Paul Bramble Photography: Blog en-us (C) Paul Bramble Photography (Paul Bramble Photography) Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:15:00 GMT Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:15:00 GMT Paul Bramble Photography: Blog 105 120 Rookery I got the chance over the weekend to head to Hoopers Island for some fishing and photography.  The fishing was awful and my boat trailer's tire fell off on the way home, so it was not a great success as a sporting adventure.  However, the trip was not all bad.   I visited a rookery and was able to do some shooting, and got some great shots of egrets, pelicans, cormorants, and gulls on their nesting areas.

Gull Chick

Gull Chick

Pelican chicks on their nests.

Egret chick, letting me know how tough he is.

A ruin of a tower now converted to a nesting site.

Comorants perching on their nests

Cormorant chicks.

Dead tree taken over by cormorants for nesting.  The cormorant population in this rookery has exploded, and their guano has destroyed much of the vegetation.

Pelican stands guard over her chicks.


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Creating the Right Place "Morning Commute"

35mm, F/8, 1/80th of a second, Aperture Priority, +2/3 Exposure Compensation 

This is an image I made this winter after one of the many week starting snowstorms that plagued Maryland in 2014.  I was driving to a meeting for work, and happened by this pond just a few miles from my house.  I passed the pond, and as soon as I could, made a u-turn, and grabbed a few shots of the sun rising through the mist and trees and reflecting off the water.


I titled this post "Creating the Right Place" because it's a great example of taking advantage of the right place at the right time.  This spot, on most days, is unremarkable.  A wooded pond, probably filled with snakes and mosquitoes during the summer, but under the right conditions, it turned into a great opportunity for a pretty picture.  However, I would have been unable to make this image if I had not brought my camera with me.  I believe the most important habit a photographer can form is just bringing your camera along.  Forget the technical jargon posted above, this image would not have been possible at all if I'd left my camera at home.  I get most of my shots by chance, but I get them because I keep my camera handy.  


With that that said, one technical reason this image turned out so well is I overexposed the shot in order to enhance the sunlight filtering through the mist, and make the snow bright white.  Had I allowed the camera to shoot it without overexposing, the yellow glow would not be as pronounced, and because the camera would calculate the exposure time on the bright sunlight, it would underexpose the snow, making it appear whitish grey.  I took about 15 or 20 pictures tweaking the exposure time to get this image.  The great thing about digital photography is you can shoot away and experiment, memory is cheap and forgiving.


]]> (Paul Bramble Photography) Canon 5DIII QACounty sunrise Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:52:03 GMT
First Post - White Marsh Church, Talbot County This is my first post in quite some time.  I used to run another Blog, called "Bramble's Guide to Fine Living", here's a link:

So at any rate, my first blog post on my new site will be on the White Marsh Church, which I photographed yesterday while driving from Easton to Snow Hill for work.  

Pictured here is all that is left of the church.  The ruin has stood this way since fire destroyed the remainder of the structure in 1897.  The Church was built in the mid 1600's, however, by the time of the fire, it had mostly been abandoned for churches closer to respective town centers in the area.  This church sits alone, on a small hill (large hill in Eastern Shore terms), within site of Rte 50 between Easton and Trappe.

To make this photo, I used my Fuji X-T1 with a 14mm lens on a tripod with the aid of a remote trigger.  The aperture is f22, and I used a "Dynamic Range" advanced setting option built into the camera.  My shutter speed was 1/60th of a second.  I had stopped at the church to experiment with the Dynamic Range Setting, and ended up with a good image.  I can see myself employing this setting frequently based on the success I had with this exposure.

I used the Auto Exposure feature (A on the Fuji Camera, AV on my Canon), and allowed the camera to set the exposure time.  I find I use AV often, it takes care of changing light conditions, while leaving me in control of the aperture settings.  


]]> (Paul Bramble Photography) Fuji X-T1 White Marsh Church Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:13:10 GMT