50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

This past weekend was the Festival of Nations in St. Louis, a yearly weekend festival that is full of vendors, food, music, and arts.  Certainly a great place to get photos from all sorts of angles, but I was happiest with the photos I got from the henna art station. To tell this mini-story I wanted the finished design to be in all the shots, so I kept that in mind as I was shooting.  I also wanted a progression, so here is the first stroke:

ISO 1600 50mm f/5.6 1/1250

ISO 1600 50mm f/5.6 1/1250

Then I walked around and was shooting from a spot behind:

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/640

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/640

Then I went with the finished product:

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/500

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/500

Which now that you have seen the finished art, you can go back and see it on the paper as well.  As I was shooting at the festival, I kept my ISO relatively high.  This was because despite the bright sunlight, most of my shots were taken in the shade.  I knew I wasn’t going to be too concerned with noise in the final versions of the photos so an ISO of 1600 pretty much guaranteed I could take shots everywhere.  You will notice that even though these three shots that were taken in a similar area, I was changing my shutter speed a lot.  After having set my ISO and also keeping my f-stop at a fixed 5.6, the shutter speed was how I was controlling the exposure on this particular outing.

When I got the photos home, I decided that I did not want to crop or sharpen them.  I decided to apply a photo filter that replicates Polaroid 690 film.  I felt that the slight color change and slightly grainy look was a good match with photos from a festival like this one.  So that you can see the difference, here is the middle photo before editing:

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/640

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/640

It’s a subtle difference, do you think it adds to the story here? Feel free to comment below.



18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

  1. Brilliant trio of shots, and they most certainly tell the story of the henna that came to be 🙂 I thought the filter was a great choice post-processing – it certainly brought out the subject’s arm and the artwork. Interesting to hear that you were controlling exposure with shutter speed. Makes sense since I suppose you wanted the henna to stand out in the shots.


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