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.
In my Intermediate Digital Photography class last night, I got to use a modeling light to do a still life shot. I decided to use a piece of the photo lab itself as my backdrop, hence the iMac. My friend also let me use his Canon T3i and slinky to go along with my 75-300mm, 18-55mm and 35-80mm lenses. I thought it came out kinda cool.
Today’s picture is just random tree branches. I stepped out my front door with a Sigma 400mm f/5.6 lens on my camera to test its functionality. I can only use it on the lens’ smallest aperture. But that’s probably all I’d ever need if I were to ever use the lens.