Sunday, December 8, 2013

Final Photo Critiques

1. I like the fact that this picture has so many different layers, like the water, trees, mountains and the sky. It gives it a lot of dimension. I also like that she used a greater aperture in order to make everything clear instead of blurry. The colors in this picture are great too because they really they seem to really pop in the picture, like the blue in the water and sky and the green of the trees. The reflection of the trees in the water are a nice touch too. The only thing I don't like about this picture is the two dead trees because the tops go right across the middle of the mountain, so they are a little bit awkward.

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2. I really like the angle that this picture was taken at because it really gives the picture depth. I like the sun in the picture too because it draws attention to it and then your eyes just kind of want to follow the light from the sun. The clouds are pretty cool too the way that the ones in the back are behind the sun so they are dark but the ones in front are white. The way that some of the grass is light and the grass in the foreground are darker really help to create layers in the photo and give it more depth too. I really like the blue of the sky too because it also gives the photo depth.

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3. I really like the colors in this picture because I think the greens and yellows kind of compliment each other. I also like the details in the tree trunks too. Something that really caught my eye about this picture is the curved lines of the water and some of the trees, which are more appealing than straight lines in photography. I also like that a slower shutter speed was used so that the water is blurred a little bit so you can see that it was moving. One thing that I think would make the picture better would be to make the sky less bright because I think it is a bit distracting, especially in the top right corner.

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4. I like the colors of the sky in this photo a lot, but they might have been better toned down just a bit because they almost look a little fake. The yellows especially I think are a bit too much. I also kind of like the tree in the middle because I think it kind of gives the picture an eerie look to it. The tree kind of helps pull focus to the sky too instead of on the lights at the bottom of the picture.  I think it might have been better to crop the picture a bit so that you can't see the cars and lights from the city below it though.

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5. I really like this picture because it has a lot of good detail, thanks to a higher aperture. This picture has layers too with the water, grass, trees, mountains and sky, giving it a lot of dimension. I love the colors too because the blue sky and the water are vibrant, but not overwhelmingly so, and the same is true for the green in the trees. The photographer managed to get an amazing reflection in the water as well. The only thing I don't like in this picture is the disturbance in the water on the left, but there isn't really anything that the photographer can do about that.

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6. I like this picture a lot and I think it makes a good black and white picture. The black and white makes it look really still and quiet. He got a pretty good reflection of the trees in the water, which is pretty cool. I also think that the fog is pretty cool because it gives the picture an eerie feel. I think that the placement of the rocks in the middle of the photo add depth to the photo as well.

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7. I think the photographer did a great job capturing this picture of a bighorn sheep. There is some good detail in the fur to give it a bit of texture. The sheep is facing the camera at a nice angle too so his eye is clear and you can even see the gleam in his eye. I like that a little bit smaller of an aperture was used so the background is blurred enough to make the sheep stand out. The background might be a little bit better if the greens were toned down a bit to avoid it being a distraction, though.

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8. I like this picture because the photographer picked a few ducks to be in detail and the rest are blurry so they aren't as big of distractions. I think the green on the heads of the male ducks really pop in this picture. I also like that there are reflections of some of the ducks in the ice too, which is a nice effect. It would have been nice if we could see the eyes of the ducks though. Also, I think that the orange of their feet could have been tuned down a bit because they are a little bit overwhelming.

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9. I really like the way that the trees seem to frame the bear in this picture. There seems to be quite a bit of light shining on the bear too, which helps it stand out a little better. He is at a nice angle looking back over his body, but it is a little too dark to see his eye. I think I would have decreased the vibrancy of the greens a little bit though because I think it is a bit distracting. I might have cropped it a little more too so the bear is taking up a bit more space in the picture, but I think it is a pretty good picture anyway.

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10. This picture really caught my eye because of the vibrant blue of the water. It is really pretty and grabs your attention. I also like the curved line that the water makes because curved lines are more attractive in photography than straight lines. The photo is also layered really well with the foreground, the water, the trees, the mountains and the sky. The steam coming from the left side of the photo is nice too because I think it helps guide your attention to the center of the picture.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Final Presentation

All of these photos were taken with my Fujifilm FinePix F660EXR and I did not use flash on any of them.

ISO: 100     F-stop: f/4.4     Exposure time: 1/500 sec.     Focal length: 10mm

ISO: 200     F-stop: f/5.9     Exposure time: 1/400 sec.     Focal length: 31mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/5     Exposure time: 1/220 sec.      Focal length: 15mm

 ISO: 500     F-stop: f/6.2     Exposure time: 1/250 sec.     Focal length: 44mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/5.3     Exposure time: 1/300 sec.     Focal length: 66mm

 ISO: 200     F-stop: f/3.9     Exposure time: 1/640 sec.     Focal length: 6mm

 ISO: 640     F-stop: f/5.1     Exposure time: 1/50 sec.     Focal length: 16mm

 ISO: 200     F-stop: f/5.6     Exposure time: 1/90 sec.     Focal length: 23mm

 ISO: 640     F-stop: f/5.1     Exposure time: 1/125 sec.     Focal length: 16mm

 ISO: 800     F-stop: f/5.3     Exposure time: 1/100 sec.     Focal length: 19mm

 ISO: 100      F-stop: f/3.6     Exposure time: 1/280 sec.     Focal length: 5mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/5.3     Exposure time: 1/280 sec.     Focal length: 19mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/5.3     Exposure time: 1/640 sec.     Focal length: 19mm

