Monday, December 9, 2013

Final Critique

1. From William Bender's Blog

This is an incredible sunset! The luck that William had to get to experience it is outstanding, let alone to be able to capture it! He did a great job capturing the beauty and tranquility from this photo. I look at this photo and I feel at peace, I feel that no matter how much life thrown at you every night marks the end and the dawn will bring a new day.

2. From Riley Boyd's Blog

The lightning in this photo by Riley works well for this shot. The low lightning portrays a cold winter day. I especially like the reflection of the snow covered grass on the still water. Personally I like water and reflection shots. I like how the picture is in focus and contrast is sharp between the land and water. Overall a very good piece.

3. From Cole Broadus's Blog

This is an example of using every tool at your disposal to get a good shot. Here Cole used a spotting scope and took a picture through the scope by placing his camera lens right up to it.. He was able to get a shot of these Elk about a mile away. Without the scope he couldn't even see them.  Yes there is a lack of image quality. The image is not very crisp, but considering how the photo was taken, I would say it came out great. Great job Cole!!

4. From Alicia Cadrette's Blog

With this piece, to be honest I am not sure exactly what this is a picture of. There really is not much detail to tell, everything seems a little fuzzy and blurred together. Maybe a longer exposure might have brought more detail.

5. From Adein Hastetter's Blog

I really like this photograph, and not because I work at the Crowne Plaza and it is in the background. The depth of field is terrific. I personally like photo where there is a subject zoomed in on the foreground and something to catch your eye in the background. The lightning this day was perfect for this photo.

6. From Shelby Jurewicz's Blog

Anytime you can get one of these furry critters to sit still long enough to get their photo is an amazing feat. Shelby did a good job getting the focus on the squirrel's eye. According to our text from this semester, the author said that to take a great nature photograph the eye of the animal must be in focus. It is a very clean and crisp photo and the low level lighting really gives the photo a feel of a cold overcast day.

7. From Tiffanie Pope's Blog

Tiffany did a marvelous job at catching the dew on these blades of grass. I think she did a great job choosing her camera settings to get an exquisite picture. While I applaud her detail, I do not feel any emotion while looking at this photo. Otherwise a great piece.

8. From Katharina Purgay's Blog

This photo is really grainy. I think that Katharina might have had better luck using a higher ISO. Like 400 or 500. There is just not much detail in this photo. The overhead lighting was a good choice.

9. From Nancy Robison's Blog

Even though this photo seemed to be taking during a cold day and colors bring out a warmth. The detail in the resolution and color is exquisite. I believe that she chose her settings perfectly. The lightning could not have been better and the depth of feel is varied and large. This picture seems to go on for miles. I would ask the question if it is a composite? The foreground, middle ground and background all seems to be in pretty good focus.  

10. From Alex Ward's Blog

Alex did a great job capturing the water in motion. He also did a great job lightening the shadows of the background to bring out the natural color and beauty of the forest without taking away from the reality of the photo. There is immense clarity in the foreground as well. Makes me with I could visit this location.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Final Project

All photos were taken by me between September 1st and December 1st using a Sony DCC-W310 Cybershot. Unfortunately, using this camera I was not able to adjust settings like Aperture, shutter speed nor ISO. I feel that I would have learned a great deal more from this class if I would have had the opportunity to put the lessons learned from the instruction and reading into practical use. For all of the photos below I used the auto focus setting on my camera. These photos were taken in my front yard, the Bighorn Canyon, Gallatin National Forest and near Worden MT.

Art Show Submission
Focal Length: 19MM ISO-400 f/5.8 TV: 1/50 No Flash 

 Focal Length: 19MM ISO-400 f/5.8 TV: 1/30 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 19MM ISO-400 f/5.8 TV: 1/25 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 19MM ISO-400 f/5.8 TV: 1/80 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 19MM ISO-640 f/5.8 TV: 1/30 No Flash 
Focal Length: 19MM ISO-400 f/5.8 TV: 1/30 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 9MM ISO-320 f/3.4 TV: 1/50 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/3 TV: 1/40 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 9MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/60 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 9MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/100 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 15MM ISO-100 f/4.9 TV: 1/125 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 7MM ISO-100 f/3.5 TV: 1/250 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 19MM ISO-100 f/7 TV: 1/160 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 9MM ISO-100 f/6 TV: 1/400 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 16MM ISO-100 f/6.1 TV: 1/250 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 19MM ISO-100 f/7 TV: 1/500 No Flash 
Focal Length: 19MM ISO-100 f/7 TV: 1/320 No Flash  
 Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/125 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/125 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/125 No Flash  
 Focal Length: 19MM ISO-100 f/7 TV: 1/640 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 19MM ISO-100 f/5.8 TV: 1/250 No Flash 
  Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/1000 No Flash 
  Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/100 Auto Strobe
  Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/1250 No Flash 
 Focal Length: 14MM ISO-100 f/4.6 TV: 1/100 Auto Strobe
 Focal Length: 12MM ISO-100 f/5.1 TV: 1/1000 No Flash 
Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/2000 No Flash  
Focal Length: 5MM ISO-100 f/4.3 TV: 1/800 No Flash 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Special Assignment

