May 242011

My creative photography class had a field trip to the UT Arboretum on Saturday. Our first stop of the day was at a large planting of flowers. Truth be told, I’m getting a little tired of flower photos. Still, I came up with what I thought was a decent shot.

What’s more interesting to me about this photo is how I processed it at home. I tried to do as much as I could using Photoshop rather than doing things in Lightroom. I played around with adjustment layers, layer masks, and blending modes. It was a good learning experience.

For the second half of our field trip, we split into teams of two and took turns looking for something that caught our eye and describing to our partner what we liked about it and the decisions we were making about how to shoot it. Then after capturing a few frames, our partner would offer input from a different perspective. It was a fun exercise and I enjoyed getting to know my classmate Ben.

This pond was near our starting point and both Ben and I were interested in shooting reflections. He went first and when it was my turn, I decided to make the reflections secondary to all the ripples the various fish and bugs were making on the surface of the water. I had to go to manual focus because the camera was wanting to focus on the reflection of the trees from the other side of the pond and not the surface of the water. I took a lot of shots but I like this one because it has two distinct ripples meeting in the middle.

We have two weeks until our next and final class. My homework is to get a shot of someone working. Hmmm….


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