"Bellagio" : Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

Bellagio Las Vegas

Bellagio
© 2016 Eric Christopher Jackson

I always look for one. The one shot that encompasses everything I want in the scene. Out of 77 shots, I found it. -ecj

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Tuesday night, I did some running around in Downtown Las Vegas. Finally, I got to see the Bellagio Fountain display as it started every 15 minutes. I always look for one. The one shot that encompasses everything I want in the scene. Out of 77 shots, I found it.

I really need a monopod for as much walking and shooting in low-light that I do. I was unmotivated to setup my tripod, so I shot this handheld using the guard rail to support my elbows. I like to have more freedom when looking for the best composition. A tripod, while steady, can limit how fast I find the right position. And certain positions are hard to achieve with it. Since ‘moments’ come and go so fast, I’d rather just hold the camera myself whenever possible.

I set the DSLR to fire continuously to have a better chance of capturing the right moment. I didn’t want the photo to be grainy, so I kept the ISO at 400. But that meant, along with a wide aperture, I needed a slow shutter speed. I was afraid many of the shots would be blurry. To my surprise (thank You, God) they actually came out fine. 🙂

For hand-held at a low shutter speed…practice, practice, and more practice. Until it becomes second nature and you’re not ‘thinking’ about how you need to do this.

Here’s the technical side:
DSLR: Canon 5D Mark II
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 28mm
Aperture: f/4
Shutter Speed: 1/5s
Edit: PhotoShop CS6

Take care.
Eric

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