24 Feb 2015
The first sunset with my Sony a6000
This evening, I found the best spot for taking a picture of the sunset after driving about the back country for a while. It was a location I had always known.
A large cleared out field in Waxhaw that is spacious and I drive by it all the time. During the winters with snow, like last year, many towns folk could be seen sledding down the hillsides into the open valley.
The night before, I had searched “Landscape Photography” on YouTube and found a B&H presentation by Tim Cooper (below) that I watched with much interest. I took mental notes of which ISO and F-stop to use, since sunsets make my heart flutter.
I parked my car in an adjacent parking lot, checked on my tripod and noticed it was missing the essential mount. So I left it, walked across the road and down the red mud and hay slope into that large area. Along the way, I kept glancing to my left to see where I was in relationship to the setting sun.
At first, I act very shy and cautiously because I’m not entirely sure if I can park in certain areas. I wouldn’t want my car towed, it’s an unsettling worry that I have that I hope never comes true.
After a few minutes, I come to a good spot and noticed several flattened blue beer bottles strewn about but I’m not there to pick up trash so I reference their location so I know where to walk to next time.
Since it’s my first time with the camera, I’m set on using it at ISO 100 - ISO 200 and f8, f11, f16, f22. I vary those settings per what I learned in the video and see how my camera reacts to the light that I see through the Electronic View Finder (EVF). Then I try various other settings on my camera, since it’s new to me. Take a picture, change the ISO, take a picture, change the F-stop, take a picture, change the zoom, etc. Since I don’t have the tripod with me and since the ground is a bit muddy, I hold my elbows close to my body to steady it as much as possible. I don’t move around much, because I’m just trying to get “a good shot” and learning what this new camera can do. I’ve watched so many videos on how the camera works as I mentioned in my last post but there, in that moment, I’m getting comfortable with it.
Next time, I’ll make sure my tripod is ready and I’ll walk further down the field. I’ll come a bit earlier so I can get more of the sun disappearing along the horizon.