Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."
- Dale Carnegie

As photographers we survey a scene, analyze the light, test different angles, and work with the equipment on hand. Rarely do we have all the tools we need - for example, on a hike, opting for less weight, a tripod might be left behind. We constantly make trade offs - choosing whether to blow out highlights to expose for shadows in high contrast scenes or to lose detail in shadows when we expose for highlights. Dale Carnegie's quote explains this tension perfectly.

A couple of weekends ago while up at Fallen Leaf Lake, we went up to the local falls. I opted for safety over extra equipment - I'm a klutz. Without a tripod the slowest shutter speed I could get was 1/25 - lower and camera shake was evident even though I was braced against a couple of rocks.