Evening out with a Tripod

Published April 3rd, 2012

So I bought a tripod and I thought I'd use it. We got home and grabbed my gear and Ashley and I went out to try to catch some daylight, but it was too late. We got to Christie Pits as the Sun moved permanently behind some thick clouds. Still, had fun a learnt a few things, I think. Had a lot of fun in the backyard with 30-second exposures. I think I'd like to go back to the park at night, with company, and take some night shots.

Trying to critique my own photos a bit more. I wouldn't call these good photos; they were results of some explorations I made as I'm getting a feel for the camera and lenses. Any feedback is still super welcome, though :)



Struggled to get the tree without anything in front of it, but ultimately the timeline has some buildings in it. The sun is actually directly behind the trunk, close to the horizon. Wish I had had more light in the park.

  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/20 / 1/8 sec

Houses a Deux

Found this on our way to the park and I got a picture of it on the way back. Needs more light - maybe a less overcast day. Or maybe just better postprocessing.

I totally dig the owner's "fuck you!" to their neighbours by totally opting to just *not have* a front lawn. Amazing.

Really liked the symmetry and oddness of this one.

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/2.8 / 1/25 sec


Wasn't really sure what to make of this, so I took a picture of it. Too bad the back wall is in focus and the pipe is not. Might go back and get a better angle, try and crop it better too.

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 25mm / f/2.8 / 1/8 sec

Honest Ed's Long Exposure

Part of me just wanted to see which bulbs were burnt out.

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/14 / 1.3 sec

Honest Light Trails

This is the first time I've played with long exposures. Really enjoyed them, though the lights from Honest Ed's made it hard to capture a really long exposure without over-exposing the lights. Will definitely be playing with this some more :)

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/22 / 10 sec

Backyard at Night

I really enjoyed playing with this. 30 second exposures on 400 ISO really brought out the photo's dark spots, but the sky was over exposed. I reframed the table for the next shot.

What I really struggled with in this photo was the focus - I had to manually focus and it was hard to see anything. This was the first photo I took in the backyard, and I should have let me eyes adjust to the darkness more first.

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/5 / 30 sec

Bistro Table

Not entirely sure what I'm trying to evoke here. Mostly because I had a hard time seeing what I was taking a picture of.

  • April 3rd, 2012
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XSi
  • 17mm / f/5 / 30 sec

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Debs Slater (inactive)  over 4 years ago
I love the Honest Eds ones! I came to Toronto almost a year ago now with a DSLR and as soon as I saw Honest Eds I wanted to take a picture of it. I still haven't. I really admire how much you're throwing yourself into photography and learning with every single shot. It's about time I dust off my camera and do the same :)
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Ash Furrow  over 4 years ago
Thanks, Debbie! It's a little overwhelming, to be honest, but I'm really enjoying how supportive people can be, even if they're critiquing my work.