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

Travel Theme: Spooky

I could not pass up this week’s theme, spooky.  A lot of pre-Halloween fun going on over at Where’s my backpack, so I thought I would join in.  This past week in my Digital Photography class we have been working on night photography so a bunch of my posts in the near future will have that as a theme.  Here is my spooky night photo taken this past week:

ISO 160 f/18 18s 0ev 50mm

It was lurking in my front garden! This photo was taken at 6:13am using a tripod, flashlight, and laser pointer.

Cheers!

 

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photography

Stopping the Action

Stopping the action of a fast moving subject, like a hockey player, is what we are covering this week in my digital photography class:

ISO 3200 50mm 2ev f/1.8 1/3200

Getting a shot like this one is a fairly challenging thing.  First let me say that using flash isn’t acceptable.  It’s distracting to the players, and just bounces off the glass anyway.  So, I am using a 50mm lens here because of the two lens that I have available, it is the one that will let in the most light.  Because I am using a fast shutter speed I have set the ISO high and boosted the exposure 2 stops.

Do you have any tips for getting photos under these types of conditions?

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

Portraits in Digital Photography Class

This photo below I took for my digital photography class where we are working on artificial lighting and portraits.

ISO 3200 f/1.8 1/400 2ev 50mm

This photo was shot outside after dark using two flash lights for light.  In order to get detail I boosted the ISO and the exposure. Not a typical portrait, but we were encouraged to experiment a bit and come up with something different.

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

Architecture in Black and White

This photo is another in the series I took last week for my digital photography class:

ISO 100 50mm (-2,-1,0)ev f/9 1/5

This was originally shot in color, using a tripod.  I bracketed the exposure because it was so bright and I was hoping to catch some details in the windows.  I ended up liking it in black and white over the color version.  I did my HDR work in Photomatix and then did some final tweaking in Aperture.

Would you have edited it differently? your thoughts are welcome in the comment section.

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

Photomatix and Architecture

Last week I was working on a architecture project for my digital photography class.  Here is a photo that I edited in Photomatix:

ISO 250 50mm -2ev f/16 1/250

The original image was handheld.  I bracketed the exposure -2 -1 0 because it was really bright out.  The sky was OK, but bright, which is one of the reasons I put this in Photomatix and went with a more artsy look.  How do you handle skies that are not cooperating? any cool tips you want to share? Feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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Canon 50D, Nature, Photo Editing, Photography

Landscape Photograph

In my digital photography class we are covering landscape photography at the moment.  I also bought Photomatix this week.  What you get is this photo:

ISO 200 f/22 1/13 28mm

I used a tripod to get the original  three photos that were shot in color.  I combined the images and put them in black and white in Photomatix.  Fun stuff!

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Canon 50D, Photography

This Week in Digital Photography Class…

We are working on slow shutter speeds.  So, how’s it going? you might ask. Arg, I would probably say.  I took this photo:

ISO 250 f/4 2sec 28mm

Well, ok, you say, I can see that you have a 2 second shutter speed that’s pretty slow. You’re right, it is.  I think I got the kind of shot my professor is looking for, but we were supposed to be using our camera’s night portrait setting to get this sort of effect.  Here’s the thing with the photos I took in that setting, the camera is trying really hard to take a “nice” picture.  I am going for something a little different.  So, while it is trying to shoot “nice” it turns up only slightly blurry not really blurry like the photo above.  The problem with a little blurry is that the viewer has to decide if you did that on purpose or if you are just not very good.

So, for this, I shot in Aperture priority mode, with white balance set to shade, because I did want that sort of orange glow.

Your thoughts on slow shutter speed? what settings do you use?  Feel free to put a link back to your own examples to share in the comments section. Other word of wisdom? I’m listening.

Cheers!

 

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

My photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge put out by WordPress is actually a continuation of some work I have been doing this week.  I have been working on two assignments for my digital photography class.  One is on photojournalism the other with slow shutter speed.  When I blogged about photographs without a clear shot of the subject’s face for my photojournalism assignment, one conversation that evolved was the crowd at a sporting event.  There is no crowd at this sporting event unless you count the one on the ice:

ISO 100 f/3.5 1/25 50mm

So there is my crowd, and I would like to thank Martin at Thoughts from Finchley for the inspiration, I have linked in a recent post of his that I enjoyed.

As for the shutter speed, I was playing with it while taking the photos that include the one above.  I will be blogging some other thoughts on slow shutter speed in the coming week.

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Childhood, Photography

Photojournalism Looks Away

Yet again today I am going to be posting a picture and asking you your opinion.  I did a photojournalism series for my photography class and this is a photo that did not make the cut:

ISO 1250 f/5 1/25 50mm

For this assignment I was to follow an event from beginning to end.  I chose hockey evaluations for my youngest child.  I had 600 original images. Then 400. I saved 80, from those I chose 30.  This photo is one of the 30, but I needed to have less than 20 for this assignment.  The final project has 17 images.  I wanted to include an image that gave the viewer the experience of waiting for ice time to start.  This was one that I took in that series.  Do you think it conveys what I intended? how do you feel in general about photos where you cannot see the subject’s face?

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