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1 Thing 10 Ways Challenge: Week 3

Here we are – week 3 (belated) of my 1 thing 10 ways challenge!

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks I know.  But I am still committed to doing this challenge weekly, if I can.  I had a post lined up a couple of weeks ago, but my photo shoot was a bust.  Too dark all around.  Guess I need to work on that for another time!

So, in my Intermediate photography class this term, we have been working on exposure settings and TTL flash.  So, for this exercise, I did a little work with exposure metering and TTL, and threw in some changing ISO and macro setting for fun.  So, here we go!

Here we are at baseline.  I used my 100mm macro lens, with auto focus, but on Manual.  I used the 100 because it’s my only digital lens (besides my kit lens) and the only one I can use TTL flash with.

This picture was taking in late morning, in the master bedroom (which faces south and west) with the light on, the curtains open, and a light shining on this little guy here.  Even so, I needed to us ISO800 with F2.8, and was able then to use 1/100 shutter speed, which was good cause, you know, hand held.   This was with evaluative metering.

Next, I switched to spot metering, metered off little dude’s face, and kept the same settings.

I failed miserably metering off the grey card, which told me to move to 1/25 shutter speed (same aperture and ISO settings).  I think the grey card was not at the right angle so I didn’t get the right exposure off of it.  Something I need to work on.

Next I ventured into TTL.  The next three shots were all at ISO800, F2.8 and shutter speed of 1/60 (evaluative metered).  This first shot was with TTL at -2.0.  It was quite similar to my first shot with no flash and evaluative metering.

I turned up the dial on TTL to -1.0  This one I liked – a little more pop here.

But when I turned TTL up to 0, well, this one is a bit too much!

Then I turned off TTL and decided to throw metering out the window and see what would happen by just turning down the ISO (leaving the other settings at F2/8 and 1/60).  This was ISO400.

And this was ISO100.  I like to keep ISO at 100, so this was a good lesson in letting that go when need be, rather than slowing the shutter speed.  Cause, you know, focus…

Finally, I macroed out.  After all, I was playing with the macro lens!  Here we are at manual focus, 1/30 shutter speed, ISO800, F2.8 (evaluative metering).

And here we are at the same settings (and yes, I moved around a bit…I was struggling a bit with the focus in the macro) adding -2.0 TTL,

My lessons for this term have made me watch metering for exposure much more closely, and I am now starting to feel more comfortable with understanding how I can use the internal TTL flash to make things pop a bit more.  I don’t know what I will be trying out next week – stay tuned until then!

1 Thing 10 Ways Challenge: Week 2

Here we are – week 2 of my 1 thing 10 ways challenge!  (Also now a part of Forgiving Fridays

Today, a mundane subject, all taken with my/Kevin’s 50mm lens, all at F1.4 (yes, a nice fast 50mm) and all at ISO 100, handheld.  Only the shutter speed changed.  I am working on exposure and seeing things from different angles.  And it’s obvious in all of these that I continue to need to work on my focus.  And getting out of my comfort zone!  I should mention that I challenged myself to only take one shot for each “way”, so I did – I only took 10 shots, no trials, but plenty of errors (especially the aforementioned focus)!

So, here we go!


I stepped to the other side of the room and shot at 1/15


And a move into different light, without moving the cup, went to 1/25

I moved the cup in front of a mirror for a bit of a reflection again at 1/25

And this is my favourite, even out of focus, at 1/60 and post-produced into black and white.

Thought I would surround said subject teacup with other teacups, back to 1/15

I wish this was more in focus.  1/25

From above at 1/80 – more light on the dining room table.

And finally, I turned the cup upside down at 1/30


1 Thing 10 Ways Challenge: Week 1

Hi all, and welcome to week 1 of a new challenge.  My challenge.  Well, a challenge I’m setting for myself, but inviting you to join along should you wish to.

What is this challenge?  Well, I call it 1 Thing 10 Ways (#1T10W), and it’s a weekly challenge I am setting for myself to work on my photography skills, technical and compositional.  What is it all about?  Well, it’s about picking one thing to photograph, and taking 10 pictures of it.  10 pictures using different apertures, exposures, shutter speeds, lenses, angles, light, etc…whatever I like.  To see the ordinary in different ways; to make me think; to make me learn,; to help make me see the world in different ways.

I am going to post my challenge photos weekly on Wednesdays.  No reason.  It just seems like something fun to perk up my week!  And you are welcome to join if you like – just ping back to my weekly post.  What will I be posting?  Well, 10 pictures of some thing – for now, my challenge will be taking pictures of things in our house – and giving some details about each photo, what settings and which lens I used, and the thinking behind each photo (whatever that thinking may be).  And no pictures of kittens or flowers.  Don’t worry, I’ll still be posting those, just not for this challenge.

So, without further ado: 1 Thing 10 Ways, week 1.

First, a disclaimer.  I am still figuring out what this challenge will be all about for me.  Writing down my settings is hard enough, but I also now realize I need to keep track of how many shots I take on each setting/lens so I don’t sit in front of my computer wondering which picture is which, which I ended up doing here.  And no, I can’t check the metadata as I use Kevin’s non-digital lenses for most of the shots, so aperture and focal length are not recorded.  It’s all up to me.  Also, I need to find a better balance between thinking technical settings and composition.  I know, I know.  You should always think composition first. Hopefully the more I practice, the easier it will get! So, start my muddled journey with me now:

The door at the end of the stairs (200mm, F4, 400ISO, 1/25)

And now a series I like to call “thinking I would try perspective changes, but not really understanding what I was doing”.  It didn’t really work, but it gave me some ideas of how to make it work.

1: 200mm, F4, 400ISO, 1/25 (and Elliot who wanted to know what was going on and why he wasn’t involved)

2: 100mm, F2.8, 100ISO, 1/25 (and a little closer).  Why 2.8?  Well, it is a dark hallway, but I guess I could have left it at F4 and raised my ISO back to 400…

3:  85mm, F2.8, 100ISO, 1/25 (and a little closer again).

4:  50mm, F2.8, 100ISO, 1/25 (and a little closer again).

5:  28mm, F2.8, 100ISO, 1/25 (and a little closer again).

6:  And now, a shot of the doorknob from above with 28mm, F2.8, 100ISO, 1/25

7: Now I wanted to try a few close-ups.  This is me standing close and zooming with my 85-200, at 200mm, F4, 400ISO, 1/25

8: Close-up with the 100mm, F2.8, ISO400, 1/25

9:  How about a macro with my 100mm macro?  F2.8m ISO400, 1/20 (getting darker the closer I get).  Also, hand held, so like some of the other shots, not as focused as I might like.

10:  And finally, the 100mm from the side at F2.8, ISO400, 1/20