COM 364 ASSIGNMENT: Shutter Speed, Depth-of-Field and ISO – Part II – Dynamic Lighting

Fast shutter:

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Konnor Manibusan, 21, practices his technique at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Wash, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Manibusan works at a nearby car detailing shop in the mornings and skates after he gets off work. (ISO 125, 1/2500 sec., f/2.0)

Slow shutter:

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Konnor Manibusan, 21, practices his technique at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Wash, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. Manibusan works at a nearby car detailing shop in the mornings before he comes to Cal Anderson to skate. (ISO 100, 1/25 sec., f/22)

Deep depth of field:

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Friends and family celebrate a birthday with a picnic at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill in Seattle, Wash, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (ISO 125, 1/2000 sec., f/5.6)

 

Shallow depth of field:

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“Boots,” 31, looks for a power outlet to charge a cell phone that he recently found in a dumpster outside of the Hill Crest Market on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Wash, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (ISO 125, 1/1600 sec., f/2.5)

Reflection: I chose a pretty poor time to go out and shoot given the requirements of the assignment. Sunday morning was very overcast, providing for stable but really ‘dynamic’ lighting. Occasionally the sun would break through the cloud cover but I was almost always without a subject to shoot or any particular shot in mind. Often I would see a potential shot but the sun would be obscured again. The only photo that vaguely engaged with the notion of dynamic lighting was my ‘deep depth of field’ shot, in which I exposed for the dramatic cloudy sky (through which the sun was attempting to peek through) to capture the dark silhouette of some parkgoers. It was definitely a lesson in patience. Additionally, I didn’t realize until after I had done minor touch-ups to my photos in Lightroom that the ‘cloudy’ white balance setting that I was utilizing casts photos in such a yellowish tint. While not necessarily bad, In hindsight I think I would have chosen to either shoot on a different white balance or correct the tint in post-production to tilt the photos towards the blue end of the tone spectrum, which, I think, is closer to the natural color tones of the environment that day.

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