Wow, I knew I was behind, but I did not know I was this far behind! I am sorry. Camera is still not fixed, and dh doesn't know if we have the money to do it right now. I'm trying to talk him into how much of a need this is. Anyhow, I have done this challenge (last week), but pics are not uploaded yet, and camera batteries are dead. So I will get them up tomorrow hopefully.
Suzanne, love the photos of your cute daughter, love the first one especially! and your acorn and lily photos are beautiful! The campus definitely is picturesque!
Suzanne ... on what campus do you work?! This set is truly lovely and shows off the natural beauty of your surroundings.
1. really nice use of the ROT here. The direct sun is hurting you a little as the yellow bloom looks a bit washed out, but I'll bet you can get a lot of that back in editing. And for an aperture of f/5.6, you got some really nice bokeh here.
2. the acorns are GREAT! If I had to guess, I'd say that was some kind of live oak? Again, really nice use of ROT and also, again, very nice bokeh. Here the bokeh really helps to make the acorns pop! What a great fall moment you caught here!
3. I think this is a great example of both framing AND the ROT. NICE! This is my favorite so far. The punch of red color looks GREAT! And your use of the tree trunk and branches to make a frame makes me feel like I'm peeping into some hidden valley or something. LOVE IT!
4. I'm guessing your time of day was not in the golden hour. And I suspect that is why you have the feeling that you are not doing it justice. With the overhead sun, the bridge gets lost while the foreground is bright and draws your eye. It's a great example of the ROT though with the bridge and tree line at the top 1/3rd of your frame.
5. strictly speaking, this is not a great ROT example, but if you were to crop off some of the pond so that the bank was at the bottom third (right now it's almost exactly centered) you could make it fit the theme. However, I love this one as it is. I love that, through the lilies, you can still see the faint reflection of that lovely fall color. And the bridge running along the left side into the woods is a nice element moving you through the frame. I can almost feel the mild fall sun on my shoulders as I look at this one. TFS!
Sorry that your camera woes continue! I hope that your situation will improve on that front, but don't worry about it for now - we still have several more composition assignments to explore before we move onto some of the more technical aspects.
I look forward to seeing your shots when you camera is charged back up.
Thanks, Rachel! I hope you guys are able to find some way to get your camera fixed. I hate being without mine
GiGi, I'm at the University of South Alabama. It's gorgeous here when it's not raining. Thanks so much for the CC. I bet that bridge would look stunning during Golden Hour. I keep meaning to bring the kids out during the weekend to take pics out here, but free weekend time always seems to disappear. Maybe I'll be able to this weekend if the weather is nice. I'm sure you're right about the acorns being on a live oak (it's definitely some kind of oak :D). This area prides itself on its oak trees, and I think it's illegal to cut them down.
I work on a university campus (Texas A&M) and it has some really lovely spots too - you're inspiring me to get out and find a few of them.
Awww, that makes me smile, GiGi! You are definitely an inspiration for me. I love all your action shots and am hoping to one day be able to capture those beautiful moments on the soccer field and on stage
My point and shoot does have some settings I can adjust, as I have played with them in the past... so if we get there, I can do the best I can with what I have. If I whine enough.. maybe I can talk him into it. I think we are just feeling the seasonal money woes. We have our property taxes due in Nov, Christmas, and then all three of my boys have their birthdays in the week after Christmas. Ugh! Now I'm stressing. lol
Suzanne, these are nice photos. I especially like #1 with the flower. I think you use the ROT very well in this icture.
Rachel sorry to hear about your woes - I hope that things pick up soon.
Here is one from me. I chopped his fingers, this is in camera shot - so can't do anything about it. Also, it was really overcast that day and I had a hard time getting light in his eyes. I am in a bit of a funk and been trying different processing type - so excuse the heavy burning... lol
El, I didn't even see you had posted a pic! Overcast days really suck the life out of my photos. I know I struggle with pics I take on rather cloudy days. All that being said, you really rocked the ROT! Looks like your son was perfectly placed, and that eye contact and expression are great. It seems like I manage to chop a limb or (even worse!) end up with blurred photos when the expression is right/I get eye contact with the kids LOL, so I don't think the fingertip chop is too bad.
As always, your focus and exposure are awesome
May I ask what your focal length is here? 35mm? 50?
Focal length 16 mm. I took this with my 16-35 mm lens. I will post a picture of the SOOC - it was crap... lol.
Here is the SOOC...
Hey ladies!! Just wanted to drop a line and let you know that GiGi is completely swamped right now. I'll be willing to pop in with some CC in her place, if you'd like. Just let me know!
Sounds great, Steph!
I'll just have to drool over your 16-35 mm, El LOL That must be crazy wide-angle on your FF!