Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #11

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #11

I took this photo at Canyonlands National Park. I have a question, particularly for those who use Nikon D7000 camera. It was a bright day. But it turned out that this photo has following properties: F/20, 1/1600 sec, and ISO 3200. What was my camera thinking? Why AUTO-ISO set ISO to 3200? (Recently, I’ve learned to set a maximum ISO value for AUTO-ISO.)




About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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20 Responses to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2014 #11

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Beautiful which way for this week. Such gorgeous scenery! 🙂


  2. sunsetdragon says:

    Oh that has to be such a great scenic. Great shot.


  3. Mike Pratt says:

    Beautiful location.

    At f22, much less light is being let into the lens (very small opening) – as opposed to something like f4 which would allow much more light to enter. I would recommend shooting in manual mode which will allow you full control over your settings – including iso. Regardless, it’s a very nice shot nonetheless!


    • Helen C says:

      MIKE, OMG, is it really you? I’ve bookmarked your site! Several photographers have mentioned the importance of engaging our subjects. You showed us how you engaging them. I thought that was great. (It’s easier to learn from examples, I think.)
      You are right. Using manual mode will give us the full control. I begin to understand why we should use manual mode and begin feel more comfortable of doing it. But I am still mad at my camera. Even though F22 doesn’t give enough light, it should reduce shutter speed first, shouldn’t it? It could use 1/250 second instead of 1/1200. I was surprised to say the least. Helen


  4. pambrittain says:

    Very pretty, but there’s no way I’d drive or walk down that road.


  5. Amy says:

    Great shot, Helen. I don’t know much about f/ss/iso, ss /1200 and iso 3200 is 😕


    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Amy. ISO is like ASA in the film days. The higher number of ISO create more noise, but it let you take photos in darker place. I liked ASA 100 or 200. ASA 400 is too high for me because I didn’t like the grainy look. Now ISO can go up to 6400. (Not sure this description is 100% correct, but should be close.)
      Anyway, I think if the camera is smart enough, if more light is needed, it should increase the shutter speed so more light can come in (since there is a lot of room to increase shutter speed from 1/1600 or 1/1200 per second), instead of increase the ISO number. I was just wondering if I have some setting wrong. Helen


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  7. Cee Neuner says:

    Congratulations! I have selected your post to be featured on Cee’s Which Way Photo challenge.


  8. loisajay says:

    Congratulations, Helen! I think it’s a great shot.


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