Today’s Photo Challenge word was GREEN. Scroll down for tips on taking pictures through glass. But first, the photo:
This image of a Costa Rican Black and Green Poison Dart Frog was shot through aquarium glass with no flash, at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta, GA. A 5 shot bracket was used, adjusting the shutter speed (instead of the aperture) to preserve the depth of field. The picture itself contains 14 different hues of green.
Robbie’s advice on taking a picture through aquarium glass:
- Don’t use a flash, and block out any focused light source that is behind you (e.g. put your hand — or your friend’s hand — in the way).
- Take your camera off auto-focus (unless you have a swanky pro-camera with auto-focus phase detection capabilities).
- Take your lens hood out of your junk drawer and put it on your camera.
- Hold your camera at a 90 degree angle, flush against the glass — but stand at a 45 degree angle to the glass (to avoid showing up in the picture yourself!).
- Rotate your polarizing filter until you get no glare in your viewfinder. If you don’t have a polarizing filter, tilt your camera to a 35-40 degree downward angle, until you lose the glare.
- If you suddenly realize the “glass” is actually acrylic, pack up your supplies and look for a new subject to shoot.
- Bracket, bracket, bracket! And don’t ever let anyone tell you they’re a pro if they don’t bracket!