1st place Steve Corbett.
1st place Steve Corbett.

Exploring lower lighting levels

MANY photographers will put their camera away when the light starts to fade due to poor weather or simply by the onset of night.

However, this can often be a mistake as many award-winning photos in many different genres have been taken when lighting levels were not at what most people would say were optimum.

The use of tripods or other camera support systems is “de rigueur” for these situations, as camera shake due to slow shutter speeds caused by the low light levels will ruin many photos, which is often why many people don’t bother.

Modern conveniences such as image stabilisation and ultra-high ISO capability can all help, but nothing beats securely mounting the camera on a sturdy tripod.

Speaking of tripods, the heavier and sturdier your tripod, the better your results will be, but having said that, I will repeat what a knowledgeable professional once told me: “…the lighter, portable tripod that you carry with you and use in the field, will always give you a better result than the heavy, super sturdy tripod that is always left in the boot of the car because it’s a pain to carry.”

Just use some commonsense with a lightweight tripod, help to stabilise it by hanging your camera bag underneath it and don’t leave your big, heavy DSLR balanced on it while you go and make a cup of tea; that’s asking for some expensive trouble.

The winning image for this month was taken by photographer Steve Corbett, and shows a farm gate and fences in the early morning fog.

Second place was awarded to Kingsley Locke, with an aerial view of the ground shrouded in fog and mist taken from an aircraft, and third place went to Joan Wilson with a photo of a foggy morning scene.

Maureen Free won the Open category, with a view of Victoria Park. Second place went to Joan Wilson with a photo showing a tree branch, which had the silhouette of an elephant, and third place was won by Steve Corbett with a shot of Shorncliffe Jetty.

The Print of Interest for April went to Joan Wilson who took a close-up shot of some fungi with a wide-angle lens, which allowed the background to be seen clearly, thereby showing the fungi in their environment.

Merle Bamberry again won Open Slide section with a picture of a large captive snake, while Kingsley Locke (also repeating last months results) took out second place with a picture of the Warwick Golf Club covered in wild flowers and third place was awarded to Merle with a Warwick sunrise.

For more information about our next meeting, please contact Bruce or June Kemp on 4661 1353.

Until next time, happy snapping.

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