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Happy halloween

By yorki50
took this shot while looking for autumnal colours in Bedale

Tags: Humour and fun


paulbroad Plus
11 127 1282 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2015 4:09PM
Potentially interesting, but you have som technical issues.

The image is not very sharpand you are at 1/13sec.Without camera support you will have camera movement, which you have. You needed a shutter speed of 1/100 or more as the effective focal length is about 80mm with the Nikon crop factor.

Open the aperture to f8 at least and go to ISO400 or even 800. Sharp and a bit noisey is better than blurred every time.

The high cntrast lighting has beaten you causing some brn out. You need to compensate exposure to expose for the highlights. A negative compensation. You can then bring the shadows back with the dodge tool in software.


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mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.5k 2060 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2015 5:28PM
Terrific fun, it had to be photographed!

Following on from the above, with the D40 I'm pretty sure that you have the earlier version of the 18-55mm kit lens, before VR was added? So you have to be particularly careful to avoid any camera shake. There's a useful formula remember - use nothing slower than the reciprocal of the full frame equivalent focal length. DON'T PANIC!!!

Your camera has a 1.5 crop factor so the FF equivalent for your lens is 24-83mm So work on a sliding scale of 1/25 to 1/100 second according to focal length, and be careful not to go any slower unless you have support. You were nearly at your longest here, that's why Paul has suggested 1/100 second.

yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
21 Oct 2015 6:41PM
thanks both for the comments I am still learning and taking photos is the only way to do it
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2082 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2015 8:18PM
I can see why this attracted you, Garrie, especially being set against a large tree trunk in a wooded area.

However, the light coming in from the left is extremely strong, and is also dappled in places, where it is coming through tree foliage, causing an uneven look to your figures.
At 2 o'clock in the afternoon, the sun is intense. Far better, if the opportunity arises, to shoot early morning or late afternoon when it's less intense and also not overhead, so you get some nice long shadows.
Also, with subjects like this, a certain amount of darkness would produce more of a spooky atmosphere, perhaps with just one small light, or even a candle.

The light in the top left is particularly annoying, so bright that it has left very little detail in the bark of the tree. If you shot in RAW, you may be able to recover some of that detail. Although I give the remedy as being a different time of day, it can also obviously be an overcast or rainy day. But, as Paul says, you could try using some negative exposure compensation.

Sunlight like this brings a challenge, it can be so harsh, but there are times when we just want to get the shot, others might not attempt it at all.
In these conditions choose Spot Metering mode and choose the main subject of the scene (the figures) to meter off. Check your shots immediately to see if you need to adjust your technique (your histogram can be handy here) and if you have the luxury of time, take multiple shots metering off different parts of the scene so that you can choose the best one later.

Try bracketing your shots and then you can choose the best exposed one.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 579 England
21 Oct 2015 8:25PM
Moira's right, it had to be photographed.

Technical issues aside, the thing that lets the side down is the lighting.
i know you came across it by chance and maybe this was your only opportunity, but the dappled light creates some confusion, not to mention the distraction of the bright area at the top and the trunk on the right.

A slight change in viewpoint would have avoided the latter while the former is more difficult apart from waiting for the sun to move round, perhaps returning half an hour later after looking round for your autumn colours.

The light is coming from the side which helps with modelling. If this were shot on an overcast day or after the sun had dropped, using light from the side would be good and add some mood - a lower angle for the light would be dramatic and appropriately spooky. If you don't have off-camera flash you could use a torch for example.

There is a magenta cast here, clearly visible in the colour of the bark, most likely due to the use of Auto colour balance. Daylight would be more appropriate, though given the subject, Tungsten would add a cold blue tone which would suit the subject.
Shooting RAW instead of jpg means you can more easily play around after the event, but even shooting jpg you can make alterations, though you could also shoot versions at different settings, just like photographers used to do in the days of film using different colour balance adjusting filters.
dudler Plus
15 876 1495 England
21 Oct 2015 8:42PM
As you say, the only way to learn is to shoot.

And, I'd add, go out again tomorrow and shoot some more, remembering what you've learned today.

I use aperture priority almost all the time, and still, sometimes, forget to look at the shutter speed it's giving me, even now (I've had an aperture priority camera for around 39 years and 4 months, so maybe I'm not doing terribly well...)

Keep shooting, daily if possible.
yorki50 4 5 Eritrea
21 Oct 2015 8:53PM
thanks for the input guys its all been very helpful
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4012 Canada
22 Oct 2015 3:29PM
To add something you might find helpful.

The camera chose the shutter speed.

You chose an aperture values of f/10, which is a small aperture, so this is what caused the camera to chose a slow speed, - that aperture is very small, so the shutter stays open longer to get enough light onto the sensor.

A larger aperture, the largest possible here would be f/5.6. would get you a shutter speed closer to 1/50, and greatly increase you chances of a sharper shot.


TanyaH Plus
16 1.3k 395 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2015 3:31PM
Working with the light side of things, I've done you a mod where I've darkened things down an awful lot ... yes, it's taken some of that colour of the figures themselves, but as they stand - I know they're meant to be scary, but in all honesty with that lovely sunshine on them, they're kind of not ... they're almost cute, which I'm sure isn't supposed to be the point of them?

So my mod is more along the lines of what might be possible, if you go back and perhaps photograph them at a different time of day (twilight, perhaps - take a tripod if you have one, and be prepared to use a longer shutter speed). A darker mood, more in-keeping with the Halloween theme they're intended for; the kind of feeling that might well keep me awake at night had I passed them as the light drops, rather than in the middle of the afternoon.

What I will say, though, is good on you for thinking they make a great photographic subject - because they do! They just need a bit of creative thinking on your part as to how to get the best out of them as a potential subject Smile


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