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Photos of Essence.

This week I went out and attempted to capture photos that had a creative essence about them. I had to use the camera’s aperture, shutter speed, focal length, and exposure to create 4 interesting images. This is what I came up with. Enjoy!

NOTE: As always, I ask that you do not save images to your local computer with out permission. Information about permission can be found on the About page. Thank You.

Mr. Bobcat

This photo is of one of the WSU Groundskeepers removing snow from the sidewalk in the Quad Courtyard.

I wanted to convey the essence of Shutter in this image, so I used a shutter speed of 1/250 to stop the motion of the flying snow.

Tiny Tomatoes

This photo is of some berries that were on a limb near Conway hall at WSU.

I wanted this to show the essence of Aperture so I zoomed in to 300mm and used a relatively low aperture of f/11.0. This resulted in a very blurred background and makes the cluster of berries stand out.

Green Sun

This image is of the green led on my Apple Time Capsule. It is NOT meant to be taken literally. It is supposed to be abstract. It was taken  while I was laying in bed playing around with different focal lengths and amount of focus to to create this artistic photograph.

I used a focal length of 300mm and set the focus to the macro setting and cranked the ring almost all the way opposite from infinity. Without the 300mm zoom, I would not have been able to create this image, and that is why I say that this image conveys an essence of Focal Length.

Passing on By

This photo was taken  just off campus on Huff St. in Winona. It is of a car passing by.

I wanted to convey the essence of exposure. For this I combined a lower ISO of 500, a long shutter speed of 10 seconds, and a smaller aperture of f/18.0. This combination of settings allowed for the light trails from the car(s) to streak through the image and still allow for the background to come in crisp. The combination of shutter and aperture also allowed the lights in the image to generate a Star effect, which I personally find interesting.

All these photos were taken yesterday. I hope you enjoyed them, and stay tuned for more next week!

New Semester, New Format.

Well it is a New Semester, and I am in a new class that will have different Photo demands. I will be posting far fewer photos this time around, but I will be posting a short analysis about each photo. This is not to say that I will not be posting many photos from time to time, however it will not be as often, especially as I move back into the realm of 35mm photography and am only printing in the Darkroom!

NOTE: As always, I ask that you do not save images to your local computer with out permission. Information about permission can be found on the About page. Thank You.

The Filth Beneath (2011)

This photo is of a filthy pile of snow with a light dusting of fresh snow on top of part of it. This is somewhere on Winona State’s campus, possibly between Gildemiester and Watkins. It was shot in the afternoon on Monday, January 24, 2011. A few camera settings were f/5.6 1/250 ISO 400 Focal Length: 300mm. In terms of associative elements, there is just 2 that I know of, snow and dirt. The feelings that I am trying to convey is that like the fresh coat snow, we too can put on a “face” and try to burry our bad emotions/ feelings (dirt), but they are always there, and like when snow melts and the dirt becomes visible again, we to end up bringing the bad emotions or feelings to the surface.

Until Next Time, Enjoy!

UGH… Photos to come soon.

Life has been a LIVING HELL for the past 2 weeks, so i have been lazy with the blog, and you guys deserve better. I am in Keystone Colorado, and will be shooting the hills this week. Don’t lose faith. Stay Tuned.

Thanksgiving Break

For this weeks blog, I included a few photos from the past week. I have a few from my ride back to Pewaukee, WI for Thanksgiving, some from Downtown Pewaukee, and one from my ride back to Winona. I had planned to shoot Downtown Winona this afternoon, however the weather was not permitting. Maybe next week… Enjoy!

Like usual, underneath each photo, I have included my Aperture, Shutter, and ISO settings so that you can see how I shot each photo. Feel free to click on individual photos to see them in their original sizes. Enjoy!

NOTE: As always, I ask that you do not save images to your local computer with out permission. Information about permission can be found on the About page. Thank You.

f/22.0 1/1000 ISO 4000

f/16.0 1/640 ISO 800

f/18.0 1/800 ISO 640

f/22.0 1/1250 ISO 1000

f/16.0 1/640 ISO 400

f/16.0 1/640 ISO 400

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 640

Thanks for checking out these few photos. More to come next week!

Making up for Crappy Weather

I thought I would dig back to when I first got my Canon 5D Mark II. These photos come from my second ever photo shoot with that camera, and will hopefully brighten up your day. Enjoy!

