Nungulba wrote:Definitely a "Lord of the Rings" atmosphere in some of them
Yeah it's fully prehistoric along some sections up there, especially along some of the high points through the cloud forest with all the usnea and other epiphytes. There was only one odd creature with big hairy feet up up there on the weekend (that I know of) and unfortunately it wasn't a hobbit, it was me
Champion_Munch wrote:Can I ask what settings you were using on your RX100 for the shots? I have a similar camera...
I've had my RX100 for a few years now and I'm still surprised at how great the photos it takes are, it's a top little camera. One accessory I would recommend is a CPL filter which is almost essential up in the rainforest. It will cut the reflections on a damp day and really bring out the colours. I'm not sure if there are other manufacturers but I have one of these. It was easy to install and well worth the money - http://mogopod.com/products/magfilter
. A couple of things I find when using the CPL filter though is that 1) the colours can come out too saturated and nearly always need the volume turned down later when editing & 2) it will cut the amount of light entering the lens so you will need to use a slower shutter speed (or turn up the iso, not ideal; or open up the aperture, again not ideal depending on the shot)
Otherwise I had the camera set on the usual: ISO 200, on a medium sized tripod, stabiliser off, aperture at f8 for adequate dof or wide open to separate the subject from the background, self timer on at least 2 seconds, RAW file format, etc
Then it's just trying to frame up a decent composition which is a lot harder than saying "Then it's just trying to frame up a decent composition". It's so busy in the jungle that you really need to isolate your subject and take your time to remove any unwanted or distracting elements from the shot. Otherwise the subject won't be clear and you will probably end up with something dull. There's heaps of books, web pages etc dedicated to understanding composition but one trick I find helps is to fill the frame completely with the chosen subject and then slowly move backward (or zoom out) until you have something that you like and also maybe move the subject around in the frame until it feels balanced or you find some other sympathetic elements that work with the shot etc.
I'll look forward to your trip report
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