Friday, December 6, 2013

Final Photo Critique

Nice use of reflecting pool to get the mirror image of the dead trees. The lighting was not really managed well in this shot. The whole shot is greyed out and the mid-portion of the dead trees doesn't contrast with the trees in the background. The sky and mountains are too bright and could have benefitted from a graduated filter and post-editing. The shot itself is framed nicely. I would have been interested to see this shot taken from atop a tall tripod looking down into the pool with less sky.

This photo really pushes the boundary of what is/isn't 'nature' photography. The way the photo is laid out with the walkway in the foreground protruding into the center of the picture, to my mind, makes it the focus of the shot. It is about the only thing in the shot that is in focus. The mist just beyond the walkway over the pool is would be a better focus point for this shot.

I like the odd angle that he uses here. It's not verticle in either axis. It really makes a strong mood statement and makes the trees seem more imposing. The frost on the trees really makes them stand out too. I think this shot taken from the ground could have really taken made this shot even more striking by adding an extra six feet of depth under the canopy.

I like the layers of cloudy skies over calm waters. The clouds have a natural striped effect that could be brought out with some editing. The shoreline is distracting with the slight right tilt. I would make sure to get the camera level or rotate it slightly CCW to level out the shot. The scene is excellent with the layering, slightly disturbed reflection and striated sky. A graduated filter could be used to darken the sky so that the mountains would pop a bit more.

I am not a fan of post-editing on this level. The color palate is pushed into total absurdity! It isn't a real-to-life photo. In a word, I would call it cartoonish. Also the fact that the bridge sits on the upper 'third' line makes it a subject element of the shot. I would angle down in order to take the emphasis off of it for a nature shot. The trees' shadow on the water is a very intriguing element. Also this shot would be better from a few feet left to take the tree on the right out of the frame, either partially or completely. The gap between the right edge of that tree and the edge of the frame is distracting and doesn't take advantage of the tree for framing purposes.

This is a very cool shot. Excellent detail of the spider and the flower stamen. I am impressed by the details you captured of all of the fine hairs on the flower and the spider. My only criticism is that the shot doesn't keep the whole petal that the spider is sitting on in focus. It gets fuzzy at the bottom edge. The white spider against the white flower could use some more contrast. Well done!

This is a very interesting shot with the squirrel still and most everything else around it seeming to vibrate with the squirrel's nervous energy. It makes a bold statement about the squirrel and his world. Moving the squirrel in the shot to the upper left third of the shot might give it a better look. I do like it as is, though.

I like the use of aperture to create the flare coming off of the sun in the silhouetted trees. I would have panned up and used the base of the branches as the bottom framing point in this shot. The big blue band of sky between the ground and the base of the tree branches becomes too dominant and takes away from the real subject, which is the sun and sun-flare. You have enough blue sky in the tree branches. The ground in the bottom of the frame adds nothing to your shot.

This photo exemplifies the use of the rule-of-thirds and using natural elements in the shot to frame the subject. Here the bear is placed squarely on the lower left third and is framed in by the fallen log, pine tree trunk, and branches over the bear. The bear could be a little lighter. Excellent shot.

This shot really captures the detail in this bison. I like that you really got the eye, horn and the fall coat. Positioning the camera up high on a high tripod might allow you to capture the bison, and take the grasses that are blocking your lower part of the bison out of the frame, while still allowing you to keep the detail and elements of the bison in the shot.

The End

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Final Photo Presentation


These 30 Photos represent the bulk of my photography work and progress over the course of this semester. Each of these are noteworthy in some way. They are either a triumph or a lesson learned. Either way... Enjoy!






























