The Last Party
These are the last photos that Larry took with his
Nikon D3000 I gave him a few years ago that he loved dearly.
Of course, a few shots didn't make it off my cutting-room floor. But I
left the last three out-of-focus shots for 2 reasons.
First, they were the last three photos he took.
Second, they are proof that Larry was not
perfect, as are none of us.
I checked his
camera settings and EXIF data from the photos and can offer an explanation
why his last three shots sucked. If you don't care, just browse through
For the rest of the class ...... Larry had the
camera set on Auto mode which meant the camera would determine the
settings and whether or not to use the built-in flash. The first photo was
taken outdoors and no flash was necessary. The rest of the photos were
taken indoors and the flash fired on all but the last 3 shots. Firing of a
flash requires a certain amount of time to re-charge and the D3000 is
apparently very fast. Larry's last 6-8 shots were in rather rapid
succession. Those last 4 shots were fired off within 18 seconds. The
4th-to-last pic was fine, but the flash just didn't have enough time to
fire on the last three.
I'm sure some of you are wondering "if the flash
didn't fire, why are the pictures so bright?". In Auto mode, the
camera will adjust the aperture and shutter speed according to how much
light is there plus whether the flash is on or not. The 4th-to-last photo
was taken at 1/60sec, pretty much the limit for hand-held shooting but
fast enough with the flash. Without the flash firing, the next photo was
taken at 1.6sec to let more light into the camera. No human can hold a
camera steady for 1.6sec. Even if these shots were taken with a tripod
they would still have been screwed because the subject was moving while
the shutter was open. Hence the lady's head in three positions in one
shot. The only mistake Larry made was not allowing enough time for the
flash to recharge. If I had $1 for every time I've done that .........
Check in on this site occasionally as I'm going to be posting my favorite
of Larry's photos for a couple of months. I promise there will be no more
detective work or diatribe on future postings. I was anal over this one
because I just couldn't move on without knowing why Larry's last 3 photos
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