One caught my attention over the weekend


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Nov 13, 2008
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Was doing a photoshoot and saw this. One shot, no flash used. the sun was directly behind the tree shining hard

Its a tree alright. Doesnt do much for me though. The lighting and all is alright though.
Its a tree alright. Doesnt do much for me though. The lighting and all is alright though.

Oh, but it's much more than just "a tree" looks like parts of four different,individual trees, so this snap has even more tree goodness!
haha yeah I know it doesn't do much but the reason it caught my attention so much is the fact that I was trying to practice new things after reading a few books. One book, the wedding photographer shoots toward the sun, putting it behind the subject and doesn't use flash to light up the subject by raising the ISO high.

Seems to worked? I don't know? I had this on evaluative metering. Shot was also taken at around 2pm and as you guys can see, clear blue sky. No flash used from my side, yet the tree lit up really well w/out overexposing the sky, except for where the sun is.

This was shot, if I remember correctly, at ISO 400 f/4 at 1/3200

I've noticed in all his outdoor images, he's bumping up the ISO, in broad day light. Which is what I'm trying to figure out, why someone would raise the ISO higher than 100 in a bright sunny day.
Yeah, that logic fails me.

You need to test it by taking the same shot at ISO100, and changing the shutter accordingly.

The tree definately looks flashed, though. :shrug:
Why boost the ISO above 100 on a sunny day? Are you seriously asking that as a question, or is that rhetorical??? There are many reasons to elevate the ISO setting above 100 in good, bright light...such as getting away from diffraction-killing small f/stops like f/11 and pokey shutter speeds like 1/200 second, or in the winter, 1/100 of a second under dim,weak winter "sunlight"...

ISO 400 today is not even high-ISO...ISO 400 is about where reliable action-stopping potential with normal gear begins...ISO 100 ruins many,many images by being simply too slow, to low of an ISO for many subjects, especially for those who have consumer-speed lenses.
Ok, so what you are saying is the effect isn't dependant on the ISO, that the ISO is chosen for the reasons you gave?

That's the logic that failed me.

I typically shoot choosing the aperture first, for the effect of DoF I want, and then adjust everything else accordingly to keep the shutter speed above the focal length.

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