Finding Depth and Motion assignment

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    I just realized that I had never submitted this from the Fall.

    Here is a photo of a train in motion and a flower in a shallow depth of field.
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    Duncan Rawlinson

    You’ve achieved a both of the requirements for these photos.

    You have found how to shoot motion and depth.

    Now your image of the train going past toom me a minute to figure out. I didn’t even see that it was a train at first actually. I was like where is the motion?!

    Now that said you’ve understood the underlying goal of the assignment. It looks like you’ve shot this about about 1/6 shutter which is about right. The problem here is twofold. There is quite a bit of light for the shutter to be open that long and when the shutter is open that long you have to either use a tripod or be a rock solid shooter to avoid camera shake. Notice how the image is blown out a bit on the train? Also note how the whole image is slightly blurry? That’s most likely camera shake. The best solution is a tripod in this case.

    In your image of the flower you have achieved shallow depth of field but the vibrance and saturation are very strong. I reduced them a little here and you’ll see it’s a much softer and pleasing image.


    Try reducing your ISO a little here and look and change your camera to manual white balance.

    Don’t forget to remove things from the frame that don’t add value. Take a look at the spot in the lower left of the frame….

    Nice job here!


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