Thursday, December 12, 2013

final 10 critiques

1.) This is a photo taken by William Bender. It's a great capture of the sunset. I really enjoy the silhouette of the tree being in focus and the sky being a little blurrier. Also, the midground of whatever earthly formation that is behind the tree is a good addition to this picture and adds some depth of field. For the most part I believe his settings to be appropriate, except I probably would have used a lower ISO and lengthen the exposure

2.) This photo was taken by Cole Broadus. This is a great example of the rule of thirds and layering. I would have cropped the picture a little more though. I would have taken out the wheat in the foreground and make the trees the foreground, have the black hills as the midground, and the mountains in the background. Also, I would have probably cropped off some of the left side of the picture so that the mountains would be framed in the center better.

3.) This is a photo by Alicia Cadrette. I really like this photo. She captured the movement of the mud so well and kept it in focus as well as the rock on the left. She has beautiful color in the rock to the left as well which only adds to it. I believe that she used the appropriate settings for capturing this, and I cannot honestly say anything that I would have done differently.

4.) This is a photo taken by Katie Purgay. I really enjoy this photo. She did a great job at lengthening the exposure and getting the water to look like it does. I also believe that she framed the photo very well and the content being in black and white was a great choice with there being a lot of snow and ice. It adds wonderful contrast. The picture additionally flows really well working its way from the front right corner to the mountain and sky in the back left and back again through the pine trees.

5.) This is a photo taken by Nancy Robinson. This is a great shot of the mountains and its reflection in the water. I really like how the reflection is broken up by the ice on the water as well. She has great colors throughout adding contrast to this photo. Something I may have done differently is attempt to crop out the thin tree on the left side. It is very distracting and I feel takes away from the remainder of the picture.

6.) This photo was taken by Cody Russell. This would not be that bad of a picture if it were not for the giant human shadow. It is extremely distracting and is not part of nature. I don't understand why he would not have simply cropped the photo so that this shadow would not be seen. It's very simple and then the subject would actually be of the bird.

7.) This photo is taken by Rich Umfleet. Sorry Rich but this photo is terrible. You have so many other good pictures I just don't understand why you would have used this one. If it were not for you explaining that there was a stream back behind the trees I would have no idea what that large spot of blue and white was. Absolutely nothing is in focus and it is nauseating to look at. Once again sorry Rich a lot of your other photos are great but this one is horrible.

8.) This photo was taken by Shelby Jurewicz. I really enjoy this picture. The black and white really adds to the calm seriousness of it all especially with the snow falling as well. Something I do suggest it cropping out the buffalo furthest to the left. Nothing against the buffalo but the dead trees behind it are very distracting to the remainder of the photo.

9.) This photo was taken by Mike Eggen. As Mike said in his presentation, something must've gone wrong here and accidentally added grain. This would've been a great photo too. All the different colors with the snow covered branches, the sunset, and the blue sky create great framing and a knowledge of the rule of thirds. But yet, the graininess of it all is the horrible downfall.
10.) This photo was taken by Tyler Reed. I think this is an awesome picture. The sun just barely peeking through that cloud coverage is just awesome. The thermal feature adds more to the depth of field. I think that it was framed really well and is an all around great picture.

homeward bound

As the semester draws to a close, I am very happy that I'll be getting to go back home to little old Waterford Pennsylvania. I truly miss all the beautiful snow covered trees and streams that this time of year has to offer. I mean sure Billings isn't that terrible of a place with its "lovely" rims but nothing can beat walking down to LeBoeuf Creek just a couple blocks from my house and enjoying the calm quietness it brings.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

re-attempt of an edit

Earlier in the semester I attempted at editing a photo taken of the Grand Teton's in the fall at sunset. To be blunt, it was a horrendous attempt. The photo came out extremely grainy and distorted the shape of the sun as it was setting behind the peak. It also made the mountains very blue and did not bring out the colors of the sunset as much as I would have liked it to. So as a result, I have been trying to get the photo to the level I liked and believe I have now gotten it to something much better and I believe is good enough it could pass. What follows is the original picture, my first editing attempt, and now my final editing to it.

