Down by the river

Down by the river

8 week online workshop
lesson 1
Exposure triangle

I took these photos last night, trying to wear out my grumpy girl after a bit of a difficult day (mean mummy is making her give up the dummy during the day). Not so long ago I really struggled with conditions like this – it was after 6pm on an overcast evening as a storm was coming in and the sun was behind the trees. So although it is still “daylight” it’s not bright light. If I left my camera on Auto it would fire the flash in these conditions and that would make the background dark and I really want the beautiful river scene to show in the background. So in Aperture priority I fired off a few shots at different ISO settings (200, 400, 800) with fairly wide aperture settings, and settled on 400 ISO with f/2 – 2.5. When she started kicking around in the water I bumped up the shutter speed to 1/4,000 and dropped the aperture down to f1.4 so I could capture the water being splashed up. I’m really pleased that this worked!!
Robyn, I never would have had the confidence or the knowledge to do this a couple of months ago. You have taught me so much!! Still a long way to go, but I’m so pleased to be able to get photos like this now. I take your “practice, practice, practice” mantra to heart!

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I live in the beautiful hills of Perth with my husband and three year old daughter. I have degrees in history and law but am staying home for a few years to raise my gorgeous little girl. I love creative pursuits, be it creative play with my three year old, sewing, or my new passion - photography. I've owned a DSLR for about 6 years but have only just started to really explore it's capabilities (and mine!).


  1. Awesome Siobhan!!! That’s great to hear and I’m so happy that you’re having success.
    Your comment made my day 🙂
    I love these all but especially the water splashing one. It’s lovely.

  2. What beautiful photos, Siobhan, they really capture the moment. It’s nice to be learning so much from Robyn, isn’t it? 🙂

  3. These pictures are beautiful. I can’t say much more – they look so professional!

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