Share this photo on Twitter Share this photo on Facebook

Red Umbrellas

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 11 September 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

A street restaurant in the Corsican town of Porto-Vecchio

Nikon's great 'auto-iso' feature which I have on my Nikon D40 saved this one from being underexposed or completely blurry from camera shake.

I hadn't realised the light level was so much lower under those umbrellas and still had my camera set to aperture priority at f11.

I have the auto-iso feature set so that it only allows the shutter speed to drop as low as 1/30th second then it automatically starts to boost the iso upward to maintain correct exposure.

NIKON D40 1/30 second F/11.0 ISO 320 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

Like what you see here and are interested in photographic composition?.....the blog section of my website now has a complete set of 5 articles covering my personal approach to the subject: Ian Bramham Photography - Blog

For purchasing high quality archival prints of any of these photos you can send me an email by clicking here or by going to my website Ian Bramham - Fine Art Photography where prices are listed in the gallery sections under each individual photo.

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

superb colors

11 Sep 2009 5:27am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wow! Impressive framing.

11 Sep 2009 7:00am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Auto-ISO clearly saves a lot of shots for me, too. Sometimes it is just impossible to check every setting when lighting conditions change... I like this red shot!

11 Sep 2009 7:09am

Frida from Sweden

Great colors and framing

11 Sep 2009 9:36am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh la la well done, striking and what I love the most, that awesome architecture behind all the red umbrellas ;)

11 Sep 2009 9:54am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Such a charming scene and the colors sparkle.

11 Sep 2009 10:10am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Technology is our friend. Nice save by the D40.

11 Sep 2009 1:20pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Great red shot!

11 Sep 2009 4:21pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Ian so red! So much colour...and a colour that I woudn't automatically associate with a Bramham shot! Red is definitely the new black (and white)??

I also use the auto iso...and just re-set it to start from 200. What is the benefit of the 1/30 setting you speak of (be gentle...I don't do technical)?

11 Sep 2009 6:20pm

@Ted: Hi Ted! With Nikon's auto-iso feature you mainly have to decide on two things: how slow a shutter speed you can comfortably handhold without getting blurry shots due to handshake (with me it's 1/30th of a second with all of my lenses) and the other decision is how high are you happy to let the iso go up to (with me it's iso1600). What auto-iso does once you've set these shutter speed and iso operational parameters is that it will not allow your shutter speed to drop below the set value (1/30th for me). I almost always work in aperture priority mode so auto-iso in a situation like in the photo above will hold the shutter speed at the 1/30th min set value and will start to raise the iso to compensate. It's obviously not the kind of feature that would have been possible with film cameras but with digital you need to start to think of iso as being a third exposue control variable - shutter speed - aperture - iso.....they all control exposure.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A cool feature, and it works! Think I would have pressed many buttons on my cam for getting a much less balanced shot!

11 Sep 2009 10:27pm

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

Those umbrellas cast a very pleasant red glow over the tables and chairs. The inclusion of the figure, complete with movement, saves the scene from being too lonely and deserted. Nice one!

12 Sep 2009 4:13am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Très jolie cette ambiance rouge estivale, j'aime beaucoup ta composition

12 Sep 2009 8:04am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A nice view on that restaurant and all the red umbrellas. The moving man adds some life to the picture.

12 Sep 2009 8:33am

João Mourão from Amadora, Portugal

The red just pops out of this frame. Great job

12 Sep 2009 3:21pm

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

It really brought out a great red glow, which works very well. Interesting!

12 Sep 2009 6:28pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very well seen and done for the composition and color. I have enjoyed your words to Ted, that help very much to read the images. Thanks.

13 Sep 2009 7:58am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I didn't think you'd go! Of course I like the effect...most of all the red parasols, and then the effect they have on everything underneath them! A most inviting, cozy atmosphere!

14 Sep 2009 3:39am

Margie from Auckland, New Zealand

It's been a long time since I have looked at your blog and oh my, how some things have changed!
Colour! Gasp! :)
One thing that hasn't changed is the great quality of your shots. This one really grabs me, I love it.

16 Sep 2009 9:10am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Excellent!!! I love the red and how it fills the frame, but still with so much detail and great exposure!

17 Sep 2009 12:29pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(Old West Wales boy), Germany

Sounds like a great techno feature.The shot is well composed and I love the red.

18 Sep 2009 9:01am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

FAbulous! The exposure is spot on

27 Sep 2009 4:55am

1/30 second
ISO 320
30 mm (35mm equiv.)