Hi Shutterbug Classmates:

Hope you're all well and practicing your photography. I'm impressed with your "Getting Creative" photography assignment.

I'm still swamped at work and trying to find the time to finish my homework assignments and complete the course. It's looking like June at this point.

All the best,
~Gabrielle





Happy New Years my class fellas!!!

As part of my New Years resolution, I've committed to practicing more photography. If any of you vancouverites are interested in going for walk abouts, let me know. Evenings and weekends work the best. Also, if you know if any existing groups please let me know :)

Cheers,
Manny

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Week 7 - Getting Creative

I didn't have much luck with these creative techniques though I tried several different ways. Think it's all about getting the shutter speed just right! I'm going to keep at it until I get more consistent results!

For the two best pics of the day, I used the 'zoom in and zoom out' technique.

Pic 1 - Zooming in - ISO 200, f/22, 0.6 sec. @ 32mm
Pic 2 - Zooming out - ISO 200, f/18, 1.6 sec. @ 70mm


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12/4/16
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Just a note to Marc and my classmates: I'm sorry to have fallen very far behind in my homework due to work demands this fall. :+(

I will however submit the final assignments before Christmas.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could provide feedback on my late submissions, and I will have a chance to look at yours.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and holiday season!

~Gabrielle
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Finally a day off that coincides with good weather! So I spent the afternoon trying to catch up on the last two weeks of photo assignments!

Week 8: Creative Composition

1) Multiple Exposure - I had a lot of fun experimenting with this technique. Found that I got the most pleasant results when I exposure 9 frames over the one (tried at 7 and 5 as well). The two finalists posted here were my favourites (both shot with 24-70mm 2/8 lens)

Pic 1 - ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/30 sec @ 70mm
Pic 2 - ISO 320, f/9.0, 1/30 sec @ 70mm

2) Shooting Through - I found an old irrigation culvert leading to a cranberry bog so decided to see what 'shooting though' that might look like (shot with my favourite 24-70mm 2/8 lens)

ISO 400, f/9.0, 1/125 sec @ 70mm

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12/4/16
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Week 9 - Low Light Photography

This week I experimented with the on-camera flash in dim/dark light conditions. I rarely use the on-camera flash though have realized that it can be useful in those moments when a picture would/could be missed without it.

Two pics (24-70 2/8mm lens):

1) ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/40 sec @ 38mm
2) ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/40 sec @ 32mm

I'm hoping that the sunny weather holds out for another day or so as I would like to try the 'streaking lights' technique. Wasn't able to set that up this week. Possibly in the snow??
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12/5/16
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Class #10 PDF Handout - Sharing Your Images!

Google + doesn't let me create any new categories, so here is the Class #10 PDF in the Class #9 category -))

Here is the final class PDF handout. Time is running fast - it's hard to belief we are at the final class already!

I want to say 'THANK YOU" to all of you. You have been great students, and seeing your images for the assignments has been great.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4IXJOx7wZCxbDVyVmFBRGprS2s/edit?usp=sharing

THANK YOU!

I wanted to thank everyone for their participation in this online course. I hope you learned something, and I also hope you keep up your photography even after this course is over.

My favorite part was seeing your images - thank you for submitting to the assignments.

I will keep this community open so you can access the material at anytime again in the future. Please stay in touch!

All the best and Happy Holidays!

Marc 

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Assignment #9 - Low Light Photography

Streaking lights:
ISO 100
27mm
F25
20 seconds

Light-Painting:
ISO 3200
21 mm
F3.5
0.6 seconds

Using your flash:
ISO 3200
18mm
F3.5
0.6 seconds

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12/4/16
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ASSIGNMENT #8 - Creative Composition!

- A landscape image exploring different angles and compositions of the same subject (don't just settle on a single composition).

(1) F5.6, ISO 800, 1/25 shutter speed (freehand)
(2) F4.0, ISO 200, 1/4 shutter speed (tripod, telephoto lens)
(3) F4.0, ISO 200, 1/4 shutter speed (tripod, telephoto lens)

I was instantly drawn to the shoes hanging in the alley in Gastown. I liked the wires that they hung from and the combination of the colours in the shoes and the vibrance of the brick in the background. In the first photo I felt like the shoes were too centered, and that the white window to the right really drew your eye more than the shoes. The next photo I liked that the focus really was more on the shoes (framed it without the white window nearby by zooming in with my telephoto lens) -- but wasn't sure about leaving so much space below the running shoes on the right. I liked the way that the wires ran parallel to the window on the bottom left. In the third photo I included more of the upper window as a way to create more of a boundary at the edge of the photo and be able to focus the wires to be in between. I also felt as though the shoes are in a better position on the wall.

- 'Shooting through' a window, curtain, and/or any other translucent material. If you choose a window, remember that the window frame can be used as a 'framing device' for your composition.

(1) F4.5, ISO 400, 1/1000 shutter speed (freehand)
(2) F4.5, ISO 400, 1/500 shutter speed (freehand)
(3) F4.5, ISO 400, 1/640 shutter speed (freehand)

I was immediately intrigued at the way that the castle was framed in the window, the way that the window was shaped and the stained glass colours. In the first photo I didn't really get the castle centered in the window. The second one is more symmetrically centered but the bottom entrance of the castle was a bit larger than the bottom circle and didn't leave much room at the top. The third image I really like the way the entrance fits perfectly into the bottom circle. It really draws your focus, and is very pleasing to look at. I actually really like the way that the indent in the tops of the castle align with the vertical boundary in the window.

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