Monday, November 28, 2016

Final 25

All images were taken using a Canon EOS Rebel T3i

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 205 mm)
f/5.0
1/250 sec

 ISO 200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 18 mm)
f/8.0
1/320 sec


ISO 200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 49 mm)
f/8.0
1/320 sec

ISO 3200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 18mm)
f/3.5
30.0 sec

ISO 200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 29 mm)
f/4.5
1/250 sec


ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 95 mm)
f/8.0
1/250 sec


ISO 200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 45 mm)
f/8.0
1/250



ISO 200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 46 mm)
f/8.0
1/250


ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 110 mm)
f/8.0
1/250


ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 75 mm)
f/8.0
1/250

ISO 200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 25 mm)
f/8.0
1/250

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 75 mm)
f/8.0
1/250

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 75 mm)
f/8.0
1/250

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 75 mm)
f/11.0
1/250

ISO 100
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 20 mm)
f/9.0
1/800 sec



ISO 100
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 27 mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec

ISO 200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 27 mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 75mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 160 mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec



ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 300 mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 135 mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 100 mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 100 mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec

ISO 200
75-300 mm lense (zoomed 100 mm)
f/8.0
1/400 sec

ISO 200
18-55 mm lense (zoomed 29 mm)
f/9.0
1/160 sec

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

BEAR!!

WE SAW A FREAKING GRIZZLY. AND HE WASN'T FAR AWAY!

Needless to say, I am still excited about this. I've only seen bears from a distance in Yellowstone. This was my first time seeing a bear up close, so I really loved seeing this guy.



Thursday, November 3, 2016

This Post has Gone to the Birds

Shot in Yellowstone National Park over Halloween weekend.

What I love about this first shot is that I didn't know what I was going to get. At the time I thought I was shooting a raven, it wasn't until I started editing that I realized I captured a raptor.

In my second shot, the raven was a great subject. He was waiting for us to feed him, so we were able to spend a lot of time getting good pictures.



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Share Two

Taken on my iPhone after a storm passed over Billings, MT. 
I love the brilliance in the colors. 



This next photo was taken in Yellowstone over the summer. I just enjoy the way the sunlight hits the mud pot. 



 



 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall in Rock Creek



I have found that trying to make pictures of leaves floating down a creek really isn't all that easy. I also really wanted those distinctive fall golds and yellows to be drawn out. So in editing I warmed the temperature of the leaves and rocks to accent their colors. 
It was a good learning experience and I hope to expand it in the future. 

Shot with a Canon Rebel T3i, 85-200 mm lense, 
ISO 200
f 8
1/320 sec










Thursday, September 29, 2016

Trip Back West

Over this past weekend my sister and I travelled to Butte, Montana to visit our grandparents and get some much needed R&R. We went for a drive to Pattengail, a campground that was basically our summer home growing up.
It brought up a lot of mixed emotions and bittersweet memories. The cold, foggy weather of the Rocky Mountains surrounding us was a beautiful reflection of our own moods.



I am a Terrible Blogger

I know, I know, I need to be making one blog post a week. I suck at remembering to do this. But hey, on the bright side I'm kinda figuring out ISO!

Just kidding. This is a war of attrition. We've come to a stalemate for now.

So earlier this week we had an electrical storm that allowed us to see the Aurora Borealis (northern lights). So I packed up the dog and my mom and we headed west to Molt, Montana, and north to Acton to get some experimental shots.

If I had a higher quality camera and lens these would have turned out better with less noise. But for being my first time shooting at night, I'd say I didn't do too poorly!

I shot these with a 30" shutter speed, 3.5 aperture, and ISO of 3500.



Friday, September 23, 2016

ISO 1, Megan 0

The ongoing battle between myself and ISO continues on. I've made small advances in the settings during daylight hours, however correct settings in the evening/dusk continues to be a set back. 

I tried letting ISO remain on auto but it turns out worse than if I pick the setting myself. I guess that's a good thing? I'm smarter than my camera... I think. 




Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Subject Photography

Part of this next assignment was to take two photographs using certain rules laid out in our text book. They also had to have a subject.









Sunday, September 18, 2016

Belated Weekly Blog Post

I know I'm late with the weekly blog assignment. I have no excuse for not publishing sooner. Well, not a good excuse anyway. 

I do want to blog about this though: ISO is a huge pain in the rear. Aperture and shutter speed are pretty simple concepts to understand and apply in the field, but as soon as ISO is added into the mix... My brain just stops. I'll admit that there are some instances where I have a sudden glimmer of understanding. Like tonight when I tried shooting a sunburst from my back porch. But as soon as I went from a sunburst to trying to make a picture by Lake Elmo I hit a wall again. I experimented around with various settings and may have found some that work but I'm just having a hell of a time. 

I'm pretty sure half of my issue is that of picture quality and what I, as a developing artist, am always struggling with. When I'm editing in Lightroom and see all the noise in my photos it instantly bothers me. And it's not just in my photographs that I struggle with quality- it's in my drawings and paintings too. Are they good enough? Is this real enough?

Maybe practice and experience will help this, but for right now I just can't seem to get past it.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Depth of Field, Aperture Settings

OK, so here are my two examples for low aperture and a higher aperture...


The first was at a low aperture, giving me a smaller depth of field to work with. Which worked great for sneaking up on Sorcha and surprising her with this shot!

1-60 sec @ f/6.3 , ISO 125



The next was set at a higher aperture to give me a larger depth of field. This worked great because my professor was sitting far from me at the time while I waited to see what he and the cat would do. 

1/40 sec @ f/8 , ISO 125