Here’s my mom, who is 85, at the Lek river, a part of the Rhine that flows in Holland from Germany to the estuary in Rotterdam.
(f/4.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 400)
The history part: the small town of Schoonhoven, miles from the nearest highway, is still, in my mind, completely a “Golden Age” 17th century town. Drenched in the history of The Netherlands.
As for mom, I lit her with a bounced flash: you can see the flash light on the wall reflecting in the window. So I started with te background; set it to –2 stops, and then added flash. That’s how flash works: you start with the background.
And the shutter is at 1/250 to get the most flash in (I.e I do not want to reduce aperture or ISO to get the background darker, because that makes the flash have to work harder too).
Are you in Holland? Wednesday I teach all three courses Flash 1, Flash 2, and Video/DSLR in one day, 9am-6pm, in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht near Rotterdam. There are spots, so benefit now. No longer three evenings, now it is one day. Sign up!
When you travel, look for interesting snaps everywhere. I do. And these have to mean notnhing to anyone but you. That’s fine.
You DO need to think about the trifecta of good composition, good exposure, and good focus, even in these, of course.
On to teach Lightroom tonight.
Today, Netherlands, where I grew up.
Documentary photography needs to be in B/W, I feel.
Iceland was a land, for me, of colours. The ones you saw yesterday, and blues, like here at Geysir.
Strokkur is the geyser that erupts every seven or so minutes; the big one no longer does.
All taken at 1/320 sec, f/5.6, 100 ISO, manual.
For photos like this, you set the camera on manual and work out the exposure and leave it; and you set the shutter to continuous exposures. Then, click-click-click.
In an ideal world, I would have had no clouds. But we do not live in an ideal world. I had to be upwind of the geyser, of course.
Iceland is a land of colours.
Much more later. Now, to the lobby at 4am after zero hours sleep (got back 2am). The sheets look inviting but I have to go catch a plane. Story of a traveler.