2019-01-01 Back Into Photography

From my Hello & Welcome page you should know that I love taking Landscape pictures. However, due to me being diagnosed with cancer 1 year 10 months ago, spending much time on Landscape photography was no longer an option. I finally have time to start back up to spend some time on it and blog about it.

For starters, for me, Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

For my first subject, I picked Mount Diablo simple because it is right in my backyard. The optimal camera settings are:

  • Metering Mode: Pattern.
  • Drive Mode: Single shot.
  • Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority.
  • Aperture: f/8.
  • ISO Setting: 80.
  • Focus Mode: Single Shot.

I originally had planned to use my Sony A77, but because of my physical limitations, I used my lighter LUMIX DC-ZS70 for now.

Since the camera has a manual mode, I was able to use the following settings:

  • Location: Black Diamond Middle School, Sterling Hill Drive.
  • Metering Mode: Auto.
  • Drive Mode: Single shot.
  • Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority.
  • Aperture: f/8.
  • ISO Setting: 80.
  • Focus Mode: Single Shot.

For some reason I was not able to change the Aperture for a higher value such as f/8, the only range I could select was 5.3 to 8.

I have a feeling that it is tied to the ISO setting, which I did not know how to change. I have to work on it to figure out.

BTW, just for comparison, the last to photos are shoot in Auto Mode and Landscape Scenery Mode.

2019-01-01 – Landscape Photography, Mount Diablo, Set 1