Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Final Presentation

Nikon: Sigma   Lens ISO 400     600MM   f/6.3    1/500 SEC

Nikon: Sigma 18-105 Lens  ISO 400  105MM   f/6.3    1/640 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-105 Lens  ISO 100     38MM   f/4.5   1/500 SEC

Nikon: Sigma Lens ISO 100   105MM   f/7.1   1/100 SEC

Nikon: Sigma  Lens  ISO 100   105mm   f/8.0   1/500 SEC

Nikon: Sigma 18-105 Lens ISO 400   75mm   f/6.3   1/2500SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 100   18mm  f/3.5    1/125 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-105 Lens  ISO 400   18mm   f/7.1   1/60 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 360   25mm   f/11   1/500 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 400   55mm   f/10   1/160SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 100   24 mm  f/8.0   1/80 SEC

Nikon: Sigma 18-105 Lens  ISO 400   18mm   f/6.3   1/160 SEC

Nikon: Sigma Lens ISO 400   360 mm    f/11   1/25 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 100    55mm   f/8.0   1/10SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-105 Lens  ISO 400   42mm   f/11   1/640 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 100   55mm   f/5.6   1/320 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 400   18mm   f/3.5   1/500 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 400   50mm   f/5.6   1/4000

Nikon: Nikon 18-55 Lens  ISO 400   55mm   f/5.6   1/100 SEC

Nikon: Nikon 18-105 Lens  ISO 400  40mm   f/6.3   1/30 SEC

Nikon: Sigma 18-105 Lens  ISO 400   38mm   f/6.3   1/400 SEC 

Nikon: Sigma18-105 Lens  ISO 400   18mm   f/6.3   1/500 SEC

 Nikon: Sigma 18-105 lens ISO 400   105mm  f/7.1   1/800 SEC

Nikon: Sigma lens ISO 400   600mm   f/7.1   1/320 SEC

Nikon: Sigma 18-105 Lens  ISO 400   40mm   f/6.3   1/800sec

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Last Blog Post

For the last blog post of the semester, I thought that it was fitting to attempt to keep us inspired with places to go to get awesome nature photos. We have learned so much the past few months, and looking back on the pictures I took at the beginning of the semester, I'd say that I learned a few important things. In Montana, there are five places that are best for capturing photos, and getting outdoors.
1. St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park
2. Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
3. Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
4. Lewis and Clark Trail
5. Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park.

I hope during Winter break and this next semester of school, I can use what I have learned in this class to take some great pictures at some of these locations.
St Mary Lake

Lewis and Clark Trail in MT

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Share two and critique

These pictures were both taken in Yellowstone, the last weekend of October.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Week 12

When I graduate college, I want to live near the ocean somewhere. There are always beautiful pictures of the ocean and the coastlines, but I realized on my trip around the Pacific Coast, I didn't know how to capture the beauty that I saw. So, I thought that I would share some tips that one photographer revealed to make our ocean pictures better.
1. Find reflections
2. Notice the color of your photograph and adjust accordingly (the sky can give off amazing colors)
3. Be cautious of the seasons and the tides
4. Be sure to adjust your shutter speed in order to capture the movement of the water.
5. Mix up the format of your photo. Try taking the photo in a vertical position so you can capture both the foreground and the detail in the sky.
In this picture, they made their coastal picture better by finding a subject and capturing that with the coast in the background.

In this picture, they captured this picture noticing the colors that they were capturing, and turning the camera 90 degrees allowing them to have many elements of this picture.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Week 11

In going on the trip to Yellowstone, and seeing everyone else's pictures, I noticed that they all look a little different. I read an article this week about when shooting landscape photography one has to think about their viewpoint. This article said that you have to change your viewpoint in order to get the picture you are looking for. I learned this in Yellowstone. It mentions that sometimes you have to change locations, or sometimes you just need to get down to the level that isn't standing level to get a different picture and view.
Being in Yellowstone, we were all exposed to the same things, but every one of the pictures we took turned out different. This is because our vantage points were different. Some of us only stayed at standing level, while others were crouched, or stood on things to get different angles and let their photos tell different stories. So next time we are all out taking pictures, this is something to think about when we aren't getting the pictures we want, or like the article said, to find something truly unique.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Week 10

