P1W1 – Old Photos

I dug through some of my old photos and selected the 10 best. I’m hoping these will serve as a good benchmark for improvement as we progress through the semester.

I noticed a few trends:

Subject: I prefer to take pictures of scenery, flora/fauna, and old buildings/machinery. I had a few pictures of people doing things (walking, eating, smiling, laughing); but never portraits, which seem to be more Sara’s thing.

Time of Day: Most of my photos were taken in the afternoon simply because it’s an easier time to be out and about, but some of my evening pictures naturally turned out best with very little editing.

Time of Year: Spring and Fall, which makes sense since both the long winters and midsummer are terrible times to be out and about in Idaho.

I think I have a good basic eye for composition, but I hope to stretch this to find more interesting angles and alignment. I could definitely use some more experience with focus, lighting, shutter speed and aperture; which will hopefully come more naturally this semester as I shoot often with manual settings.

Photo 1 – Bench Silhouette

bench-silhouette

Date: Apr 25, 2013, Afternoon
Location: Downtown Idaho Falls, ID
F-Stop: 4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100
Edits: Levels, Black and White Filter

Photo 2 – Blue Paintpot

blue-paintpot

Date: Sept 8, 2012, Afternoon
Location: Yellowstone National Park, WY
F-Stop: 8
Shutter Speed: 1/320
Camera: Sony DSC-W330
Edits: Levels, Vibrance

Photo 3 – Clock Tower

clock-tower

Date: Sept 24, 2011, Afternoon
Location: Downtown Spokane, WA
F-Stop: 13
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Camera: Sony DSC-W330
Edits: Levels, Vibrance

Photo 4 – Clownfish

clownfish

Date: Sept 29, 2011, Afternoon
Location: Seattle Aquarium, WA
F-Stop: 3.9
Shutter Speed: 0.0229
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100
Edits: Levels, Vibrance

Photo 5 – Farm Equipment

farm-equipment

Date: Apr 25, 2013, Evening
Location: Iona, ID
F-Stop: 4.1
Shutter Speed: 1/410
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100
Edits: Levels, Vibrance, Saturation

Photo 6 – Flying Goose

flying-goose

Date: Apr 26, 2013, Evening
Location: Downtown Idaho Falls, ID
F-Stop: 7
Shutter Speed: 1/486
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100
Edits: Levels, Vibrance, Saturation

Photo 7 – Mossy Shed

mossy-shed

Date: Sept 25, 2011, Evening
Location: Elma, WA
F-Stop: 4.7
Shutter Speed: 0.2941
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L100
Edits: Levels, Vibrance, Saturation, Vignette

Photo 8 – Rainforest River

rainforest-river

Date: Sept 27, 2011, Evening
Location: Quinault Rainforest, WA
F-Stop: 2.7
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Camera: Sony DSC-W330
Edits: Levels, Vibrance

Photo 9 – Rainforest Sunset

rainforest-sunset

Date: Sept 27, 2011, Evening
Location: Quinault Rainforest, WA
F-Stop: 2.7
Shutter Speed: 1/125
Camera: Sony DSC-W330
Edits: Levels, Vignette

Photo 10 – Yellowstone River

yellowstone-river

Date: Sept 8, 2012, Morning
Location: Yellowstone National Park, WY
F-Stop: 8
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Camera: Sony DSC-W330
Edits: Levels, Vibrance

3 Responses

  1. Whitney Majors on April 29, 2014 @ 5:49 am

    Hey Samuel,
    Great work- I really love your landscapes! I’m really impressed by the composition of each location. Even the blurry ones taken with the coolpix camera are really nice subjects (I understand being in the moment and not having your dSLR handy- point and shoots are often better than nothing! :) An editing tip I thought I might suggest is getting rid of the fringing on your Clownfish photo. There’s not a lot of fringing but just enough to tell. If you go into Adobe Bridge- Camera Raw there’ll be a tab for lens correction. Here, you can move sliders up and down and watch the purple or green haze around your subject(s) disappear. It’s pretty simple and really great for getting rid of weird coloring around your subjects! Again, good work!

  2. Aubrey Taylor on April 29, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

    I really liked the Clownfish image. You mentioned in class that it was blurry, but I agree with you posting it because it is still a great photo! My favorite one is the Rainforest Sunset that you had. It is really beautiful and I love how the sun is down further in the image because it makes the trees seem majestic.

  3. Taylor Brady on May 4, 2014 @ 1:21 am

    You have a great eye for light. I really loved in photo 9 where the sun is peaking out from behind the trees with just a bit of rays coming through. It will be cool to see how you will improve your editing skills to enhance those aspects of your work.

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