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Assignment No. 10

Final Portfolio.

I.

1/320, f-32, ISO 1600

A vineyard.  Maximum depth of field.  The rows of vines look almost like they go on forever.  I think the colours in this photograph are pretty.  I did take a photograph without the tree limb at the top of the frame (and displayed the rule of thirds)  but I chose the photo with it in as it was more interesting and added another line/horizon/layer – foreground grass, leaves, horizon, clouds, branch etc.

II.

1/50, f-5.6, ISO 400

Dissected strawberry.  I hadn’t tried a black velvet background in any of my photographs so far, so off to Hancock Fabrics I went.  I love strawberries, they taste good and they look good.  I took a photograph of a kiwi slice also but only wanted to show one photo with a black background.  Nice symmetry in the way the veins attach to the seeds on the strawberry’s exterior.

III.

1/100, f-5.6, ISO 400

Brrrr!  This bramble, down in a creek, looks almost sugar-coated rather than covered in ice crystals.  I love the shallow depth of field – the grasses in the background add an abstract pattern.  The red-twig of the blackberry was more vivid in one of my other photographs but the leaves were unfortunately slightly out of focus.  Nature is so interesting and photogenic.

IV.

Triptych.  The Napa River.  Bird-watching with a difference:  the birds watch the motor-sailer cruise out of the scene.  Man and beast enjoy a lazy Sunday on the water.  I wish I could have gotten a little closer to the water birds, they seemed to be having so much fun preening their feathers that I would have loved to get a picture of them performing their ablutions.  I chose B&W in an attempt to relate these three photographs to each other more closely, prefering to see the form of the river bank, for instance, instead of the colour of the mud.

V.

1/1250, f-5.6, ISO 200

Through the looking-grass.  I sometimes can’t believe that the California sky can be so blue.  It was relatively easy to get an in-focus photograph with this subject matter.  I wish I had tried more photographs of buildings.

VI.

1/60, f-16, ISO 200

A plant.  I love the different lighting in this photograph, the brightness of the fuzzy-covered leaves that are facing the sun and the darker surfaces of the leaves that are in the middle of the plant and shadowed by the adjacent leaves.

VII.

Diptych.  Shallow depth of field and maximum depth of field.  Another vineyard landscape – and the padlock  that keeps me from doing anything more than sticking my camera lens through the gap between the two sections of gate.

VIII.

1/60, f-8, ISO 200

Chrome.  A shiny Harley Davidson engine. I like the contrast between the gleaming chrome and the dark shadows that the black and white photograph emphasises.

IX.

1/50, f-5.3, ISO 200

Rule of thirds.  A simple rose hip.  There was one last rose blooming on this rose plant, but the rose hip was just somehow more interesting.  I like the soft, subdued colours in this photograph.

X.

1/80, f-25, ISO 400

Anyone for tennis?  Just for fun.  My husband is a tennis fanatic and I’m not.  I managed to slow him down a little by laying on my belly for a few minutes whilst I took this photograph.  I actually think the shallow depth of field worked quite well – if you like a photograph that  looks like it should be in a tennis magazine.

Thoughts and Observations.

For this, the final assignment of Photo 120, I tried to take photographs that would allow me to use the techniques that we had been shown in class.  I seriously could have taken all 10 photographs as diptychs or triptychs (I really enjoyed Assignment No. 9). I took a series of photographs of fountains, freezing the water mid-drip, and frosted grapevine leaves on trellising wires, but in the end I limited my final selections  to two.  I did not attempt a portrait or a self portrait.  I only took a few B&W photographs as I still think overall I prefer colour. 

Working with shutter speed and aperture speed once again proved to be a learning experience and I began to experiment with different ISO values and how I could achieve more favourable shutter speeds in low light conditions with a higher ISO.  I did a little experimentation also with the White Balance settings, but generally found that the Auto setting worked well in most circumstances.  (Photographs I and II had a cloudy WB setting, and V and VI were set on the fine weather setting.)  This was an enjoyable and, for the most part, a low-stress assignment.

I am sad that the semester is almost at an end.  This was a very enjoyable class and feel I have learned quite a bit about photography.  Thanks Ms. Watkins!

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