Thank goodness we have a lot of money, so that we can send the spirit away. No, it’s not a pun. I understand the intricacies and significance of such ceremonies. But as we build grand stages as our place of worship, motives got mixed up with whatever good intention we have left.
On the positive note, it provides “festive” air for the people. Free spectacle for the crowd.
It’s quite straightforward. In a sense, I wasn’t doing a lot of thinking. Just capturing the moment. It was around 3 p.m. and the light condition was quite constant, so I didn’t deviate much from the measurement I used to capture previous actions. But the heat was quite potent, even from 100 meters away.
The picture was taken at 1/400 @ f/5.6 @ ISO 100. It was one of the most basic APSC DSLR with the kit lens. I’d like to call it everyman’s photography.
Now, there’s this general rule of thumb that if you want to capture people’s movement, you have to go at least around 1/200 especially for sportsmen. Moving vehicles? Well it depends on how fast they are, you can use whichever shutter speed for a stationary car. But for the sake of simplicity; somewhere around 1/500 and above. Of course, you have to use these numbers to your taste… if you capture an image of a moving car with a shutter speed that can totally freeze that movement and it eliminate any trace of movement on the wheels, by some perspective, some other souls might claim that you’ve lost the sense of drama and whatnot.
But then again, sometimes it is just a matter of taste. If that’s what you want then so be it. Know what you want by knowing how to do it. Well, at least, that’s what I’ve been trying to do so far.
Now back to the image above, like I’ve mentioned, I didn’t give much thought to it. My shutter speed at those hours varied around 1/320 to 1/640, sometimes up to 1000 at ISO 100. So, no biggy. That f/5.6? that’s the widest that the lens can give at the given vocal length, so it was an after thought caused by the lens’ limitation rather than a thought out set up. Luckily for me, “f/5.6” on APSC is not as thin as “f/5.6” on 35 mm equivalent sensor, so as the focus point was at the center of the scene, the depth of field can be distributed to the front side and backside of the object.
I regret, now it seems that it has become more complicated than a simple snap to capture the moment…