Shutter Speed

Time Flies By....

...when you have so much to do! :) I know that's not how the saying goes, but that's really my life these last couple of weeks. Since I posted 17 days ago (!!) I have been so busy with my class that started and normal life activities that I haven't had the chance to post any personal blog posts! Today I thought I needed to post something

To give an update, my class is awesome! It's incredibly challenging and I'm already learning a lot about my own photography practice and what I'm passionate about. It's been great. I thought I would be posting my thoughts and lessons learned here on this blog, but we've been asked to create a separate blog that would only include our studies. I plan to actually re-post on this website some of the blogposts that are interesting. If you want to follow that blog and see every post, you can find it here. However, do know that it will be more academic in nature, especially since I will be speaking about my studies and concepts, rather than what's going on in my life. However, I think the posts will be equally as interesting, as it will be coming from a different perspective than what I normally come from. 

Now, time for some photos to be posted! These photos have been seriously delayed (taken in July and now just being posted). Regardless, they're fun to post!

These are fireworks pictures from the last 4th of July, right before we returned overseas. My Mom, younger sister, and I went to a park and had a great view. These were all taken with my 85mm f/1.8. 

Canon 5D Mark II; 80mm f/1.8  |  f/22, ISO-320, 2 sec shutter

Canon 5D Mark II; 80mm f/1.8  |  f/22, ISO-320, 2 sec shutter

These are all handheld (forgot my tripod!), so I'm surprised they came out, especially since my shutter speed was so slow! 

Canon 5D Mark II; 80mm f/1.8  |  f/22, ISO-160, 2.5 sec shutter

Canon 5D Mark II; 80mm f/1.8  |  f/22, ISO-160, 2.5 sec shutter

Canon 5D Mark II; 80mm f/1.8  |  f/22, ISO-160, 2.5 sec shutter

Canon 5D Mark II; 80mm f/1.8  |  f/22, ISO-160, 2.5 sec shutter

This last one I had some fun with. I turned the camera in circles during the entire exposure and came out with this! The last 4th of July, I did this the entire time. I sometimes get bored with normal firework pictures. You can see some of the creative photos that came out of that by clicking here. It was fun. :)

I'll be posting some of the things I'm learning in my class here soon! Have a great Monday!

-Ashley

Different Every Time

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO-400  |  Somewhere in Texas!

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO-400  |  Somewhere in Texas!

I love taking pictures of fire because you can never get the same shot!

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  1st: f/7.1, 1/8 sec, ISO-800  |  2nd: f/2.5, 1/60 sec ISO-400

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4  |  1st: f/7.1, 1/8 sec, ISO-800  |  2nd: f/2.5, 1/60 sec ISO-400

Especially when you vary the settings. These two (above) have different aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. You can see in the first one, the shutter speed is very slow. I didn't have a tripod, so I held it as still as I possibly could and it came out. If I had my tripod with me at that time, I would have experimented more with slow shutter speeds. Next time.

I like to experiment and try to push the limits on my knowledge and camera. Speaking of experimenting, I am very excited about some things coming from Amazon to my home in the next couple of days. For my recent birthday, some of my family gave me cash as a gift and I was able to purchase some lighting equipment! It's just the basics, but I'm super excited to play with it all soon.

Unfortunately, I didn't have enough money to buy everything I wanted, but I was looking online and there are many DIY projects that I can try out (i.e. DIY Softboxes). If I try it out, I'll let you know how it goes!

-Ashley

Playing with Fire

Last night it was cold enough outside for us Houstonians to build a fire and I enjoyed every minute of it. I love fires (in the right context, of course!) andI could sit by them all day long and be happy, which I practically did yesterday! :)

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4;  f/16 - ISO 320 - 6 seconds shutter speed

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4;  f/16 - ISO 320 - 6 seconds shutter speed

I had the idea of taking photos of the fire on a slow shutter speed on my tripod and this is what came of it! The exif data is below the photo. 

All I did was place my camera on a tripod near the fire, created more depth of field by closing my aperture, placed my ISO on 320 and set my shutter speed for 6 seconds. 6 seconds sounds long, but it worked well. 

Taking pictures of movement is fun for me and you should try it too! I challenge you to take a photo this week that involves movement of some sort. It could be water, someone walking or moving, fire, etc. Let me know how it turns out in the comments below!

-Ashley

Unconventional Fireworks

So. When you think of fireworks, you think of a picture with a beautiful conglomerate of color and light, all creating beautiful explosions of art. We "ooh" and "aww" at them every time and they can be mesmerizing. They seem to be timeless as they have continued to be a tradition in many cultures for different events each year.

I've taken pictures of fireworks before and it can be fun. The last time, however, I was far away, didn't have the right lens or tripod and got bored fast. How many pictures do I want of far away fireworks?! After taking a handful of pictures, I decided to change up my approach and I created this:

Yes, these are fireworks. Just at a slow shutter speed and me moving the camera back and forth continually until the shutter speed closed back up! As you can imagine, this became a game for me! What kind of images could I create with this moving light??

This one above looks like space...kind of like if a space ship zoomed by and you see the light in it's tracks.

I think this might be my favorite way to capture fireworks now! :) It kicks it up a notch in fun and in creativity. Try it next time! You'll have fun! Just make your shutter speed go really low by making your aperture really small (i.e. bigger numbers--10, 19, 22 etc) and your ISO low (i.e. 100, 200, 400). You'll have to play around with it to get the right exposure. Then, once you get the exposure right, start shooting! 

I've gotten some feedback on my photo project ideas (see my previous post for descriptions) and I would love more! It's a SHORT survey (just one question) so help me out and fill out the poll here by clicking here.

Have a great day!

-Ashley

Fountain Show

In Dubai, near the Dubai Mall, there is a fountain show in the evenings every 30 minutes. It is quite amazing, actually. The water shoots up to 500 feet high (equivalent to 50 stories) and uses 6,600 super lights during the performance. You can read more about it here. It's an amazing show!

This shot was taken with a slow shutter speed to accentuate the flow of water. It was fun taking these!

-Ashley

Reflections

On our trip to Dubai, when I saw the reflection on the water I really wanted to capture it on a slow shutter speed. I love the colors, the smoothness of the water, and the reflections. It looks that beautiful in person, too.

Hope your Sunday is relaxing. Sunday's are our days for relaxing, eating a good meal together, reading, lounging, sleeping, being with friends, etc. It's good to take one day off from the craziness of life (...which...life is pretty crazy these days!).

Have a good one!

-Ashley

Slow it Down

When I started this project, I wasn't thinking I'd go more than a month, but here I am, 3 months later and still posting pictures daily! I've missed a few days here and there, but I feel it's quite okay. :) Life can be so busy at times. I'm trying to slow down a bit, but it's seemingly impossible with everything I have going on.

Speaking of 'slowing down', I took this picture on a slow shutter speed and thus got the man blurry, while everything else is sharp (well, almost--It's handheld, so it's not as sharp as I'd like). This was taken in downtown Dubai, next to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, on our recent trip. 

Happy Monday!

-Ashley