Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In Class Stuffs....

This is my post for the short after class assignment on three pictures about dominance.


For this picture I was trying to capture the falling leaves in a fashion that wasn't blurry.  In order to do this it would've required a super fast shutter speed.  In hopes to achieve that I used an AV priority with ISO 200 f/5.6 and 1/160 sec shutter.  It didn't really pan out the way I wanted to so to improve on this the next time I should change my ISO to 400+ and set my aperture higher.

 For this picture I was going for light is better than dark.  I was trying to use to back light of the sun to capture a star burst pattern.  It turned out OK but still a tad dark.  With the camera set to AV this was shot at ISO 200 f/18 and 1/15 sec. 

For this picture I was going with large draws more attention than small.  I tries for a little macro shot of a leaf that I think turned out OK.  The depth of field definitely focuses on the leaf with the foreground and background out of focus.  With the camera set to AV this was shot at ISO 200 f/5.6 and 1/160 sec.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Few Shots Near Mystic Lake

So I felt it was time to get out and start playing with my camera using a setting other than smart auto.  So I took a little adventure to the trial head for mystic lake and give it a go.  I set my camera to AV and my ISO between 100-200 the whole time I was shooting.  My AV Fluctuated to get the desired effect for the pictures below.  I also fiddled around with the exposure composition but I realized I need to practice with that quite a bit more.  Also I learned the crop ability and water mark on Light Room which is kinda neat.  Other than that there were no modifications to theses photos.

Just a Trickle shot at ISO 100; f/32; 2.5 sec

Little Water Fall shot at ISO 100; f/32; 1/8 sec

Aspens & H2O shot at ISO 100; f/22; 1/8 sec

Peregrine Falcon shot at  ISO 200; f/5.6; 1/3200 sec

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Simple Pro Tips

When I think about some tremendous nature photographs National Geographic comes to mind.  I challenge anyone to walk past a copy of National Geographic and not look at the cove photo.  So in that regard I decided to look to the pros for a few tips on how to improve the pictures I take.  There is a very down and dirty and helpful resource published by National Geographic on their website.  There is a gallery of 17 photos with little tips on how to take similar pictures.  A lot of these tips re-enforce the ideas/practices that we have been learning in class.  Follow the link below to enjoy this gallery and the tips that come with it. 

Nature and Landscapes

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pretty Pictures

If you're like me and enjoy looking at pictures of this glorious planet we inhabit then I would like to suggest a site that I enjoy.  http://earthporn.org/.  If you follow this hyperlink that I have provided it will take you to a collection of photos from an assortment of people with an assortment of skills.  There are some pretty amazing pictures here from some pretty amazing places.  I encourage a look and if you need some visual stimulation to venture a gander, here you go.   New photos are added daily as well.

Northern lights above “Akrafjall” in Iceland 

You can find waterporn all over the place if you search for it - even Illinois! (Matthiessen State Park, Ill)
Has there ever been a more badass volcano photo than this? Eyjafjallajökull eruption by Sigurõur Hrafn Stefnisson

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Kate Davis: Photographer, Author, Educator, and Artist

I had the opportunity and good fortune to meet Kate Davis this summer while I was working as a summer intern for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.  This wasn't the first time I had met her though.  She came to my school when I was younger and gave a talk about raptors.  To this day it is still probably the best assembly I went to in school.  She founded the non-profit educational organization Raptors of the Rockies in 1988, and keeps 18 non-releasable and falconry birds at the facility at her house on the banks of the Bitterroot River. She is the author of five books and was recently a speaker at a TEDx talk in Missoula.  Some examples of her work can be found on her web page by following the link I provided and you can view her TEDx talk below.

http://www.raptorsoftherockies.com/