Sunday, September 30, 2012

Repetition & Pattern by Mike

When I think of repetition and pattern, I immediately think of music.  So, I started with a few musical instrument pictures.  In this shot of our piano keyboard, I like that one of the keys is a bit out of alignment, breaking the neat pattern.

#1 - our piano 1/60s f/3.5 ISO1600 50mm 
I think hands make nice subjects for pictures.

#2 - Sasha's hands playing piano 1/60s f/1.8 ISO800 50mm 

#3 - Ellie's hand & violin scroll 1/160s f/1.8 ISO400 50mm 

We're church shopping right now, and this bicycle wheel was in the window of one of the churches we visited, called "The Table".

#4 - bicycle wheel at "The Table" 1/640s f/1.8 ISO100 50mm 

This next one is perhaps a bit boring, but I like it for some reason.  I like how the spacing of the folds get closer and closer together as you go down.

#5 - window treatment in Karla's kitchen 1/160s f/4.0 ISO1600 50mm 

Fall is definitely here, which is a great time for taking pictures.

#6 - ivy in our backyard 1/80s f/9.0 ISO100 50mm 

#7 - fence in our backyard 1/400s f/5.0 ISO100 50mm 

#8 - Ellie raking in our backyard 1/80s f/2.2 ISO100 50mm 

Our trampoline netting is of course a pattern, so I tried to incorporate it into some pictures of the girls on the trampoline.  The first one is a bit subtle, as I blurred out the foreground netting a lot.

#9 - Ellie on trampoline in our backyard 1/400s f/4.5 ISO400 50mm 

#10 - Ellie's one-handed cartwheel on our trampoline 1/500s f/7.1 ISO400 50mm 

Hannah wasn't doing anything quite as exciting on the trampoline as a one-handed cartwheel...

#11 - Hannah on trampoline 1/80s f/3.5 ISO100 50mm 

King's Park near the University of Manitoba is absolutely stunning in the fall.

#12 - bridge in King's Park, Winnipeg 1/500s f/2.8 ISO200 50mm 
I realize now that I should have increased my f-stop and used a slower shutter speed for that one.  Not sure why I didn't.

#13 - bridge in King's Park 1/100s f/3.5 ISO400 50mm 

#14 - King's Park 1/80s f/3.2 ISO200 50mm   

#15 - Sasha in King's Park 1/160s f/2.0 ISO200 50mm 

Okay, that last one has nothing to do with repetition and pattern.  I just think Sasha's really cute, and the colours at the park were amazing.

Here are a few repetition and pattern pics that I took with my phone during my recent weekend trip to Minneapolis to watch the Vikings versus the 49ers (I didn't want to lug my big camera around).  I cropped the first one a bit to emphasize the repetition.

#16 - tailgating in downtown Minneapolis, MN  iPhone 4S

#17 - Mall of America Field (AKA Metrodome), Minneapolis  iPhone 4S

#18 - downtown Minneapolis, MN  iPhone 4S

#19 - hydraulic turbine in downtown Minneapolis, MN  iPhone 4S

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reflections by Lisa

 #1 Little Jett  50mm f/1.4 lens  f/2.8  Shutter Speed 1/640  ISO 1000
For the first two photos we were sitting inside IceBurg's drive in.  Florescent lighting, so I chose the appropriate white balance.  I did tone down the saturation for red only on the photo.  We were sitting at a red table and it tinted everything red on the photo. 
#2 Little Jett Hand  50mm f/1.4 lens   Shutter Speed 1/500  ISO 1000

For the next  four photos I set up a mirror on a table with a dark cloth for the background.  Then I picked a few things from around the house to photograph. 

 #3 Christmas ornaments  50mm f/1.4 lens  Aperture f/1.4  Shutter Speed  1/250  ISO 1000

#4  Jesse's Butterfly  50mm f/1.4 lens  Aperture f/1.4 Shutter Speed 1/250 ISO 1000

#5 Yellow Flowers  50 mm f/1.4 lens  Aperture f/1.4  Shutter Speed 1/640  ISO 1000

 #6 Lisa's Piggy Bank  50mm f/1.4 lens  Aperture f/1.4  Shutter Speed 1/500  ISO 1000

 #7 Sunglasses  50mm f/1.4 lens  Aperture f/1.4  Shutter Speed 1/1600  ISO 160

 These next few are from the past....but as you can see they are intentional reflection shots.
 #8 Enns Family  50mm f/1.4 lens  Aperture f/2.8  Shutter Speed 1/1600  ISO 160
(Edits on photo: cropped and vignette added)

