Thursday, December 1, 2011

ART247 Final Presentation


For our class Final I have posted below, 20 original photographs that I have taken over the course of the semester. Some of these photos are from previous assignments and postings, while others are new to the blog.

General Equipment:

All Shots taken with Nikon D5000.
No flash photography.
18-55mm Nikkor DX lens

55-200mm Nikkor DX lens
28-80mm Nikkor lens (Old model, AF disabled)

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 86mm

Aperture: f/10
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed: 1/20

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Lens: 18-55mm

Focal Length: 18mm

Aperture: f/20
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 15"


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Lens: 28-80mm
Focal Length: 80mm

Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed: 1/500


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Lens: 28-80mm
Focal Length: 80mm

Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed: 1/125


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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 175mm

Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 500
Shutter Speed: 1/400


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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 200mm

Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/320

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 102mm

Aperture: f/14
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/40

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 200mm

Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200
Shutter Speed: 1/320

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 200mm

Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/80

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Lens: 18-55mm

Focal Length: 18mm

Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 1600
Shutter Speed: 30"

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Lens: 18-55mm

Focal Length: 18mm

Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 16 minutes

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 200mm

Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/200

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  Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 190mm

Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/250

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 85mm

Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/250

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 200mm

Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/200

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 102mm

Aperture: f/8
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1/250

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Lens: 28-80mm

Focal Length: 28mm

Aperture: f/13
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/40

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 200mm

Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/800

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Lens: 55-200mm

Focal Length: 200mm

Aperture: f/14
ISO: 320
Shutter Speed: 1/30

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Lens: 18-55mm
Focal Length: 18mm

Aperture: f/14
ISO: 400
Shutter Speed: 1"

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend Photos

Here are some shots I took over the weekend:

I took this from my window at work. I've got a nice view of the cathedral and waited til sunset for the light to get good. I did some editing with the colors, but decided to go black and white with it since there was already a lot going on in the picture. Finally I cropped the photo to cut out some distractions and simplify the subject.



This was taken from another window at work, right after taking the cathedral shots. I boosted contrast, clarity, and warmed the photo slightly. I also brightened the middle area of the picture to show the city better. Also cropped.


Same shot as above, only I focused on the window. I turned the lights on in the room I was in so I could see my reflection. I went black and white with this one to simplify and draw the focus to the lighting and not the color. Cropped.

I took this while it was snowing, so you can see the snow falling through the picture on the plant. I did very little editing (only boosted contrast) and very little cropping.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Forced Perspectives


Forced perspective photography allows a photographer to get really creative with their work. 
This type of photography produces some kind of illusion that is created from the photographer's perspective of the subject. Usually a photographer will use a very large depth of field (large f/stop) in order to make all parts of the picture in focus. 

 
In the above photograph, both the moon and the kids are in focus, making them seem as if they were closer to each other. The other major aspect that completes this illusion is the specific placement of the moon behind the hoop.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rocky Art Show

The Rocky Art Show is this week, and I decided to submit a photograph from our trip to Yellowstone. This is a photo I have previously posted, but decided to do a cleaner, black & white re-edit and have it printed for the show.

The exhibit opens Friday, Nov. 18th, for anyone who would like to see all the Art.
They will be on display in Tech Hall at Rocky Mountain College.


I had the print made 8"x12" at Photographic Solutions in Billings, MT, and mounted it on a black-bordered standout mount. The copy shown above is not precisely 8"x12", and for the print I had to barely crop the right side of the photo.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Kenneth Jarecke

Photojournalism is a very special type of photography. A photojournalist tells a story through his/her photographs. A GOOD photojournalist can make that story a beautiful work of art. Kenneth Jarecke, photojournalist and freelance photographer, is a master artist and storyteller. He lives with his family in Montana and has contracted with such outstanding companies as TIME magazine.

His work speaks for itself: http://www.kennethjarecke.com/

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

5 Shots from Yellowstone

This week's assignment was to post 5 shots. The shots are supposed to exclude anything man-made, and display the 7 rules of appealing photographs (see post from Sept. 8, 2011).

I decided to post photos I had taken on our trip to Yellowstone National Park last weekend (Nov. 5,6):

[red is more attractive than other colors]
The focus of interest is on the fox.

[Sharpness is more attractive than blur.]
I used a low depth of field to keep the interest on the Buffalo, 
leaving the foreground and background blurry.

[Jagged is more attractive than curved.]
This helps the trees in this photo stand out.

[Large is more attractive than small.]
The coyote has a powerful appearance because he is framed large and centered.



 [light is more attractive than dark]
The waterfall stands out instantly because it is the lightest part of the photo.




Thursday, November 3, 2011

Xavier Jamonet

Today's post is about a photo taken by 29-year-old French photographer, Xavier Jamonet.

  I really enjoy this photo because of the contrasting green and purple colors. Xavier also uses lighting to draw more attention to the green rocks in the foreground. The dark background creates a silhouette of the island, which draws attention because of its strange and jagged shape. The framing of the island also follows the rule of thirds.


Xavier has an incredible and inspiring portfolio for all kinds of landscapes and nature work.
You can check it out here: http://www.ecrinsdelumiere.com/portfolio/