Whip It Out and See What Happens


Things don't always tend to go our way. In my case, it seems, things rarely ever go my way, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from getting my shot today.

Two of my best friends from Orlando came down to visit, but it rained non-stop all day. We left the house to get some breakfast and a few things from the store, and that was about it. Before I knew it, the day was almost over and I hadn't got my shot. I immediately thought, 'well, this is it. I failed on day two.' My wife was making us dinner so we were all sort gathered around the kitchen talking and laughing and that's when the idea hit me. I figured I'd pull out my camera and try to get some candid shots of Jim. I figured, if nothing else, this could be a learning experience.

Even though we had some lights on, because of the weather, it was a bit dark in the house so, I wasn't shooting in the best conditions. To get enough light onto the sensor, I had to set my ISO pretty high with out the shot being super noisy. I set my ISO to 3200, my aperture to 5.6, and my shutter speed to 1/40 (yes, that's too low, but what could I do). Because my shutter speed was so slow I had to wait until no one was moving to get a decent shot. After about ten minutes of nothingness, I sat defeated on the arm of the couch and Jim just happen to give me this look.

Jim by James Gass on 500px.com
That was it! That was shot I needed. I threw it into Lightroom Express on my phone, which works pretty well by the way, and starting working on it. Yes, I had to adjust the exposure, increase the highlights, and tweak the contrast. Yes, it ended up with a lot of noise and the focus was a bit soft. This is where you have to remember that it's not always having a technically perfect shot; it's about what's in the shot that matters And this was a great shot. Thanks, Jim for saving my project.
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