Cheryl bumped up the challenge this week at Frugual Still Life with a post about metering modes, and asked us to capture some images changing the metering mode. I had to look up where to find the metering mode in the metadata in Lightroom, so right off the bat I learned something important. I forgot to take a shot of the set up this week. I used the cutting board and black board I use for taking shots of my cards in the studio window. It gets the same northern light as the windows in the kitchen, but there's just one window instead of three, so there's not as much light.
For the subject I chose three old volumes that sit stacked on the bookcase in our bedroom, and a watch that belonged to my maternal grandmother. She died before my parents were married, and I don't have much that belonged to her. For many years, I was able to keep the watch in working order, and wore it on special occasions. In some of the photos, you can see the beautiful opal clasp that slides up and down the chain. The watch no longer works, but it's one of my treasures.
My Canon Rebel 4Ti has four metering modes:
-1 EV, Pattern metering mode, Tamron 18-270 lens
-1 EV, Partial metering mode, Tamron 18-270 lens
-1 EV, Spot metering mode, Tamron 18-270 lens
-1 EV, Center-weight metering mode, Tamron 18-270 lens
I also wanted to play around with perspective a bit.
And finally, Cheryl gave us some textures to play around with. I haven't played with textures in ages, and it's not something I find very intuitive. Here's one with her Volume 3 texture.
I think I used the Overlay blending mode, but I forgot to write it down.
Then I tried a Kim Klassesn texture that was quite a bit lighter. Again, I'm not sure what blending mode I used, even though I had a notebook right next to me!
I'm pretty fond of the one with Cheryl's texture, but overall I'm happy with most of the images. I don't see a huge difference in the different metering modes, but maybe I'm just not looking carefully enough.