# Camera Lens mm F-Stop Exposure Time ISO Mode Priority Flash
1 Samsung-SGH-I747 (S3) 3.7 2.6 1/100 125 Aperture Priority No
2 Sony DSC-HX9V 4.28 3.3 1/1600 100 iPanarama No
3 Canon EOS Rebel T3 29 5.6 1/40 2000 Landscape No
4 Canon EOS Rebel T3 18 3.5 1/1600 640 Shutter No
5 Canon EOS Rebel T3 29 5.6 1/40 800 Landscape No
6 Canon EOS Rebel T3 29 5.6 1/40 800 Landscape No
7 Canon EOS Rebel T3 55 5.6 1/50 3200 Landscape No
8 Canon EOS Rebel T3 18 5.6 1/30 1600 Landscape No
9 Canon EOS Rebel T3 18 5.6 1/25 3200 Landscape No
10 Canon EOS Rebel T3 18 5.6 1/20 3200 Landscape No
11 Canon EOS Rebel T3 24 10 1/200 100 Program No
12 Canon EOS Rebel T3 55 8 1/160 100 Program No
13 Canon EOS Rebel T3 18 6.3 1/125 100 Program No
14 Canon EOS Rebel T3 75 7.1 1/1250 3200 Shutter No
15 Canon EOS Rebel T3 55 5.6 1/1250 3200 Shutter No
16 Sony DSC-HX9V 4.28 3.3 1/250 100 Landscape No
17 Canon PowerShot A710 IS 5.8 4 1/80 Auto Auto No
18 Canon PowerShot A710 IS 13.2 3.5 1/125 Auto Auto No
19 Canon PowerShot A710 IS 13.2 3.5 1/100 Auto Auto No
20 Samsung-SGH-I747 (S3) 3.7 2.6 1/1032 80 Aperture Priority No
21 Samsung-SGH-I747 (S3) 3.7 2.6 1/1060 80 Aperture Priority No
22 Samsung-SGH-I747 (S3) 3.7 2.6 1/718 80 Aperture Priority No
23 Canon PowerShot A710 IS 17.2 4 1/400 Auto Auto No
24 Canon EOS Rebel T3 205 5.6 1/80 1600 Shutter No
25 Canon EOS Rebel T3 205 5.6 1/40 3200 Manual No
26 Canon EOS Rebel T3 300 5.6 1/800 125 Shutter No
27 Canon EOS Rebel T3 300 6.3 1/320 100 Temperature Map No
28 Sony DSC-HX9V 4.28 3.3 1/200 100 iPanarama No
29 Sony DSC-HX9V 4.28 3.3 1/1000 100 Auto No
30 Samsung-SGH-I747 (S3) 3.7 2.6 1/30 80 Aperture Priority No

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

1. Long exposure time, high F-stop and low ISO. Overall the photo is a bit whited out on the clouds coming down the side of the ridge. In the center of the ridge there is a line created by some kind of glare. The hill in the lower right foreground is much brighter than the rest of the trees. The photographer could have use a filter to darken those areas.

2. The photo should have framed up the rocks better. The photo emphasizes the water which is blurred by the long exposure. The rocks and sky would look better with the rock placed on the bottom third line of the photo.

3. Jumping squirrel is a bit flat. Only half of the squirrel is in focus and the branch that the squirrel is about to land on is way out of focus. The background is mostly green except for a small spot of brown in the bottom left

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Android in the RAW

The following story is notable as it will be the Second mobile OS (after Win Mobile on specific Nokia phones) to support taking photos in RAW. The advance will mean easier post editing and better color capturing in mobile photography. Apple iOS is not likely to follow suit for a long time if at all. Given that they are slow to change and RAW files take up a large amount of memory iOS devices do not have expandable memory. 

Source code snippets open door for raw photos on Android via CNET

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Photo Credit: Spike Walker
This is a photo of the crystiline structure of Adrenaline. This photographer specializes in Micro-Photography of the structure of many different materials. They can be found here.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

This photo has some very nice distict layers in it between the silouette of the land & trees, with the clouds, and Northern Lights.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

We Three Kings
Photo Credit: Dave Brosha
Although many professional photographers will shy away from using such strong and obvious distortion in their photos, the combination in this picture works to bring out the eerie essence of the Northern Lights.