Thursday, January 29, 2015

Billings Livestock Sale

So on Saturday I went to the BLS for my equine marketing class. While I was there I took some pictures of the horses and people around me. It's really an interesting place to go to if you've never been before or if you want to buy some horses or tack. Anyway here are the pictures I took. Now keep in mind that this is all done indoors with crappy lighting so my ISO had to be much higher than I would've liked. Also there are many obstacles in there so my shots focus more on the details rather than the whole picture because it was impossible to get a good looking picture with all the wires and rails and people in the way.
 This sleeping pup was right beside where I was sitting, she was able to sleep even with all the noise going on around her.
 I thought it was interesting to focus on the riders hands and whether they were tight or loose depending on whether their horse was soft or hard in the mouth.
 Back shot of saddle and rider as they leave the sale pen.
 One of the horses outside, he was just eating hay waiting for his turn to go into the sale pen, I likes the painted number on him and the detail of it.
 Another hand shot with a partial of the horses head. I liked this mare a lot though she didn't sell well unfortunately.
Hip 64 leaving the sale pen all too happy to be rid of the scariness. This is my favorite picture from BLS, I'm not really sure why.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Humans of New York

So I recently got this book as a present and it's actually quite interesting. Brandon Stanton travels around New York and takes pictures of strangers, and those pictures turn out to be quite beautiful. He talks to the people he takes pictures of and almost all of them have an interesting story to go with their picture. Here's a link to his archive to check out some of his pictures http://www.humansofnewyork.com/archive. He also has recently traveled to Iran and has a bunch of picture taken from there of strangers. If you can appreciate nothing else about these pictures they are quite funny.
Here is one of the more amusing pictures he has taken captioned the Endangered Homocornia Glamorali










Thursday, January 15, 2015

Nick Brandt

So Nick Brandt is a photographer I have been following since high school, I find his work really beautiful and is one of the reasons why I some day soon wish to go to Africa. He exclusively photographs the animals of Africa in hopes to bring to light their dying population and habitat. He started a non-profit organization called Big Life foundation dedicated to the conservations of the ecosystem and wildlife of Africa. According to him he does not use telephoto lens to take any of his pictures meaning he must get really close to the animals to get such detailed shots. He still shoots in film but scans them onto the computer to edit them. I am a fan of black and white photography so these pictures appeal to me but it makes them all very sad. Here is a link to his website for examples of his pictures. http://www.nickbrandt.com/category.cfm?nL=0&nS=0

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Some Images

These are just some random pictures I have taken from my time over in Europe and some pictures I took over winter break.
This was taken in southern New Hampshire a few days before Thanksgiving, I just really like the picture and did a bit of editing to it in LR but this is pretty much what the sunrise actually looked like.
From the same morning as above but facing away from the gorgeous sunrise colors, I put it in b+w because I liked how the white of the snow contrasted with the grey sky.
Again from the same morning. I liked the sun beginning to shine on the trees.
A few days later I believe, our clothesline had frozen the night before so I got a close up of the ice on it.
This is a shot from Taormina, Sicily. I really liked this picture but it didn't fit into any of the final categories.
Taken at a pit stop somewhere in Sicily, it was stormy that day so the clouds looked pretty cool.
Taken in Florence at the Galileo museum. I had to do a bunch of editing to get a crane out of the middle of the shot (which you can still kind of see in the window's reflection) but overall I really liked this shot.
This is a silhouette of half the group I spent time in Italy with. We were up in Corciano on the first week and everyone just kind of sat there perfectly as the sun was going down, this is definitely one of my favorite pictures.
Meghan Faulkner giving us some scale to the massive skeleton we saw in Gubio? I can't remember where this was actually.
A silhouette of a fountain in the center of Perugia. I loved how the sun hit the water perfectly. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Timelapse

Okay so here is the final video. There are three clips here one from Venice, one of the fog rolling off the hills near Corciano, and one of the clouds going by at the Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy!
video
The music was a clip from Interstice by Audraulic. For the segment of the fog I put more contrast into the clouds and cropped for a 16x9 aspect ratio. The Venice segment was turned black and white and I attempted to try and make the light flicker less noticeable, there are also raindrops on the lens that were being a bit difficult. The Cliffs segment I brushed the clouds and put more blues into them and gave them more contrast.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Finding Natural Landscapes Final

