Warm and Cozy

Warm and Cozy

Warm and Cozy

Warm and Cozy, that’s what I’m calling this photo and the name of this post.

There’s something about this photo that I like (not just because I made it).  Maybe it’s the sense of a warm and inviting cottage by a pond.  The yellow glow from the lights in the windows and reflecting from the calm still water really make this shot work!

While it looks warm and cozy, it was certainly anything but that when I was standing out there, setting the camera to get this shot.  It was dark, and getting cold, and as usual, I didn’t have a warm enough jacket with me, not to mention gloves.  Gloves can be a real pain when you’re trying to push tiny camera buttons and I end up taking them off, so I just left them back in the motorhome.

My camera of choice for this image was my Panasonic GX-1.  The GX-1 has a slight edge over my Olympus E-P3 when it comes to working in low light (by producing less noise).  I put my Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens on for 2 reasons:

  1. The lens was still fairly new to me and I wanted to use it!
  2. I really like how sharp and clear some of my previous results were with this lens.

The only other piece of equipment I used was a tripod.  From past experiments and failures, I knew I needed a steady mount to have any kind of success.

Once I figured out how to compose the shot, I got busy.  The interesting thing to me, looking back, is that I only took a few shots of this scene.  As I mentioned, it was getting cold and I wanted to get back, so I didn’t do much experimenting.

My settings for this final image were:

  • Aperture Priority
  • f/3.2
  • 40 second exposure
  • ISO 160
  • RAW

The final image is from a single RAW file (non-HDR), post processed in Photoshop.

So far, Warm and Cozy has been my most popular photo on my Facebook Page (click on the link), and has won “Photo of the Day” at MyParkPhotos.com (click on the link).

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That’s it for now, until next time – Happy Shooting!