Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Final Critique
All of these images were taken from Bill Benders blog.
This picture had good dimensions and follows some of the rules that we had discussed in class.  It has a good amount of horizon, middle ground, and foreground.  I would maybe say to get a little bit more of the horizon and more of the foreground just to help it a little more.  The picture doesn't necessarily have one focus point but if did I would say my eyes are drawn to the cows in the bottom and the trees right above them.  This matches the rule of thirds.  I think he did a good job cropping and framing the picture.  The settings seem good but it might be a little over exposed.  I would maybe try to darken the grass in the pic but you never know without having the original.

This picture is one of my favorites.  I like how he captured the mist coming down over the landscape, it adds to the mystic of the setting.  The trail leading out into the mist adds a nice touch as well.  The composition of the shot is well done and I can't see anything to say for that.  Just a well done shot all around and very intriguing so not much to say.

This sunset is breathtaking.  I like what he did capturing the tree silhouettes on the horizon.  It adds to the picture having that distraction in the middle ground.  The settings for the pic work well for me and I think the composition of the layers works well in this setting.  I maybe would have tried a few different angles and maybe tried to get the sun actually in the pic but its hard to know if that was possible not knowing the situation.

This is another awesome sunset.  I like the tree here as well as the step down mountain feature off to the left.  The tree in the front draws your attention and that is in the third.  I wonder what it would be like without the tree there.  I fear if it was not there it would actually hurt the picture though.  The colors are nicely done.  I can't tell if the focus is off just a bit or if its just the composition of the clouds but that's all I can say.

This picture is really busy.  It has so many colors and lines and shapes goin with it.  I would maybe tried to get a little different angle to frame the rainbow better.  The composition is done well and there is the rainbow as the main subject in the thirds.  The back is a little over exposed but I don't think there is much to do there without losing the rest of the picture.  Another great shot.

I like this picture cropped like this but I also know what the original looks like and I like the original better so I can say the crop job doesn't fit my taste.  The rules of third don't work for me in this setting cause I am drawn to the ice in the middle.  The hole in the background doesn't draw attention like it could.  The composition of the crop needs to be backed out and have more of the above features.  The original is better in my opinion.

This picture has good composition and the rules are close to the thirds.  I would maybe have backed out to get more mountain features but again not knowing the surrounding this might have been the best shot.  Colors and focus seem good.  Nothing much to say here.

This is another good shot.  I know it doesn't necessarily meet the criteria as nature because of the building but  I think this building adds so much to the shot.  It tells a story of how wild and desolate the location is/was.  The colors of the building melt into the colors of the sagebrush and rock around it.  The composition of the shot it good having good layers and the sun shining on the subject giving front light.

This photo has strange composition but it works when usually it wouldn't.  The sun shining into the lens causes the silhouette and the aura around the boy on the horse.  The composition of layers works and the rule of thirds is used well.  I maybe would crop a little bit more off the right and seen how that looked but other than that there is not much to do.

This picture has good lines leading away into the distance where the cows are moving and it draws your attention.  The composition of layers works for me and the rule of thirds doesn't really work well with this photo.  The crop job is done well and the colors and focus of the shot are good.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Final Art Presentation

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 34mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/40 sec              


Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/10, 1/200 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/125 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 47mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/80 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 51mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/200 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/250 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/9, 1/200 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/250 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 51mm, ISO 100, f/13, 1/200 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/11, 1/250 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/9, 1/160 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 40mm, ISO 100, f/9, 1/160 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/10, 1/200 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/50 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/160 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/100 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 21mm, ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/40 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 53mm, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/80 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/400 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/320sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/250 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/250 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 400, f/11, 1/200 sec
Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/200 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 33mm, ISO 400, f/4.5, 1/60sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 25mm, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/200 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 41mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/200 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 18mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/100 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 18mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/100 sec

Canon Rebel, 18mm-55mm lens, No Flash, Focal Length 55mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/160 sec

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Extra Critique

1. The set up on this photo took some time and planning to set up.  The photographer had to be in the right place at the right time.  The exposure was a longer one due to the flow of the fog over the ridge.  The settings on the camera were ideal for this situation and the picture turned out to be pretty cool.

2.  This picture can be looked at in few different ways.  I feel like the photographers effort to have a long exposure and capture the haze of moving water turned against him and it would have looked better with a short exposure.  The cropping could also be done better in order to enhance the image.

3. The flying squirrel picture had to take some effort to get in a spot to capture one of them jumping right at you.  The shutter speed was fast enough to capture the subject mid air causing a shallow depth of field.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Following the same trend as last week on how photography can not only look pretty but can also show a sad story.  Photography can show us many emotions and many things.  From the beauty and wonder of life and things around us.  Like last weeks picture it can also show us the sad and horrific parts of life.  This is a picture of a man jumping from the world trade center during the attack of 9/11.  This picture shows us the sad part and shows us how desperate this person was to jump out of a building on fire and falling down. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This picture is not a picture that wouldn't necessarily fit into the topic of this class but it is a picture all the same.  I decided to show and talk about this picture because it shows the power that a picture has and what a picture can symbolize and mean.  This is the inside of a gas chamber in a concentration camp from Nazi Germany.  This is a sad picture and tells a very grave tail about how desperate the people inside were to live. 

Friday, November 1, 2013


I thought this picture was cool because of what it is showing.  This is not the best quality by no means and definitely could use some alterations to make it a better picture.  I chose this picture because this is one of those moments when you are caught off guard and are not expecting anything and luckily this person had there camera with them.  You never know when your gonna get a shot so take your camera with you wherever you go.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


This is an image of my home town's back-drop.  I love this place and love this picture.  It is of the valley and then the Crazy Mountains.  Just left of the picture is Livingston and to the right is Big Timber.  The view at home is just breathtaking.