Early June, The Lake and Madame Matisse Restaurant
The entire city is blanketed in a foggy 'marine layer'. It's bright shade, known to some photographers as the perfect light. No harsh shadows, no squinting. The entire sky a light source, already diffused.
The actual light on the lake today looks good. The photos show that even though no sun, the range of tones is wide. I experiment with a slow shutter speeds of 1/30 and 1/45.
This allows the movement of the slight wind to be captured in the water, creating swirly patterns. The problem with using this slow a shutter, of course, is that the ducks are not all in focus.
Also, used an aperture of f13 and f16. This works well, allowing the entire expanse of the new lotus leaves, to all be in focus. It's a pleasure for the eye, to see across the lake in the photo and to see it all clearly.
I've used Photoshop to enhance contrast on this image, and have altered the color balance as well.
I go to Sunset to discover a new restaurant, the Madame Matisse. Busy, friendly and a great menu. Local ambience with a French touch. Luckily, no kitsch or cute. Will go back to photograph the heart shaped vines twining around outside umbrella on Maltman.
posted by: rgbullock
on Thursday, June 8th 2006