Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Semester - Week fourteen

This week is my Spring Break in CA.  I'm enjoying celebrating my wife's birthday with her kids and their families (including 4 grandchildren).  Enjoying the sights of San Diego and other parts of Southern California, so I thought I'd focus on travel photos for San Diego.  Hope you enjoy them.


Nearly as soon as we landed, we began our adventure in San Diego.  We visited the Seaport Village on the waterfront for shopping and dinner.  This photo was actually taken the next morning during a sunrise shoot.  4/14/2014 at 8:22 am,  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/6.3, 1/30 sec., ISO 200) 28 mm focal length.


During my sunrise shoot I became interested in this cafe at the end of the pier on pilings.  I like the texture of the wood.  4/14/2014 at 7:58 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/4, 1/3200 sec., ISO 3200) 28 mm focal length.


Traveling to Mission Beach, I noticed this group of toys on the deck of a condominium.  I thought it really spoke for the lifestyle of the beach cities.  4/13/2014 at 12:26 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/8000 sec., ISO 800) 62 mm focal length.


Our hotel was in Old Town San Diego, so we spent one afternoon and evening touring this fascinating part of California history.  4/13/2014 at 4:44 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/60 sec., ISO 100) 20 mm focal length.


Wooden Roller Coaster in Belmont Park in Mission Beach.  Well kept up historic landmark.  4/13/2014 at 12:43.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/16, 1/400 sec., ISO 200) 52 mm focal length.



No self-respecting tourist would visit San Diego without a trip to Sea World.  We were no different and spent the day there.  Of course we went to the Shamu show.  A wet time was had by many. 4/15/2014 at 2:10 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/80 sec., ISO100) 135 mm focal length.


Other sights at Sea World included some very impressive Flamingos.  4/15/2014 at 10:20 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/320 sec., ISO 200) 106 mm focal length. 



And, of course, no trip to Sea World is complete, without seeing the dolphins.  4/15/2014 at 12:53 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/200 sec., ISO 200) 87 mm focal length.


No trip to San Diego is complete without a visit to Hotel Del Coronado.  It is a very historic part of Coronado Island.  4/14/2014 at 11:22 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/15 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length.


While we were in Oceanside - there was a full eclipse of the moon that I was able to photograph - when it was in full eclipse - hence the reddish color.  The blue object is a star.  4/15/2014 at 1:16 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1/5 sec., ISO 6400) 126 mm focal length.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Semester, Week Thirteen

This week the class took a field trip to Red Lodge.  We took many landscape shots of the mountains, creeks, and valleys in the area.  We also spent time in groups shooting Commercial shots that each group had planned.  It was an interesting trip and, of course with Dave with us, we learned a great deal.

Here are a few shots from that trip.


Students using our instructor as a model.  The item being shot is the backpack. 4/6/2014 at 12:49 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/25 sec., ISO 100) 79 mm focal length.


This was taken northwest of Red Lodge when my team was shooting commercial shots, but with the background and frame I couldn't not take this photo.  4/6/2014 at 2:12 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/1250 sec., ISO 200) 29mm focal length.



This was a landscape with interesting clouds and fog.  Taken near the area where the first photo above was taken.  4/5/2014 at 12:51 pm. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/100 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length.


Our second stop in our trip was a creek where we had many opportunities to photograph very different views.  This was a very winter scene.  4/6/2014 at 8:35 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/40 sec., ISO 640) 30 mm focal length.


This is another view of the same location.  4/6/2014 at 8:33 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/20, 1/4 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length.


Here is another location with a bridge across the creek.  4/6/2014 at 8:29 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/4 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring Semester - Week Twelve

This week I will focus on Commercial Photography.  We will also, during this week, have a trip to Red Lodge to produce some photos.  Next weeks post should have some commercial photos to give some examples.  The website below pretty much outlines what one person thinks Commercial photography encompasses.



http://www.steves-digicams.com/knowledge-center/how-tos/becoming-a-professional-photographer/what-is-commercial-photography.html#b

This website gives some tips regarding product photography specifically.

http://www.smashandpeas.com/7-product-photography-tips/

This site has some great tips on travel photography.

http://digital-photography-school.com/10-travel-photography-tips/

This week, my photos include travel, product and some I've used for training.

Photographs:

Southwest Indian woman who was part of a tribal fashion show at the National Indian Council on Aging Conference in Tacoma, WA in 2008.  9/8/2008 at 12:40 pm.  (EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III lens) ( f/5, 1/125 sec, ISO 200)  150 mm focal length.



"Coming in from Patrol" statue at the Vietnam Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.  4/21/2005 at 3:02 pm.  (Fugifilm FinePix S3100 digital camera)  (f/32, 1/15 sec, ISO 100)  14 mm focal length.



Iwo Jima Statue at Arlington National Cemetary.  5/30/2007 at 5:13 pm.  (EOS Digital Rebel XTi with EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 mm lens) (f/10, 1/160 sec/ISO 400)  34 mm focal length.


Teddy bears and candy canes for sale at the Victorian Country Christmas Event in Puyallup, WA.  This is a film photograph that was taken with a Minolta SRT201 with a MD ROKKOR-X 50 mm f/1.4 lens.  It was digitized on January 3, 2009 at 11:05 am.


