My friend pointed out a great cloud in the sky today, and since I had my camera on hand, with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens I once again checked out from the newspaper, I decided I’d shoot some photos of it. I need to practice my cloud photography, I think.
In class yesterday we learned about HDR photography, and I was excited. I know a lot of people, especially the ones I’ve met through photo classes, think HDR is overdone/terrible. I like the overprocessed look of HDR photography, though. I’m not sure why, but I was drawn to it when first shown some examples last semester.
`This photo I shot outside of campus, and it has a funny story behind it. I was standing out by some cars in the parking lot to get far enough away to get a good composition with my 50mm f/1.4 and a golf cart rode up to me. A Los Rios officer was asking me what I was doing out in the parking lot (what does he think I was doing standing next to a tripod pointing at a brick wall?) and telling me, repeatedly, that I was on camera and everything I was doing was on camera. I replied by telling him I was in a photography class at the time and I was working on an assignment, but that I was glad there were patrols on the campus on the lookout for suspicious people. He replied by telling me “no, we just have a lot of cameras.” Right!
This second photo is the tree in my yard, again! I thought it would be a great subject for another HDR photo.
For a while I played a lot of Rock Band and Guitar Hero. I was getting really good at all the games on all of the instruments, but I haven’t played in a while. Half the games I bought, and half of them were given to me by someone cleaning out his gaming collection. I need to dust off my plastic instruments and play again soon!
My photography homework for this weekend was to shoot something in the style of Brassai. I’ve never been very good at doing any sort of imitation art (unless you count tracing things!), but I thought this was Brassai-esque, without being over-the-top with emulation. I took my cousin outside around 9 this evening and shot a few photos, and I liked this one the best.
(Jan. 31, 2013) I checked out a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens from the Cosumnes River College newspaper so I could shoot a softball game. I put a 2x lens extender (which I also borrowed from the newspaper) so I could take some test shots. The helicopter was just a speck in the viewfinder, and I cropped like crazy, but this is what came out. I’m surprised at the stop-motion and detail to be able to read “Police.” I want this lens! Anyone feeling generous?
(Feb. 1, 2013) My Photoshop teacher very briefly showed the class how to get this “color burst” effect to black and white photos. He just breezed through it as a demonstration to show us the wonders of Photoshop, but it was simple enough and I wanted to try it out. So here’s a shot of my awesome Spearmint Chapstick!
(Feb. 2, 2013) I shot Cosumnes River College’s softball team playing their first home game: A doubleheader against Lassen Community College. I had autofocus on (I’m sorry!), and some freaky things can happen when not manual focusing. This picture is one such freaky thing. I thought it looked cool, though, so I saved the picture.