Photo Contest Entries

6 Jul

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1.  McKenzie Shelley, Rexburg, ID,  Trainspotting; 5/24/12-12:07p.m.-Bannack, Montana, Sony a230, Sony “a” lens, 5.6, 1/60, 400, 8 bit depth, natural lighting, no tripod.

2. McKenzie Shelley, Rexburg, ID, Dustin’s Sunset; 5/24/12, 4:17 p.m., Bannack, Montana, Sony a230, Sony “a” lens, 5.6, 1/250, 200, 8 bit bepth, natural lighting, no tripod.

For my photo contest I chose to enter Caryn Esplin’s Portrait HDR Composite Contest. For the contest Sister Esplin provided HDR shots that we could use and combine them with our own portrait shots. For both shots I used Photoshop: I used the lasso and magic wand tool to cut out my subjects from their original picture. I also softened and feathered the edges of my subjects so that when I placed them on the new photo, the difference wouldn’t be too obvious. I used a gradient overlay on both photos, but used a blue red blue on Trainspotting, and a yellow blue yellow on Dustin’s Sunset. When using the overlay’s, I varied the opacity and direction to match the light in the HDR shots provided. I also used photo’s where the portraits were cut off at a certain point, so only to the knee or waist. This honestly made it easier.

 

Large Poster Print

11 Jun

1. Cece Poster

Date: 4/24/2012
Time: 6:35 p.m.
Location: Rexburg
F-stop: f/5.6
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/125 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 400

I have already posted this photo but I am using for my large poster print. I really love this photo of Cece because it is just so her. It was a cloudy day, which was perfect, so I didn’t have to do too much to my levels. My first edit of this photo looked green but I counteracted that and darkened the photo a bit. The ball looks weird but I can’t figure out how to fix it! I have already printed this and Walgreen’s printer did some crazy things to her eyes, so I recommend maybe going somewhere else. It definitely wasn’t in the photo when I zoomed in at home but you don’t always get a great print. Which is why I wish I had some more time to take it somewhere else. But it was a great lesson to learn for the future.

Borders

4 Jun

1. Ranch Hand

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 12:46 p.m.
Location: Rexburg
F-stop: f/5.6
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/250 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 200

2. Boots

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 12:43 p.m.
Location: Rexburg
F-stop: f/8.0
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/250 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 800

3. Cece again

Date: 4/24/2012
Time: 6:44 p.m.
Location: Rexburg
F-stop: f/6.3
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/125 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 400

Borders can be tricky but also give your photo a nice finish. For the Ranch Hand photo I used a sprayed edge effect, on the Boots photo the flexible brushed on effect and finally the double fade border. I followed the tutorials in my book but these and similar borders can be found online. I did all the basic editing to my photos before trying to add any borders.

 

Night Lights

4 Jun

1. Truck Lights

Date: 6/3/2012
Time: 10:36 p.m.
Location: Rexburg
F-stop: f/4.0
Shutter Speed/Camera: 4.0 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 200

2. LA

Date: 6/3/2012
Time: 10:39 p.m.
Location: Rexburg
F-stop: f/4.0
Shutter Speed/Camera: 4.0 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 200

3. Driggs

Date: 5/12/2012
Time: 9:13 p.m.
Location: Driggs, ID
F-stop: f/5.0
Shutter Speed/Camera: 0.8 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 800

This assignment seemed like it was going to be hard but it turns out this technique is fairly easy and fun to do. For the first two I changed the shutter speed to 4.0 or 4 seconds. I also put the aperture at 4.0 to let more light in. The truck light was happenstance, I was trying to capture the light writing in my parking lot in a truck started driving by. I turned my camera and caught the passing lights instead. My husband and I then used our office, the darkest room in our house. I told him to just write something. He tried to write “hi” but it ended up looking like “LA”. The third photo was taken from my car as we were driving through Driggs, ID. The settings weren’t what I would like but it was what was already there when I saw the opportunity.

Bannack: Best

30 May

1. Wood Grain in Rain

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 6:50 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/5.6
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/100 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 200

2. Cowgirl

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 6:08 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/5.6
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/125 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 400

3. Sepia Wagon

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 4:14 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/5.6
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/250 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 200

4. Horatio Hornblower

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 3:53 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/5.0
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/500 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 200

5. Bannack Cemetery Sign (Black & White)

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 6:46 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/5.6
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/80 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 250

These were some of my best shots from my trip to Bannack. I chose these because I liked them, (obviously,) and because they were a little different than the rest of my shots. They were different in subject matter and composition. I changed one to black and white and one to a sepia tone.

Bannack: HDR

30 May

    

1. Masonic Temple

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 1:53 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/3.5
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/4000 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 200

2. Cowboy Lybbert

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 12:50 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/5.6
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/100 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 800

I really like HDR. When it works out the picture can look amazing and a little unreal. In HDR you take 3 shots of the same subject but the camera will take 3 different exposures. You then combine then using HDR. You can also use 1 photo in an HDR and you will get something like the Masonic Temple Shot.

Bannack: Macro Abstract/One Blend

30 May

1. Tiny Wooden Window

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 12:51 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/11.0
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/60 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 800

2. Emily

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/11.0
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/60 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 800

3. Bannack Blend

Date: 5/24/2012
Time: 12:12 p.m.
Location: Bannack
F-stop: f/16.0
Shutter Speed/Camera: 1/250 sec DSLR-A23
ISO: 400

For the macro shots I opted for a manually setting and got very close to my subject to capture the details. For the blending shot I did some basic edits on each layer and then used an overlay blend on all three layers. I also flattened the layers.