Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Detail Oriented

When shooting exciting scenics, take a few minutes to look at the small details around you. While the big scenes are thrilling and compelling, the individual details help to define the area, and combine to create the overall whole.

These grasses were all around us in Glacier National Park, in the meadows and along the roadsides. It is easy to overlook the commonplace, but sometimes they can be a nice added touch. I looked for a patch where some stems were parallel and others were criss-crossed. Then I looked through the viewfinder to see what looked good.

As you will see in the Technical Data below, I used a telephoto zoom with a 1.4x extender attached. Normally I would not use the extender, but I had the camera set up this way in hopes of seeing wildlife close to the road. Unfortunately no animals ever showed up, but I was ready anyway! Maybe they will appear later in the week.

Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec.  Aperture f/5.6.  ISO 400.  Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS with a 1.4x extender for an effective focal length of 223mm.  Camera: Canon 6D.  Handheld.

TODAY’S QUOTE: “The details are not the details. They make the design.”  --Charles Eames

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