MA – 01 Photography / Best pictures

I tried to start my project early so that I would have plenty of time to finish it. During the summer I started to practice. I have SLR Nikon D300 but soon I discovered that there no Great Snapshots to Great Shots book for it. With the help of my husband – who is more expect in photography – we found the closest book we could. I read the book Nikon D5000 – Great Snapshots to Great Shots and with the manual for Nikon D300 I got to know to my camera and was able to make the adjustments the book suggested.

I started to carry my camera with me when ever it was possible. Soon I realized that I’m still just too slow to the manual adjustments and the ever changing situations. Before I thought that I could that decent pictures but now when everything had to be done manually it took time to get even close to the wanted result.

I decided to make a practice plan and concentrate to one topic per day or two.

  • Buy High Capacity cards (SDHC), class rating of at least 4 or 6 (Nikon D5000 Great Snapshots to Great Shots). I have one card 4GB but it doesn’t seem to last long enough.

I haven’t done anything for the pictures yet. I’m planning to take more now when it easier and more quick. It’s more for me to remember what to do. That’s why there’s no exact information about the setting of the camera for each picture.

Here’s a moodboard for the photos.


I practiced my motion pictures when the children were swinging and running. I checked that 1/15 is still the shutter time that can be taken without the tripod. That can be discovered even from the pictures.

  • panning (subject clear, background blur): is achived by following your subject across your frame, moving your camera along with the subject, and using a slower-than-normal shutter speed (for example 1/60 sec, f/11, 200mm lens).
  • motion blur: Simply include some blur in the picture. Use slower-than-normal shutter speed to not to freeze the subject or background (for example 1/6, f/25, ISO 200, lens 27mm).
  • motion blur: clear background but blur subject to give the effect of speed (for example 1/15, f11, ISO400, 18mm lens).



I had 3-4 pictures that I really liked and was debating between. Here’s the best pictures of the motion photographs. I was looking the details where I could freeze part of the picture the best but in the end chose the one that had a good spirit and mood in it. The face is not totally clear but I like the motion and the colours in the picture.

The picture was taken actually after the ball game where I shot the flying ball over the thick wooden sticks. The kids were running around and I realized that now would be a good time to continue with another perspective to the subject. I remembered the inspiration photos and tried if the speed is fast enough to capture it. It was!

Focal length: 18.0 mm   (in 35mm: 27.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/15 sec;   f/13;   ISO 320
Lens: Canon 18.0-70.0 mm f/3.5-4.5



  • fast shutter speed (but not too fast so that the picture will be too dark)


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Here’s the best freeze water picture. I chose this one because I liked the fact that it had a story behind and something else as well – not just the freezed water. We were visiting Finland and stayed in my parents summer cottage. The kids swam and loved it even thought it was freezing. A girl “swimming” hands in the bottom. The focus is in the splashing water. The shutter speed is fast enough to freeze the water. The picture has a nice contrast while the water is dark and the legs against it gives a nice feeling. It could have been taken as a portrait picture so that the water would have been splashing more from the up.

Focal length: 55.0 mm   (in 35mm: 82.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/2000 sec;   f/4.5;   ISO 320
Lens: Canon 18.0-70.0 mm f/3.5-4.5




Slow sync but have to find the right balance that the information can be kept. I wanted to have lights in my night photo but I also explored a bit with the moon. I tried couple of pictures from our balcony but waited to get to Shanghai. It was a bit misty and lots of people but I think I was able to catch couple of good ones as well.

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Here’s the best night photo.
Focal length: 21.0 mm   (in 35mm: 31.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/5 sec;   f/4.0;   ISO 200
Lens: TAMRON AF 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC

Had to wait that I could get a good spot among the other people, that there wasn’t any boats on the river that time and the lights were right on the buildings. I also adjusted the exposure quite a bit during the practise photos. It was still a bit hard to take a clear picture with this lens from this distance but I think the quality is still ok.



This one was the most difficult or at least I thought about it a lot. I was thinking to take a photograph in Finland during the summer but when the sun was going down or rose there wasn’t any mist. The sun just went smoothly back to the threes and didn’t bring any beam of lights between the threes and didn’t form a mysterious feeling. So I went again several times early in the morning and just when the sun was going down to Shenzhen Bay, China and take these pictures. For most on the pictures I used the tripod. The misty/veil photographs should have the slow sync.



