Pho­tog­ra­phy tips

Cornwall Life - - CAPTURING CORNWALL -

If plan­ning a visit to Boscawen Park to pho­to­graph the view of the cathe­dral think care­fully about time of day and the state of the tide, as well as the weather! This view is most pro­duc­tive at high tide on a calm day when the cathe­dral is re­flected in the river. Winds are of­ten lighter early in the morn­ing so just af­ter dawn is a good time to try. If it’s windier then try a dusk/night ses­sion and use a long shut­ter speed be­cause long ex­po­sures have the ef­fect of flat­ten­ing out the wa­ter and im­prov­ing re­flec­tions. You will need a short tele­photo lens and a tri­pod. I sug­gest ex­per­i­ment­ing with neu­tral den­sity fil­ters to blur the wa­ter.

Dusk is good for pho­tos of towns be­cause the blue colours as­so­ci­ated with dusk con­trast well with the warm colours of the street lights. Truro can get busy so go­ing out of sea­son and out of hours makes sense for pho­tog­ra­phy and ac­cess.

If you want to try your hand at pho­tograph­ing fungi: use a tri­pod (prefer­ably one which al­lows the cam­era to get down to ground level) and re­mote re­lease; take pho­tos on dull days; use small aper­tures, maybe f11 to f16, to achieve a good depth of field (you might need very long ex­po­sures but this shouldn’t be a prob­lem if your tri­pod is sta­ble); try us­ing a gold re­flec­tor to shine light un­der­neath the fungi; vary your pho­tos be­tween close-ups and wide-an­gle views of fungi in the land­scape.

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