Sunday, February 19, 2012

Duelling Cameras

8:31 sunrise
17:57 sunset

Another sunny, warm Sunday meant that it was another day for a snow bike ride.  I still have my friend's fancy-pants camera and I thought I'd try taking it with me to see if there is any chance I would ever carry a DSLR on a bike ride.  Worked well today but I think I'd worry too much about breaking it to carry it regularly.

Sierra brought her camera too - not quite a DSLR but a compact camera that allows you to change lenses and generally takes high quality images without feeling like you are carrying a child around in your backpack.

When all was said and done we enjoyed a fast lap around Quickie and took around 100 images between the two of us.  I downloaded Sierra's photos and she grabbed mine and then came her idea for a blog post: we each choose our favourite five images from the day and our reasons why.

I easily whittled mine down to a top 13.  But 13 isn't five, even in my math world.  So then came the hard part - what is it that makes me love a particular photograph more than another?  Why do I like some of these and not others?  Aside from basic things like an image (usually) being in focus, what makes one photo 'better' than another?  Let me show you what I picked.

Taken by me: I like that both Julie and Kris appear in this one.  I also like the colour of the trees around and behind them.

Taken by Sierra:  Again, Julie and Kris.  There were a few similar to this to choose from but this was my favourite.  I like it for the landscape orientation, the fact that you can see Guinness (Paula's dog), and the clear view of the trail.

Taken by me:  This is a bit of a weird choice but I like it because it makes me smile.  I take a lot of self-portraits and this is an example of how sometimes they can be bad but sorta good.  I didn't crop my face out, I just didn't get it in the frame in the first place.  I chose it because it is still bike-themed but looks different from the others.  And by the way, I rode off with my sunglasses still on my helmet after this. Nearly lost 'em.

Taken by Sierra:  This and the next photo are my top two favourites.  I love the trees in this and the light (sooooo pretty!) and I like where I am positioned in the shot.  (Can you see where Sierra propped her bike up?)

Taken by me:  I've been a bit obsessed with lens flares since spending time in Arizona.  I like that the dogs are visible and so to is Julie's face but mostly, it's the sun in this one that does it for me.

I take photographs not only because I like pretty pictures but also because I like to document things.   A little voice inside my head often tells me that less is more and that I don't need to post 10 photographs of one particular bike ride.  In fact, if there are no especially stellar images from that ride, I probably don't need to post the photographs at all.  But I can't help it. I want to capture the feel of the day, all participants who were there, the landscape as well as the more detailed shot.  I'm not saying I succeed today (neither Sierra not Paula appear in any of the above shots, which bothers me) but that sentiment does guide how I choose what to keep and what to delete.  The technically "better" photo is not always my favourite.

Wanna see what the bike-wife chose?  Me too.  I'm curious to see if we picked any of the same images.  Head on over to Mrs North 60 and let her know what you think.


Sierra said...

Only 1 pick is identical, and I cropped it so that you can barely tell.

Your other 4 choices were all in my top 10, but I whittled them out for various reasons.

Sierra said...

P.S - the only reason I didn't use the one of you going through the Aspens is because I already had you in a solo shot. I cropped it more like a panoramic photo and it looked cool

Jennoit said...

It was a fun exercise, wasn't it? I was going to use the aspen photo that you picked because I felt dumb having 2 of me but I would have then had 3 of Kris and Julie and still none of you or Paula.

Also, I think you chose a slightly different sun shot of Julie and the dogs? But you did some nice things editing these. Aside from cropping, mine all are SOC.

Sierra said...

I don't even know what SOC means. That being said, I often edit snow pics because of the weird white balance thing.

Now that I've fully read your post (instead of instantly commenting). I also think it's funny that without talking to you, we came up with an almost identical intro, talking about how we would pick. No wonder we're bike-married.

Jennoit said...

Hahah, SOC = Straight Out Of the Camera. I guess it's SOOC.