30 Days and 30 Photos – Day 9

Sunday’s are my Friday’s, if you get my meaning.  I usually have a much reduced energy level after five days of work.  I also needed to make a trip to the grocery store to replenish supplies.  So, in thinking about where I would go for my photo of the day, I chose to stop at the Wild Gardens of Acadia on my way back home from Bar Harbor.  My thought was to get some close-up shots of some fall wildflowers.  Again, I was without my tripod – these shots needed to be fast and efficient since I had cold food in the car needing to get refrigerated.

It is getting dark earlier and the light was low.  I knew I would be shooting without a tripod, so I set my ISO at 400 and still had “slower than I wanted” shutter speeds, but doable.  In the end, the photo I liked best was not a wildflower!  The white, papery bark of this birch tree trunk enhanced by the bright green ground cover of the New York Fern  beneath it caught my eye.  I just love the contrast and the light it emits in this shady spot.

Birch and New York Fern (1 of 1)

  • I used the Aperature-priority setting and had it set to f/4.  My ISO was set at 400. The final shot was recorded at 1/80 sec. f/4 120mm
  • I used autofocus and the viewfinder to frame the photo trying to focus on the bark and nearby fern texture
  • This was a hand-held shot – no tripod!
  • Exposure Compensation setting was at +0.03 for this photograph
  • In Lightroom, the adjustments I made were to Exposure, Highlights, Shadows and Vibrance settings.  I also just slightly increased the sharpness with that editing feature.  I did not crop the photo.

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