For my ILP this week I went out with some friends to the Chadron State Park and hiked around looking for some pictures to take. I had a lot of fun with it this week, mostly focusing on nature pictures but a few with people just doing whatever, without posing them for a shot.
One of the biggest points when photographing nature is to be aware of the sun and how the shadows are affecting the object. If the sun is too high in the sky it will wash out the subject. Typically, there two times of the day that are really good for outdoor photos, called golden hour. This time is both a little bit before sunrise until around 30-45 minutes after the sunrise and 1 ½-2 hours before sunset until sunset. These two times are when the sun cast a “golden” glow that isn’t too harsh for taking photos and you get really great contrast within the photo.
So, with my photos this week I mostly focused on interesting, or as my friend Torri Brumbaugh called it, artsy pictures. The pictures I took tended to be either of long range, landscape type shots or extremely close, detailed shots. I don’t do a lot of mid-ranges simply because they don’t tend to be my favorite, I plan to start working on the mid-ranges within the next week or two. Anyways, for my photos I made sure that my camera was getting the area I wanted it to, was focusing on a specific area of the photo, and that my shadow was not in the picture. My shadow being in the picture was kind of an issue I ran into simply because we were walking with our backs to the sun for the first part of the hike plus it was getting close to sunset causing a really long shadow to be cast from me.
Some of my favorite pictures this week were a good mix of the close-up ones and the far away landscapes. I also have a few in there with my friends, kind of a behind the scenes of what was going on. In one of my favorites, Kodi Baumann is look out over Chadron State Park and Torri is taking a picture of it. I thought that the picture was really cool simply because of all the layers in it. From Torri, taking the picture, to Kodi, looking out, then to the background of the state park, it was just interesting and I thought people’s eyes would move very smoothly through the photo.