Hints and tips


Sometimes I struggle to find an original viewpoint of an everyday scene as I’m sure many of you do as well.

At this time I hunt around looking at the subject from all angles and working out what I want the key focus to be.

This is part of the time I call “perfecting my craft”.

In this example the center of focus for these shots is the cruise liner.

So to make the cruise liner on the opposite side of the harbour the focus you can do this one of two ways.

If you’re lucky and you’ve brought a telephoto lens, just change lenses and recompose to do this.

You will still probably have to crop and adjust to make it work and with image stabilisation for your lens you should have a nice crisp image.

However if you didn’t bring a nice long telephoto lens with you the answer could be a little work in post (production) to achieve the desired effect.

Here we have a large cruise liner  docking at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay in Sydney.

Rhapsody of the Seas docking in Sydney Harbour

I’m many kilometers away around on the other side of Sydney Harbour looking back towards the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge just after sunrise.

I’m shooting using  what I would call my everyday lens, a 24 – 105mm.

See how the center of focus is so small it hardly seems interesting?

This second image is cropped to refocus our attention on three things; the bridge, the cruise liner and the Opera House.

cropped to show only Opera House, Cruiser and Sydney Harbour Bridge

Lastly, the original focus for the shot was the cruiser coming into dock in the harbour so I’ve further cropped to make the cruise liner your entire focus.

Rhapsody of the Seas docking in Sydney Harbour

When cropping make sure you leave sufficient of the original image to lend it perspective. In this case I wanted you to know this liner was in Sydney Harbour so I left enough of the bridge that you could figure it out.

These images were shot at f8 @1/180 focal length 105mm

Even at this distance the shot is still crisp enough that you can see the air turbulence over the engine funnel

Oh, and to achieve this at dawn, remember to bring a tripod and a remote shutter release, two of life’s essentials for the early morning photographer 🙂

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