Photo of the week: Happy Valentines Day

by Klaus on February 14, 2011

in Photo of the Week

I don’t “celebrate” Valentines Day at all. I don’t see the point of giving flowers on a day where it’s expected. I much rather give flowers unexpected and bring real happiness out, rather than pleasing an expectation.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t photograph Valentines-related stuff, such as these balloons which I caught on the Valletta Waterfront yesterday. I’m guessing they’re supposed to add mood to the whole Valentines feel for those who go out to eat on the waterfront restaurants tonight.

ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1500, 35mm

Shot using:


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Delena Silverfox February 16, 2011 at 08:00

I think it’s a rally pretty picture, honestly. And I’ve never understood the negative reaction that Valentine’s Day triggers so often. Often it just seems like cynicism to me. After all, would you protest giving gifts on Christmas because it’s expected and such a common custom?

I mean no disrespect. I’m just curious about the contempt for V-Day.

tim king February 16, 2011 at 19:37

Sweet pic – nice use of contrast with the hearts and the sky. Hope you had a good VDay

Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate February 18, 2011 at 23:07

pretty cool shot

i always find your settings interesting


Klaus February 19, 2011 at 20:56

Thanks Rob. I’m interested to know what settings you would have picked, and why 🙂

Rob @ Atlanta Real Estate February 20, 2011 at 16:41


1500 is for like stopping race cars, or sports.
f2.8 is for either darkness or blowing out backgrounds.

Lenses become quite soft wide open, or near wide open.

For this shot, if you have clouds in the background, they will only enhance this image, or make it more interesting. So I would try to get them into focus as well.

So I would of gone with probably f8 to ensure all three balloons (and clouds) were in perfect focus and taken whatever shutter speed came up. At ISO100 this bright image would still have a fast enough shutter speed at f8 to stop all movement. (unless these balloons were flapping in a strong wind)

All that said, all photography is very subjective and like I said before, I still think it’s a pretty cool shot.

Klaus February 20, 2011 at 20:51

Yeah that’s what I figured you’d say 🙂

Well, you can hardly see that any of the other two balloons (in the sides) are out of focus. They were pretty close to the same focal plane as the one in the middle.

Since there are no skies or anything else behind the balloons, needing to be in focus, I don’t see any need for f8 or such. Had there been clouds in the background, I would have went with a smaller aperture for sure. The shutter speed in this case doesn’t matter as all that was needed was a fast enough shutter to freeze the balloons and I’m guessing 1/125 even would have been enough – but when the camera is set to f2.8 and there’s nothing else needing to be in focus than what would be in focus for f2.8, then I didn’t bother changing aperture just to get a slower shutter speed, when in reality, it wouldn’t have given me a different photo 🙂

This 35mm is a f1.8 lens so at f2.8 it’s pretty good.

Lohan - Reverse Phone February 21, 2011 at 09:02

Wonderful Romantic picture.It just adds to the romance and creates that environment.Nice concept from the restaurant owners.


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