June 2012 - Rachelle Adams

High Dynamic Range

Before taking this Digital Photography class, I had no clue about High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos. They can be used to capture realistic images that have a high level of detail, and they can also become incredibly artistic images. If you know me well at all, you know that I’m a big fan of “keepin’ it real” in photography. Most of my editing is simple and clean, very natural looking (at least that’s what I strive for!). When my photography professor wanted us to turn in two HDR images that were “artistic”, I groaned a little. I told myself I’d do it for the grade, but I didn’t think I would enjoy them. Joseph and I headed off to Furman University at sunset, and I took several photos, hoping something would turn out halfway decent. Surprisingly, I really love these images! I hope you enjoy them, too!

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Night Shots

One of our assignments in Digital Photography was to shoot at night. These are my three favorite shots. The first image was taken in downtown Greer, and the other two were taken in downtown Charlotte.

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Line Composition

In Digital Photography, we discussed numerous types of line composition than can be employed in photography. Then we went out and attempted those numerous types of line composition. Overall, my photos weren’t that thrilling! I tried – really, I did. Here are four of them anyway.

Horizon Line and C-Curve

Repetition

Rule of Thirds

Leading Lines and Repetition
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Train by The Swamp Rabbit Trail

In Digital Photography, we had an assignment to shoot black and white photographs (or convert the color photos to black and white during post processing). I found out about this old train car that sits by The Swamp Rabbit Trail, and I thought it would be a good fit for this assignment. Joseph very kindly went with me, and he helped me in and out of the train, even though many tears were shed (by me, not him … I’m terrified of heights, even four feet off the ground). I really enjoyed looking at the nooks and crannies of the train car and attempting to capture them from multiple points of view. We visited the train again about two weeks after I took these photos. Some of those images are mixed in with a couple of other posts I’ll share.

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Point of View

We had a point of view assignment in my Digital Photography class. All of the photos had to be taken from a height below our waists or above our heads. I was pleased with some of my photos, which I’m sharing below. Boy, oh, boy, though. Some of my classmates took some really creative photos! They were so good, in fact, that I felt really discouraged for a bit. I have to fight that. Rather than being down on myself because I’m not as creative or talented as my classmates, I need to push myself to work harder and think outside the box. I, too, could be a great photographer some day!

Oops! I didn’t mean to watermark these. Oh well!

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