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Up Close and Personal

Sometimes when people see an interesting subject to photograph, they either don't get close enough or they don't fill the frame (these are kind of one in the same). I know that was the case for me especially in the beginning. I would take photos at eye level (i.e. I wouldn't crouch or lay down to get a shot, etc.). Eye level isn't bad, but the idea is to change your perspective. Even just getting low and looking up can change your subject drastically. Take this tree, for example.

I loved how dreary it looked (as it was quite cold that day), I loved the snow on the limbs and I loved the texture of the bark. So instead of shooting it from afar at my eye level, I decided to snuggle up close to the tree and shoot up.

Filling the frame can make your picture much more interesting--so next time you take your camera out, try to get close to your subject and do something unique. Even if you try it and botch it, it would be better to experiment than to not try at all.

Let me know how it goes!

-Ashley

A Post on Aperture | "Get Down Low"

Well hello Monday. Most weeks I'm not a fan of this day. Today however, I feel surprisingly energetic and excited about the week to come. I must have gone mad.

So like I said the other day, I would explain about aperture another day. Well, it's that day, folks! I'll try to make it simple, as it can be confusing.

Aperture, according to wikipedia is, "a hole or an opening through which light travels." So if you were to hold up your lens, not attached to the body, and you were to look through it, you'll see the hole in the lens. That is what we're talking about.

Around the hole are these ring like things that will open/close depending on how you set your aperture in your camera. When you set an aperture, they are called f/stop or f/numbers (f/1.4, f/22, etc.). There is actually a ratio and math that makes these numbers work, which you can read about here. For my purposes, I don't think it's necessary to explain all of that. If you were in photography class, you'd need to learn this though! :) Look at the chart below to see what I'm talking about with these f/numbers.

http://www.school-of-digital-photography.com/2012/08/what-is-aperture-in-photography.html

http://www.school-of-digital-photography.com/2012/08/what-is-aperture-in-photography.html

Obviously, the smaller the hole (f/22), the less light comes in and the larger the hole (f/2.8), more light comes in. When a lot of light comes into your lens, things become blurry around your subject. It makes a shallow depth of field and has nice bokeh. The picture below is shot at an aperture of f/1.4:

Aperture in this photo: f/1.4

Aperture in this photo: f/1.4

However, when your aperture is smaller, it allows less light to come in, making more in focus in your picture. It increases your depth of field. The picture below was shot at an aperture of f/3.2. This aperture actually isn't that much smaller, but you can see that even with that small change it completely changes the picture.

Aperture in this photo: f/3.2

Aperture in this photo: f/3.2

Aperture can be fun to play with. yet very necessary to master when it comes to taking pictures. If you have your aperture set to wide on the wrong shot, say like a group photo, then only a few people will come in focus, and the rest will be blurry. If you're getting paid for that, then your customer might not be so happy (trust me, I know from experience messing up!). 

So all this to say, practice is so important! Start a project, try different things and become proficient at your camera and it will make you such a better photographer. 

I hope this shed some light on aperture! Feel free to ask any questions!

-Ashley

Deep Blue Water | "Get Down Low"

So I edited this picture a little, by adding some yellow tone to it, but the blues you see there are what I saw. The sun was setting and instead of emitting colors of orange, red, yellow, etc. it was cooler tones. I have been to a few beaches and have seen many sunsets, but this was the first time I had ever seen blues like this before. 

As you probably already can see, I was pretty low to take this picture. I don't think I was laying down, but I was definitely squatting down as low as I could go. I love the texture of the sand and the water.

Wish I could be back at this beach right now--it sounds more pleasant than the heat, dust and pollution I live in. :) Where I live though is pretty great, although I don't know if everyone would agree with me. 

Hope you have a great weekend! Tomorrow is my Sabbath, so no photo of the day then! I'm taking the day off. :)

-Ashley

Pine Cone Bokeh | "Get Down Low"

When I took this picture I was very happy because the boken in it was so beautiful. Bokeh [pronounced "boh-kay"] according to Wikipedia "is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens." So while this looks nice, it's actually a hard thing to master at times. Bokeh comes from your aperture settings in your camera. I'll explain aperture at another time, but basically, the wider your aperture is (the bigger the hole is in the lens), the more blur in your photo. This picture below was taken at an aperture of f/1.4--that's pretty open! Because it's so open, if I happened to focus in on the wrong thing, it's possible that my subject could be blurry as well. It takes practice to get the shot right--I mess up on this often, so don't expect to become an expert overnight.

For this picture I had to get down pretty low to take the shot. If I remember correctly, we were playing disc golf and between my turn and someone else's, I laid down on the ground and played around with my settings and pictures of the pine cones. I looked silly, but I obviously didn't care enough. :)

I invite you to go out and get down low and take some shots of something! It will be fun. And besides, it's Friday, so you have the weekend ahead of you! If you do it, send it to me so I can see what you get! Have fun! 

-Ashley

Buddhist Shrine | "Get Down Low"

This is apart of my "Get Down Low" series that I started yesterday. While photo walking around in the South of Thailand, I came across this small shrine that had the dragon candlestick holder and the bowl where they put candles in. It was a small shrine, but it made for a nice picture. I took a few shots farther away, but because I "got down low" I was able to fill the frame more. That wouldn't have happened standing up. 

On a random side note, the weather where I live is changing!! It's not nearly as hot as it was, and it might be crazy to say that 91F/33C is really comfortable! Previously it was at minimum 105F/40C as the high, and now it's getting lower and lower each day. In fact, 75F/24C is a little cold for me now! Can't believe it. I'm thankful, although I know that my tune will change whenever it's really cold (and by that I mean 40F/4C). That won't be for some time though, thankfully!

Hope wherever you're at you are not too hot! 

-Ashley

"Get Down Low" Series

As I was looking through some of my photos, I was really surprised at how many of them required me to be laying on my stomach to get the shot!! So I decided that I am going to do a series on "Get Down Low". You never know what perspective you'll have when you drastically change positions.

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This was taken in Prescott, Arizona near Mingus Mountain. It was so beautiful up there and surprisingly cold in July! I wasn't prepared for how cold I'd be. It was so nice to get away though and enjoy God's creation.

Just a side note, if you've missed out on the other photos from this "Photo of the Day" project, check out this link: http://on.fb.me/1UUzGAQ

Thanks for stopping by!

-Ashley