 ISO: 250     F-stop: f/5.3     Exposure time: 1/60 sec.     Focal length: 19mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/3.6     Exposure time: 1/125 sec.     Focal length: 5mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/3.6     Exposure time: 1/90 sec.     Focal length: 5mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/5.2     Exposure time: 1/200 sec.     Focal length: 17mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/4.7     Exposure time: 1/280 sec.     Focal length: 11mm

 ISO: 100     F-stop: f/4.7     Exposure time: 1/210 sec.     Focal length: 11mm

 ISO: 500     F-stop: f/3.5     Exposure time: 1/60 sec.     Focal length: 4mm

 ISO: 800     F-stop: f/4.3     Exposure time: 1/40 sec.     Focal length: 9mm

 ISO: 400     F-stop: f/4.3     Exposure time: 1/420 sec.     Focal length: 9mm

 ISO: 400     F-stop: f/4.3     Exposure time: 1/40 sec.     Focal length: 9mm

 ISO: 200     F-stop: f/4.3     Exposure time: 1/75 sec.     Focal length: 9mm

 ISO: 800     F-stop: f/4.3     Exposure time: 1/40 sec.     Focal length: 9mm

 ISO: 800     F-stop: f/4.3     Exposure time: 1/25 sec.     Focal length: 9mm

 ISO: 200     F-stop: f/6.1     Exposure time: 1/150 sec.     Focal length: 39mm

 ISO: 400    F-stop: f/5.5    Exposure time: 1/1700 sec.    Focal length: 22mm

 ISO: 200     F-stop: f/3.5     Exposure time: 1/640 sec.     Focal length: 4mm

ISO: 400     F-stop: f/6     Exposure time: 1/60 sec.     Focal length: 36mm

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

3 Photo Critique

1. I like the way that the photographer used the long exposure to make the "cloud sea" blurry to show that it is moving. One thing that I might have done differently is to crop out some of the green or decrease the saturation in the bottom right hand corner because I think it kind of pulls the attention. I like the layers in the photo, though.

2. I like the layers in this photo and the blues in the water and in the sky. I also think it has good detail in the big rock and the one right behind it to draw attention to the middle of the photo. I don't really like the blurriness of the water in this one, so I wouldn't have used such a long exposure. I think that it makes the rocks in front too blurry and even though they aren't the subject of the photo, they would have been better if they were sharper.

3. I like that the photographer got good detail on the squirrel's face and even a little gleam in the eye. They didn't really follow the rule of thirds though, and I think they could have cropped a bit more out to make the squirrel bigger in the photo. I like the fact that they used a narrow depth of field so the background is  blurred out so all your focus goes to the squirrel.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Winter Photos

Since there was a snow storm today, I thought I would look for some winter nature photography pictures to get into the winter spirit! I'm not a huge fan of winter because I hate the cold, but I can't help but love these pictures because they are beautiful! Besides the more technical aspects of these pictures, I think they are neat because the colors really capture the cold feeling of winter.


This picture is of Mt. Rainier and was taken by Stephen Matera. I love the layers of the picture and the reflection in the water is really cool. I also love the blue in the picture.


This is a picture of Mt. Crested Butte in Colorado and was taken by Raynor Czerwinski. I love the blues and purples in this picture as well as the different layers. I think the vignette does a nice job making the mountain the center of attention as well. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pictures from an Amazing Photographer

This is the link to the website of a photographer that I know. His name is Larry Geddis and his wife was the 4th grade teacher for me and my three siblings. I tried to put some of my favorite pictures from his website here on the blog but they weren't coming up very clearly, so you guys will have to check out his website for yourself. He does a lot of nature photography in Oregon, and I know he used to take pictures for Portland to put in their book for tourists, but I'm not sure if he does anymore. He makes a lot of Oregon calendars as well. When I was around ten years old, my brother and I went around to different sites around the city with him and his wife and we even have our picture in one of the books! He really is a great photographer, so I really encourage you guys to look at the site!

http://www.geddisphoto.com/index.php



Monday, November 11, 2013

Art Show


These are a couple of pictures that I am getting printed to use in the art show. I'm not sure which one I'm going to use yet, I want to see what they each look like printed out before I decide. 

I like this picture because of the detail on the spider. I also like the way the narrow depth of field makes the spider the center of attention. The only thing I don't like is the white light in the lower right corner.


I like the detail in this picture as well and the vibrant colors. The reason I'm thinking about putting this one in the show is because I think the color would make it a nice bright picture for someone to hang on a wall.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sunset Pictures

These are a few pictures I took in Billings a couple of weeks ago. I haven't edited them at all yet but I'll be working on that soon. They were all taken with a Fujifilm FinePix F660 EXR.


I like the colors and the outline of the trees in this picture. The settings used to take the picture were F-stop: f/5.4, ISO: 400, and aperture: 3.6.

I like the deeper color orange in this picture. The settings used on this picture were F-stop: f/6.2 , ISO: 800 , and aperture: 3.6.

This is my favorite picture of the bunch because of the deeper orange, blue, and yellow. I think there are just better layers in this picture. The settings used on this picture were F-stop: f/5.1 , ISO: 640 , and aperture: 3.6.