Ceiling pattern

Is this up? Down? Sideways?

I feel like I’ve kind of been in a slump since getting back from BC. I’ve belted a few things off my to-do list, but I wasn’t especially pleased with the results. The overwhelming fear of being tapped out less than halfway through the second month has at least been equally matched by the overall surprise of making it almost two and a half months.

Today I had my camera in the office with me, and decided to take a walk by the waterfront at lunch. This turned out to be a great idea. Not just because the lady at Mr. Souvlaki is super awesome to me, but because it the waterfront is just awash with content. Planes flying off from the island airport. Ships docked for the season. Ducks and Swans swimming in what little pools remain unfrozen around said ships.

Wide angle lenses aren’t really conducive to most of that content, but even in light of that a couple of pigeons had a “give no shits” kind of attitude to me and didn’t care that I sat down right in front of them for a few shots.

That said, after asking the barista if this kind of duck flocking was commonplace here, he said “Every damn day”.  With that in mind, I figured I would hold off on some of this until I return with my zoom lens, as I have a few ideas now to try and nab.

Today was also an experiment for me by way of camera mode.  In what I feel could be fairly uncommon, I’m actually trying to wean myself off of manual shooting all the time. I don’t know if this is actually a good idea or not, or how long it will last, but I think for an instance like today where I was doing a lot of impromptu in the moment shooting, I’m probably better off trying to see and capture the shot, rather than fiddle with settings every time the light or angle changes. For shots with more preparation and setup I’ll always be shooting on manual, but sometimes letting the camera do some of the work can be relaxing. And hell, I paid for these features, right?

It was nice to just up and shoot, but it was also one of the worst situations for it. Winter is hard on automatic settings, because there’s just so much bright white in the shot, the sensor is all “Oh man look how bright everything is let me darken things down for ya!”. But then while the snow may be nicely balanced to a neutral grey, whatever subject I was trying to capture is under exposed.

There are methods to combat this, of course, but that’s tomorrow Jamie’s problem.

For now, enjoy an image that has very little to do with everything I talked about here. The building across from my office has an overhang on one side with a very cool pattern. I’ve often enjoyed looking up at it as I walk, much to the displeasure of people walking towards me expecting me to look where I’m going. I finally got around to taking a picture of it, worrying only about the aperture and ISO.

I took this using my 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 55mm. By setting the aperture to f5 and an ISO of 200. Being in the shade, the camera felt 1/320 was an appropriate speed. In this case, I agree.

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