Like usual, underneath each photo, I have included my Aperture, Shutter, and ISO settings so that you can see how I shot each photo. Feel free to click on individual photos to see them in their original sizes. Enjoy!

NOTE: As always, I ask that you do not save images to your local computer with out permission. Information about permission can be found on the About page. Thank You.

f/9.0 1/500 ISO 250

f/8.0 1/640 ISO 200

f/6.3 1/400 ISO 200

f/8.0 1/640 ISO 320

f/7.1 1/400 ISO 320

f/7.1 1/400 ISO 320

f/5.6 1/30 ISO 200

f/9.0 1/640 ISO 320

f/5.6 1/250 ISO 200

f/7.1 1/500 ISO 320

f/9.0 1/640 ISO 200

f/7.1 1/400 ISO 320

f/7.1 1/500 ISO 320

f/6.3 1/320 ISO 320

f/6.3 1/400 ISO 400

f/6.3 1/320 ISO 320

Thanks for viewing! Stay tuned for more next week!!!

Michael A. Ruka – A Retrospective.

Well with the hustle and bustle of turning 21 this past week, and figuring out what courses to register ( which is a rather large challenge when I need 39 credits to graduate, but only 9 of which I can take this upcoming semester, leaving me with pretty full semesters if I want to graduate on time) I have decided to post a retrospective of 21 photos from this past summer in Arizona. Based on hit count, it seemed that many of my followers enjoyed photos from my recent trip out west, so why not deliver more of what people want to see.

Like usual, underneath each photo, I have included my Aperture, Shutter, and ISO settings so that you can see how I shot each photo. Feel free to click on individual photos to see them in their original sizes. Enjoy!

NOTE: As always, I ask that you do not save images to your local computer with out permission. Information about permission can be found on the About page. Thank You.

f/11.0 1/400 ISO 400

f/10.0 1/200 ISO 400

f/13.0 1/400 ISO 400

f/4.5 1/640 ISO 400

f/9.0 1/400 ISO 100

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 400

f/4.0 1/3200 ISO 100

f/10.0 1/500 ISO 250

f/5.6 1/40 ISO 400

f/11.0 1/400 ISO 400

f/11.0 1/250 ISO 100

f/11.0 1/400 ISO 400

f/5.0 1/200 ISO 400

f/5.6 1/125 ISO 400

f/11.0 1/400 ISO 100

f/11.0 1/250 ISO 400

f.10.0 1/500 ISO 200

f/6.3 1/800 ISO 400

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 400

f/7.1 1/500 ISO 400

f/13.0 1/400 ISO 400

 

Note: These photos were all shot using my Canon Rebel XT, as I did not own the 5D Mark II at the time.

Until Next time, Enjoy!

A Cold Milwaukee Morning.

Well this last weekend I went home to Milwaukee. Taking these photos was kind of an after thought, the real reason to go home was to see family, and get a chipped tooth fixed. Feeling adventurous I got up at 6:00 am Saturday morning and drove downtown. The Milwaukee Art Museum is one of my favorite buildings to shoot. Sure it is Cliche but I really don’t care. These are a few photos from that morning, notice how the light changed throughout the morning.

Like usual, underneath each photo, I have included my Aperture, Shutter, and ISO settings so that you can see how I shot each photo. Feel free to click on individual photos to see them in their original sizes. Enjoy!

NOTE: As always, I ask that you do not save images to your local computer with out permission. Information about permission can be found on the About page. Thank You.

f/22.0 1/8 ISO 100

f/22.0 1/30 ISO 100

f/22.0 16.0 ISO 100

*It was SO windy that in the 16 seconds of this exposure
the clouds moved enough to blur the exposure, producing
an interesting effect.

f/22.0 2.0 ISO 100

f/22.0 1/6 ISO 100

*Normally Sky photos are pretty boring, but I could
not pass up taking a photo of sky only on Saturday.
It was just Awesome.

f/22.0 1/25 ISO 100

f/22.0 1/80 ISO 100

f/6.3 1/100 ISO 100

f/9.0 1/60 ISO 100

f/8.0 1/125 ISO 200

*The Above 2 photos. Very similar compositions.
The sun rose so quickly, that in the 3 minutes between
these photos, the coloring is so dramatically different.

f/22.0 1/1250 ISO 100

Hope you enjoyed this weeks photos, more to come next week. Until then, stay classy.