Assignment 4: Black and Red
Finally getting around to updating again (still owe a great DOF photo). This was taken with the lights turned off in my room and the bathroom light on, hence the dark edge. I still needed to do some post processing with the color tint to get it right. I could have tried playing around with the ISO settings or the WB, but it was getting too hot wearing a coat and hat indoors. Also, I should have ironed the sheet I used to cover the door so the folds didn’t show. Oh well, next time.
I got a little carried away with the post-processing and created this not-so-natural version using another photo from the shoot. At least the wrinkles in the sheet don’t show as much in this version.
Assignment 3: Bokeh
I was really excited to do this assignment because bokeh pics are always so pretty and magical looking. Then I realized it’s hard to find a good bokeh environment. To induce the bokeh in my photos, I composed the cupcakes (courtesy Georgetown Cupcakes, Bethesda) and used a sequined clutch as the backdrop. I had a tough time getting the colors to come out right under the warm lighting of my kitchen. I need to play around more with the white balance next time I do indoor shots.
Here’s a tribute to the failed trip to see the winter lights at Brookside Gardens which turned into a race to catch the gelato and cupcake shops before they closed. Gelato was a failure too, but at least we got the cupcakes (too bad I ate the red velvet before the photo shoot).
Not bokeh, but the focus is in-line with the winter theme of this photo shoot – Mint Chocolate Cupcake
Assignment 2: Depth of Field
Our second assignment was depth of field…both deep and shallow. I tried a few times while on vacation in Hawaii and got a few shots.
This one has a pretty shallow depth of field. I was trying to focus on the flower, but the stepping on the banks of the creek was pretty precarious so I ended up having to focus as close to the flower as I could get without falling into the water. I was surprised to see the tiniest bit of earth in focus in front of the flower.
This was another attempt. Didn’t get what I wanted as far as DOF, but I liked the bokeh in the background. I can never seem to get good bokeh when I try, only accidentally.
Assignment 1: Self Portrait
So our first assignment was to do a self portrait. I didn’t have my SLR with me, but this is my current favorite spot to be, so I decided to take my pic while I was in the moment of appreciating the landscape. This little ‘pond’ is located along Powder Mill Road and I think it’s part of the USDA land where they have all those experimental farms. The pic was taken with my new high-zoom point and shoot…Sony cybershot H55. I would have liked to try out the manual settings, but I really felt sketchy, so I snapped a few quick pics n left as fast as I could.
I couldn’t really get creative since I was pulled over on the side of a narrow road being a sketch taking photos. So I had to do the best I could after balancing my camera on the edge of a guardrail and ‘running’ over some rocks to get into the frame. I had to crop the picture cuz the squat pose was not attractive 🙂
Painting my face…
Was awake late and got bored, so I decided to fool around with makeup and create a look that I’d otherwise be far too shy to wear out in public.