 #9 Culvert reflection (took these next few while doing the silhouette assignment)
Aperture f/10    Shutter Speed 1/250   ISO 640   Focal Length 44mm

 #10  Jesse's Hunt  Aperture f/10  Shutter Speed 1/800  ISO 640  Focal Length 135mm

#11  Inside Culvert  Aperture f/10 Shutter Speed 1/40  ISO 640  Focal Length 18mm

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Reflections by Mike

Sorry, but I had to share this favourite photo of mine from our trip home from BC, which took us through Yellowstone National Park.  I jacked up the contrast and saturation levels to achieve what I think is a pretty cool effect.

#1 - Yellowstone National Park, USA  1/800s f/9.0 ISO400 46mm  
Here's the original photo:

We went to Grand Beach last weekend, so most of my reflection photos were taken there.  Here are a few sunglasses photos:

#2 - sand dunes @ Grand Beach, MB 1/500s f/20.0 ISO200 28mm 

#3 - Grand Beach, MB 1/400s f/5.6 ISO100 38mm 
#4 - Grand Beach, MB  1/250s f/5.6 ISO100 53mm 

I adjusted this next one to make it black & white (it was shot in colour but just looked much better in b&w).
#5 - Grand Beach, MB  1/250s f/16.0 ISO100 18mm 
These next two are typical landscape pictures with reflections off calm water.  Sasha and I had walked back to the entrance of Grand Beach (West Beach) to take these photos (I saw the potential as we drove in past these marshes and convinced her to walk back with me to get these photos).  Not as picturesque as Royal Lake, certainly, but you work with whatcha got.

#6 - Grand Beach, MB  1/160s f/11.0 ISO100 37mm 

#7 - Grand Beach, MB  1/125s f/16.0 ISO100 18mm 

When we walked back from the marsh to the beach, we walked through the parking lot and saw a shiny Harley Davidson motorcycle, with all its chrome, etc.  I was about to start taking some photos and the owner of the bike showed up, so I felt very rushed and only took two photos, neither of which were composed as well as they would have been had I had more time.  Here's the best of the two:

#8 - parking lot @ Grand Beach, MB  1/125s f/5.6 ISO400 24mm 

We saw this scene of a building at the University of Manitoba (not sure which building it is) reflecting off the Red River while driving home late from Winkler this weekend.  I dropped everyone off at home and went back to capture it:

#9 - St. Mary's Road near the Perimeter (Red River)  2s f/5.0 ISO1600 125mm  

Then, on the way home, I saw my opportunity for a dual reflection (literal and symbolic).  This photo shows the bright, neon lights of a local beauty spa reflected in the window of a high-end furniture and decor boutique, "reflecting" society's obsession with beauty and luxury/consumerism.  Pretty deep, eh?

#10 - Riel @ St. Mary's Road  0.6s f/9.0 ISO1600 49mm 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Reflections by Jason

Reflections are tricky, you can focus on the surface or the reflection on it. exposures can also be tricky, especially if your surface is dark. This is what I have chosen.

#1. Royal Lake, f/5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/100  ISO 200  Focal Length: 36mm

#2 Royal Lake 2, f/5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/10  ISO 200  Focal Length: 26mm

#3 Royal Lake 3, f/8  Shutter Speed: 1/80  ISO 200  Focal Length: 55mm

#4 St Mary Ave,  f/5.6  Shutter Speed:1/160  ISO 200  Focal Length: 55mm

I like the fact you can see the lights inside the buildings in the next two pictures. 

#5 Broadway, f/5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/125  ISO 200  Focal Length: 55mm

#6 York Ave,  f/5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/125  ISO 200  Focal Length: 55mm

This shows reflections on, not of... I liked the pattern my first shot was out of focus so I went back the next day to shoot it again. I wanted to show reflections in a different way.

#7 MTS Center, f/5  Shutter Speed: 1/160  ISO 200  Focal Length: 34mm

The Millennium Library Park was a good locale. I had another pic that I liked of this pond where I focused on a patch of lily pads but I capped it at 2 photos.

#8 Millennium Library Park, f/4.2  Shutter Speed: 1/125  ISO 200  Focal Length: 24mm

#9 Millennium Library Park 2,  f/4.5  Shutter Speed: 1/640  ISO 200  Focal Length: 22mm

#10 Manitoba Hydro, f/3.5  Shutter Speed: 1/1250  ISO 200  Focal Length: 18mm