Monday, December 3, 2012

Final Presentation

1- Shepherd's Sunset
ISO 80 14.161mm f/4.0 1/60 sec
Shot without a tripod

2- Leaf at Rocky
ISO 80 8.674mm f/8.0 1/15 sec
Shot Without Tripod

3- Falcon at Rocky
ISO 80 100mm f/5.7 1/60 sec
Detail +
Shot without Tripod

4- Squirrel at Rocky
ISO 200 100mm f/5.7 1/50 sec
Shot without Tripod

5- Meeting of the seasons
ISO 400 10.977 f/3.5 1/640 sec
Shot without Tripod

6- Snow on the Roses
ISO 400 15.956mm f/4.0 1/640 sec
Lots of editing in the presence field in Basics. 100+ Clarity, 15+ Vibrancy, 30+ Saturation
Shot without Tripod

7- The Call
ISO 80 75.571mm f/5.6 1/30 sec
Luminance + (Oil Painting Effect)
Shot with Tripod

8- A Cold Landscape
ISO 80 8.31mm f/5.6 1/1000sec
Graduated Filter
Shot with Tripod

9- The One Apart
ISO 80 13.36mm f/5.6 1/250sec
Shot with Tripod

10- Opposites
ISO 200 100mm f/5.7 1/160sec
Shot with tripod

11- Thermal Pool in the Woods
ISO 200 5mm f/5.6 1/500sec
Graduated Filter
Shot with Tripod

12- Thermal Pool Along the Pines
ISO 200 5mm f/5.0 1/800sec
Clarity+, Graduated filter
Shot with Tripod

13- Fallen Giant
ISO 100 10.138mm f/3.5 1/1000sec
Black and White
Shot with Tripod
14- Log on Ice
ISO 80 28.423mm f/8.0 1/25sec
Shot with Tripod

15- Tidal Ice
ISO 80 15.956mm f/8.0 1/50sec
Shot with Tripod

16- Bearing it all at the Lake
ISO 200 94.359mm f/5.7 1/250sec
Shot with Tripod

17- Beary Cool in the Snow
ISO 200 64.733mm f/5.6 1/160sec
Shot without Tripod

18- OmNom
ISO 200 88.18mm f/5.7 1/160sec
Shot without Tripod

19- The Evergreen Giants
ISO 200 5mm f/2.8 1/800sec
Clarity +
Shot with Tripod

20- Lone Coyote McQuade
ISO 200 100mm f/8.0 1/200sec
Luminance + (Oil Painting Effect)
Shot with Tripod

21- Mountains Peaking Through the Clouds
ISO 200 8.32mm f/8.0 1/200sec
Black and White, Clarity +
Shot with Tripod

22- The Mountain
ISO 200 67.035mm f/8.0 1/250sec
Black and White, Clarity +
Shot with Tripod

23- The States of Water
ISO 200 5mm f/8.0 1/200sec
Graduated Filter
Shot with Tripod

24- Child's Moon
ISO1600 28.423mm f/4.5 1/1600sec
Treatment Brush +, Luminance +
Shot without Tripod

25- The Widow
ISO 200 5mm f/2.8 1/60sec
Shot without Tripod

26- Observing the Observer
ISO 400 95.928mm f/5.7 1/80sec
Shot without Tripod

27- The Red Hills of My Father's Home
ISO 80 54.877mm f/8.0 1/60sec
Shot with Tripod

28- The Vines of Losekamp
ISO 80 23.752mm f/8.0 1/6sec
Shot without Tripod

29- In the Woods
ISO 80 48.573mm f/5.6 1/320sec
Added effects
Shot with Tripod

30- Buried in the Snow
ISO 200 53.825 f/8.0 1/125sec
Shot with Tripod

31- Just for Dave
ISO 200 5mm f/5.6 1/500sec
Shot with Tripod

      My equipment for these pictures has been my Canon PowerShot SX10 IS; 20x Optical Zoom, 10-megapixel resolution, and DIGIC 4 Image Processor. It has a built in flash which I did not need to use for these pictures that I have chosen to post. It is a fixed lens camera and could be considered a point and shoot, be it a high end one, but I believe it has let me capture many good images. Along with this is of course a tripod which I list per picture whether it was used or not. LightRoom 3 was the editing software that I used.
      I tried to use minimal editing when I could and what I did edit was usually very non specific. The edits are fairly universal with me and my pictures, therefore I only label significant edits I have done per picture, like massive Clarity or vibrancy boosts and features such as these.With most of my pictures I used a high recovery because of my camera only being able to save the pictures in a jpg format. The places I did most of my editing were in the basic, tonal curve, and detail menus of lightroom. The majority of editing I do is very universal and minor for all the pictures, exposure tweaking, temp and tint, brightness, clarity, and with most I gave them a medium contrast tone curve.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Looking with a New Light

       Michel Gantner is a photographer I recently found who does lots of plants. I couldn't find anywhere what he is actually doing to get the glowing colors, though i'm fairly certain he is using UV photography because they aren't quite like the coloration of a negative photograph. I also couldn't find what his equipment was. These photos are from his series Jour & Nuit.
Whatever type of coloration he was using the use of the flash towards the right gives it a really cool appearance with how they are slightly transparent.
I just love how this makes it look like each of these assumed seedpods is like one of those fiber-optic lamps. But it is very interesting arrangements no matter what he is doing.
These are one of my favorite flowers and it is just cool to see it in this strange almost alien coloration.

