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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken inside one of the reconstruction early colonial homes that make up the living museum at Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, MA.
It was probably about mid- to late-morning. We had arrived at Plimoth Plantation before they opened, but had spent time in the visitor's center and at the Native American village site before we made our way to the re-creation of the colonial village.
The lighting here was entirely natural sunlight from the open doorway. There was no artificial light inside the building, creating challenging lighting conditions.
I was shooting with my Pentax *ist DS with a Pentax 18-55mm zoom lens. This photo was shot handheld, and the *ist cameras do not have any image stabilization, so I was quite surprised that I got such a clear result given the limited light available.
I was looking for items inside the homes that captured some of the feel of early colonial life, but was struggling with the low light levels inside the buildings. This bundle of onions was hanging in just the right place to catch the light from the open doorway, so I hoped that it might be possible to create a nice image of this traditional way of storing onions.
This image is straight out of the camera, with no post-processing.
In my camera bag
On this trip, I was carrying my Pentax *ist DS with three Pentax lenses (15-55mm zoom, 55-200mm zoom, 50mm fixed).
Low light conditions are always challenging, especially in places like Plimoth Plantation, where a tripod would be awkward to set up and use in the confined spaces with other visitors trying to see them at the same time. It takes patience and a steady hand to get a good shot, and it helps if you can get a feel for the amount of light your camera needs for a good exposure, so you can better choose objects and angles that enhance your chances of success.

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