Holiday Cooking and Decirations

So in the first 72 hours of being home for winter break, I have made over 100 cookies, decorated a tree, and have yet to do ANY of my Christmas shopping. Of course, In coming home, I was misfortuned enough to not make room for my Nikon, so you may notice that any pictures I take over break are with a Canon EOS REBEL T2i  Here are the first of  the holiday photos

Date taken: 12/15/12Camera: Canon EOS REBeL T2iLens: tbaShutter speed: 1/6 secF-stop: f/5.6ISO: 3200Focal length: 55 mmTripod: No

Date taken: 12/15/12
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Lens: tba
Shutter speed: 1/20 sec
F-stop: f/514
ISO: 3200
Focal length: 55 mm
Tripod: No

Date taken: 12/15/12
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Lens: tba
Shutter speed: 1/6 sec
F-stop: f/5.6
ISO: 3200
Focal length: 55 mm
Tripod: No

Mysterical

This picture, is meant to be a photo of something “mysterical”, or otherworldly. This was really inspired my the tv show tha tI’ve been watching the most lately, Supernatural. In the show, we see an appearance of the four horsemen of the Apocolypse. their title lead me to think about the possibility of, if they had real horses, what do they do while they wait for the Apocolypse? So, here they are represented in a “pasture” while they wait for their own need. This picture held several challenges because of the horse’s colors; White, red, black, and “pale.” All of these horses stemmed from my own photography, and were edited to this final stage of looking like pure digital art. I felt like it was necessary to have some aspect of the image be more unrealistic than realistic to emphasize the dramatic background of the “Apocoypse.” Much of the editing on the horses was done using the color replacement tool, as well as the burn and dodge tool to get the shadows and the highlights.

Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.F-stop: f/16ISO: 400Focal length: 31mmTripod: NoTitle: Pasture of the Horseman's HorsesDate taken: 10/27/12Camera: Nikon D40Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm 1.6-5.4GShutter speed: 1/250 sec.F-stop: f/16ISO: 400Focal length: 31mmTripod: No"

Title: The Pature of the Horsemen’s Horses
Date taken: 10/27/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
F-stop: f/16
ISO: 400
Focal length: 31mm
Tripod: No

Night Shots

Going into this project,I really had nothing in mind. I did, however, know that I wanted to do something different from my earlier shots of Billings at night. With all of the Christmas lights now up, I decided to try to make them my focus of my shots. I attempted to shoot some of the flashing/”moving” Christmas lights, and didn’t get much luck. I believe this was largely due to the shutter needing to stay open for too long because of the darkness. the lights tended to some out white or a odd mixture of color. after several failures, I thought of what my camera would do while i was driving. So, it sat on my dash and i drove down the street while it took the photograph. he second image was a result of my desire to get an image that could pass as a poster, perhaps one meant more ideally for the dark. Using glow sticks, I cut them open and wrote on a large piece of paper and splattered the glowing liquid onto the page.

christmas

Title: Driving at Christmas time
Date taken: 12/9/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm
Shutter speed:  2 sec.
F-stop: f/11
ISO: 800
Focal length: 100mm
Tripod: No – camera sitting on dashboard of car

imagine

Title: Imagine
Date taken: 12/11/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm
Shutter speed: 30 sec.
F-stop: f/16
ISO: 800
Focal length: 55 mm
Tripod: yes

Social Commentary

This image was one of the hardest, not because of the actual photo, but because of the content. I had no idea what to do for this project until the pressure finally hit, and I needed an image. While I have many thoughts on things that happen socially, I struggled to find a way to represent them in photography. It occurred to me that nearly every person in today’s society is weight conscious because of the way that social standards have changed. I feel that one of the largest impacts on image has been through magazines because of how widely they are sold, which makes them easy to gain access to. This image, taken in a local bookstore and coffee shop, has an entrie section of magazines for women that are focused on hoe to lose weight, and get a flatter stomach, or tone “problem areas.” I find it Ironic that a magazine from about the 1950s advertises the exact opposite for women – ways to gain weight rather than lose it.

social commntary

 

