2009 Route 66 Trip:
Here are some snaps from two US Route 66 trips I made February 06-10, 2009.
See Also Lydia Marcus' book she made using purely the images made on this trip. Better still, I'm in the book, so I'm famous. Yay!
You may click the images or the "enlarge" links to enlarge them.
275kV Glow Hose. top
I flipped this shot of the road so that it reads well from left to right. It looked backwards as shot.
Canon SD880, lens at 5mm, tripod, ISO 80, f/2.8 at 13 seconds.
How did I set the exposure while out standing in the drizzle?
The SD880 was happy to shoot this in Auto ISO at less than its default 1 second longest shutter speed, but it looked crappy. I wanted it at the lowest ISO, which you need on a compact camera to keep the image clean.
I set the ISO to 80 using the dedicated ISO button on the rear.
I was using a tripod, so I turned IS off in the menus. It seems to be smart enough not to matter too much.
On almost every Canon compact, you find shutter speeds up to 15 seconds at FUNC > (click up and down to select Exposure Compensation if it's not already selected) and hit DISP, which you'll see hinted at by a little moon and stars next to DISP on the lower right corner of the LCD when you're in the Exposure Compensation setting.
Press DISP, and click left and right to select any manual exposure time from 1 second to 15 seconds. Cool, huh?
I also used the self-timer, which I had set down to 1 second to save time while out in the rain.
Once you've got this sorted out, just try different settings until you get what you want. As I caution everyone, since it's black outside and the LCD shines as brightly as it does in daylight, the correct exposure looks too light while you're shooting. Set a time so that it looks about a stop overexposed (too bright) and it will look perfect later. The shot I thought was correct that night looks a stop too dark if I showed it here.
This shot is exactly as it came out of the SD880: no editing and no nothing was done other than to resize and brand it for the Internet.
Next: February 7th & 8th
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