Monday, December 14, 2009
Hey everyone, hope you had a great weekend that wasn’t completely wasted on recovering from the stomach flu! If so, that means you’ve got me beat.
Today’s shot was taken last fall (as in, 2008) in the Kubota Garden, which is the “other” Japanese garden in Seattle. (Although that’s probably not quite fair, because it’s actually quite a bit larger than the one in the arboretum, so that one probably deserves the distinction “other”.) Until Julie suggested heading there that day, I didn’t even realize it existed. It’s pretty nice though, and it’s ripe for getting some nice shots, especially in the fall.
If I were to go back though, I’d definitely try to be more prepared. As in, I’d try to bring a tripod. Well, maybe a gorillapod since they frown on bringing full-on tripods into the garden unless you pay for a permit. Most of the shots I found myself wanting to take ended up being well-shaded, so I was pretty limited without one. This was a case, though, where having an image stabilized lens helped me. I took a bunch of shots that day with shutter speeds of between 1/30th and 1/60th of a second. None of them really came out spectacularly, but a fair number of them are passable. Like today’s shot. It’s just sharp enough to not be painful to look at, although it’s definitely not crystal clear. Worth posting, but not worth hanging on the wall. Also, since it was pretty dark in there, I was forced to crank up the ISO (to 800 for this shot) and open up the aperture all the way just to get even to a 1/30th second shutter speed. With the new camera (Rebel T1i), the high ISO wouldn’t have hurt as much, although I didn’t yet own it at the time. Maybe next year?
BTW: this is your last chance to order your 2010 calendar! Well, that’s not quite true, you can always ask me for one, and I’d always be happy to send you one. But this is your last chance to get one before 2010. Also, if you’d like any other memorabilia (prints, tshirts, photo mugs, signed concert posters, anything available from snapfish, shutterfly, or pick your favorite print-your-own-photos place), that can, uh, also be arranged.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 800. Focal length: 33mm.