Over all this has been a very interesting gallery to look through and enjoy.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Motion in Stillness

Talking about being in the right place at the right time. To get these shots the timing had to be just right and even a tiny bit out of focus would have meant that you would miss your shot and have to try again some other time.

To think that he not only got the focus right as well as the shutter speed to stop the drops midair. He was able to get the rule of thirds in, as well as the entire lizard. He must have also used a flash because of the dark background which just adds to the effect of the still motion of the droplets.

This is another example of perfect timing. They also had to have used a flash setup to the left to get that lighting effect which adds a creepy but cool aspect to the picture because you only see half of it there.

To get the entire action of this chameleon inside the frame is an amazing feat. Especially with the tongue shooting out like that. I don't know if I quiet believe the coloration at that moment specifically but I'm probably just not familiar enough with the hunting coloration of chameleons.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Small World

I do enjoy macro photography because with cameras you can see so much more detail at a tiny level than with the naked eye. From the hairs on a fly to the tiny bits of pollen on a bees legs.

Pictures like this interest me because it is strange to think that this bug actually did this to itself. This beetle went into the drop just to drink it. Not only is the bug interesting but the water tension is also very evident which is very interesting to see.

I find bees very interesting especially they body shape. When I look and insects like ants I see spindly long legs and I think a gangaly teenager. But when I see a bee's legs they do look like they are buff in a way. Along with the way they fly.

And this fly is an awesome just because it shows all the tiny detail that would be near impossible with the naked eye. Even if it does give gross detail to a usually annoying daily fiend.

and I just found this funny.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Cold Through My Eyes

So after the trip to Yellowstone I looked back at my previous post to see if I got close and here is what I came up with. None of these are yet edited but I do plan to edit them for my final project.

Here is the comparable Coyote picture. He was a fair distance away so with my camera this was about as close the photograph could be without using the terrible digital zoom. I enjoy it because it is mousing just like in the other picture and I also like it because you can see the face.
 I Like this picture because you get to see the action of the elk bugling. I will end up cropping the other elks rear out of the shot.

This one isn't nearly as dramatic as the sunset, but I think the reflection in the thermal pool makes it cool. With a little editing it will be even better I think by making that pop a little more detailed.

Again this raven isn't quite as dramatic as the hawk but I do like the contrast of the black raven and the white snow falling around it.

So this is just a taste of what I had taken on the trip and I believe some of these will be in the final presentation in their edited form. Hopefully they turn out well after editing but that bridge will be crossed, or crashed, when we come to it.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Coming Cold

I figured I would just put some pictures of what I hope to see on the coming trip. Dave said coyotes would pretty abundant so this one seems to be a good picture for the time of year that we will be going.

If the elk are out that would be awesome. I do realize that this is probably a picture that was taken during the spring because that looks like a fairly young calf but elk would be very fun to see on this trip.

Depending on the roads, getting a picture like this would be awesome though if we get there at a time of day that a shot like this could be possible. It also doesn't have to be specifically old faithful because of all the water features in the park.

This would also be a great picture to get. Because of the snow falling it makes a sort of blur effect but the Hawk is still very clear.

looking at these pictures reminds me that the weather could be cold like in these shots or warm and sunny but to be prepared for this type of picture opportunities. These are all pictures that would be fun to use as models for my shots during this coming trip and I hope to get the opportunity for them and many others.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Recent Weather + Camera = Some Cool Picture Potential

So when we got the huge round of snow this past week I thought it would be an awesome time to take some pictures. I would have loved to have been somewhere else besides in town where there is always a building in a background somewhere but I did enjoy getting the chance to take pictures with the huge bright white flakes slowly falling from the sky like in some of these pictures.

So this is again a time I wish I had a tripod, but I feel like the result is good. If it were a little brighter it would have been nice cause my ISO is rather high which didn't help with the pixely look but you can't tell too much unless you zoom in a lot.
And this is the attempt to try and not get a building and obviously it didn't were too well and the large amount of sky kinda blew it out. I do still like the snow flakes in it though.

I love how the slightly melted snow left the perfect little water droplets on this rose that was just falling over and I tried to get the background just blurred enough and the only thing about the background I don't like is the little bit of the gravel mat you can see in the top right corner.

 Over all I am very proud of these pictures because I greatly enjoy water effects and stop motion stuff which the snow gave me a great subject to do both water and stop motion.