Final Pictures

The following are 30 photos I took over the course of the semester. Most photos were taken with my Nikon Coolpix 1810 camera, but a few were taken with my iPhone 4. Both are point and shoot cameras and have automatic settings. All photos were edited in Lightroom. The most common adjustments included cropping, adjusting clarity, vibrance, exposure, and contrast, and applying graduated filters. Each setting is listed below their respective photos.

ISO 80 Focal Length 3.85mm f/2.8 1/750s

ISO 80 focal length 3.85mm f/2.8 1/500s

ISO 80 focal length 3.85mm f/2.8 1/750s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/3.1 1/125s

ISO 80 focal length 4.8mm f/3.2 1/40s

ISO 160 focal length 8.1mm f/3.7 1/30s

ISO 800 focal length 17.2mm f/4.6 1/125s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/3.1 1/320s

ISO 80 focal length 5.3mm f/3.3 1/250s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/3.1 1/500s

ISO 80 focal length 6.1mm f/3.4 1/400s

ISO 80 focal length 6.6mm f/3.5 1/640s

ISO 80 focal length 4.8mm f/10 1/160s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/3.1 1/1250s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/9.9 1/160s

ISO 80 focal length 11.5mm f/4.1 1/500s

ISO 80 focal length 11.5mm f/4.1 1/800s

ISO 80 focal length 6.1mm f/3.4 1/30s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/3.1 1/320s

ISO 500 focal length 12.5mm f/4.2 1/125s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/3.1 1/250s

ISO 80 focal length 11.5mm f/4.1 1/500s

ISO 80 focal length 6.6mm f/3.5 1/500s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/9.9 1/200s

ISO 80 focal length 4.8mm f/10 1/160s

ISO 80 focal length 13.9 f/4.3 1/1000s

ISO 80 focal length 11.5 f/4.1 1/1250s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/3.1 1/1250s

ISO 80 focal length 4mm f/9.9 1/250s

ISO 80 focal length 6.1mm f/3.4 1/800s

ISO 80 focal length 4.8mm f/3.2 1/1000s

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

image critique

1.) I think this is a really cool photograph. I believe that it could have either been better cropped out or more light brought upon the upper layer of the fog. It has some great shape and formation and I think needs to be focused on a little more to make the picture complete. The vibrancy is lacking and the multitude of colors could be brought out more.

2.) This looks like a giant prehistoric turtle. The clarity of the picture is not the best in about half of it moving from the bottom left to the top right. This definitely puts the focus on the main large rock itself, but I feel that he could've just simply cropped out the initial sand and smaller rocks instead.

3.) This is a really cool capture of wildlife in motion. The front half of the squirrel is in focus because of the high ISO and Shutter Speed he used. I really enjoy this one and how detailed the squirrel is in its face and feet.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Recently I've been interested in and looking into "hiking the triple crown." The triple crown are the three major hikes across the United States, the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. I think that all of them would be an awesome experience filled with beautiful scenery and a calm serenity. Each place would consist of their own unique picturesque areas that would be fantastic for photographing. Being from Pennsylvania and near the Appalachian Mountains, I am somewhat biased and think they may offer the best scenery offering beautiful green rolling hills and trees in the summer, wonderful color in the fall, gorgeous snowfall in winter, and amazing flora in the spring.
Winter on the Appalachian Trail
Fall on the Appalachian Trail
The Blue Ridge Mountains on the Appalachian Trail
This is a picture of the Appalachian Trail in October

Thursday, November 7, 2013

editing attempt

This was my first attempt at editing using lightroom 5. I first used whatever the program thought that the picture should look like and then did a little manipulation of my own. This picture is of the Grand Tetons from a trip during Fall break 2012. I really wanted to bring out the sunset between the peaks and focused a lot on that area. Unfortunately, my camera is not of very high quality. Thus, the photo is not as good if it was a better more expensive equipment. For example, it is very noisy and grainy regardless of my attempts to minimize it.