Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Nick Brandt

While looking up different photographers, I came across photos from Nick Brandt. Nick Brandt started his own photography project to make a series of books "memorialize the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa." He focuses solely on photographing Africa, and uses black and white film without telephoto or zoom lenses. He doesn't believe in using telephoto lenses because he feels that being close to the animal helps reveal their personality. He mostly tries to capture animals in their natural state of being. He wants to capture them in their natural state before it is destroyed. Below are a few examples of his photos.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Fall Break

Over Fall break I went on a short trip to Yellowstone National Park. I had never gone before, so it was neat to see. I mostly just saw bison and elk. The park was a lot different that I had imagined. I didn't know there were so many weird things like thermal vents and bacterial mats. I also expected it to be prettier. But, I guess being from the beautiful state of Washington has gotten me used to seeing rich and vibrant colors, which were lacking here. Overall, it was a fun trip, but next time I go I want to focus on seeing more animals like bears or wolves. Below are just a few of the pictures I took. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

HDR Photography

While trying to figure out what my next blog post should be, I came across an article on HDR photography. I didn't know what that was, so I glossed over the article. Then I came across a picture that was a finalist in a photography competition. The picture was created using HDR photography. This sparked my curiosity, so I decided to look into what comprised a HDR photograph.

Basically, HDR uses multiple photographs taken at different exposure levels, and then combined together with a software to create a better image. Ideally, the photographer uses a combination of different aperture values and shutter speeds so that there is varying depth of field and luminosity. Then, once the photos are combined together, the final product will be well lit and focused with the best color.

In order to create an HDR image a tripod will be needed so that the images are aligned the same, and the proper software is needed to combine the images. This type of photography does not capture motion well, but is good for landscape scenes.

These are some examples of photographs created with HDR photography.

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