Best Shot: An Evolving Eye

A Koh Kood, Thailand picnic provides an impromptu photo op, and these expert photography tips help to maximize it.

After a hunger-inducing hike and a long ride through a coconut plantation in Koh Kood, Thailand, I arrive at this picturesque beach, where lunch greets us on woven mats. My first shot captures the overall feel without showcasing the centerpiece dish. Zach Stovall
I crouch down, focusing in on the meats, pastas and salads artfully wrapped in banana leaves and displayed in bamboo baskets. Not a bad shot, but from this angle you still wouldn’t guess which goodies are about to cure my ravenous hunger. Return to Main Page Zach Stovall
Batting away my picnic mates’ sneaky hands, I hover over the baskets and shoot straight down, capturing the contents of the small leaf bowls. I was close. But I need that third basket to get my final shot… Return to Main Page Zach Stovall
The winning shot? A delicious Thai meal that lived up to my anticipation. Tech Specs Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF24-70 mm f/2.8L USM
Shutter Speed: 1/350th second
ISO: 320
Aperture: Between f/2.8 and f/4 Return to Main Page
Zach Stovall

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