Going to the Light
A 365-day Photo Journal

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day 99: Jonathan & friends

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When you come to the edge of all the light you have known,
and are about to step out into darkness, Faith is knowing one of two things will happen -- there will be something to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.

--from Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Camera info: Taken at Lake Overholser. 70-200mm lens at 155mm. 1/2500 sec at f/3.2. ISO 100.


Kristie said...

Jim, once again, your photo today is beautiful. I have been diligently observing your camera settings ... I "get" that you had great light today, and such a fast shutter speed to get those moving wings withut blur! (I've had a bit of a "blur" issue this week, personally, ha!) Yet another question from me .... do you always shoot in manual mode? You seem to have an uncanny knack (I think the correct word for that is SKILL) for knowing exactly what you will need for each image.

Alisa said...

It makes me happy that you took that photo here and that you were not traveling to the coast.
I love the feeling I have when I see this as well as the photo. It relaxes me.

Jim Smith said...

I actually rarely shoot in Manual mode. I use it with studio lighting, but otherwise I use AV, TV or P modes. AV is my favorite because I like to control the depth of field. I set the aperture and let the camera figure out the shutter speed. I used AV for this photo.

For this photo I wanted a shallow depth of field, but I also knew that using a large aperture would give me the highest shutter speed. If I had found that the shutter speed was still too slow I would next start bumping up the ISO.

T.R. said...

I love this shot!!!

jenX said...

this is absolutely magical. it gives me spiritual energy - like a reminder that God has constructed the world in such a way that we each have the potential of being taking off or being lifted up.