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Shooting Into the Light

As David Hay explains, for some subjects with water droplets on them, shooting into the light can add ‘sparkle’ to the picture and makes the droplets twinkle when they are backlit

I got my first camera when I was only eleven years old. It was a Kodak Coloursnap 35, which had no exposure metre, a maximum aperture of f/6.3 and a fixed shutter speed of 1/60 of a second. From the beginning I only shot on transparency film, starting with Kodachrome, which at that time was only 12 ISO. In 1961 Kodachrome 11 appeared which reached the dizzy heights of 25 ISO. Ah, those were the good old days.

Kodak included a small leaflet with the camera which contained tips on how to get the best results from the camera. The first tip told you to hold the camera steady by taking a deep breath, letting out half of the breath, and then slowly squeezing the shutter release while keeping your elbows tucked into your sides. This was necessary to prevent camera shake due to the slow film, the slow shutter speed and the dim lens. I took all my pictures like this for years. The second tip was…

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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