Title: How Times Change
Date taken: 12/10/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm
Shutter speed:  1/125 sec.
F-stop: f/4.5
ISO: 800
Focal length: 46 mm
Tripod: No

Portrait

When I started the process of considering the portrait, I figured it would be easiest to snag one of my best friends at school for the project. My goal was to get a true o\image of them interacting with their horse. I wanted a picture that was true to both their personality and their horse’s. However, when we set out to take the photos, we were low on daylight since the time changed. That left us to work with about 20 – 30 min of good light. I stuck the f-stop at f/11 and shot as man photos as I could. However, although I did get a few good pictures I only kind of got a few shots that I felt really captured Tricia’s personality well. The last weekend we were showing for the Rocky IHSA team, I snapped this photo of Tricia, attempting to catch a few minutes of sleep between her classes. I felt that this photo much more strongly represented her personality and who she is because she grew up on a cattle ranch, and is a cowgirl in her blood. she is quiet, leaving herself in a bit of mystery until you get to know her a bit. I think this picture represents that well, largely because you can’t see her eyes, which give people vast amounts of their expressions.

Tricia_Harlan2

 

Title: Tricia and Harlan
Date taken: 11/17/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 mm
Shutter speed:  1/80 sec.
F-stop: f/5.6
ISO:  800
Focal length:55  mm
Tripod: Yes

Tricia

 

Title: Cowgirl in the Blood
Date taken: 12/1/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200 mm
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec.
F-stop: f/4
ISO: 800
Focal length: 55 mm
Tripod: No

Action Shots

These are some photos I took while traveling with the Rocky equestrian show team.  The team shows through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association which links college teams to compete through the U.S. It allows college students to gain show experience relatively inexpensively.

Josh_USU3

 

Title: In The Ring
Date taken: 12/1/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor55-200mm
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec.
F-stop: f/5.3
ISO: 800
Focal length: 155 mm
Tripod: No

Josh_USU

 

Title: Sliding Stop
Date taken: 12/1/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200 mm
Shutter speed:  1/160 sec.
F-stop: f/4
ISO: 800
Focal length: 55 mm
Tripod: No

Hannah_USU

Title: Show Girl
Date taken: 12/1/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200 mm
Shutter speed:  1/125 sec.
F-stop: f/5
ISO: 1600
Focal length: 120 mm
Tripod: No

Yellowstone National Park

A couple of weeks ago we took a class trip to Yellowstone National Park. We left at 5 am on Saturday and returned Sunday evening.  We were a bit limited in where we could go in the park due to the snowfall, but of the shots I took, these are the ones I’m submitting for our final critique.

Title: Pronghorn
Date taken: 10/28/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 1.6-5.4G
Shutter speed: 1/640 sec.
F-stop: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Focal length: 200mm
Tripod: No

Title: Reflecting
Date taken: 10/27/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 1.6-5.4G
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
F-stop: f/16
ISO: 400
Focal length: 55mm
Tripod: No

Title: Overview
Date taken: 10/27/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: 18-55mm
Shutter speed: 1/60 sec.
F-stop: f/25
ISO: 400
Focal length: 32mm
Tripod: No

Title: Colonies
Date taken: 10/27/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 1.6-5.4G
Shutter speed:1/60 sec
F-stop: f/14
ISO: 400
Focal length: 200mm
Tripod: No

Title: Mammoth Springs
Date taken: 10/27/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 1.6-5.4G
Shutter speed:1/200 sec
F-stop: f/7.1
ISO: 400
Focal length: 75mm
Tripod: No

Title: Photographer in Yellowstone
Date taken: 10/27/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: 18-55 mm
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
F-stop: f/14
ISO: 400
Focal length: 32mm
Tripod: No

Title: Snowy Pine
Date taken: 10/27/12
Camera: Nikon D40
Lens: Nikkor 55-200mm 1.6-5.4G
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
F-stop: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Focal length: 200mm
Tripod: No

I was unable to use my tripod in the park, as it had accidentally been left sitting next to my couch at home. Thankfully I managed without it, even though it would have been quite beneficial to have.