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For portrait class I had to design two collages. I went for a look that would be suitable for an 10×20 album.

 I really enjoy the previsualization aspect of this assignment. Hope you like.

MT

 

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This weeks assignment for portrait class was “window light”. Using the window as the primary lighting source, enabled me to focus my attention solely on the subject. If I would have been using a flash, I do not think I would have been able to shoot as quickly and smoothly. Using the Canon 5D, I was able to crank up the ISO to 1600 and fire away knowing I would have usable images. The benefit of having a full frame sensor.

I chose my grandfather as my model and his garage as the location. Using a familiar location helped both of us ease into the shoot and feel comfortable almost immediately. It was a blast and I feel I learned a lot at the same time. I have chosen a few of my favorites from the shoot. You can click here for a slideshow of even more images from the shoot.  

Equipment Used:

Canon 5D w/ Canon 70-200mm f/4L (handheld)

White cardboard reflector

photo by Matthew Taylor

photo by Matthew Taylor

photo by Matthew Taylor

photo by Matthew Taylor

photo by Matthew Taylor

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It may seem strange, but some of my favorite images lately have been out of focus. Let me clarify. I have methodically selected certain lenses and purposefully thrown the image out of focus. The result, a nice painterly image with vibrant hues and intriguing shapes. I have never learned how to paint, so  I feel this will be as close as I come.

slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/sets/72157617396714515/show/

MT

 Getting out of class early led to a nice leisurely afternoon of out of focus image making. by you.

Creative Photography: Nothing Sharp by you.

Creative Photography: Nothing Sharp by you.

Creative Photography: Nothing Sharp by you.

Creative Photography: Nothing Sharp by you.

Creative Photography: Nothing Sharp by you.

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What do you do on a Saturday night in Warrensburg? A question often asked. Well, this last weekend my girlfriend and I chose to go see the dirt track races on Highway 13, just north of Warrensburg. We had a blast! The temperture was perfect, the cars were loud, and the fans were fun too. I knew there might be some interesting faces amongst all those race fans. To my joy, the clouds were very dramatic and made for a great backdrop to the race track. I am glad I had my earplugs, because it is too loud without them. I don’t care what anyone says, you are losing hearing if you don’t where them…its not you just getting used to the noise.

Well here is the slideshow from the night, and below are some of my favorites. http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewsphotography/sets/72157617393595948/show/

 

MT

 

Central Missouri Speedway by you.

Central Missouri Speedway by you.

Central Missouri Speedway by you.

Central Missouri Speedway by you.

Central Missouri Speedway by you.

Central Missouri Speedway by you.

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Check out my new page at the top of this page. I wrote a day by day account of my recent trip to Colorado.

MT

 

https://naturallycomposed.wordpress.com/from-missouri-to-colorado-a-photo-story/

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I have chosen my collection of street photography for my Creative Photography Class. Street photography has been around for ages, but for me to do it was creative. I try and catch the viewer somewhere between them oblivious and knowing I’m taking a photo. (I learned this from a photographer and can’t remember their name currently.)

Hope you enjoy.

Here is a slideshow of more street photography.

MT

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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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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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