Day 349 – Holly, Manual and on camera flash!

Yesterday on my walk I captured the detail on the Gorse, today I focused in on some holly berries and experimented in manual mode – despite seeing the other day that it was OK to use all the settings on the camera, I finally fill confident enough to experiment.

I was shooting handheld – in the shade under the holly bush, I wanted to draw the views attention to the berries … so I started on Aperture control – selected my aperture and let the camera choose the shutter speed and the ISO.

ISO1600, F3.2, 1/200 sec - Aperture prioroty
ISO1600, F3.2, 1/200 sec – Aperture priority

I then switched to manual – I dialed in ISO400, to get less noise, ISO 3.2 and 1/250sec – the fastest speed for the camera and let the pop up flash work.

ISO400, F3.2, 1/250 sec - pop up flash low.
ISO400, F3.2, 1/250 sec – pop up flash low.

I was experimenting and as that point I decided I wanted to work at a wider aperture – so changed to F2.8. I was using Al Servo to help me focus as the holly was moving in the breeze. with the pop up flash the berries have a nice glow to them!

ISO400, F2.8, 1/250 sec - pop up flash
ISO400, F2.8, 1/250 sec – pop up flash

So just changing the shutter speed and turning off the flash and the image I captured changes, the slower shutter speed lets in more light, but it also makes the background more distracting.

ISO400, F2.8, 1/125 sec - no flash
ISO400, F2.8, 1/125 sec – no flash

Adding the pop up flash, with low power, and diffusing it with a milk bottle….  and the bright background looks less bright as the berries are brighter now… the shine is back!

ISO400, F2.8, 1/125 sec - pop up flash
ISO400, F2.8, 1/125 sec – pop up flash

So going back to 1/250 sec shutter speed .. I preferred the darker background, I then choose to experiment with the ISO at ISO 100, the background is dark – it could be a nighttime image, and the low powered flash just highlights the detail on the holly.

ISO100, F2.8, 1/250sec - low pop up flash diffused.
ISO100, F2.8, 1/250sec – low pop up flash diffused.

Increase the ISO and a lot more light is let in … but I don’t feel there is enough light, the light patch in the background is not really distracting…

ISO200, F2.8, 1/250 sec - pop up flash.
ISO200, F2.8, 1/250 sec – pop up flash.

ISO400, 1/250sec, a diffused flash – it is very similar to the earlier photo but I feel it works – I like the tones and the feel that I have created. compared to aperture priority mode when the camera choose the ISO and the shutter speed – maybe I should experiment more often.

ISO400, F2.8, 1/250sec - low pop up flash diffused.
ISO400, F2.8, 1/250sec – low pop up flash diffused.

 

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