Tis’ The Season

Knight_3
“Big Smile”
Dec. 10, 2015
1/80 sec at f/4.5
30 mm focal length
ISO 1250

Knight_1
“Christmas Cheer”
Dec. 3, 2015
1/20 sec at f/4.5
26 mm focal length
ISO 1000

Knight_2
“Ornaments”
Dec. 10, 2015
1/20 sec at f/5
34 mm focal length
ISO 1000

For these photographs, I wanted to capture the the joy of the upcoming holidays. It’s my favorite time of year. Using my boyfriend once again as my muse, I captured him in good spirits at work and next to our beautiful Christmas tree. I also took an up close photo of our Christmas tree. Happy Holidays!

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Photographer Styles

Knight_A8-1
“Darnell”
Dec. 3, 2015
1/10 sec at f/5.3
40 mm focal length
ISO 1600

Knight_A8-2
“Darrin”
Dec. 3, 2015
1/13 sec at f/5.6
55 mm focal length
ISO 1600

Knight_A8-3“Collin”
Dec. 3, 2015
1/13 sec at f/5
28 mm focal length
ISO 1600

Knight_A8-4
“Camera Friendly”
Dec. 3, 2015
1/25 sec at f/5
22 mm focal length
ISO 1600

Knight_A8-5“Kanden and Darrin”
Dec. 3, 2015
1/13 sec at f/5
36 mm focal length
ISO 1600

For this assignment, we had to choose a photographer and take a series of photographs in the style of them. The photographer I chose was Annie Leibovitz. She is mostly known for her portrait work and is widely considered one of America’s best portrait photographers.  I chose Annie because I admire her work and I wanted to strengthen my skills at photographing people and doing portrait work.

My theme for this assignment, I wanted to do a series of black and white photos focused around my boyfriend and his family. Family is very important to him, as my boyfriend was adopted when he was 5 or 6. A few months a go, his dad adopted 3 more little boys, so now, 20 years later, my boyfriend has 3 new little brothers whom we’ve come to love and adore. My plan was to capture cute, yet professional looking portraits.

Digital Eye

Knight_A7-1
Original
Knight_A7-2
Revised

“Railroad Crossing” (both)
Sept. 7, 2015
1/125 sec at f/6.3
24 mm focal length
ISO 800

I always thought this photo would look great in black and white, so I decided to do just that. I also added a mezzotint filter to the photo’s background. I also kept the red tint of the lights and brightened them and adjusted the contrast so that they would pop more. I like the photo overall. I was going for an old time-y, black and white film feel and the picture came out successful.

High Key / Low Key

Knight_A6-1
“Converse”
Dec. 12, 2015
1/20 sec at f/5
36 mm focal length
ISO 1000

Knight_A6-2
“Candlelight”
Oct. 5, 2015
1/60 sec at f/5.6
50 mm focal length
ISO 1600

This assignment was a little hard for me… I thought that I would have an easier time with the high key photos, but surprisingly, I enjoyed the low key photos a little more. I decided to use a candle for my low key photo and Converse shoes for the high key photo. I played with the lighting and angles and took multiple pictures to get the perfect picture. Both photos turned out well.

Faceless Portrait

Knight_A5
“Book Worm”
Oct. 5, 2015
1/30 sec at f/4.2
26 mm focal length
ISO 2000

Using my boyfriend as my muse, for this assignment, I wanted to take a picture that most represents him. I like the structure and the layout of the photo. The angle of the photo, being over top the subject, makes it visually interesting. My boyfriend loves architecture and design, and he loves to read a good book, so this photo displays all those characteristics.

Unlikely Beauty

Knight_A4
“Leaves”
Sept. 30, 2015
1/400 sec at f/8
55 mm focal length
ISO 1000

For this assignment, I decided to go explore the apartment complex where I live.. I decided to go with a nature theme and chose trees and rocks as my subjects. The picture above is of branches and leaves of a tree near the playground area. The trees near there are great. They are super tall and it looks so cool when the wind blows against the leaves because the leaves are super long. It reminds me of hair blowing in the wind. I like the close up of the leaves and depth of field. The leaves in the front are crisp and sharp and as it gets further back in the image, it becomes less sharp.

Uncluttered

Knight_A3
“Resting on the Playground”
Sept. 13, 2015
1/125 sec at f/22
55 mm focal length
ISO 800

I decided to take advantage of a weekend where my boyfriend and I were spending with his new (adopted) little brothers. This picture is of Darnell, the oldest out of the 3 boys, taking a break laying on the playground set after running around, riding bikes and swinging on the monkey bars. This photo incorporates the rule of thirds. There are also a lot lines and vivid colors from the equipment, with the focus being on Darnell and the equipment frames him, keeping your eyes on the picture and moving around the photo.