Two handheld pictures from Acadia National Park last week. Snap shots really, taken to help my workshop participants with a few compositions, but nice. Here is how I did it.
Bass Harbor in the fog
ISO 2000 (on my Nikon D4 I can shoot publishable shots up to ISO 6400 ) to get a high enough shutter speed. F8 because I didn’t need a lot of depth of field with the fog in the background (can’t focus fog). About 100mm on my Nikon 24-12omm lens. Shot a burst of 6 shots and picked the best one. Used aperture priority and matrix (evaluative) metering.Automatic white balance. No auto compensation. Focused on the dory in front to make sure it was in focus. Zoomed in to cut out the blank white sky above and the dull gray water in front.
Top of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park
ISO 2500 because it was very windy and I needed a shutter speed of at least 250th of a second. F11 for depth of field. I didn’t need f16 or f22 because the closest part of my composition was 20 feet away (the closer the foreground in your composition the smaller the f-stop you need for adequate depth of field). About 35mm to capture the big scene from foreground out to the Cranberry Isles. shot a burst of 10 shots (because of the buffeting wind). Used aperture priority and matrix (evaluative) metering.Automatic white balance. Auto compensation at -.7 to control the bright sky (at 0 auto compensation the sky blew out). Focused in the middle of the red plant in front to make sure I got the most in focus (From you point of focus there is always a little depth of field coming toward you and a lot of depth of field extending away from you- so focus close). Tilted the camera down to cut out most of the blank white sky above and zoomed in a bit to cut out the dull gray rock in front.