Lets kick off the ‘Pocket Monday’ series with this photograph. I took it whilst on a food pit-stop during my photography jaunt at Leeds Corn Exchange. My choice of fuel was the ‘Original Naked Dog’. Described on Primo’s Gourmet Hotdogs‘ Menu as “Any hot dog – plain or with House Onions or Sauerkraut”.
The trolley which housed sugar, salt and sauces was of particular interest to me as I sat eating my Hot Dog. I loved it’s old rugged look, along with it’s vibrant colours and decided that it was definitely a great subject for a selective colour photograph. Prior to capturing the photograph my mind was made that I would edit the image by dropping the background to black and white and enhancing the subject’s vibrance and character with colour.
As the subject of my photograph was stationary, I did not need to freeze any action with a high shutter-speed and because the shot was indoors, I could make better use of cranking the aperture wide open (to use lowest f-stop number the G7X is capable of.) letting the most amount of light onto the sensor possible, at any given shutter-speed.
I chose to use Aperture Priority mode, (Canon ‘AV‘ mode – Nikon ‘A’ mode.) this asks the camera to choose and control the shutter-speed whilst I took control of the aperture settings, cranking it all the way down to f/2.5.
As I was already letting a huge amount of light onto the sensor via the wide open aperture, this enabled me to keep the ISO to a low 200. The lower the ISO, the less grainy and better quality the image will be.
There were other people in the restaurant eating, therefor I composed the shot at an angle avoiding including these people in the shot. (A little bit of courtesy) Doing this also gave me a good excuse to execute the ‘angle shot’ and I created the composition out of the now ‘diagonal lines’. Another composition technique, which I like to call ‘anchoring’ is also in play throughout this photograph, however I want to leave the subject of anchoring for a later post when I will discuss it in more detail.