DFC – Roll #2

I did it again! Results were a little less than stellar, but here they are warts and all.

I used the same jpeg filter setting as the last time – Expressive. I like the output from this and so just set to ISO 400 even though it was bright and we had snow on the ground. That may have been a mistake, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Followed all the basic rules using Manual mode, etc. This time I used my Panasonic system lenses instead of vintage Olympus. Manual focus with focus peaking, but I think I forgot to turn off the lens image stabilization. In camera stabilization was off though. Oops. I also think I forgot to turn off constant preview as well. I’ll be more careful next time. I have the setting in My Menu along with grid lines so I can get to them quickly to change.

Frame #1

Lumix 35-100mm | f/5 | 1/160

  • Overexposed
  • Need to get closer

Frame #2

Lumix 35-100mm | f/5 | 1/250

  • Still a little overexposed
  • focus looks ok
  • should have gotten closer
  • bg behind tree is really blown out

Frame #3

Lumix 35-100mm | f/5 | 1/250

  • Better as a vertical
  • still overexposed
  • focus looks a bit off


Frame #4

Lumix 35-100mm | f/5 | 1/250 sec

OMG!!!


Frame #5

Lumix 35-100mm | f/5 | 1/500

  • Still overexposed
  • too messy
  • need to get closer

Frame #6

Lumix 35-100mm | f/5 | 1/500

  • Slightly better composition
  • still not zoomed in enough
  • should have stopped down


Frame #7

Leica 100-400 | f/5.7 | 1/500

  • Now that’s close!
  • Still a little bright though
  • Focus looks reasonable
  • Better composition

Frame #8

Leica 100-400 | f/5.4 | 1/500 sec

  • A little messy, but a better composition.
  • Looks reasonably sharp.
  • Too bright though.


Frame #9

Leica 100-400 | f/5.4 | 1/500

  • Still a bit hot
  • Focus looks off

Frame #10

Leica 100-400 | f/5.4 | 1/500

  • Focus looks better
  • Took this to tweak probably
  • Thought exposure was ok, but maybe a bit bright

Frame #11

Leica 100-400mm | f/5.4 | 1/500

  • Best of the bunch
  • Too bright
  • Focus looks good

Frame #12

Leica 100-400mm | f/5.6 | 1/500

  • A little too busy,
  • exposure looks closer to correct
  • Focus looks good, too

Frame #13

Leica 100-400mm | f/5.6 | 1/500

  • Checking focus since using manual
  • Looks pretty good

Frame #14

Lumix 35-100 | f/7.1 | 1/800

  • wider view = messier
  • possibly a raspberry leaf in the snow – too cute
  • focus looks ok
  • tad overexposed

Frame # 15

Lumix 35-100 | f/7.1 | 1/800

  • Tighter composition works better
  • Focus looks good
  • Tad overexposed still, should have stopped down

Frame # 16

Lumix 35-100 | f/7.1 | 1/800

  • Eliminated bit on the bottom
  • Focus looks ok
  • Still too bright, but I must have thought it was ok

Frame #17

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/500

  • More overexposed, doh!
  • Focus looks good (used focus peaking for the whole series)
  • Slight angle change

Frame #18

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/250

  • Underexposed a bit
  • Subject too low in frame
  • Focus looks good

Frame #19

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/1600

  • Better composition
  • Good focus
  • Still a little dark

Frame #20

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/1600

  • Wider composition – I like it
  • Exposure the same, but the added snow brightens things
  • Best of the three I think

Frame #21

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/1600

  • Think I had constant preview on since this looked ok in the viewfinder
  • WAY underexposed
  • Busy composition (if you can even see it)

Frame #22

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/1600

  • Still hopelessly underexposed
  • Better composition
  • ?? Focus


Frame #23

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/1600

  • WTF was I doing?
  • Good comp
  • Really have to watch the meter not the screen (EVF)

Frame #24

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/500

  • Finally exposed correctly
  • Decent focus
  • Sort of boring composition

Frame #25

Lumix 35-100 | f/9 | 1/500

  • Little better comp
  • Good focus
  • Good exposure

Frame #26

Lumix 35-100 | f/6.3 | 1/500

  • Good exposure
  • Focus seems a bit off
  • Slightly messy comp, but the water was deep and I didn’t want wet feet!

Frame #27

Lumix 35-100 | f/6.3 | 1/500

  • Slightly better composition
  • Still looks soft to me

Frame #28

Lumix 35-100 | f/6.3 | 1/500

  • Overexposed
  • Focus looks ok
  • Not different enough to other shots of this leaf

Frame #29

Lumix 35-100 | f/8 | 1/2000

  • A tad dark
  • Good focus
  • Distracting junk in upper right

Frame #30

Lumix 35-100 | f/8 | 1/1600

  • Cleaner composition
  • Better exposure
  • Good focus
  • Best of “roll”?

Frame #31

Lumix 35-100 | f/8 | 1/2000

  • Crisp focus
  • Good exposure
  • Good composition

Frame #32

Lumix 35-100 | f/6.3 | 1/2500

  • Nice composition
  • Good exposure
  • Crisp focus

Frame #33

Lumix 35-100 | f/6.3 | 1/500

  • Bad focus (even using focus peaking, I think I may have moved)
  • Exposure ok
  • Composition a bit too wide

Frame #34

Lumix 35-100 | f/6.3 | 1/500

  • Better focus, but not perfect
  • Should have shifted up and to the left for comp

Frame #35

Lumix 35-100 | f/6.3 | 1/500

  • More interesting scene
  • Decent focus
  • Ok exposure

Frame #36

Lumix 35-100 | f/6.3 | 1/500

  • WTF?
  • Did I do this on purpose?
  • Not in focus
  • What is the subject anyway?
  • Overexposed

So that’s the lot. Mostly bad, but you should see my film from back in the day. About the same keeper ratio – maybe a little higher because I was shooting without a net so to speak.

I’ll probably do this more. Not sure when, but it’s always in the back of my mind.

One thing that it has done for me is that I shoot in manual mode a lot more often these days. I’ve ‘rediscovered’ that it’s actually easier. Once a basic exposure for a scene or a subject is dialed in, I don’t have to do much tweaking for the rest of the session. Funny that I dropped shooting in manual when I went digital. Maybe the screen info was too much for me to get used to, but I always went to aperture priority and massaged things with the exposure compensation button. Essentially the same idea, but executed differently and with fewer variables.

Anyway, that’s it for my second Digital Film Challenge virtual roll. Anyone else want to give it a go? Click here for the skinny.

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