Once again, it’s a due date for one of Scott’s photo challenges and here I am traveling and sliding in at the last minute with my entry! Of course, you could say that I should just be more prepared but then I would say where is the fun in that?
The good news is that I did actually take pictures for this challenge long before the deadline during our Mystic trip. Because I have a point and shoot camera, I did as Scott recommended and tried out some of the scene selections. We went to Mystic Aquarium and my camera actually has an aquarium setting on it. I am not quite sure what Canon thinks the lighting conditions are inside an aquarium, but I pretty quickly decided that it wasn’t doing much for me. I decided to try a different mode for lower light and chose ISO3200 instead. I have to say that I got some pretty interesting results. There is definitely some noise, but I really like the way the colors came out in these shots.
The next picture is of the same scene as above but I didn’t change the setting on the camera – the lighting in the tank changes periodically to highlight flourescent sea life.
Back home, I decided to experiment with the various white balance settings. I took a close up of this iris first on auto white balance and I thought it looked too blue.
So, I went through the rest of the settings…
Flourescent H (whatever that means) actually came pretty close to the right shade of purple. But, I saved the best for last; what the camera calls Custom/Evaluate White Balance. Which sounds the same as auto, but it’s not exactly. When you first tap the shutter button, it has a little metering spot in the frame so you can select exactly what area in the photo you want it to evaluate the light from. And, we have a winner:
For ha-ha’s and to copy my sister, I also tried out the continuous shooting mode on my dog, but those pictures came out pretty blurry, if not kind of funny! That little sucker moves fast!
So, thanks to Scott for getting me to experiment a bit with my camera. I feel like I did begin to know it’s capabilities quite a bit more through this assignment.