After yesterday’s disappointment, I was adamant about going on a sunrise shoot this morning. Woke up at 5am, checked the webcams (hard to tell really as everything’s dark), and hopped on the N Owl at 5:20am. Got off at Pier 2.
- First time shooting RAW.
- Stayed in Aperture Priority, but think I should’ve done manual to keep the aperture at f/22 while decreasing shutter speed.
- Not having a remote shutter release wasn’t much of an issue.
- Didn’t feel the need for GND or other filters yet, as much as I wanted to buy one before this.
- Sunrise was right on time: 6:25 – 6:45. By 7:05, sun was pretty high.
- Meek sunrise though – just a bit of faint pink.
- Nearby landmarks: Cupid’s Span statue, Gandhi statue, Ferry Building, Justin Herman Plaza, La Chiffonniere, Embarcadero Center One.
- Market Street muni/BART stations don’t open until 8am. Take the N Owl back before then.
- Coffee shops in Embarcadero/Montgomery area are all tiny / not suitable for laptop work.
- Pier 14 is to the right of Pier 2 – that’s where a lot of the pics I was inspired by were taken. Has slightly better angle of the bridge.
Problems / Questions
- Since the Mussel Rock shoot, I’ve been suspecting whether there’s something wrong with my camera. My pictures are never sharp! There’s always a bit of blurriness on the subject. It’s most likely because I still don’t really know what I’m doing (hoping that’s the reason), but I did kinda bang it against a rock accidentally so a little worried that it’s damaged.
- I confused higher f stops with more light again. Can’t wait for the day it’s ingrained and I don’t have to do the mental flip all the time.
- I don’t understand why sometimes the camera won’t let me press the shutter button, even though the settings aren’t extreme.
- I stayed mostly at 17mm zoom because I keep reading about how it’s better to move towards the subject rather than zooming in. Seems like it affects quality, but not sure.
- Didn’t like the angle from Pier 2 much. Too far from the bridge / didn’t find a good section of the bridge to frame.
- Still wonder if I’m screwing in the camera on the tripod right. Feel silly turning the camera around and around.
- Using a tripod doesn’t mean you automatically get a straight horizon line – still up to you to lock it in straight.
- Very aware that I kept violating the Rule of Thirds – but moving the horizon line higher or lower just didn’t look any good. So I continued keeping it right in the middle…
- Noticing crop factor issue. What I see through the viewfinder is a slightly cropped version of the actual image that gets taken. Time to read up on it for real.
I didn’t pay enough attention to what settings I ended up shooting with, so wondered what made the water look so different (Column 1 vs. Column 2). The EXIF data shows that the first set was shot with f/4, second was with f/22. More light = more detail?
Liked the color in these two, but poor composition.
Looks like I used f22, 1/500 shutter speed on this dark one.