Sunday, February 6, 2011

Street Shots

Newspaper Guy: Shutter Speed:1/1250 sec, f/4, ISO 250

Charitable Coffee: 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 250

Had a very busy day. I'm making a promo video for my first client (!) United Church of Christ.  So, I videoed the service. Stay tuned for the final product March 1st! The concept for this video is  from large to details.

I was driving back home from Five Guys Burgers and Fries  when I saw this guy on 50th and Quaker selling papers in front of Mc D's. The orange pancho caught my eye, of course, and the snow was pretty dramatic. So I went home got my camera and went back to the location. I aksed if I could take a picture and he was cool, so I set my camera to shutter speed priority to catch the snowflakes and fired away.  I'm still trying to figure out why the sign didn't get tack sharp. I aksed if he was going to see "The Game" and he said he would leave right before the game starts.

The coffee was given to me by a stranger in a pickup. He motioned me to his vehicle and handed it out.
Maybe I looked like a street person? Or he thought I was working too hard in the snow? I don't know, but in retrospect I think it was a left over because it was not really hot and it was not really filled. Anyway, I drank some and Norman finihsed it.


My friend and great photographer  Bill Mueller pointed out why the sign wasn't tack sharp.  You can 
find his work here. 

Here's what Bill wrote: "I don't expect that you shot through your window. If you notice some of the snowflakes in the foreground are the sharpest. I would say you probably had it on autofocus (right?) and that the autofocus picked up on the snowflakes in the foreground placing your subject slightly out of the range of the depth of field at f4. when it is misty, rainy, snowing, etc., you will find more consistant results with manual focus expecially in low light with a shallow depth of field."

I did have my lens on auto focus. Thank you Bill.

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