Saturday, December 22, 2012

Negitive space? by Jason

For starters, I thought of taking photos around the house on the odd occasion when there are dishes in the sink or kitty litter on the floor. Pictures of this would relay put Corina into a negative space...  :D 

Well, now actually the snow relay did afford some opportunity to show some negative space options. Lots of white on white. Camera in hand I set off down Tachet. This first one is in font of St Boniface Basilica. The snow had accumulated on the trees and grave stones along with the overcast sky and flakes in the air. It made for a nice high contrast black bark and marble and all that white.

#1 St. Boniface Basilica grounds 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 100, 18mm

Same situation I just turned around added the dramatic round opening of the old facade. The slight over expose of the sky does not bother me. I think it emphasizes the negative space.

#2 St. Boniface Basilica 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 100, 24mm

Now from the "inside" of the old facade. If you look close you can see the flakes. I like this little detail.

#3 St. Boniface Basilica 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 100, 18mm

I could not help myself with this next one. I love the collecting snow on the hair and eyebrows. I thinks the snow makes a very dramatic pop on this bust of Louis Reil. The bust contrast nicely with the falling snow as well. Over all it is my favorite. 

#4 St. Boniface Museum 1/125, f/5.6, ISO 160, 55mm

So we hand shots like this in the summer that had some nice contrast. In the winter with the snow falling the sky and the foreground are nearly the same shade. I like how the buildings look like they have been cut out.

#5 St. Winnipeg skyline 1/200, f/7.1, ISO 100, 48mm

With the next two shots I wanted to have both high contrast and texture I like how the textural element accuncaites the negative space

#6 Shrubery 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 100, 24mm

#7 Tree 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 100, 26mm

Friday, November 30, 2012

Negative Space by Lisa

#1.  I turned this photo to be vertical.  I think it looks better that way....more interesting.   I love the color contrast of this photo.  I also like the detail you can see in the leaf.
#2.  This shot was actually in bright daylight, but I underexposed the photo (aren't you proud?! You all know how I love to overexpose)   a lot and played around with it until I was happy with the amount the light bulb lit up the inside of the fixture.

#3.  This was taken on one of the last warm days of the year.  It was incredibly calm.  The sun was getting low in the sky.  This is a reflection shot from the pond in my parents' back yard.  I took SO many pictures that day, but this is my favorite.  I like the little ripple in the tree.  If it wasn't for that I think it would be hard to tell it was a reflection.

#4.   This is taken in my parent's sun room.  The sun had almost disappeared - you can see that in the bottom of the martini glass.  I like the way the screen looks through the glass - even through the stem.   aaaaand martini's are my favorite drink. :)
#5  I've been playing around with using the 'wrong' white balance and have come away with some great looking shots.  This photo and the one below haven't been edited at all.  I used tungsten for these so it makes the colors in the photo look very cool - as in cold, not cool as in cool dude.  I like this for winter photos.  What do you guys think? This photo is of the 'basket' at our community disc golf course.

Ok so that is the last photo for the "Negative Space" assignment.  I have a lot more ideas but I'm actually waiting for the weather to be right to try some things out. 
#6  This is another photo of a disc golf basket.  Different perspective....same tungsten white balance.
#7 This was taken after Frankie's blizzard hit.  The trees all had a lovely coating of ice on the branches.  Here I used the Tungsten white balance again.  And again, this photo has not been edited!  

#8.  I took this after I saw how the out of focus branches looked in other photos I had taken.   I used automatic white balance for this.   I overexposed this one to make it look a bit more 'shimmery'.   I also focused on the ground close to my feet, then repositioned the camera and took the shot.  I experimented with the focus and thought this one looked the best.  This one has a bit of editing.  I upped the contrast and added vignetting. 
 #9 More icy trees.  Here I used Automatic White Balance.  I took the light reading from the sky right beside the sun.  I played around with it a bit, but this exposure gave the look I was after.  I guess it's actually a silhouette.  I like how the sun makes the ice on the trees glow a bit. 

 I wanted to include a few of my favorite portraits as well.  I've been really busy taking photos of families and children.  I'd love your feedback.  The ones I've posted are my personal favorites!
#10  There is something so sweet about the look on her face...she almost looks a bit bashful to me. :)
#11  I like the strong b&w contrast on this one.  The color version looks entirely different.  I love her expression - the bangs, the mittens, the just all works together and makes a great picture!!
#12  These are my sweet nephews and niece - I like the love and glowiness of this photo.
#13 My goodness gracious me this was one cute baby!!  I bought this faux fur she's lying and a few other fabrics to try out specifically for this shoot, but I'm also wanting to have a few more 'props' like this for infant photography. 

#14 When Chris saw this photo it actually brought tears to his eyes.  It's his most favorite picture of Ruby.  Ever.  So of course that makes me feel successful! It's cool when you can evoke emotion for someone through a photo.  This was taken on that calm day when I did all those reflection shots.  The sun is reflecting in the pond behind Ruby. 

#15.  This little guy was a cute little chubbers.  I like the composition of this photo.  I also like the little bit of drool I caught mid-air.  One thing I wish I could go back and change is I wouldn't have used such a low aperture value.    His nose is a tad bit out of focus. 

#16.  This is the daughter of a very good friend of mine.  I love this photo because she has such a carefree look to her.  Her brother was being a goofball beside her and when she turned to the camera I quickly caught the moment!
#17.  I really enjoyed working with this couple.  They were goofing around with each other and were relaxed so I felt like I got a lot of good shots with true emotion and genuine smiles. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Repetition & Pattern by Jason

I think we need to say a little more about the photo's we show... what we like why we chose them, the choices we made when shooting them. anything like that so we can try to convey the why not just the, technical, how. I think the why is important too. Go into as much or as little detail as you are comfortable with.

