Minutes Can Make a Difference

This Mule deer was resting in the shade near a Lilac bush in western Montana.

This Mule deer was resting in the shade near a Lilac bush in western Montana.

The first image here was taken at 9:59:49 a.m. on September 28, 2015.   The sky had very few clouds and it was a mostly sunny morning.  I used my Canon Rebel XS, 70-200 F4 IS lens and had the ISO at 800 (which is normally too high a setting for me to use).  In both photos here I used F8 and the focal length was 200mm.

I decided several minutes later to see if the Mule deer was still in the same location.  Fortunately for me the deer had not moved from that spot where it was resting.  In this next image I changed the camera orientation from landscape to portrait and changed the ISO to 200.  The time the photograph below was created was 10:19:14 a.m. on September 28, 2015.

Several minutes had gone by and I made a few adjustments to camera orientation and ISO.

Several minutes had gone by and I made a few adjustments to camera orientation and ISO.

By waiting a few minutes, the amount of sunlight helped change the look of the subject (as did my change in the ISO and camera orientation).  Waiting several minutes between creating one photo and another and making some adjustments to your ISO and camera orientation you can create two very unique images of one subject.  This is helpful if you are wanting to create a portfolio for clients, photo editors, or yourself that is varied and demonstrates your skills.

What ISO speeds have you used to change the look of your subject?  Are you shooting mostly in landscape orientation or portrait?  How often do you only make a few photos within a short time and not returned to the subject several minutes later when the lighting has changed?  Which of the two photographs do you find more appealing and why?  If you were the photographer of the subject here, what would you have done differently?

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About Douglas Wilks Photography

I am an advanced photographer who lives in western Montana. I create a variety of strong images using a DSLR, computer, and digital software. I am available for hire for full time, part time, or projects. Most of my images are of landscapes, still life, and events. I am always looking to improve my skills, network of friends and professionals, and portfolio. I look forward to creating new friends, contacts, and others who are interested in photography.
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