Ok, not long into my photo a day project and I am far behind. In order to catch up I posted a few different shots from a walk in the grounds of Birr Castle.

First up is a simple shot of a branch in the water as the obvious flood waters were receding. I just liked the contrast of colours. The focus is quite poor but it my own defence it was at 300mm out of the hand at 1/125. It is clear enough for me to still be happy with but over all not great from a sharpness point of view.

The second is a far more composed effort. Also out of hand, I had enough time here to try a few settings and settled on 1/25 due to how dark the woods are. In editing I played with the settings and got some nice visual effects but these shorts are more about the capture than the edit so I figured I would upload as is. Unlike the previous shot there is a decent amount of clarity in this shot.

The third shot was an exposure from hand. I had tried these in the past but I was never comfortable enough with the camera settings to get one with any sort of clarity. The biggest challenge here was to get the desired effect on the water without blurring the leaves and branches too much. I teied a few and then just decided to take multiple stepping up each time. While editing I decided on the 1/4 shot as I felt it was the best all rounder.

The last shot was of the castle itself. I tried a few times to capture the sky and the castle at the same time but being such an overcast day it was difficult to get the clouds without turning the castle face black and vice versa. In the end I decided to wait until some light broke through and used the editing software to balance out the difference between them. The sky is still a tab bit overexposed but it was literally the sun bursting through so I felt there was no point in making the picture look artificial for the sake of a bit of over exposure.