I wanted to try for some back lighting. I still shot in Av mode (I think because I am lazy, not that I can't do manual.) However, with back lighting, you have to take charge and let camera know you're smarter than it is. I had my exposure compensation set to (+1/3) because the sand is lighter than the 18% gray the camera is looking for. So I've told the camera this scene is a little light, but there's not a way to tell it that it's back lit.
Enter the magic of exposure lock.
If you leave it to auto exposure, this is what you end up with. With all the light and dark spots, your average is still 18% gray, but nothing is right.
On my canon, the exposure lock is * button, next to the auto focus point selection button, and doubles as the (-) button during photo playback. When you use it, you are telling the camera to meter according to what you have in your viewfinder now, not what you have in your view finder when you press the shutter button.
So for this scene, I put a scene of sand and some bushes in the view finder, intentionally not using any of the overly bright sky, then pressed the * button. Then is moved my camera and composed the scene how I wanted. The result was much more like the scene my eye was seeing than the automatic exposure is, and I will take a totally overexposed sky over the automatic dark mess any day.
So, in short, when you push the * button, the camera calculates the exposure and sets the ISO, Aperture, and shutter speed, and doesn't change even if you recompose the scene. While exposure is locked, you see * in your view finder.
I don't want to call Nick old. I just needed a picture for day 11 so I can move on with my life. What if I just call him an old soul? Or that our relationship is old? And no one is policing this challenge. I'm just reassigning today to be Day 11: Your Significant Other.
My own criticisms- limb chop: I shouldn't have cut off his hands with the composition. I could improve this with a tighter crop. White balance is too cool. Bright spots at top of frame can be distracting and lead eye away from subject.
focal length 55mm f/5.6 1/125s ISO 400 Automatic white balance
There is such a huge difference in picture quality between the kit lenses and my favorite, 50mm 1.8 prime lens, but I've been needing the flexibility the kit lenses give.
I don't really like this picture. I had the 50mm lens on, so I couldn't zoom out and I was against the wall. Oh well. And maybe you had to be there to know why this is funny, which means it's not a very good funny picture either.
I'm not much of a morning person, so this is as early as I giving an effort for.
These are wild turkeys, being lured to the fence line by someone feeding them corn.
Getting proper exposure is hard because of the bright white nature of snow, the turkeys are darker, and the background is darker brush and shade. The chain link fence doesn't add to the charm either, but there you go.
Shot with the kit lens 18-55mm at 55mm. Tv mode, 1/100s, f/20, ISO 400.
I should have upped the shutter speed to about double what it was, opened the aperture a bit and lowed the ISO to 200.
Perhaps not the leaves the author of the challenge envisioned, these are leaves of a table. I thought the leaves of gears would be cool to photograph, but I didn't have any laying around.
This was shot with the canon 50 mm 1.8 lens, with non-electronic macro rings (meaning you can't adjust the aperture (it's stuck wide open) and you have to manually focus.)
Diet Dr Pepper on ice, in glass. Window to right of subject.
Canon xsi, lensbaby composer with double glass optic, aperture 2.8, with 3x macro filter, ISO 200, exposure 1/40 sec, AWB.
Added Auto contrast in picasa.