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.