FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Topic ClosedPhoto Assignment #2: Getting Closer

Page  <1234 37>
Author
CTYankee View Drop Down
Emeritus group
Emeritus group
Moderator emeritus

Joined: 02 November 2005
Location: United States
Status: Offline
Posts: 3511
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2007 at 15:48
Hopefully I'll get around to posting something to these assignments soon. In the meantime, I wanted to mention something. Several times now I've given the book "How To Photograph Your Baby" by Nick Kelsh to friends when they've had a first baby. It's a brief consumer-grade book designed to be quickly read and digested by new parents who are sleep-deprived and lucky to find time to read anything. Nick Kelsh is famous for his "naked baby" pictures, but the advice is easy, common sense stuff designed for consumers with point & shoots. The key elements of his advice are:
1. turn off the flash. Use high speed film (yep :)
2. shoot a LOT. Difference between pro photos and amateur is that pro shoots 36 throws away 35 and the remaining shot is much better than the 1 the amateur shot.
3. GET CLOSE !!! Experiment to find out minimum focus distance at wide angle and tele settings, remember those and then GET CLOSE. Lots of examples of snapshots of kids playing in a room full of clutter, then counterexamples of faces.
April Foolishness
CZ16-80 | 28-75D | 28/2 | 85/1.4 | 70-300G | 400G
 



Back to Top
dilettante View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member

Joined: 02 April 2007
Country: United Kingdom
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Posts: 2981
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2007 at 16:03
Originally posted by Turerkan Turerkan wrote:


no need to say you passed the class;)


Is this a reply to Mipr's flower pic? If so I may be able to try this assignment after all, but how does it qualify for the "the reason you didnt get closer before must be that you are scared or embarrased in some way"? I assumed that meant the picture had to be of strangers (or dangerous wild animals!) Mipr, do you have a phobia of cornflowers that you had to overcome? :-)
Back to Top
Turerkan View Drop Down
Emeritus group
Emeritus group
Moderator emeritus

Joined: 11 February 2006
Location: Turkey
Status: Offline
Posts: 6253
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2007 at 16:06
dilettante: well, this assignment turned out very hard with the fear factor (pun intended) so i decided to ease the things.. may be i should edit the rules to reflect this..
Back to Top
MiPr View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Mikre Dyxum Administrator

Joined: 25 August 2006
Country: Poland
Location: Wroclaw
Status: Offline
Posts: 22013
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2007 at 16:15
@Dilettante - sometimes a rabbit can bite off one's arm or even a head (see "Mony Python and The Holy Grail" for details). You would be astonished what a cornflower can do to a careless photographer. LOL
I'm noise-blind. And noise-about-noise-deaf too ... |   BTW, Dyxum Weekly Exhibitions don't grow on trees ...
Back to Top
Turerkan View Drop Down
Emeritus group
Emeritus group
Moderator emeritus

Joined: 11 February 2006
Location: Turkey
Status: Offline
Posts: 6253
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2007 at 16:22
recently watched that movie 2 times (actually 2,5 times:P)
its pure hilarious comedy!

i even memorised this! > pie jesu domine, dona eis requiem.
Back to Top
Turerkan View Drop Down
Emeritus group
Emeritus group
Moderator emeritus

Joined: 11 February 2006
Location: Turkey
Status: Offline
Posts: 6253
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2007 at 16:26
RULES EDITED!

now its possible to join with subjects that you didnt think of getting closer before.
 



Back to Top
Clover View Drop Down
Groupie
Groupie

Joined: 21 June 2007
Location: Australia
Status: Offline
Posts: 53
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2007 at 08:43
Probably a soft entry, but I really was scared.... try taking a photo of a grabby 18 month old girl with hands and face covered in pasta with bolognese sauce! Happily, I was able to get this shot just before she reached for my glass with some scary looking hands (she doesn't like to use cutlery!)


30mm, f5, 1/125, ISO400
Kim
a700 ~ sony50/1.4 ~ minolta17-35/2.8-4 ~ tamron28-75/2.8 ~ sony75-300
Back to Top
Swede66 View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member
Knowledgebase Contributor

Joined: 04 September 2006
Country: Sweden
Location: Dalecarlia
Status: Offline
Posts: 5362
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2007 at 23:20
Ok, here is my first try for this stage. The fear in this shot is to crawl around an object with a camera when there is people around, what will they think about me? I have no problems shooting at a hockey, tennis or any event where it is obvious that there is something exciting going on but what will people think of some fool in a strange position with a camera shooting a rowing boat? I did it anyway this time, what do you think?

