I had a chance to work on my photography again today. I was asked to go take pictures of Seabrook’s Town Hall while it still had holiday decor.
For those of you unfamiliar with Seabrook – Seabrook is “Washington’s Beach Town.” Seabrook is located in Pacific Beach. And Town Hall is Seabrook’s main structure that hosts a lot of the town’s community events.
Here are some of the shots I took of Town Hall and the houses next to it:
In this photo, as with the rest of the photos in this post, I’m shooting on the Nikon D5200 with the 18-55mm lens that comes with the camera.
What I like about this photo is the composition. It seems well balanced to my untrained eye. This was captured at 44mm with ISO 400, f/9, 1/60th.
I through this photo into Lightroom and auto corrected the light, I leveled the geometry, and I enabled lens correction.
This picture is of the same landscape, but a different, slightly lower angle as you can see the post on the left has now made it into the picture.
I made the same adjustments to this picture in Lightroom as I did the previous picture. And I shot this scene with the same ISO, shutter speed and F-stop.
Here is one of Seabrook’s Town Hall I took right around 4:15pm on Jan. 3, 2018. Earlier in the day the sun was clipping the top section of Town Hall, so I had to wait until the sun went down.
Usually, I find it hard shooting in the evening. But right when the sun goes down is perfect.
I shot this at 24mm, 400 ISO, f/9, 1/60th. Those settings seem to be perfect for shooting right when the sun goes down.
I want to experiment shooting with a smaller f-stop (higher number). I want to practice shooting at f/8 or higher to see if the images are more clear.
As with the two previous photos, I ran this photo through Lightroom. I leveled the photo. I auto corrected the lighting. I also added some clarity to the photo.
The major difference with this photo is that there is more of the walkway in the picture. Here, I’m sitting on my rear-end so I could get lower for, perhaps, a better angle.
This was shot on the same settings as the previous pictures. The same techniques were applied to this picture in Lightroom as the previous one, as well.
Finally, I took some sunset pictures too. Shooting into the sun is always difficult for me. This was no different. I studied some sunset shots in Lightroom of a picture I came across. I tried to re-create the settings out in the field.
I ended up shooting at 55mm, ISO 125, f/20, 1/20th. It was a noticeable difference from what I had been capturing in the past.
Then when I got into post-production I noticed I was still way over exposed. I auto-adjusted the light. Leveled the frame. And this is the result. I actually added some clarity too.
I still feel like the sun is too bright. I will continue to work on these types of shots.
But overall, I felt like this shoot was a success. I learned some small things. Nothing that’s going to make me a world-class photographer. But some things that will surely help me in the short-term on my way to becoming a better photographer.