Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Critique

1. This photograph shows the movement of fog over a ridge line, presumably in the morning or evening. The trees are sharp, while the fog is blurred (70 second exposure) to show movement. I like the warm colors and (mostly) sharp trees. I think that the sky and trees are slightly over exposed - probably due to the long exposure.

2. This photograph has great clarity and sharpness on the coral, and the sky and water have a similar blue, giving repetition throughout the frame. Due to the 67 second exposure, the foreground is very blurry, and rather distracting in my opinion. The photo could also be cropped to show a little more on the left hand side, as it looks like a rock was cut off right before it would have naturally ended. This photo may have been better in landscape, though it is hard to know without seeing the scene in person.

3. This photograph is definitely a great action shot. The squirrel is crisp and sharp, with the exception of the tail and hind feet. This could be solved by increasing the f/stop slightly. The colors are very constant throughout, giving warm greens and browns. The background is blurred, keeping the viewers attention on the squirrel. However, the branch is blurred just enough to distract the viewer. This also could be salved with an adjustment of the f/stop. The shutter speed used was 1/1600, which could possibly be decreased slightly to allow for a higher f/stop.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Missing Home

I haven't been home for a year now, and for the first time, I am really starting to feel homesick. In a some moments of nostalgia, I rediscovered the photos that first got me excited about photography. In high school I started fooling around with my dad's 35mm Nikon film camera, and got addicted to the challenge of building compositions and capturing fleeting light. I quickly learned that film was only getting more expensive, and decided I would put the camera down and save up for a digital. Now that I have my digital, I am actually impressed with how well I did with the film camera. The image quality is low on some of these, but they are fun to look at none the less.





Thursday, November 14, 2013

Screen Calibration

For my submission for the student art show, I decided to print this black and white photo of Peterson Lake.  After a few phone calls, I finally found a place that would print my photo in the wide 16x9 format. However, when I picked up my print, I was slightly appalled at how dark it had printed.
I brought the photo home and compared it to the on screen representation on my macbook. I estimated that the printed photo was 1.5 stops darker than the on screen representation. After some research I have learned that screen calibration is probably the source of my problem. Unfortunately, external hardware is required to accurately calibrate your monitor. However, I suppose that if photography is something I will continue with any sense of seriousness, It may be worth my while. This link describes the steps necessary in using screen calibrating software and hardware.
http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-calibrate-your-monitor

The calibration package runs used in the description above runs about $180 according to DTGweb.com. This could possibly be a future investment.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Visit to God's Country

Over fall break, I took a much needed weekend away from Rocky, and drove 7 hours up to Big Sky Bible Camp, in Big Fork, Montana. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, this is one of the most beautiful places I have been. It is impossible for me to look around this area of the state and even flirt with the thought that there isn't a Creator. A few resulting photos are below. However, No matter how good of a photographer you are, I don't think digital sensors will ever do this creation justice.
At the dam
Early Morning on Peterson Lake

Sunset Drill