Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Theme # 6 "Abstract"

These images were taken on the beach at Horton's Point, located in Southold, NY. I included two images so I could better describe how I arrived at my attempt for an "Abstract" image of the little rock. The first image is just a shot of two large rocks say 15' feet off shore. Notice the small green, moss covered rock in the foreground ( center ). It caught my eye because of the beautiful, shinny, green colored moss. I then took my zoom lens in closer and took about fifteen or so shots of the small tiny waves ( 6"-12" ) breaking over the rock. I choose the second image to post because of the wave action, and blurred movement of the water. Because I had the camera set in Aperture preferred mode and the f/ stop @ f/11 my shutter speed would change depending on the meter reading. I got lucky because the speed was changing for each shot from as slow as 1/10 th sec. up to 1/60 th sec. This image was shot at 1/40th sec. which is why I was lucky. I should have put the camera in Manual mode and kept varying both the aperture and speed to get the effect I desired. The image you see on the back of the camera is almost impossible to critique when outside in bright sunlight. I guess my next "toy" purchase will be a hood for the LCD screen so one can see what is what in bright sunlight. I have the Hoodman Loupe which fits over the LCD but is difficult to use when taking pictures. I hope I didn't loose you on this one but I learned that I must play more with the Manual Mode. I'm very comfortable with the Manual mode but more likely a little lazy. Hope you enjoy my attempt at an "Abstract".
Nikon D90 2009/07/19 17:41:04
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 95mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/40 sec - F/11
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
VR Control: On


  1. Very cool results! Love the motion of the water you captured! I would love one of those hoods too, why does everything have to cost so much money??

  2. I like your interpretation on this theme, Edmund! The green moss in the midst of the moving water is very eye catching.

  3. Thanks for the perspective of the first shot and the drama and excitment of the second but mostly for the details of what occured, My second camera is in being fixed so I have reverted to the A setting instead of manual, and I too am becoming Lazy, I appreciate the warning, and hope it alleviates the shock of the bill when repairs are complete.

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  5. Great explanation. I have been shooting almost completely in manual the last several months _ my daughter was yaking a photography class at the college and they had to shoot completely manual so I got into the habit to help her out. I too had been lazy before.

  6. I like the second image a lot. It really looks like a painting.

  7. Moss is a favorite thing for many. You have captured a great shot. I'm lazy about manual, But I do try to switch it up.

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