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Popularity 13Viewed 2154 times 2015-3-10 00:48 |Personal category:Travel|System category:Life| camera, photography, flowers, lanterns

Last week, I bought a DSLR online, and it cost me roughly a month's salary. I've never given it a second thought when spending the money, not because I'm a big spender, but because I was quite sure about the joy it could bring me when I'm shooting in the field with it. I'm not setting myself to be a photographer, but I know what it takes to be a shutterbug, and I'm working on it.

Before I bought my camera, I only had a rough idea of how the Single Lens Reflex camera works. So I downloaded a lot of photography tutorials online. Those tutorials had introduced me to the basics of photography. I'd learned how to make a photo properly exposed through the manipulation of the so called Exposure Triangle: aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Learning how to control these three elements in different light conditions is essential to the mastering of photography. Aperture not only affects exposure, it also plays a key role in depth of field (Depth of field refers to the range of distance that appears acceptably sharp). The larger the aperture, the shallower the depth of field your image becomes, which means that while your main subject is in focus, the objects in background will be blurred. The photos I'd be mentioning in the following paragraphs will make heavy use of wide open aperture to create shallow depth of field.

To put my knowledge to test, I asked several friends of mine to go with me to Songshan Lake in Dongguan, because I heard that the scenery there is beautiful. It took us more than two hours to get there, but it's worth it: we were like in a wonderland, surrounded by acres and acres blooming flowers. I lowered my body to take close-up pictures of different flowers with wide aperture. Below are the photos that I took on that day.


Camera settings: 120mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO-100


Camera settings: 120mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO-100


Camera settings: 18mm, f/3.5, 1/800s, ISO-100


Camera settings: 200mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO-100


Camera settings: 130mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO-100


Camera settings: 60mm, f/5.0, 1/320s, ISO-100


Camera settings: 180mm, f/5.6, 1/200s, ISO-100


Camera settings: 50mm, f/5.0, 1/100s, ISO-100

On my way back to place where I live, the big red lanterns hanging over my head got my attention. I stopped, took out my camera, and captured that fabulous moment.


Lanterns on Chunhua Footbridge at the intersection of Shennan Blvd. and Nanshan Blvd.


Lanterns on Chunhua Footbridge


Lanterns on Chunhua Footbridge


Chunhua Footbridge

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Reply Report Funny-boy 2015-3-13 19:08
cody160: Thanks for your compliment. I was using Canon 70D with kit lens 18-200mm, f/3.5-5.6, which is a telephoto lens -- good at shooting subjects far away f ...
Very thinks.  
Reply Report ysyaileen 2015-3-14 17:06
it really seems to be quite professional..
the photos are very nice, i
it must be quite enjoyable to have a hobby like you, capture the wonderful moment of our life..
Reply Report Enyadeng 2015-3-15 11:11
Nice
Reply Report 夏木叶 2015-3-15 14:38
severals really have caught my feelings, just can't help collecting them.
Reply Report cody160 2015-3-16 08:58
ysyaileen: it really seems to be quite professional..
the photos are very nice, i
it must be quite enjoyable to have a hobby like you, capture the wonderful mome ...
Thanks for your kind words!
Reply Report cody160 2015-3-16 09:01
夏木叶: severals really have caught my feelings, just can't help collecting them.
Glad to hear that. I shrinked the size of those images when posting it, I can send you my original ones if you want.

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