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Wk 3 - Digital Tech

Wow i can't believe we're into week three.  We've learn't so much over these past weeks.  I'm starting to get my head around aperture and shutter speed.  I'm enjoying this journey and doing my best to keep practicing - thanks family for lending me your beautiful faces!

Today its been a bit of a recap and organizing of folders - its quite amazing just how many photos that one can capture over a space of three days, let alone three weeks.  I've trashed many a image - which at this time hasn't resulted in any anxiety yaaay. 

Moving right along....

Class work - today we were asked to correct the exposure to three images converting on of these images to B&W.  We also needed to re-size the images to 1200px and save them as a jpg.  Here are two of the images i worked on.  These pictures were taken at the MIT Rugby Game of the Week featuring Alfriston College v Rosehill College. 

f/6.3, 1/320, ISO 400

No 14 was quite a treat to capture, all through the game he was shouting instructions and encouragements to his boys.  He captured my attention because he had a lot to say, but wasn't really in the throws of the game.  This shot was taken as his boys are defending their goal line - he's actually offside.  I guess hes taking a breather, because his team was dominating.  At one point of the game I caught him saying "aaah what a boring game".  Cracked me up so much I secretly hoped that the other team would turn the game around and take the win.

The above shot is the original image.  I used a higher ISO for this shot because it was overcast and a low aperture setting to focus on my subject.  The changes i made for the second image was to give it a lighter brighter look.  I did this by raising the exposure, contrast and clarity.  This helped keep the details crisp when the image was converted to black and white.  I like the black and white image because the subject is really defined.  The original photo has al ot of elements which draw the eye away from the subject.  This could of been remedied by lowering the aperture to bring the depth of field close to the subject.

 This is a photo of the Winning Teams (Alfriston College) Player of the Day - Leevi Utai.  I really like this shot, Leevi had said this is his "fierce pose".  It's reinforced by the strong vertical line behind him, the dark clouds and low angle shot.  I honestly didn't want to make too many changes to this photo because i think the muted colours add depth and interest to the image.  So with this in mind i decided to select the auto correct option.  There is more light in the image, highlighting every detail in the photo which may not have been noticed before i.e. muddy arms, contour of his face. 

If i was to take this shot again, i would use a lower angle maybe raise his chin up slightly.  What i really like is this pose of his - it definitely has a menacing element to it.   If you look into his eyes, no matter what position you move its a though his eyes are following you.  Oooo fierce!
f/4.5, 1/1000, ISO 100


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