Reply To: Lesson 5: Color, New Subject

Duncan Rawlinson

hi jessica,

Thanks for reshooting that assignment.

Your new image is very much improved. In fact this is your best image yet!

Here is the EXIF data for this image:

Date Time Original: 2015:05:02 14:21:48
Exposure Time: 1/320
F Number: f / 18
Exposure Program: Manual
ISO Speed Ratings: 800
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
Focal Length: 40mm
White Balance: Auto white balance
Make: SONY
Model: ILCE-3000
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Date Time Digitized: 2015:05:02 14:21:48
Brightness Value: 9.35
Max Aperture Value: 4.34
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File Source: DSC
Scene Type: Directly photographed
Custom Rendered: Normal process
Exposure Mode: 1
Digital Zoom Ration: 1
Focal Length In 35mm Film: 60mm
Scene Capture Type: Standard
Contrast: Normal
Saturation: Normal
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Date Time: 2015:05:02 14:21:48
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Software: ILCE-3000 v1.01

Now in terms of this assignment you’ve done much better here.

The color is quite simple and I think it works but there are some areas where you could improve here.

In a classic landscape photo like this it’s almost always best to shoot using a tripod and at as low an ISO as you can possibly go.

In this case you shot at ISO 800 which can sometimes impact the color and wash things out a little.

Shooting at a slower shutter speed and lower ISO on a tripod may have helped here.

The main goal of this assignment is to get you to think about color. In this case it looks like you’ve done that and you’ve chosen green as your primary organizing element.

Remember to always be cognizant of your composition as well.

In this case the most interesting stuff, the trees/are crammed up in the tip right quadrant of the frame.

Other than that there are some lines which are drawing my eye toward the tree in the top right of the frame so that’s good.

In future use lines like this to draw your viewers eye to the most interesting thing in the frame. For example a persons face.

One more note here would be to ask yourself in almost all scenarios like this is: whats the most interesting thing here? Then just shoot that!

That is of course unless you’re creating the thing… IE with a model or in a studio or something.

Try to think of this assignments as not just assignments but also portfolio pieces. In other words would you put this on your wall and frame it?

If so, that’s great. If not keep working at it until you’re happy with the result.

Lastly the time of day here is also very harsh flat light. To get better and more interesting colors try shooting during magic hour.

I hope all of this helps and see you on the next assignment.