Photo 1

There is a lot of information going on in this photo. It seems to be very hazy, I am not sure if this is because of atmospheric conditions or just the way the photographer wanted it to be. The "waterfall of fog," in my opinion is a unique occurrence. I really like the cloud cover in the distance, the background seems more in focus than the foreground. I think it might have been a good idea to crop out the foreground due to the noise.

Photo 2
Once again the foreground is abstract and not in focus. It would be a great photo otherwise. But if you do not focus on that, and surrender yourself to the deep blues of the sky and the water, this photo feels relaxing. You can almost picture yourself sitting on that beach, feeling the cooling sea breeze on your face, hear the sound of the surf and enjoy the sweet taste of your Daiquiri.

Photo 3
A perfect photo of a squirrel in flight. Why one would want to shoot a squirrel with a camera is beyond me. Perky little vermin, they are. Anyways, the photographer did a great job of catching the critter in mid leap.  The focus of the photo is completely on the squirrel, blurring the background. I like photos like this because it drams your eye straight to the subject. There are no distractions.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Academy of Art Institute

Browsing on the internet I came across an online degree program in the field of Photography. The Academy of Art Institute offers a Bachelors of Art in Photography that is offered completely online. While poking around a little, it seems like a good program. Something that might be interesting to partake in.

The website is

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Photo 1
The photographer did an excellent job in capturing the salmon in mid flight into the waiting bear. He did a great job choosing his ISO, f and av settings.

Photo 2
I really like how the color of the leaves are very vivid. I think the is due to using the lower ISO to capture more light. And how he was able to capture the water flowing using an exposure of 1.6s.

Photo 3
I find this photo to be very intense. Using a high ISO of 100 and a f stop of 1.3 the vividness of the flowing water is outstanding.

Photo 4
I like how he was able to capture the atmospheric conditions. The wispy fog gives this photo kind of a chilly appearance. Using front lighting he was able to create a start contrast between the rock outcropping and the nights sky behind it.

Photo 5
A great photo where the foreground, background and midground are in great detail. I really believe that this might be a composite.

Photo 6
Great photo where the foreground is in focus and the background is blurry. Using a really high FSO the photographer was able to focus on the birds eye, which our author told us is the way to get a good wildlife photo.

Photo 7
This photo is does not look right to me. The foreground looks cartoonish. I think that the photographer might have used to high of an ISO. There just seems to be to much light in the foreground.

Photo 8
It would not load. Based on the what I could see from the overhead projector, I would say that this photo does a good job of getting a start contrast between the darken scenery and the late sunset.

Photo 9
This bird looks angry! But the f stop of 8 really helped to capture the moment when the trout is taken out of the water quite nicely. This is very stark detail in catching the water droplets in the foreground.

Photo 10
Here's looking at you kid! I almost want to say this is a composite. The foreground and background seem to be in focus. But I am not sure. There may be a little blurring in the background.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

So while doing some research online about digital photography, I found the above website that gives some tips and tutorials. It also explains what equipment is out there on the market and some useful facts. It seems they are have contests, the below picture was the latest winner. It is an interesting photo, it looks like he was going really fast, but I would bet you was not and he just had a high ISO. I think that this site might be useful to help understand some concepts that I, or other students might be struggling with.

Taken from photo by Corey Thompson.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunflowers and Honeybees

Today I decided to try and play with the settings on the camera I have. It is a 12.1 Megapixel Sony Cyber-shot. I wanted to see if it might work for the class or if I should invest in a better one. Unfortunately I was not able to figure out how to get into the settings, but these are the photos I got of the honey bees in my sunflowers. Some of them did not come out quite as I wanted them too. The camera has a hard time focusing up close, and when I backed away so it could focus, it is difficult to see the Bee.