F8 and Be There

Today is the last full day of Winter, and the temperatures have rebounded from our week of ice and slush. It was Sunny, hovering around fifty degrees, and the ground is poking out from the remains of the snow.

It was time for a photo walk.

My recent experiences taking some drama photos inspired me to shoot in manual mode for this walk 1, and it was so much fun! After using the D7000 for nearly two years I’m very familiar with the controls, so changing my settings on the fly wasn’t really an issue.

For the most part I followed the old adage, “ƒ8 and Be There.” Except for some shots where I’d accidentally bumped the aperture dial, I was locked in on ƒ8, and only changed my shutter speed. I did shoot in at a few different ISO’s, but really just set that level and forgot about it until I changed locales. I deliberately under-exposed most of my photos, which augments the shadows and makes it easier to recover detail later. I’m going to have to go out more often with my camera set to Manual.

The Clock in Riverton Square
Nikon D7000 with 55-300mm lens
ISO 160
ƒ8
135mm
1/1250 sec


  1. I did keep autofocus enabled, though maybe on day I’ll even play with that. 

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  1. I can even see the shadow of the hands on the clock. I Love it.

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