#1A  Planter, Stephan Juba Park 1/40, f/5.6, ISO 200, 35mm

I saw this same pattern on the rail bridge on the eastern edge of the park but thought this planter offered more interest as you can see through it. I realize the sky is over exposed but with the black painted metal it would have been difficult have everything exposed properly. I have also translated it into a B&W which I like.

#1B (as above)

I like the pattern on the Public Safety Building. I always have... (Not enough to get arrested...) I like the concrete fins and the 70's vibe. I like how the warmth of the day comes out. I even like the 3 red lights.

#2 The Public Safety Building 151 Princess 1/100, f/8, ISO 200, 18mm

This has a few patterns on it. The corrugated metal, the brick buildings and the zigzag of the fire escape. I tried to compose this so each element added some visual interest to the photo.

#3 The new addition to Pantages Playhouse. 1/20, f/8, ISO 400, 24mm

Like Lisa, I too tweaked my back ally shot. the light was fading so the original had kind of a cast to it. I don't see a problem using editing software. I like to use it to show what I saw not what the camera captured. (Yes these are NOT always the same.) I did the same to my photo of the Emptyful sculpture in the reflections assignment.

#4 Downtown Back Alley. 1/30, f/4.8, ISO 400, 30mm

I thought "The Cube" would make a perfect subject. Here I crammed the lens into one of the large holes to capture the inside of The Cube. I like the pattern of light and shadow on the ground and the pattern of the back wall. The magenta light breaks up the mono-tonal quality the photo has.

#5 The Cube, Old Market Square. 1/400, f/5.6, ISO 200, 55mm

Here is one more of The Cube, but from the outside. I like the forced perspective this pattern has.

#6 The Cube, Old Market Square. 1/800, f/3.5, ISO 200, 18mm

I'm not sure what this is aside from a sculpture. The coiled tubing gets coloured fluid pumped through. I found it in Old Market Square and liked it right away.

#7 Tube sculpture Old Market Square. 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 200, 60mm

#7 Tube sculpture Old Market Square. 1/100, f/6.3, ISO 200, 60mm

The Federal Heritage Building is another one of my favorites. It is Art Nouveau in my books. I liked the ferocity of the stylized bison above the big front archway.

#8 Federal Heritage Building 269 Main St.  1/100, f/8, ISO 200, 29mm

These two are travel pics. But they fit the criteria perfectly. I like the quirky festive funness! this shows.

#9 Orchard St. Mall, Inside the Christmas tree, Singapore.  1/60, f/4, ISO 200, 18mm

#10 "Mill City" area Minneapolis Minnesota.  1/250, f/8, ISO 100, 26mm

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

repetition & pattern by Lisa

1. The Buhler Centre  f/4 Shutter Speed 1/4000  ISO 125  Focal Length 24mm

 2. The Buhler Centre  f/5.6  Shutter Speed 1/2000  ISO 100  Focal Length 79mm

 3. The Buhler Centre  f/5.6  Shutter Speed 1/2500  ISO 100  Focal Length 75mm

 4.  Exchange District  (Uncle D's building)  f/5.6  Shutter Speed 1/1600  ISO 100  Focal Length 72mm

 5.  A shady back alley  f/4  Shutter Speed 1/250  ISO 100  50mm Lens

 6.  WAG entrance  f/5.6  Shutter Speed 1/250  ISO 1000  Focal Length 85mm
I thought this shot looked so much nicer B&W

 7.  Another shady back alley  f/4  Shutter Speed 1/250  ISO 100  Focal Length 18mm
I know we are shying away from editing, but when I saw this picture I knew that with some edits it would look so much more interesting.  I think so.

8.  Speedy's Cage  f/4  Shutter Speed 1/40  ISO 800  50mm lens
Not only are the bars on the cage repetitious, this guy's entire life is.  Run on wheel.  Drink water.  Eat.  Sleep.  Repeat.  
9.  Fence on Grandeur Avenue  f/1.4 Shutter Speed 1/400 ISO 250  50 mm Lens

aaaand a few more reflection shots!
10.  Fountain on Grandeur Avenue  f/4  Shutter Speed 1/800  ISO 250  50mm Lens
11.  Fountain on Grandeur Ave  f/4  Shutter Speed 1/640  ISO 250  50mm Lens

Monday, October 1, 2012

repetition and pattern by corina

1. Park Bench - Steven Juba Park, 1/50 f/5.6 ISO 200 60mm
2. Window Grill - The Exchange District, 1/25 f/3.3 ISO 200 60mm

3. Confederation Building - Main Street, 1/40 f/11 ISO 400 48mm

4. Surf - Alley behind Pantages Theatre, 1/20 f/5.6 ISO 200 26mm
with edits

5. Window Grill 2 - The Exchange District, 1/15 f/8 ISO 200 60mm

6. Corrugated Metal - Pantages Playhouse Theatre, 1/20 f/8 ISO 400 60mm

7. My Runners, 1/100 f/4 ISO 200 60mm

8. Bike Stand - The Exchange District, 1/1600 f/3.3 ISO 200 60mm

9. Pickles - The Peasant Cookery Window, 1/1000 f/3.3 200 60mm

10. Run for the Cure bra display - Main Street, 1/4000 f/3.2 ISO 200 60mm