Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lo-fi Tecniqiue No. 3: How I Shot Serendipity

Panasonic DMC LX-3 (Point & Shoot)
Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
This out of focus – in focus image was taken last Saturday at the Getty Center. Rose and I were just hanging outside the cafeteria. It was about 4:30 pm so the ambient lighting was golden…here in California, it is one of the best time of the year to shoot outdoor. I set my Panasonic DMC-LX3 Point & Shoot to work. The aperture was at f8 and iso 80, which meant I had to shoot at 1/8 or some slow speed to get a decent exposure. I did this so I can have the sharpest image on the non-moving elements, i.e. the building and any slow moving people, and at the same time have some motion blur of people moving across my line of fire. Normally, I would have used a neutral density filter to get down to a slower shutter speed but I figured that 1/8 was all I needed. The camera image stabilizer (IS) was off. Images usually appear sharper if you’re not shooting hand held (like when using a tripod) whenever the IS is off. Then, I just laid the camera on the table, adjusted it so I can have a background I want… had it focused on the building as my background… and then I just fired away as people walked past us. I think I only did about four shots when Rose got bored so we had to go. Fortunately, I got this one shot. I didn’t even notice the two men in focus until I uploaded the images to my PC. Now, this is serendipity.

see also RB and Flickr