Downtown Antioch, CA – Project 365

I was reminded that I don’t seem to shoot in portrait orientation, which is true. Thinking about it, it seems natural for our brain to prefer landscape orientation since that is how we see things. However, since Project 365 is all about learning and experimenting, I decided that this week I will shoot in portrait orientation only.

I started today with trying to capture downtown Antioch, which is mainly 2nd Street east and west of G Street. My thinking was that using the portrait orientation would more allow more depth/length of the street to be captured. I started with my 90mm lens, but realized it was compressing too much of the street view, not capturing the front but instead too much of the back.

I switched to my 16–105mm zoom lens for the other three photos, using a bit of an wide-angle setting to capture the front of the street, since that is the downtown part of 2nd Street. I still don’t like the results, too much foreground of the street surface. Time to rethink my approach for tomorrow.

  • Location: Antioch, CA
  • Camera: Sony SLT-A77V
  • Lens Model: Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Macro 1:1 (Photo 1) & Sony DT 16–105mm F/3.5–5.6 (Photos 2–4)
  • Focal Length (FF): 135mm, 24mm, 39mm & 39mm
  • FNumber: 11
  • Exposure Time: 1/640, 1/800, 1/800 & 1/800
  • Exposure Mode: Auto bracket
  • Exposure Program: Manual
  • Exposure Bias Value: –0.7, 0, 0 & 0
  • Metering Mode: Pattern
  • White Balance: Daylight (Sunny)
  • Sensitivity (ISO): 400
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