(Note: This is the fourth post in my San Antonio Riverwalk Series, shot during a recent work trip.)
While strolling along at river level, I saw these umbrellas and liked the color they added to the somewhat drab scene. I scaled the nearest staircase and shot this from a street bridge, with my hands steadied on the concrete guardrail. (click pic to enlarge)
I later researched the Riverwalk online and found that the umbrellas are at Casa Rio, established as the Riverwalk’s first restaurant in 1946. The picture on Wikipedia’s entry was taken only a few steps from where I stood, but the timing makes the lighting more even in my photo. Had I been there a couple hours earlier in the day, my picture would have been plagued by random rays of bright sunlight. Shadows definitely can add interest to a photo, but the mottled look was not what I needed.
An outdoor wedding I shot recently started at 2 p.m., when the lighting makes harsh shadows a real problem. I might feature some shots from that here in a future post.
Camera: NIKON D50
Lens: AFS-Nikkor 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED
Shutter Speed: 1/15 second
Exposure Program: Aperture Priority
Flash: No Flash
Focal Length: 18mm (about 27mm on the digital body)
Metering Mode: Spot