Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Landscape with Trash

Nikon D810, 35mm (18-35), 1/125, f/16, ISO 100

While out doing some landscape photography (limited, because we were stuck on campus) with my students, I noticed an opportunity for a depth of field teaching moment.

In the shot above, the narrow aperture gives me a wide field. I can keep the whole scene in focus at once. Aside from the vertical orientation, this is a standard landscape shot.

In the shot below, I’ve opened up the aperture. That narrows the focus down to the discarded bag in the foreground. Now it stands out, because the blurry background is easier to ignore.

They also have a slightly different emotional feel, though that’s likely to be subjective and harder to define.

Nikon D810, 35mm (18-35), 1/1250, f/4.5, ISO 100
Full disclosure: I used Photoshop to align the two pictures, so they’ve both been adjusted slightly.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Best of the 365 Blog - October 2017

With the semester underway, I actually got a moment or two to do some planned photography.

Nikon D810, 92mm (28-105), 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 250

This bar of soap is actually a new bar and the thin remains of an old bar mashed together. I liked the way the lines did and didn’t match up.

Nikon D810, 52mm (28-105), 1/100, f/8, ISO 800

This was from a series of tattoo photos taken with a single, off-camera light source.

Nikon D810, 105mm (28-105), 1/100, f/8, ISO 800

The feral kittens who were born earlier this year are getting out on their own now.

Nikon D810, 48mm )28-105), 1/160, f/4, ISO 2500

We actually managed to take a weekend off and go somewhere! Here we have the Clintons from Josephine Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Hot Springs, Arkansas. 

Nikon D810, 56mm (28-105), 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 400

On the way home, we took the long way so we could stop at Fouke, Arkansas, the home of the Fouke Monster (made famous by The Legend of Boggy Creek). The Monster Mart provided several good photo ops.

iPhone 7

I assume at one point this arm had a body attached. It’s almost scarier the way it is. I also liked the wishbone-like geometry produced by the reflection.

Nikon D810, 70mm (28-105), 1/200, f/13

I went out in search of fall colors and ended up with buzzards in the bargain.

iPhone 7

The college’s buildings and grounds folks have been doing some work in the area around my walk from the parking lot to my office. Someone left this interesting transplanted footprint.