Story of my favourite picture. - Narcissism is Necessary

Story of my favourite picture.

Here is my favourite picture, taken in a church I shall not say where for now.

Light and stained glass.

It looks like an ordinary picture. Nothing special.

But the reason why I love it so much is because it’s was very hard for me to take it. Technically speaking.

I was just learning…aperture, shutter speed, metering, focal length and all these other stuff I shall not bore you with. In fact I am still learning and discovering new things everyday. And it baffles and frustrates me why I couldn’t capture things the way I envision them eventhough I’ve stuck to the all the tried and tested techniques.

We entered this church. It was dark, peaceful, quiet. We were the only ones there. I had a sunken feeling in my gut, thinking that it would be impossible for me to capture the atmosphere of the church due to the darkness. I didn’t have a tripod with me either and my hands….my hands are made for jerking off -_-.

I wanted the blades of lights and I also wanted the walls to be exposed properly.

So I tried. And tried. And tried. The walls were underexposed. The walls were overexposed. The light was too bright. The stained glass looked washed out. The stained glass disappeared. The whole picture was blurred. Bottomline is, I just couldn’t get the right picture!

So I stopped for a while and gathered my thoughts. What on earth was I doing wrong? And just as suddenly, there was a light bulb moment.

It was the freakin’ metering! I had only learnt about the magic of metering earlier that day and did not really give much thought to it, since matrix metering had served me very well so far. And for the life of me, I just couldn’t comprehend the usage of other metering modes besides matrix.

I set my camera to spot metering, knelt and propped it on the bench at 45 degrees pointing at the walls and took a shot. And there, my favourite picture :)

It’s amazing and mind boggling how an unassuming setting could make such a huge difference. And this is going to sound dramatic, but I knew I’ve found my passion there and there. I am no longer the girl with no passions.

18 Responses to Story of my favourite picture.

  1. tc boy April 16, 2008 at 2:13 am #

    erm… a new passion… and i tot u already had ur passion.. passion for food that is… muahahaha!!

  2. Tine April 16, 2008 at 5:46 am #

    Love the way you captured the rays. I love photos like that.


  3. KY April 16, 2008 at 9:49 am #

    Nice capture, congratulations! Keep them coming. :)

  4. katsmew April 16, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    Thank you for taking such a beautiful picture of our Church! Hope to see more!

  5. Kimberlycun April 16, 2008 at 11:32 am #

    tc boy: damn

    ky & tine: thanks :)

    katsmew: heh u recognise it eh :) thanks!

  6. Nicholas Chay April 16, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    Good effort, keep it up!

  7. Simon Seow April 16, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    Whoa you lost me there about metering, the only meter I care is my fuel tank meter. Wishing it will never get down :p

    Maybe I’ll join you in the photography scene next year when I save up enough money for me to buy an entry level DSLR. Any recommendation?

  8. Julia April 16, 2008 at 7:47 pm #

    Nice. I like. =D

  9. suanie April 16, 2008 at 9:10 pm #

    well done well done

  10. Kimberlycun April 17, 2008 at 1:26 am #

    nicholas, julia and ah suan: thank you thank you :)

    simon: nikon d60 :)

  11. tc boy April 17, 2008 at 1:36 am #

    ok.. my bad.. everyone is giving good comment on ur pictures… i’m not an expert… but if u could leave the shutter speed at a lower rate, doesn’t it capture more light?? then you’ll have bright walls… but there’s always Adobe Photoshop… urm!!

  12. Kimberlycun April 17, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    tc boy: yeah but the windows would be overexposed and lose the details :( eh when karaoke?

  13. grace April 17, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    the light from the window is very nice..

  14. tc boy April 18, 2008 at 1:59 am #

    give me a buzz when you’re free… plan a meet up soon.. and we can sit down and talk bout ur photography experience..

  15. steve at the pub April 18, 2008 at 9:13 am #

    From the content of the stained glass, my (inexpert) guess is Anglican denomination?

  16. yumm April 21, 2008 at 12:52 am #

    i cant believe you said that about your hands

  17. yumm April 21, 2008 at 12:53 am #

    But nice picture there.

  18. Kimberlycun April 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    grace: thank you :)

    tc boy: haha ok!

    steve: i have no freakin’ idea :(

    yumm: lol seemed only you noticed..and thanks ;)

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