 Don't Walk Off the Cliff
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
18mm
f/7.1
1/400 sec
ISO 160
No flash
Comments: The Cliffs of Moher are quite beautiful at all times of the year. I made a close crop to the land because I find it more interesting than the sky. I did brush up the sky to put more detail in it though. I boosted the greens to make them look closer to reality.
Catwalk
Nikon D5200
55-300mm
55mm
f/5.6
1/2000 sec
ISO 160
No flash
Comments: Some people walking on top of the cliffs. I cropped more horizontal and brought all the shadows and blacks down to make them silhouetted. I brushed the sky and brought the exposure way down to get more blue and detail back in the clouds.
Don't Look Down
Nikon D5200
55-300mm
300mm
f/5.6
1/500 sec
ISO 160
No flash
Comments: The crashing waves below you as you walk along the top of the Cliffs. I cropped more vertical and boosted the blues and that's it.
Jesus Horse Rays
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
34mm
f/11
1/200 sec
ISO 200
No flash
Comments: Taken outside Castelluccia. I brightened this a lot from the original as it was very dark before. The exposure was too low so I brought that up and boosted all the colors once I could see them. I cropped the horse closer to the edge and I had to straighten the photo which caused the horse's legs to get cut short.
Jesus Rays Due (two)
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
18mm
f/5.6
1/400 sec
ISO 200
No flash
Comments: Jesus Rays on the mountains. I warmed it up and cropped more severely. I put more contrast into the clouds.
When the Sun Goes Down
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
20mm
f/3.8
1/60 sec
ISO 1250
No flash
Comments: I dropped the shadows and blacks to silhouette the ground. I cloned a few lights that remained out. I cropped horizontal and brought the oranges and blues up slightly.
Dewdrop Daisy
Nikon D5200
55-300mm
300mm
f/5.6
1/200 sec
ISO 320
No flash
Comments: Granted that this is not a landscape it is something natural and I really liked this picture. I cropped in for just these few petals to show. I boosted the contrast a little and made the purple brighter slightly.
Zingaro
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
18mm
f/3.5
1/1250 sec
ISO 100
No flash
Comments: Zingaro was a beautiful national park we went to in Sicily. It was a little stormy that day and so the clouds looked pretty awesome. I made the blues closer to the vibrancy they were at and made the greens brighter. The clouds I put more contrast into.
Jesus Leaves
Nikon D5200
55-300mm
165mm
f/11
1/1000 sec
ISO 640
No flash
Comments: Taken in Corciano. The only thing I did to this was crop in.

That's all the photos I have edited, hope you all liked them!

International Travel Final

I decided to have all my international travel photos be from Amsterdam. There are so many ways to travel in that city that I thought this would be a good theme for travel, granted that it's only travel within the city. The only means of transportation that are lacking are via car, walking, and airplane but those are all pretty standard everywhere so I just focused on the one's special to Amsterdam.
Via Horse and Buggy
Nikon D5200
55-300mm
55mm
f/4.5
1/60 sec
ISO 500
No flash
Comments: I've seen a lot of horse and carriage in Italy but none quite so fancy as this with an actual buggy and a guy with a top hat. I was impressed. I brought the blues down to make the stone look more natural and boosted the browns and oranges to make the horses more vibrant.
Via Bicycle
Nikon D5200
55-300mm
135mm
f/4.8
1/160 sec
ISO 1000
No flash
Comments: Amsterdam has the most bicycles than any other place in the world. Most people that live here own three bikes. So needless to say bikes are chained up absolutely everywhere. Instead of parking garages for cars this was a parking garage for your bike. I originally had this in color and like it that way because there are some colorful lights in the background but ultimately I put it in black and white to make the metal bars stand out more.
Via Canal Boat
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
55mm
f/5.6
1/640 sec
ISO 200
No flash
Comments: Canal tours are very popular for tourists, its a good way to see the city in a short hour and learn about the city's history (plus it's pretty warm inside them). So here is a picture of a canal tour boat taken from another tour boat. I boosted colors and cropped so the boat was more on the right side of the frame.
Via Tall ship
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
30mm
f/4.5
1/1250
ISO 200
No flash
Comments: You might not be able to get around the city in these with all the bridges but they are great for going out on the sea. Plus they're nice to look at. I boosted the blues and other colors and cropped for a wider shot.
Via Normal Boat
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
18mm
f/4.0
1/1000 sec
ISO 200
No flash
Comments: Normal people have boats too, they're easy to navigate through the canals. If you look closely there is a guy waving in the center window. I boosted colors and cropped so the boat was more on the left side of the frame.
Via Duck Dingy
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
55mm
f/5.6
1/100 sec
ISO 200
No flash
Comments: Not all the boats are in the best of condition but hey they still work just fine and you don't really care what happens to them. So when a pair of ducks sits and craps in your boat it's not big deal. I cropped down so you couldn't really see the street above because there was a distracting car in the way. I brought the colors out a bit.
Via Drunk Bike
Nikon D5200
18-55mm
38mm
f/5.6
1/400 sec
ISO 400
No flash
Comments: One of the three bikes most people own is a drunk bike, this bike is the one they take to the bars with them. They are generally not in the best of shape and very elaborately decorated for the reason that when you are headed home from a night out you won't mistake your bike for someone else's. This one had fake flowers all over it. Some are painted very bright others have tape decorating them. I only focused on the handle bars for this one to put emphasis on the flowers. I cropped it down and left it not being completely straight because it is a drunk bike after all.