This was a display at the Victorian Country Christmas Event at the Puyallup Fairgrounds in Washington.  This is a film photograph that was taken with a Minolta SRT201 with a MD ROKKOR-X 50 mm f/1.4 lens. It was digitized on January 3, 2009 at 11:04 am.





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Semester - Week eleven

This week I decided to put some travel photos together that I took on my Canadian trip last May. We spent two days on the Rocky Mountaineer which is a tour train that we took from Vancouver, BC to Banff, Alberta.  I also included photos of the Snow Coach on the Athabasca Glacier and the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls.

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-tips/travel-photography-tips/




Heading into the Rockies aboard the Rocky Mountaineer on day two of the trip.  5/7/2013 at 1:36 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/40 sec., ISO 320) 22 mm focal length.



People taking photos from the outside balcony aboard the Rocky Mountaineer during the trip to Banff, Alberta. 5./7/2013 at 2:43 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/30 sec., ISO 800) 18 mm focal length.


Mount Rundle from a turquoise glacial lake near Banff, Alberta. 5/8/2013 at 10:50 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/60 sec., ISO640) 32 mm focal length.  



Spiral Tunnel near Banff, Alberta.  This is one of two tunnels above each other that slows the trains coming down into Banff. The engine of the train above is the front of the train going into the tunnel below.  5/9/2013 at 11:08. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/25 sec., ISO 3200) 44 mm focal length.



Bow falls behind the Fairmont Hotel in Banff, Alberta.  5/8/2013 at 3:41 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/7.1, 1/100 sec., ISO 100) 24 mm focal length.



Boat on Emerald Lake in YOHO National Forest near Lake Louise, Alberta. 5/9/2103 at 11:37 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/40 sec., ISO 640) 30 mm focal length.



Lake Beaufert at the Fairmont Hotel in Jasper, Alberta.  5/11/2013 at 8:22 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/60 sec., ISO 2000) 38 mm focal length.


Brewster Snow Coach on the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Fields Parkway heading from Lake Louise to Jasper.  5/10/2013 at 1:58 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/50 sec., ISO 125) 26 mm focal length


Getting close and personal to the American Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist.  (Niagra Falls) 5/15/2013 at 12:52 pm.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/100 sec., ISO 100) 32 mm focal length.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Semester - Week ten


This week we discussed time lapse video.  Here is a selection that was taken on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 8:37 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/11, 1/125 sec., ISO100)  92 mm focal length.  39 frames connected in a Lightroom slideshow that was made into an mp4 video.     



I also decided to try star trails.  I set up my tripod facing north from the porch on the side of my house.  The sky isn't quite dark enough because of the sky glow from city lights.  but it did come on somewhat ok.  I will try later away from the city.  3/12/2014 at 9:05 pm.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 1202 sec., ISO 100)  18 mm focal length. 


This was another star trail photo that was taken the next morning.  3/13/2014 at 05:38. (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/5.6, 2405 sec., ISO 100) 18 mm focal length. Probably a little better, except the color shifted on the rims.  You can see that there was an airplane or two took off during the time lapse.




Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Semester - Week 9

This week we are beginning to focus on time lapse photos.

 http://digital-photography-school.com/10-pro-motion-control-time-lapse-tip


Homestead on a hill, south of Billings.  3/11/2014 at 7:53 AM.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/8 sec., ISO 200)  60 mm focal length.


Deer lying in the brush.  3/11/2014 at 8:14 am.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/20 sec., ISO 200)  135 mm focal length.


Fence at the corner of a road south of Billings.  3/11/2014 at 7:53 AM.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/8 sec., ISO 200)  60 mm focal length.


Tree back lit with sunrise south of Billings.  3/11/2014 at 8:01 AM.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/20 sec., ISO 200)  50 mm focal length.


Trees at sunrise south of Billings.  3/11/2014 at 8:07 AM.  (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/10 sec., ISO 200)  92 mm focal length.


Trees on a hill south of Billings.  3/11/2014 at 8:07 AM.   (Canon EOS 7D w/ Canon EF-S 18-135 IS Lens) (f/22, 1/10 sec., ISO 200) 92 mm focal length.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Spring Semester - Spring Break

This week I've put in a couple of older photos with some snow scenes I took this week.



This is a photo I took in Cook City a few years ago.  I figured some officer might have been looking for his car over the winter.  This is a scanned file from the negative of the original photo.


This was a Double Crested Cormorant that I watched on a lake at Big Sky and when I got ready to photograph it, it flapped it's wings and took off.  JPEG image scanned from a TIFF file of the bird.


Pine tree covered with frost.  3/7/2014 at 9:43 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/Canon EF-S 18-135I S lens f/3.5-5.6) (f/14, ISO 100, 1/10 Sec) 50 mm focal length  


Frosty tree on a foggy morning.  3/7/2014 at 9:18 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/Canon EF-S 18-135I S lens f/3.5-5.6) (f/6.3, ISO 100, 1/125 Sec) 19 mm focal length  


Frosty trees and bushes in a field.  3/7/2014 at 9:55 am.  (Canon EOS 7D w/Canon EF-S 18-135I S lens f/3.5-5.6) (f/14, ISO 100, 1/20 Sec) 31 mm focal length  


Petroleum tank in a field on a foggy morning.  3/7/2014 at 9:31 am. (Canon EOS 7D w/Canon EF-S 18-135I S lens f/3.5-5.6) (f/14, ISO 100, 1/50 Sec) 30 mm focal length