I found an article that I found very interesting. This photographer went to Antarctica to photograph animals underwater. He came face-to-face with the most dangerous of them, it was a leopard seal. These seals are seen praying on penguins. The photographer swam up to the seal, even though he was terrified, and something amazing happened. The seal was so curious about him. He began to bring the photographer penguins. When the seal was confused as to why the man didn't want the seal, it brought him wounded penguins, dead penguins, and even tried to eat the penguin for him and give it back. The seal thought that the camera was the photographers mouth, and once realizing that the photographer was harmless began to feed and play with him. He was a National Geographic photographer and was able to capture amazing pictures of this deadly animal.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 9

Since we will be going to Yellowstone National Park in the next few weekends, I thought that it would be a good idea to remember how to take photographs of animals in motion, in hopes that when we are out in nature, we will be prepared to take awesome pictures, and not have to be trying to remember what we learned. I have learned in the few months of photography that before going out and trying to capture something, it was most useful for me to before leaving, thinking about what I am trying to capture, and dissect what it is I should be doing with my camera to get the picture I want. That being said, here are some reminders while trying to take pictures of animals in motion:
  • Shoot in Shutter Priority mode. Use a shutter speed of at least 1/250 of a second if you’re panning with the subject (faster if you’re not panning and the subject is coming toward you).
  • Pan with the animal. If the animal is traveling from your left to your right or vice versa, pan with it. When the animal comes into frame, press the shutter button half-way to achieve focus, pan smoothly by pivoting at the waist, and then press the shutter button.
  • Follow through. Keep panning even after you press the shutter button. If you stop panning when you press the shutter button, the image won’t be as sharp as it could be.
  • Leave more room in front of the animal. This gives your viewers a sense that the animal is going somewhere.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Yellostone Trip

Since we will all be going to Yellowstone National park, and some of us are not from here and may have never gone before, I decided to give everyone a little information about it so we can be more prepared for our visit. In October, the average temp. is around 29 degrees to 50 degrees, so prepare to be cold. We can usually be certain that by around the time we are going there will be snow on the ground, and there already is now, along with road closures. The main animal that everyone was raving about online for this time of year is an Elk. They are all certain that we will be able to see many of them when we are out. Bison, elk, bears and wolves will all be on the move feeding heavily before Winter hits.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Share 2

Week 6

I got a new lens, and decided to learn about it.
This is the Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G (4.3x)
  • Powerful 4.3x telephoto zoom lens
  • Focal Length: 70-300mm
  • Maximum Aperture: 4-5.6
  • Minimum Aperture: 32-44

  • This is said to be a great lens for travel, candid, or sports photography.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Week 5

    Being interested in macro photography, I have read up on some tips on how to capture what it is you are looking to get out of your close-up. I think that catching the detail of something so simple, through your camera, can capture an awesome picture. to do so, a few things need to be done. When you want to take something up close, you want to have the smallest aperture in order to get the most clear quality of picture. this means, however, that we will be lacking in light, and have to compensate to get enough light. I have been trying to play with macro photography without using any macro lenses, and some of them come up blurry, and some of them come up with not a lot of detail.

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Week 4

    These are a few pictures I took while on a day out fishing last week. I was playing around with my aperture and colors. The first picture is one of a hollowed out tree stump. I used black and white because I thought that it brought out the intensity of the lines in the wood. The second is one I was trying to get a good picture of the sun. Using what we have been learning, I positioned myself where the sun wasn't right in the middle of the picture I wanted, but the rays were apparent.

    Week 4: Rules of Dominance

    In these pictures, I focused on the rules of photography. The first two pictures I focused on the rule of red is more attractive than yellow. Your eye is directed towards the red on the tree, and as a rule, the red is the dominance. The last picture is focusing on the fact that light is better than dark and that sharpness is more attractive than blur. I used the dark to illuminate the detail in the flower itself, and the front light helped as well.