“There be Dragons…”
Day 2 of this challenge and already I’m finding I’m spending hours thinking about the right shot before setting it up or doing anything about it. I guess that was the idea behind it.
Of course, today I think I fluffed it.
After Dermot’s comments yesterday about backgrounds I spent a little more time considering what I wanted and made some adjustments. I also decided to get out my dragon so to speak.
(F/10, 1/160sec, 55mm, ISO-200, 24/05/08)
I’m not happy with this picture. I kind of knew as I pushed the button I wouldn’t be and only afterwards realised my mistakes.
What I wanted was the head of the dragon with the sky in background. That was all.
But I got a few bits wrong that I can see.
1. the cropping is out. The little trace of the wing on the right and the dead space on the left. I think it would have been better in portrait.
2. ISO-200? Yeah, I forgot to change it back after yesterday.
3. The white balance was on flash. Somehow when I moved it from shade to daylight I got distracted and put it onto flash. I think this is what’s left the odd fringing at the edges of the dragon, though that could be the excessive ambient lighting too (Damn you sun!)
4. The sky is blown out, possibly too over exposed
I like the depth of field in this, I wanted almost the entire head in focus, with the eye being sharpest. I also like the position, it gives a decent 3D perspective of the figure.
I guess if I was allowed two shots a day I might be able to correct a lot of this, but it’s not anything I would typically have noticed until I was back at my pc (OK, ISO and flash white balance, maybe).
Right, I’m off out to see Satriani. Have a good one.