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Color in various forms…

Wow. It has been two weeks! Not OK. But to make up for it I will be sharing a few more photos then I have been recently. 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.

As I have made the transition from 35mm back to digital (per my professors requirements) I spent an afternoon shooting various color relationships. Understanding how colors work together is vital to being a good color photographer. To analyze these relationships I wanted to take very elemental images that attempt to convey a feeling of place and nothing more. Each image is filled entirely or mostly with part of a building. (be prepared, The next few posts will have a lot of photos like these, as for a final photo series, I will focusing solely on place, primarily on walls)

This photo is one that uses blue predominantly throughout. Not only is the sky blue, but the dormer is mostly blue as well.

This photo is one that uses predominantly orange throughout. It is of the bamboo wall in the SLC and I exposed it to bring out the natural orange hues in the wood.

This photo loosely explores Harmony of the Complement (Orange/Blue). I liked how the hot afternoon sun makes the church appear more orange than usual, and the cloudless sky is just impressive in this shot.

This photo explores Harmony of the Same. I used Blue once again, because I thought that this was too cool of a shot to just throw away. I also really think that this photo shows a very strong feeling of place, more so than some of the other photos.

This photo explores use of accent. I was walking down Main Street, and saw this on the side of the Post Office, and I couldn’t pass it up. Not only does the sign in the upper right break up the image as an accent, but the red/white combination really pops against the sea of brown.

This photo uses muted colors. There are not any striking colors in the image. It could almost pass as a black and white image, however under closer inspection, One notices the muted colors in the image.

Another color relationship is Black & White or Grayscale. To explore this, I shot the below image in color because even in color there is very little perception of color, giving off the feeling of B&W, but then I also desaturated the image to show how it might have appeared if shot in B&W. Both renditions are interesting (in my opinion) and I think both work when exploring the world with out color.

Color Version

Black & White

Well that sums up my rather brief exploration of color relationships. Now for 2 macro images of produce.

Since I first started shooting photos, I have always been a fan of showing objects and locations in ways that they are not normally seen. The bulk of my photography features a short depth of field and unnatural proportions. By zooming in to 300mm and using an aperture of f/5.6 I am able to isolate just a few leaves in the sea of pineapple tops. It separates one from many, and makes a rather boring useless part of a fruit something more interesting. The lighting in Rochester Wholesale Fruit is rather poor quality, so I did use Photoshop® to bring out some of the already present colors. This makes the images stronger than the original, without changing the over all essence of the image.

Ogres are like onions, they have layers. But this photo does not have layers, and that is all I will say about it.

 

Off to North Dakota tomorrow. I’ve never been. Hopefully I will be able to bust out the camera and snap a few photos. Stay tuned!

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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!


Last Day on the Rez/Aerials

Well this post includes all the rest of the images worth sharing from my trip back to the Navajo Nation. It really was a good time, and I am so glad that I got to go. 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.

Just a little tip that I learned from Chops Hancock… When shooting the red hills out west, always set the White Balance to Cloudy, even on a sunny day, because it warms up the tones in the rock, and really makes the photo look a lot nicer. Below is an example of this. The first photo was shot with Auto White Balance. The second was shot with Cloudy White Balance. Enjoy!

f/11.0 1/250 ISO 200

f/11.0 1/320 ISO 200

f/8.0 1/160 ISO 200

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 250

f/9.0 1/200 ISO 200

f/13.0 1/500 ISO 250

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 400

f/11.0 1/400 ISO 400

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 400

f/13.0 1/400 ISO 400

f/16.0 1/500 ISO 200

f/14.0 1/400 ISO 400

f/14.0 1/640 ISO 400

f/16.0 1/500 ISO 400

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 160

f/14.0 1/400 ISO 200

f/14.0 1/400 ISO 200

f/14.0 1/400 ISO 200

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 200

Hope you enjoyed these photos from out west. This week Robbie Christiano and I will be shooting some architecture in and around Winona. I will post photos from that shoot as soon as I can. Until then, stay classy.


Back to the Rez.

Last weekend, October 10th-12th, I had the opportunity to go back to the Navajo Nation to premier a documentary project that I worked on this past May. You can view an excerpt of the documentary here. Anyways, while I was in Arizona and New Mexico, I was able to see a few sights and shoot a few photos. I decided that I will share a some of them on here. Tonight’s post includes only photos shot on 10/10/10. Expect photos from the other days to appear in the next few days. 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/14.0 1/400 ISO 320

f/13.0 1/400 ISO 200

f/5.6 1/60 ISO 500

f/14.0 1/500 ISO 320

f/5.0 1/50 ISO 2000

f/13.0 1/400 ISO 200

f/4.5 1/100 ISO 320

f/5.6 1/200 ISO 320

f/7.1 1/100 ISO 2500

Stay Tuned for more photos from my trip to Arizona. Until Next time, Take it easy.


Winona State: A Different Perspective

On my way to class the other day, I realized just how many beautiful flowers and trees were on campus at Winona State University. Knowing that the maintenance staff usually uproots the flowerbeds around this time each year, I decided that if I wanted to shoot these flowers that I had to do it soon.  I also noticed that the bumble bees are out and about, so in keeping with my goal of producing imagery people want to see, I took a few photos of them for Carlee Aasen. Once again, 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/7.1 1/400 ISO 100

f/6.3 1/320 ISO 320

f/8.0 1/500 ISO 320

f/6.3 1/400 ISO 250

f/9.0 1/800 ISO 320

f/7.1 1/500 ISO 250

f/6.3 1/400 ISO 320

f/7.1 1/400 ISO 250

f/7.1 1/400 ISO 160

f/8.0 1/640 ISO 400

f/9.0 1/640 ISO 250

f/9.0 1/800 ISO 320

f/7.1 1/400 ISO 250

f/8.0 1/500 ISO 250

f/7.1 1/400 ISO 160

f/7.1 1/500 ISO 320

f/9.0 1/640 ISO 320

Thanks for checking out this weeks photos. This weekend I will be traveling to Tsaile, Arizona for a presentation. While down there, I should have ample opportunities to shoot photos, and will post them as soon as I get the chance. Also, I am still looking for ideas on what to shoot, so feel free to leave feedback, and I really will listen to your suggestions.

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