Photographer's Note

Photography for Beginners Series no. PfB(8).

Sometimes I made blunders in photography but you wont get to see it because I am not going to post them. Jusni flew from West Malaysia to Kuching and we came here for 1st shoot of sunset. Using USD$100 lens, I tried to find the POV of getting the warm light on this architecture coming up in town. For a beginner like me, to find a good POV is a test of the learning curve. Most of you will confront the shooting by walking around a bit and finding the right light condition, the best composition and a clear shot - that is what we term as Point of View POV.

Regardless of the distractions of blue container box, a painted wall end of old buiding, lamp poles and a jetty hut interfering with the clear view of this new architecture, I could not move to a better position of finding the best POV. Behind me was the evening sun, so I needed to get the warm tone and the blue sky. On the other hand, I could not run too far away because behind me on this wharf would be where we waited for interesting sunset and blue hour views.

So I used this 70-300mm lens [well the camera store owner laughed at me for using such cheap lens with D700 FX camera] and tried my best composition of the structure. A decent frame but not the best POV. I am sure you would agree that the B&W lamp pole is bad intrusion on the architecture but I could not clone it out easily. At least this is the actual view you would see standing on the whard today. One good thing about using telephoto is that no optical distortion to the building is found.

So to enable a good handheld shutter of 1/60s without motion blur, I had iso1250. Aperture f/4 lowest was beyond my control due to focal length. Next time if I find a better POV to show this architecture, I will let you know about it. Thank you for viewing this PfB.

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