Do you want to see what you can do at Disneyland when you spend an entire day only adjusting the aperture setting on my camera?
That’s exactly what I did last week. And it was a ball! I rarely give myself the treat of simply enjoying my camera when we are on a vacation so spending an entire day only taking pictures I wanted to take was really, a vacation in and of itself! Here’s Disneyland as seen by Sara – (and two lessons about aperture all bundled into one really long blog post!)
Lesson one: The higher the f number, the bluer the sky:
Did you know that the bigger the f number, the bluer the sky? It’s true! If you want a really blue sky, use a big f number. I set my camera aperture to f4 (I wanted to go bigger but it was so bright that I couldn’t because it was too bright) and framed these lampost flowers against the sky so I could only see the sky. Isn’t that fun!
Look what happened here: this time I was in a different position to the sun so I could set my aperture higher – f10. Look how blue the sky was! We had the best weather and I wanted that to show in my pictures.
Lesson 2: The higher the f number, the more “sunbursty” the sun looks:
Here I really wanted to capture the geometric nature of Space Mountain – and I wanted to show the way the sun was peaking over the tower balancing out the vertical elements. So, I positioned myself so the sun was in the very top right hand corner of my view finder and I set my camera to f22 so I could have a blue sky and a strong sunburst. The aperture did the rest. The high aperture created that sunburst effect.
Here it is again:
This time I wanted the sun to mimic the sculpture. I used f22 again to create this image.
Finally, I wanted to incorporate all of these sunburst images with people enjoying the part…not just the architecture/scultpural elements. So, I took advantage of my dad and Lucy riding Dumbo:
Lucy is still a little bit too short to really pull off this image! But I like how Dumbo is flying, you can see my family, and the sun is bursting in the top corner. Super fun!
I had so much fun photographing Disney – I could go on and on!! But for now, I’ll just leave you with my favorites of Lucy and Luke: (Just a note, for all of these I used as low of an f number as I could. Usually that was around 3.2…but I tried to go lower if I could.)
Luke meets Cruella: (In this one, f1.8 was too much light…so I used f3.2)
Lucy watches and rides the Carousel (this one was actually f3.2)
This is my niece: baby Abygail! (f1.8)
(Chris took this one of Lucy on the tea cups. Isn’t she stunning :-))
So here’s your homework: Go out and have fun! And while you are out having fun, decide what you want to capture…is it the blue sky? Is it a sunburst? Is it the people you love enjoying life? Is it all three of those things together? Then, decide if you want a high f number (blue sky, big sunburst, not a lot of blurr) or if you want a small f number (less saturated sky, no sunburst, lots of blurr). Tell you camera what you want! And send me your pictures. I love seeing all of them!