I was up at 5am today for a flight to Sydney and spent the afternoon seeing customers at Westmead Children’s Hospital. It’s now almost midnight and I need to go to bed!
After work today, my head was cloudy and I felt like I needed to decompress. The plan was to have dinner with friends at Bondi Beach, so I jumped in the car and drove through an hour of Sydney traffic to Maroubra Beach (where my friends live). I took 45 minutes out for myself, just me and my camera. I wandered in the sunshine taking pictures of the surfers and swimmers at play. It was just the ticket. I had been feeling very melancholy, even a little teary, but the sun, breeze and beachy air sorted me out.
I met my friends and we headed to Bondi Beach for a sneaky cocktail and a scrumptious Italian dinner. After dinner, we walked down to Bondi Beach and went for a stroll. The light was fading fast but I managed to get a couple of shots that I am happy with and I even had a play with out-of-focus shots, I’ve posted the black and white version below.
So, you can see in the earlier shots at Maroubra, there is more available light, so I can use a small aperture (f/22) which means more of the scene should be in focus. I can also use a shorter shutter speed (1/100s) which means there shouldn’t be blur. These were taken at about 5:30pm.
The shots at Bondi were taken at 8:30pm and the sun had set. The shutter speeds are very slow (1/10s) and the aperture is wide open to allow a lot more light in to hit the sensor (f/2.8).
All photos were taken hand-held, I haven’t gotten to the stage of bringing a tripod with me yet! So, they aren’t as sharp as I’d like, but I thought they show the differences in some of the settings.
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