Final Photos

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Home made diffuser

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http://super.nova.org/DPR//DIY01/
Here is a home made diffuser that I have made. It is very cheap and works very well, and is a great alternative to more expensive ones!

Gazette Photographers

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Gazette Digital Scrapbook

I do not know how many people in class know about this site. It is run by the Billings Gazette Photographers and I find it interesting to read what they do. They do a very good job describing what they were thinking and the entire process of their shots. I feel this is fun to look at because it shows a local perspective on photography and what Billings has to offer in photography.

Barn

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While at my fathers this easter, there is plenty good areas to do moonlight photography. This particular shot was not done under moonlight though, which in turn made it a little harder to compose. I needed to use my 50mm 1.8 manual lens and open it wide up to 1.8. I turned the ISO to 800, which is the acceptable limit for my D80. I had an idea of doing something fun with this barn at night, but when I saw that the lights from Billings were seen behind it, I had to make this shot. Its not perfect, and maybe not quite as sharp up close, but it was fun to take. I had to paint in a darker exposure on the barn to get all the detail out and I edited a few more things to make the light more dramatic. I hope you like.

Easter

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I created this as an HDR image using 13 shots. I wanted try this as an experiment, instead of the normal 3 bracketed shots. I was also using a 50 mm 1.8 lens that was completely manual, so using that, along with and ISO 100, I was able to create a narrow depth of field that I thought would be interesting. I started the first shot at a shutter speed of 1/4000 and the last shot was at 1/250. After creating this as an HDR image, I applied a filter called diffuse glow, which gave the image a lot of the look it had. I also upped the vibrance a little.

I shot this instead of something such as a cross or such for what I think easter is, because this shows easter as a commercialized holiday. The eggs almost seem to me like christmas lights, which to me also shows a lot of the commercialization of holidays.

Lost America

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While we are on the subject of night photography, I happened to come across this site.
This site is all done with the moon as the lightsource and gels to help luminate the settings. I think it is an interesting way of doing this type of photography and opens a new direction to what can be done!

Mac Decal

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http://flash.popphoto.com/blog/2010/03/camera-mode-dial-decals-spruce-up-your-macbook-pro.html