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Recently my editorial class was given the assignment of photographing a basketball practice here at UCM. I used a Canon 5D and 70-200 2.8L IS USm combo. Here is just a small sampling of the images I made.

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I have to say that I am quite fortunate sometimes.

Today, as  I was driving through Peartle Springs I envisioned a photo opportunity  immediately. The image I saw turned out to be of a lady named Valerie. She is 82 years old and has been a fisher-woman since she was twelve. Originally from Kansas City, she has since moved to the more quiet town of Warrensburg. Valerie fishes at Peartle Springs on a regular basis; I have actually seen her before. Today the lighting was just right for making her image. Her face has such character and when she speaks that character comes out. I sat next to Valerie for close to an hour, talking only when I felt it necessary. She was confident and had a sharp sense of humor. I was enthralled by her personality, she seemed to know why I was there and didn’t mind. Normally when approaching someone with a camera and asking for a portrait I feel uneasy. Valerie was one step ahead of me. I walked up and no sooner had I opened my mouth to speak did she say, “The last man that took my picture made me look ninety-two.” I was sort of stunned. She knew why I was there. After thinking for a minute I said, “No ninety-two year old could cast that far”. We were friends with each other after that.

I feel that I am being led in other directions than I initially thought. Maybe I am supposed to connect with these people. I think I am going to pursue portraits more than I originally thought I would. I feel something completely different when photographing a person compared to a landscape. When I stop to photograph a landscape, I feel in control. I have this sense of weakness when photographing people, but not in a bad way. I feel that they are dictating my actions. I am only recording what they give me. I enjoy it. When I finally get to the point that I feel like I know this person, the image has already been taken.

MT 

Valerie

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Okay, so here are some more HDR images taken with the 5D. I am super excited because I feel that my growing knowledge and experience is leading to some awesome images. It doesn’t hurt to have some cool subject matter as well. This series was done for my Creative Photography class at UCM.

To really appreciate these, click on the image to see a bigger size.

No Contest

Strewn About

Ghost Crowd

Dual Personalities

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As I previously posted, there is a new area of photography I recently have explored. It is indoor HDR photography with my 5D and 17-40mm. I knew that  I would enjoy this idea, but until I truly indulged myself in it I did not realize just how much I enjoy it. Yesterday I went into a dilapidated gymnasium, and couldn’t be happier with the results. I do not know what else there is to say except that you should check out the images. One note involving the HDR process: I shot as many as ten exposures since the building had such extreme darks and a few bright windows. This contrast would be very difficult to rein in without HDR. I did use some special effects on the image to further evoke the feelings and emotions I felt, therefore these are not what I would call “realistic HDR” images. I hope you enjoy the sampling here, and go to my flickr account to see the rest I have posted.

Here is a link to my other gymnasium images. http://flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/tags/gymnasium/

Also, here is a link to a slideshow of my Nelson Atkins images. (I have posted a few more, and will continue to do so. This link will continue to give you the newest pics) http://flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/tags/nelsonatkinsartmuseum/show/

 

MT

Behind the Door

Passion

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I recently found two new places to photograph!!! I have uploaded some images to my flickr which deserve a looking at. On the right of this page yo ucan find my flickr site. I will upload a link to some slide shows of new images, most likely by Wed.

 

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Last night I managed to run a successful date and take some great images…with no tripod. Man I’m good!!! 🙂

I took these image at the Nelson Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City. I was in the mood for something a little different when I processed thes images, hence the black and white. The museum contains such intricate deatail that color can detract from. I wanted to capture the variety in tones as well as possible. These images were all taken with my Canon 5D and 17-40mm f/4L lens. Since I didn’t have a tripod with me I used benches, railings, and the floor as my rest. I did not want to sacrifice image quality by using a higher ISO and hand holding the camera. I am very pleased with the results. I hope you enjoy and take a look at my slideshow on flickr of more Nelson Atkins shots. http://flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/tags/nelsonatkinsartmuseum/show/

I will be adding more throughout the week so check back soon.

MT

 

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Going out with my trusty Canon 5D and L-series lenses, I was fortunate enough to snag some great landscape shots. I went to Peartle Springs, a park that is within a mile of my school. Immediately upon arriving I was bombarded by spectacular photo opportunities! I went to the lakes edge and began composing for the strongest compositions. Sometimes when I am presented with so many options simultaneously, I feel conflicted as to what subject matter I should photograph. I included a few of my favorites from the night. I am really trying to practice visualization as Ansel Adams was known for. I look at a scene and say to myself, what can I make this look like in a print.

Photographing the scene is only the beginning act. The most crucial step for me is to represent the image how I SAW IT. This inevitably means using tools in Photoshop as well other digital means to create my vision. Many will say that I am manipulating the image to something it was not. Not true. I am adjusting the image to what I imagined, saw, and felt. I can say that these High Dynamic Range images are a very close representation to what I witnessed. Much closer than what came straight from my camera. Another key point should be made. No one sees colors the exact same. Many lose this idea when viewing another persons images. Was the sky really that orange??? Well I dont know, what is considered orange to you? See, we must get out of the idea that we are all identical and that our images will reflect that notion. Our perceptions are different and therefore our art is different. Okay, now that I have that out of my system I will say good night.

 

Good night. 

MT

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