Day 359 – Motioned Blur

December 10th, 2017 – My last assignment for my second Photography course required me to take a picture of an object in motion. The point of the image was to capture a subject with a bit of a blur to show that the object was moving.

I could think of a million different ways to achieve this through the use of artificial objects (i.e. Cars, Planes, etc;) or directing a person to move for the picture. However, I wanted to try and find a way to make this picture more of an outdoors, natural photo. Although, this created a problem for me. A lot of nature tends to be still. There are animals that could be taken, but that would involve lucking out to find that animal moving at just the right direction and angle to capture that blur.

My next idea was to find a river or waterfall and capture it to create a glossy image. This proved difficult too, as my camera’s shutter speed was non-adjustable, so I couldn’t capture this desired image either.

I consulted a photographer friend of mine who suggested I try to capture a light-source when their is low natural lighting. The camera would usually try to adjust it’s Aperture and Shutter Speed to compensate for this, causing the Shutter speed to slow down enough to create that blur image. I took his idea and capture a picture of a lit flame outside in the night. It did indeed capture that blur I was looking for.

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Day 358 – Graduation

December 9th, 2017 – After several years of studying and hard work, I have finally finished up my University classes. There were a lot of bumps along the way, but I appreciate my friends and family who stuck behind me to give their everlasting support to reach the finish line. Now having earned my B.S. in Computer Science I am excited to move on to the next phase of my life.

Day 357 – Focal Point

December 3rd, 2017 – For this assignment, I had to play around with a lot of different technical features for my camera. Since my camera is limited in its capabilities I was not able to complete this assignment with ease. This week we had to play around with our camera’s manual focus to get an object in the foreground to be more in focus and create a blur of the background. Additionally, we had to also capture an image without a focal point to see how the two compare.

My camera is unfortunately set to an auto-focus so trying to capture an image without focal point and capturing it with a specific focal point involved taking a series of several images, playing around with vantage points and camera settings, and repeatedly pressing the focus button to change the point of focus on the image. In the end I managed to capture an image without a focal point and an image where the focal point was at the forward most part of the rock.

Without Focus

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With Focus

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Day 356 – Focal Length

November 26th, 2017 – This week’s photography course did not have an assignment again. Nevertheless, my fiancee and I went out hiking at Battle Creek Regional park to practice the material taught this week.

The subject this week was focal length. One of the lectures explained how the focal length can drastically change how an image is perceived. The example he used was taking a picture of an urban landscape, than zooming in really close to illustrate how objects are seemingly close despite the fact that they are actually a good distance apart from one another.

I decided to try this myself by finding objects far apart from one anther than taking two images. The first was being a bit of a distance away, but zooming in to make the objects appear close. The second, I got almost as close as I could to make the object closest to me look as big as it did in the first image, but this time I did not zoom in, to show the actual distance the objects were away from each other.

Zoomed in

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Unzoomed in(Distance between me in closest object is smaller than first image)

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Day 355 – In Motion

November 19th, 2017 – It’s the start of my second section in my 5-part photography course. For this week’s assignment we were required to play with our camera’s Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO settings to capture in an image of an object in motion. Unfortunately for me, the camera I have is limited in technical features. I was only able to adjust the ISO settings for my image and selected a waterfall as my object in motion.

ISO 100

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ISO 200

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ISO 800

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Day 354 – Vantage Point

November 12th, 2017 – It’s the fourth and final week of my introductory photography course. Our last assignment required utilizing the concept of changing vantage points and framing to create an image. We needed to first take a shot of an image from a ‘Normal Perspective’ (Camera is at eye level and image is seen as presented).

We then had to look at it from different vantage points and use what was known as ‘Chopping’, which just meant capturing in the photo in a way that excludes certain parts to create a more meaningful image. This week I had a bit of difficult trying to decide on a photo between two landscapes I enjoyed capturing during my hike.

I settled on the one below because I enjoyed how my subject(my fiancee) was far enough down the trail that it made the tree look much more massive than it actually was. The first image was shot when I discovered the tree, than after changing my vantage point and doing some framing a few times, I found my image.

First Image(Normal Perspective)

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Chosen Image

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I recently found that much of these hiking trips are taken on a cloudy day. Even after adjusting the white balance I found these pictures are still turning out dark. I think in the future I need to turn up my light exposure.

Day 353 – Use of Subjects

November 5th, 2017 – This week in my photography course we were not given an assignment. I still wanted to build up my skills as an outdoor photographer so my fiancee and I still went out on our weekly hike to take photos. I kept in mind what I learned from my class so far, but decided to experiment a little bit.

At one particular point I decided to capture an image of my fiancee looking ahead of a particular scene. For this image I wanted to capture the use of the subject and how its point of direction changes the meaning of the image.