50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

A Quiet Moment for your Monday

I took this shot a few weeks ago for my digital photography class.  The assignment was to show a fore-, middle-, and background:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/30

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/30

Even though it was pretty cold when I shot this photo, I found it very soothing.  I hope you do as well.

The only “technical” thing I did with this shot was use a tripod.  In this case the tripod not only made it possible to have a lower shutter speed but also made it easier to compose the shot in camera.

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

Travel Theme: Hot

The travel theme this week at Where’s my backpack? is hot.  For this challenge I decided to take one photo from the Forest Park Balloon Festival and edit it two different ways:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/16 1/400

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/16 1/400

and:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/16 1/400

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/16 1/400

Both versions were edited using Photomatix.  The obvious difference here is the color vs. black and white.  One thing I did differently with the two which might not be as obvious was that I changed the exposure bracketing.  The version that is color includes a photo where the exposure was very high.  I did that to bring out the blue in the balloon which was not visible in the original unedited photo.  The bracketing on the black and white version is much closer together.

Which do you prefer? Which do you think works better with the theme?  Have an opinion? please share it in the comment section.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

I took this picture at the Forest Park Balloon Festival.  I think it works with the theme silhouette, which is what is being covered this week at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

ISO 320 50mm -0.33ev f/13 1/400

This photo was taken just after 5pm when the balloons from the festival were taking off for the race portion of the event.  The sky had been pretty blah all day, but got nicer as the sun was going down.

In Aperture, I darkened the crowd a bit and sharpened the image to make the balloons stand out a bit more.  In the camera I had dropped the exposure a bit, because I preferred the way the sky turned out as compared to a 0 exposure.

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Presenting the biggest Energizer bunny in existence as part of the WordPress weekly photo challenge.

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

Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

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Canon 50D, Nature, Photography

Landscape shot with a fountain

I took this last week while I was working on a landscape photography assignment:

ISO 200 f/22 1/100 28mm

I liked the view of the fountain against the detail of the statue.

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Animals, Canon 50D, Photo Editing, Photography

Photo Walk yields the Park Police…

and this photo:

ISO 500 28mm f/22 1/125

This park police officer was nice enough to let me take this photo while he was out in Forest Park.  This photo was taken outside the St. Louis Art Museum.  I thought it would be neat to get a shot of the two horses lined up.  It was super bright out at the time though, so it was hard to get a really “nice” shot.  I was able to fix it up a bit in Aperture.

I was in the park because I was working on two different assignments for school.  It was also a beautiful day, so a nice excuse for a walk!

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

Forest Park Balloon Festival

I was lucky enough this weekend to be allowed on the field at the Forest Park Balloon Festival.  I took a bunch of shots.  Most of them are going to require some finishing up though.  The sky was pretty bland for most of the day.  I will be posting some pictures over time as I am working on them.  Here is my first:

ISO 100 f/5.6 1/400 50mm

Here is the original shot:

These photos are going to give me plenty to practice with in Aperture.  Your comments are appreciated.  How would you have done the editing differently?

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