Photography

Week 1

006 : 365

My first week of Project 365 is officially complete! With the exception of tonight’s photo I’ve been pretty happy with the results. I know it’s going to become harder to get quality photos when classes starts next week. I just need to accept I may not be happy with every picture I post each day. I guess that’s the whole point: looking back and seeing how far you’ve come.

light painting

Both of these photos are from Tuesday’s trip into the city. I picked the wrong day to go because it was non-stop rain and very hard to get out and take photos. I did happen to capture the fog over the 2nd St. bridge (top photo). There was much more fog, but I waited on taking the photo until after I finished my lunch. My friend Rob warned me it would be gone by the time we finished, but I didn’t listen. I guess I should listen to him more often; I probably won’t though! That night Rob showed me how to paint with light (bottom photo). I’ve always wanted to know how to do this, but was too lazy to really seek it out. It really isn’t too hard once you figure out how to write legibly. I had probably 40 photos on my camera just playing around. I was told you have to write backward, but found that writing normally and reversing it in Photoshop works perfect. Heh-heh.

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6 Comments

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    Gervase
    January 8, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    The picture of the bridge is amazing. It almost has an eerie feeling to it.

    I’ll have to give the light painting a try sometime.

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    Rockers Delight
    January 8, 2009 at 4:19 AM

    Hey Pam, congrats on your first week. Maybe when I get to the stage where I’m as good as you I’ll give it a shot as well. How do you do the light painting?!

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    Christy Mesker
    January 8, 2009 at 6:59 AM

    Congrats on getting through the first week! Only 51 weeks to go. ;) The photo of the bridge is fantastic! I love the black and white for it. Also digging your new blog layout. :)

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    Pam
    January 8, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Jason, Thanks! In case you didn’t know how to do it I posted the directions down here for Ashley.

    Ashley, I’ve turned on the EXIF feature on my flickr now that it shows my settings. Here are the settings for that particular shot. It doesn’t tell you the f-stop, but if I remember correctly it was around 5.6.

    When you setup the shot you’ll have to have your camera on a tripod and all lights off obviously. Make sure you flip the switch on your camera to MF – the switch is on the lens itself. If you have it on AF it tries to find a spot to focus on, and in the dark it’s impossible.

    Technically you’re supposed to write your message backward, because when it shows up on the camera it will be written the correct way. I was having a hard enough time trying to write legibly, so I decided I would just flip it in Photoshop. Just don’t tell anyone and they’ll never know.

    I hope that helps!

    Christy, Thanks! I wasn’t sold on the layout until I saw the borders that are put around the images, then I was in love! heh.

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    Lauren
    January 8, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Great job keeping up with it so far! Your photos look great. For me, I think it might actually be easier once I get back to school considering I’ll have so many more visual opportunities. Being stuck in the house for winter break doesn’t give me a lot of artistic freedom! Heh.

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    Rockers Delight
    January 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Whoo, thanks for the intel!

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