Here’s the best picture for the vail. I took it early in the morning over the Shenzhen bay, China. I should have used slower sync for the pictures.

Focal length: 100.0 mm   (in 35mm: 150.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/200 sec;   f/5.6;   ISO 200
Lens: TAMRON AF 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC



I took again depth of The Field photographs in several different locations and with differents elements in the pictures.


I think the best photograph was taken when I places an old childrens bicycle to the ground. Blue bike against the green grass as a background made a nice detailed picture. It also captures the depth very well.

Focal length:270.0 mm   (in 35mm: 405.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/40 sec;   f/6.3;   ISO 200
Lens: TAMRON AF 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC




With this one I has a lot of fun. I found good places to take pictures all over the world. But what I really wanted to do is to go to Baoan airport, Shenzhen China and take the pictures over there. I had flown couple of times from there and I knew it had a very interesting sealing and structure in the hole building.

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I had many photographs that I liked from this topic and the decision was hard. Here’s the photograph I chose from the ones I took and the topic curves and lines. I like it because it has many layers to look at. There’s a bit colour in the lower part of the picture. It’s light from the right and darker from the left. It has contrast and the colourful spots continue to the far left lower corner. There’s curves and lines.

It was taken when I came back and saw the colourful windows for the contrast pictures. It had the same texture as in the main hall of Baoan airport. I didn’t want to include too much of the hallway to the picture, just a bit to get the colourful spots. I also had to wait that all the other people were gone already. The light comes nicely through the holes.


Focal length: 27.0 mm   (in 35mm: 40.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/100 sec;   f/14;   ISO 200
Lens: TAMRON AF 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC



I took the high key pictures inside with the kids and I also tried the method outside with portraits and photographing the births.

The best photography for high key is here. I love the look on her face. I really liked a lot of the high key pictures but somehow this one was my favorite. It has enough details but still very fragile and at the same time strong feeling. I knew that there’s a good light in our bedroom in our home in Finland. I let the kids to play around but tell them to take the shirts of.
Focal length:70.0 mm   (in 35mm: 105.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/60 sec;   f/4.5;   ISO 200
Lens: Canon 18.0-70.0 mm f/3.5-4.5





The best photography

Focal length: 18.0 mm   (in 35mm: 27.0 mm)
Exposure: 1.0 sec;   f/3.5;   ISO 200
Lens: Canon 18.0-70.0 mm f/3.5-4.5





Everything went like a story or the situations attached together. When shooting the motion pictures my son found a black and white feather from the forest. I remembered the inspiration pictures and taught right away that this could be used for the contrast photograph. Keeping in mind that the black and white combination gives the strongest contrast. When shooting the high key pictures I had a good light and I took the pictures of the feather as well.

In the end I still thought that I could explore a bit more how to use the contrast in the pictures. I had plan to take the curves and lines pictures in the Bao’an airport, Shenzhen China when flying from there next time. I knew that it would have some interesting positions for that but what I didn’t realize was that while coming back it had class windows in different colours. I didn’t have kids with me, I had my camera with me for the Shanghai night photos and curves and lines photos. I stopped on my way to the pakage line and just admired the views. It was really interesting and how the light came through and how the different objects could be placed to the picture.

There would have been a lot of other opportunities as well to take pictures of the big versus small buildings, massive cranes in the worksite next to our building but I liked to use the colours in my contrast pictures.



The best photograph for contrast:

Focal length:270.0 mm   (in 35mm: 405.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/160 sec;   f/7.1;   ISO 320
Lens:TAMRON AF 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC




The best photograph for golden section:

Focal length:270.0 mm   (in 35mm: 405.0 mm)
Exposure: 1/160 sec;   f/7.1;   ISO 320
Lens:TAMRON AF 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC

I had taken a run that morning and explored a bit places where I could accomplish my assignments. I saw a swan in the hay field. I ran back, took my camera and tripod and went to the field again. The swan was still there. I have cropped a bit the picture but when taking the picture I kept the position of the golden section in my mind.

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1 Response to MA – 01 Photography / Best pictures

  1. elisehatveit says:

    I love your pictures! They are really great! 🙂


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