A frequent photoblog with select favorites of my photographs. Subjects are typically nature, landscape, astrophotos, existing light.
Interesting shots Jim. Just wondering about your chioce of settings though. Why ISO 1600 and F/8? A lower ISO and aperture setting would have given you a narrower depth of field (I find the background distracting) and lower noise level while keeping the desired high shutter speed. Clue me in on your thought process . . . :-)
I used f/8 in order to get the lens off the floor and into its sweet spot (if it really has one....) and also I wanted a little depth of field since I was originally looking not just at the central part of the fountain but also the other parts and I wanted that all in focus. I thought that f/8 would still keep the background soft too. I wasn't too worried about the background. I also thought the background was busy enough to keep the noise from being too distracting, and I think that actually worked surprisingly well. I wanted a fast shutter speed to stop the water but in hindsight I might have gone a bit slower, maybe up to 1/1000 and mabye get back down to ISO 400 or so. I didn't spend much time thinking about that as I zeroed in on the interesting shot, though.
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