Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Practice Practice Practice

Hopefully I won't go overboard posting pictures in the next little while, but I had a great hike practicing with my camera today. When I went shooting with Wade this weekend he recommended forcing myself to shoot in manual mode so that I have to learn the settings. It's tempting to switch it to auto, but I'm going to learn!

One of the great things about Utah is how close you are to nature. A very popular hike (bit too popular for my taste) that I have never been on is the Rock Canyon trail. It's really close which makes it ideal for after work. We actually had a nice evening so I took advantage. It was a great hike to have to go back and forth from sunny to shady shots and have to play with the settings. And luckily when I first started shooting I was still within cell range. A quick call to my dad to figure out the timer and another call to Wade for a review and I was ready to go.

It's not hard to know why it's called Rock Canyon. And growing up in Utah I think you have to have a least a small interest in geology having these kind of examples surrounding you.

This wasn't the best shot, but I'm so intrigued by this car a mile up the trail. There has to be a good story here.

The water is definitely flowing which gave me some chances to practice the soft water shots again. I haven't had time to try and find my tripod so I had to just use rocks. Balancing your camera on a rock, trying not to let it or yourself fall in the river does add another element to trying to take a picture. But a challenge makes it fun.

This spot was hard for me to tell what the shots were coming out like. I would like to try here again.

This spot I just want to scoop up and transport to my backyard.

Still learning. But considering this was the first time I've shot completely in manual, I'm pretty happy.


Britta said...

Manual is your friend! And now you know everything I know - so I expect tips the next time we are together. They turned out great!

Wade The Rascal said...

You NAILED it!!! Well done, Kari. Can you believe I've NEVER been in Rock Canyon? I need to check it out, I guess. I'm not even sure where to go to begin a hike.

Kari said...

Thanks peeps. Well you were my teacher Wade :) I couldn't believe I had never been before. Its really easy to get to. There is a 4-way stop behind the temple, go east. That road dead ends at the trail head. Even though there were tons of people there, once I got started I was alone most of time except people passing every so often. I need to go on a longer hike sometime but what I saw was beautiful.

Marty Wombacher said...

Wow, these are great! Wade's a great teacher and you are a great student!