Also, since I consider myself as poor at composition, have to post a shot that has to be composed and up close gives me the creeps.



Edit! KM7D with Minolta 50 1.7 ** 1/45 sec @ f13 ** ISO 400

Edited by Swede66 - 29 June 2007 at 12:32
website - a99m2 - a99 - a77M2 - a77 - a700 - RX100M3 - KM7D
Back to Top
dilettante View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member

Joined: 02 April 2007
Country: United Kingdom
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Posts: 2981
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 June 2007 at 23:42

Here's my entry. I 'got closer' to a letter box that's built into a wall to get a detail of it, rather than capture the whole thing. In terms of overcoming fear or embarrassment, I did a) feel a bit silly taking a picture of a letter box, and b) have to explain to the woman in whose wall it is that no, I wasn't gathering evidence that she was failing to keep the letter box free of ivy :-)

Taken with a Minolta 28/2.8



I'm not sure that this qualifies but I'm struggling with this assignment because I usually get close to my favourite subjects anyway - I like taking macros and close shots mostly. I also occasionally take pictures of the moon, but I didn't think getting closer to that by climbing on a stepladder would make much difference :-)
Back to Top
RosieA100 View Drop Down
Emeritus group
Emeritus group
Moderator emeritus

Joined: 27 October 2006
Country: Australia
Location: Melbourne
Status: Offline
Posts: 4824
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2007 at 05:48
oops, oops, oops - I forgot to post an "up close" pic before my "high key" pic... please forgive


This spider was taken with my 50/1.7 - is that close enough?? My last spider pics were taken with the beercan and cropped!!!! (Image has been straightened)
a700,a100
16-80Z, 50/1.7, 70-210/4, 75-300G SSM, 100-400APO, 15-30, 28-300, 90 macro, 19-35, 100/3.5, Lensbaby Composer

Back to Top
brettania View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Dyxum factotum

Joined: 17 July 2005
Country: New Zealand
Location: Auckland
Status: Offline
Posts: 20650
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2007 at 06:42

Dodgy, Rosie, dodgy!

I think the judges may have to have a stern word. LOL
Back to Top
RosieA100 View Drop Down
Emeritus group
Emeritus group
Moderator emeritus

Joined: 27 October 2006
Country: Australia
Location: Melbourne
Status: Offline
Posts: 4824
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2007 at 07:00
I had been thinking of taking a pic of the spider in the garage for a long time, I see him/her every day when I get in my car and I guess I had to pluck up the nerve to "get closer" and spent too much time thinking... LOL
a700,a100
16-80Z, 50/1.7, 70-210/4, 75-300G SSM, 100-400APO, 15-30, 28-300, 90 macro, 19-35, 100/3.5, Lensbaby Composer

Back to Top
brettania View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Dyxum factotum

Joined: 17 July 2005
Country: New Zealand
Location: Auckland
Status: Offline
Posts: 20650
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2007 at 07:12

You and my daughter both. She really freaks.

I don't think we have a bravery award at Dyxum. LOL.

--
Back to Top
RosieA100 View Drop Down
Emeritus group
Emeritus group
Moderator emeritus

Joined: 27 October 2006
Country: Australia
Location: Melbourne
Status: Offline
Posts: 4824
Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2007 at 07:31
Originally posted by brettania brettania wrote:



I don't think we have a bravery award at Dyxum. LOL.

--




damn...
a700,a100
16-80Z, 50/1.7, 70-210/4, 75-300G SSM, 100-400APO, 15-30, 28-300, 90 macro, 19-35, 100/3.5, Lensbaby Composer

Back to Top
Dyxum main page >  Forum Home > Dyxum Photographs > Photographic Assignments Page  <1234 37>

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down



This page was generated in 0.063 seconds.

Monitor calibration strip

Dyxum.com - Home of the alpha system photographer

In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania

Feel free to contact us if needed.