Happy HalloWishes: A Grim Grinning Ghosts Spooktacular in the Sky
I am going to start writing in my description that I'm open to all constructive criticism good or bad on the pictures from this recent trip. I thought more about composition and exposure on this trip than I ever have and really took some time to set up most of my shots. I figure maybe a little constructive criticism will hopefully help to advance my skills as a photographer. So if you've got a second and you see something about the photo that you like or don't like, don't be afraid to speak up!
I'll be honest, when Matt led us to the end of Main Street USA to shoot HalloWishes I was a little reluctant. I would have preferred to be a little closer. But I think it worked out and I'm okay with some of what I got, I zoomed all the way out to 70mm, framed the bottom of the castle with the bottom of the viewfinder as to not get heads in the picture, and fired away. I couldn't help but to keep thinking of my disadvantage that night and that Matt, Jeff, Tom and Sarah were going to get all the good ones. You see, I had accidentally left my shutter release cable back at the room, so I had to use the timer delay method (Don didn't shoot because he left his tripod in the car, the biggest disadvantage of all, I guess). Without the shutter release cable I wasn't able to use "bulb" exposure like I prefer to do for fireworks. So the timer delay was two seconds in addition to the one second mirror lock-up delay I had set up, which equaled a three second delay each time I pressed the shutter release button... So really all I could do was set the exposure for 4 seconds and just keep firing away as often as possible and hope for something halfway decent. I had never used the mirror lock-up before so I'm not sure if it helped or not but it seems like the castle is pretty sharp in most of the shots. This is one of maybe 3 or 4 that are usable from that shoot. Hope you like!
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8DG HSM
Exposure: 4 sec
Focal Length: 70mm (105mm full frame equivalent)
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