Wisdom From Those Who Have “Lived”


Telling Stories by the Fire 10mm, f/3.5, 1/10s, ISO 1600

People who have really “lived” have fascinating stories to tell.  Some are fascinating just because they took place in such a different time than we live in (back when people walked barefoot through the snow, uphill both ways, to get to school).  Others are remarkable because of the people they involve.  You know, those stories about someone they knew or befriended as children who eventually became someone famous, maybe an important political figure or famous athlete.  Many of their stories are of interest because they took place before so much of our culture became so sissified…back when kids were allowed to climb trees without signing waivers and lawyers weren’t hanging around everywhere like vultures.

“Bearpa” is shown above telling stories to my wife and a couple of the kids by the fire one evening.  We recently spent a (cold) weekend camping on their ranch while we hunted for deer.  Between hunts and during meals Bearpa shared many stories of interest to all.  He’s a wise man and imparted much of his wisdom and knowledge — about hunting and life in general —  to all of us.


Skinning a Deer 14mm, f/4.5, 1/60s, ISO 1600

I only had the camera out here and there (was busy hunting and skinning myself) but when I did it was usually in very low light.  I used 1600 ISO most of the time yet some shots were still very challenging.  If I left the camera in “normal” metering mode it overexposed much of the image since so much of the background was dark.  So, I switched to partial metering (which on the Canon 50D is essentially spot metering using 9% of the center of the frame) and this allowed me to expose based on the brightest portion of the frame and keep it from being blown out.  I also used an exposure bias of -1/2 all the way to -3/2.  Notice how the picture of Bearpa beginning to skin a deer has deep black shadows in the background and how he himself is just a tad underexposed.  This captures the scene perfectly in my opinion.  This was taken out in a barn late at night, and the slightly underexposed picture reflects this.  I cleaned up the night shots with Noiseware, which works magnificently.

Due to my back pain (this was pre-surgery) I was limited on how much I could twist, turn, and get into good positions but I did manage a few other shots.  The trophy wall below is an HDR from 6 exposures and the one from in the blind was taken with my iPhone.



Trophy Wall 10mm, f/3.5, ISO 400, Six-exp HDR



Waiting (iPhone pic)


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