Photo Analysis #1

As mentioned before I wanted to continue to look and analyze previous photographs. Here is one I shot in the fall time. As you can see there is a lot of color still left at the time this was shot. Who would have thought we would experience the worst winter on record in one month?

The guidelines below are those that NYIP state are essential to producing professional photos:

1. What is the subject/theme–I want this photograph to be about?

For this photo I wanted to capture the reflection of the treeson the opposite side of the lake and sky color in the water. Additionally, I wanted to include the serenity of the weeping willow. When I look at this photo it relaxes me and instills a sense of peace.

2. How can I focus attention on my subject and draw the viewer’s eye to it?

My intent was to capture the reflection of the trees and sky. To draw the attention of the viewer I centered the reflection of the tress. The color of the sky filled in the rest. I knew I wanted to include the weeping willow but I didn’t think including the entire tree was necessary. That also would cut down on the complexity of the photograph.

3. Have I simplified? Have I included only what draws attention to my subject, and have I eliminated everything that is non-essential or distracting?

I do not think this photo is simple but I do feel that it draws attention to the reflection and vivid color of the water. I imagine laying a blanket out, setting up a picnic, and having a nice meal under the protection of a weeping willow. A nice place to be.

Staying Focused

Hello again, its been a long week and I am just getting a chance to update everyone. With teaching during the week it becomes challenging to update often. Anyway, I am moving along in my studies, working on lesson 4 of my first unit. The lesson I am working on now is titled, ” How To Use Your Camera.” It essentially rambles on about the what they refer to as the “twin poles of exposure,” referring to depth of field and shutter speed. You might sense a feeling of annoyance by my word choice above. Nothing against the course, it is exactly what it claims to be. My struggle is this: I want to be a good student, meaning that I want to read and actively participate in every part of this course. However, some pieces of this unit have no relevance to me or my equipment. It becomes difficult to focus and connect to the material, causing my mind wander away from my readings. This causes me frustration because it takes me awhile to get back in it. It is only the beginning and I am certain that this will change. I know that as the course progresses it will become more focused on specific areas of photography which I am looking forward to. For now I struggle a bit.

Pickin’em up and puttin’em down

Recently, I have been purchasing new equipment (a spending spree). Most recently, I bought a new lens and battery grip. The lens I bought because it offers me a more shallow depth of field so that I can take pictures that have that “blurry background” look. I have been frustrated with my purchase because the photos I was taking were turning out blurry. Well, after purchasing it I discovered that this particular lens does not autofocus with my camera body. I will have to manually focus. I have never done that before.  🙂 I was on a quest to figure out how to take sharp photos. I learned today that in the bottom right corner when looking into the view finder a green dot will appear when your image is focused. It has always been there but with my autofocus lenses I never thought to pay attention. Now, I am back in the game.

The battery grip I purchased because I take a lot of photos vertically and this allows me a better grip on my camera. When you have a better grip you lower your chance of “handshake.” The bonus is that it holds TWO batteries. I was thinking it would only hold one. The downside is that I have to change shooting modes between “single”or “continuous” to “remote.” I usually go back and forth seamlessly, now I will have to anticipate shooting vertically, Hopefully, I don’t miss any special moments.  It will take getting used to.