I am following along with the camera challenge with the Littlest Thistle. Part One is to compare photos taking with full automatic setting to those taking with presets — I used Portrait, Sports, Landscape, and Beach/snow, which comes under “Scene” and has funky effects as well as settings for specific light conditions. You will note the snow and ice in these photos–normally I use the beach/snow setting on my camera for all pictures such as these. Despite the cloudy day, the snow reflects the light everywhere and cameras have a hard time metering.
Tonight as I was editing I discovered that neither of my (very basic) photo editing programs on my desktop will give me the EXIF data, so I popped the photos into Flickr. Hmm, now, how do I interpret these 72 lines of data? I didn’t really keep track of my settings as I was snapping away… Click on the photos to go to my Flickr stream if you want to see the EXIF yourself. The other challenge I had was actually taking the same shot with the different settings as I walked along with my daughter.
Now, a nice Landscape photo of the derelict building across the road. This is the old Nicholson File Factory (where they made files, you know, for taking rough edges off of wood or metal, not nail files). A previous owner made the mistake of making it a historically significant property, which helps reduce property taxes but limits what can be done to renovate (or demolish) the property. The current owner has done some repairs but seems to have run out of money because nothing is happening.
And while we were out, we did get a chance to see a little wildlife along the Ganaraska River. Looking up this bird when we got home, it is a White-winged Scaup, come south to find open water. Not the best shot for lighting since they were under the bridge. And this is only the third mink I have ever seen in the wild and it’s only 5 minutes from my house.
At any rate, this was a fun homework exercise, and I look forward to the next challenge, hopefully on a slightly warmer day.