shutter priority

I went back out to the lakes yesterday, this time using the shutter priority setting at 1/2000.  The sun was partially out, so I probably wouldn’t have had problems using aperture priority anyway, but it was fun to try something different.




from 1/1600 to 1/320

The geese are back!   There were bajillions of them out on one of the local lakes yesterday.

I set my settings before I got too close so I would be ready.  I usually set my camera on aperture priority, and so I opened up as wide as possible (f5.6 on my 100-400 zoom) and pushed my iso to 1000 (it was cloudy) in order to get over 1/1500 shutter speed.

The problem was that I had set my settings based on how the camera metered with a mostly snowy background.  Once I started shooting over the dark water, my shutter speed went into slo-mo, and dropped to 1/320. When some of the geese took off, I was excited to be in position and ready.  When I got home and loaded the pics, I was so sad to see that most of them were so blurry they were completely unusable.  I included one that wasn’t a disaster, but has been seriously edited, and is still not very sharp.

This one is at 1/1600…lots of white in the shot.


This one shifted to 1/320 as I moved down the shore to where there was less snow.  I got so caught up in watching the birds, I didn’t even re-check my settings.


So, I need to be more thorough and careful, and I need to start shooting in shutter priority and manual mode more often.  There is always more to learn!



cee’s compose yourself challenge: center point

After reading Cee’s description  about effective use of breaking the rule of thirds, I realized that I rarely attempt taking center point shots.  So, yesterday when I took my walk-to-break-out-of-the-Christmas-food-coma, I thought I’d grab the macro lens and attempt a center point shot. I like how it turned out, but I have to confess it was not a comfortable thing for me.


The rest of these were cropped so that the subject is in the center.  I looked for shots in my catalog that had strong leading lines, or in the case of my daughter, a pop of color that draws the eye.




I’m not sure how I feel about these crops.  It has been really good to push out of my comfort zone, though.  In 2016, I’m going to try more center point shooting.  Thanks for the challenge, Cee!


iphriday–merry christmas!

iPhriday is a day to post your favorite photos from your phone.  We’d love to have you join us by linking to one of my posts, or tagging your post “iPhriday.”

Thanks to the merry band who posted over this past week.  Make sure you check out their links at the bottom of this post!

At 4 am, I put the ham in the oven.  At 6am, in went the potatoes.  We set off for our 2 1/2 hour drive at 8, brunch at 11, back in the car at 4, and home at 6:30.  It was a great day with family, but that’s why I’m late with the iPhriday post.


In 1741 George Fridrich Handel received a manuscript by Charles Jennens.  It was a collection of various biblical texts about Christ.  He was moved by the opening words of Isaiah 40 “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people” and wrote the music to The Messiah in 23 days.   He described his experience of writing such an astonishing work by saying:  “Whether I was in the body or out of the body when I wrote it, I know not.”

Some of my first exposure to the texts about Christ was through the music of Handel’s Messiah.  During my “tween” years, my grandmother played the piano for a Messiah sing-along in her town, and she would invite us to come and sing.  It remains some of my favorite music to this day.

Here are more iPhriday posts for you to enjoy.  I will be posting on January 1, 2016 so I hope to see what you are capturing on your phone to start the new year!

iPhriday–Merry Christmas

iPhriday–What A View!

Foggy iPhriday

iPhriday Christmas Post: The Ugly Christmas Sweater