correct? I am happy to share any technical knowledge I may have.

      2. You had mentioned harsh light being hard to capture a good picture. Is there a way to minimize this, currently I work it in Picasa to find a better balance. But I’m betting there is a different way.

  1. Firstly, shoot only RAW files, avoid Jpegs. RAW file are, basically, uncompressed digital negatives that are waiting for your idea of what a Jpeg should look like, as it were. A Jpeg is what the camera believes is correct, signed, sealed and delivered. If an image is grossly over/under exposed, it is extremely difficult to correct in post, and the results are generally less than satisfactory.

    RAW gives you far more latitude to correct exposure errors. The caveats are; RAW files are huge, so your memory and hard drive are gonna fill up real fast. You cannot shoot as may shots in rapid succession, as the camera needs time to collate the info of the file. Also, you NEED software to handle the files. Picasa cannot do this. I am a Canon shooter and therefore use their EOS utility software that came with a camera. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. Depending on your camera brand of choice, you may have such a tool floating around. If not, I recommend lightroom. It’s cheap and has a decent array of features, without being overwhelming.

    When shooting landscapes there is a simple rule of thumb regarding exposure; The “Sunny 16 Rule”. It states that if one is in bright sunlight and shooting @ ISO 100 @ F16, then the shutter speed should be 1/125 sec. @ ISO 200 then 1/250 sec. @ ISO 400 then 1/500 sec and so forth. It’s just an mnemoric based around exposure values, however it’s a good place to start.

    Midday sun is tough to deal with. I tend to avoid it You can’t dial down the sun, but you can manipulate it’s rays. The image on my page, “Another Focus”, was shot in such light. The light was strong, so I waited until my son was close enough to the WHITE car, as I knew it would reflect light back onto him. I also added a little fill flash to balance the right side of his face.

    Working in Manual mode is important to getting a balanced exposure.
    Using the HIstogram on your LCD is great too. It gives one a general idea of where one’s expose is. If all is spiking to the right, then overexposure. To the left, underexposure. You want those little mountains somewhat evenly spread out. Or not… you decide.

    Ultimately it’s all about what you want to achieve, and what works for you. There is no right or wrong way really, yet there are parameters.
    Play around and have fun, take notes on what worked for you and what did not, adjust to taste etc.

    Hope this helps. Excuse grammatical errors, good luck, and… click.

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