Shutter speed was the name of the game this morning, and our first stop was at the fountain on College Green - a perfect test subject. Using shutter priority (S on my camera) it was a matter of juggling a fast enough shutter speed to 'freeze' the water with getting enough light into the camera to get the picture. I struggled to get the focus right - to get enough light into the camera I had to switch to manual mode (where you set the shutter speed and aperture), and I got muddled and thought I had to use manual focus too, which I didn't. Blame the brain cloud. Anyway, while the top two pictures have droplets of water in sharp focus towards the back of the shot, the bottom two were focused at the front of the image but not as sharp. Ah well.
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This was back in shutter priority mode, using a slow shutter speed to catch the motion of the water. I had the opposite issue with light this time - because the shutter was open for a longer period there was to much light getting in, leaving me with white out images - as you can see on the bottom left!
Again, switching to full manual mode gave me the control I needed to keep the aperture small enough not to white out the whole image (small size aperture = big number f stop - I used f11. This is also why the background is in focus). I like the top right picture - the lines created as the water moved look like fireworks.
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