Another month means another four weeks, which means another four photography challenges. Hurrah!
So, what did we do?
14. Fast Shutter
Ironically, a lot of the images I took when I prepared for this challenge were ones where I should have used a faster shutter speed than I did. The need to quickly grab a shot in the heat of the moment, though, meant that I had no time to stop and think about camera settings.
The photo I went with was this one:
I had been out and about taking pictures of birds near the unfinished housing developments, when out of nowhere a deer careened through the landscape. I followed with my camera, and was pleasantly surprised to find I had managed to take some usable, in focus images. This is one of them (though I would have benefitted from a higher burst rate and faster shutter speed.)
It's ironic, but virtually every candidate photo or opportunity I had in mind... was one where I inadvertently had too slow of a shutter speed. I also took a decent image of a fisherman shotgunning a beer can, but failed to catch the critical moment of spray shooting out the side of the can. Certainly, the deer was more picturesque.
I don't regret my choice of concept for this week, but I think I have some alternate photos that would have worked better as pictures.
Basically, not long after I saw the theme, I also noticed some trees growing in unfinished foundations in the unfinished/half-abandoned housing development. I thought they suited the concept perfectly.
I think this shot is too busy. I like the house. I like the tree. But, if I had chosen one where I had less stuff jumbled on top of each other, e.g. a shot of a different tree without the house, I think it would have been a stronger composition. A wider angle might also benefit the location.
I would have worked more on framing, but I was feeling a bit woozy. Such are the aftereffects of certain shots in the arm.
16. Edited By Someone Else
I really enjoy going for walks with my mom through Valley Forge National Historic Park.
It's a good place for birds, landscapes, and history, and one which I will almost certainly devote more writing to in the future.
This is a snap that I took while out for a walk.
The challenge was to have someone else edit my photo. In this case, the "someone else" was my father, who toned down some of the colors, emphasized the black a bit more, and cropped the shot. I'm quite happy with how this one looks.
Virtually all of my photos have to do with nature.
Unfortunately, none of the ones I took this particular week were among my best. This is a photo of a robin, which certainly has better lighting than some of my other robin photos.
I did my best to emphasize the robin's colors in editing, but may have left the grass a touch too unnatural as a result.
Ah well, it's another week done. :)
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