Zooming down the Yacht Club Dock

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

While waiting for a Friendship boat to take me to Disney’s Hollywood Studios from the Yacht Club dock, I walked around and photographed the scene below. Technically this photo is fine. Good focus, depth of field and color. When I was using film, I would have taken the photo and moved on. With a digital camera, I was able to view the photo on the camera’s LCD screen and noticed the large shadowed area in the lower left. I knew I could do better.

Yacht Club dock with shadow, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Yacht Club dock with shadow.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

While I did have a zoom lens on my camera, there was nothing to stop me from walking a few feet forward thereby putting the shadow behind me and giving me a far more pleasing photo. Remember, when possible, there is nothing wrong with zooming with your feet.

Yacht Club dock with no shadow, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Yacht Club dock with no shadow.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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