Blog, Week 5, Features

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Okay, here is my photo for Day 27 of my Photo-A-Day blog. It was supposed to be a feature photo, or a photo that did not require an article written about it, only a correctly worded caption. The caption was to use AP style captioning. I thought I had a pretty good shot here of a guy practicing his serve at Miller Park Tennis Courts. It did not require an article to know what he was doing and the caption followed AP guidelines. Well, while I thought it was right on, Jay had other ideas. To make this photo newspaper worthy, it needed something else. Perhaps climbing the fence with the camera and taking a shot down on the gentleman or lying down and shooting through the net. Next time I will try and come up with an unusual angle when doing a feature.

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Blog, Week 5, Portrait/Background Composite

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This week in PHO 241, we learned to create composites using Photoshop. We went about campus, photographing walkways, hallways, and anything else that would make a good background. Then we photographed 3 of our classmates in different lighting situations in the studio to place on the background. We used the Quick Selection Tool to select the image we wanted to place on the background we chose. Once that was done, we used ‘Select and Mask…’ to either smooth the edges or use the Refine Edge Tool Brush to bring in wild hair. Once this was done, we created another layer in Photoshop and simply drug the selected image onto the background we chose. Voilà, we now had the students image placed on one of the background scenes we photographed on campus.

Blog 4, R.J. Reynolds Football

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I do not know why, but last Friday night was a hard night for me photographing football. The action shots all seemed to occur on the other side of the field. When the ball was handed off to a running back, they all seemed to run off tackle, which means they just ran into the line and disappeared from site. Sometimes they would appear on the other side but getting a shot with their face in it was next to impossible. The field where R.J. Reynolds plays is one of the worst lit fields in this part of the state and that also presented a challenge late in the game. I basically had to quit shooting after the third quarter because the lighting was so bad.

Blog, Week 4, Advanced Portrait Retouching

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I will be the first to admit that retouching photographs does not come easy for me. I took this photo of Sue Kendall and went to work. It took me the better part of 3 hours to achieve what you see here. While my instructor will have many ways that I could have improved on this, I am pleased with the outcome. I showed it to Sue and she said she liked it because I did not take away or correct too much. There are some areas that I need to ask Josh how he would have done it to improve on the photo.

Blog Week 3, Ball Boy

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I submitted a photo for Jay’s Photo-A-Day blog of an action shot from a football game. He said it was a good action shot but what he wanted was a shot of something going on associated with the game, but not the game. An example he gave was ‘the ball boy juggling 4 footballs’. At the R.J. Reynolds game Friday night, I was not able to find a ball boy juggling 4 footballs but I did find one juggling 3 footballs, so here he is. I like this photo because this young man appears to be up to something and we do not know what it is. Just look at his eyes and smile and you know a prank is about to happen.

Blog Week 3, Friday Night Football

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This is a photo from our first football assignment. I was able to use the 300mm lens to get this action. This shot is special to me because the young man making the tackle is the coach’s son. Last year the coach asked me to try and get a picture of his son. I got some photos but they were only of him blocking, which was not an action shot. This year, he has come into his own and is a force to be reckoned with on the field. In this shot, he is making a textbook tackle on the opposing teams running back. He has reached up into the player’s pads and is using his own weight to bring him down. I turned in another shot of him grabbing the quarterback, forcing him to throw the ball away to avoid a sack.

Blog Week 2, Solar Eclipse (1) – The Beginning

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The eclipse for me was both exciting and disappointing. The weather forecast was for clear skies with zero chance of rain. The rain part was correct, but just as the moon was about to fully block out the sun to provide the totality we had all driven so far to see, a big grey cloud seemed to come out of nowhere and blocked the sun and moon. What I saw was exciting but did not get the money photo.

I like this photo because it proved that this eclipse thing was really going to happen. I was very exciting to see the whole process begin with a very slight indentation on the upper right side of the sun.

Blog Week 2, Solar Eclipse (2) – Just Before The Cloud

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This photo was one of the last that was taken before the big, grey cloud dampened our spirits. The cloud just seemed to come out of nowhere. It only affected a small area as another fellow student was in the same general area and it did not block her view of totality. This was pretty much all we saw until the moon started exposing the sun once again. Now that I have done it once, I hope I am around long enough to get a second shot at it in 2024. I may be using a walker by then, but heck, the camera will be on a tripod.

RJ Reynolds Lacrosse

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Lacrosse is a sport that I learned to appreciate late in life. It is one of the oldest games played in North America. Lacrosse had its originated in Canada by Native Americans and was thought to have been centered around the Great Lakes. Different Native American tribes would play each other and the matches could go on for days.

Lacrosse is a great sport. There is no other sport where a helmet is required and you carry a stick to either carry the ball or hit the opponent who has the ball. The rules state that a defensive player can use his stick to knock the ball loose from an opponent’s stick by hitting the opponent’s hands or stick. As you can see, there are times when the stick gets a little high. The rules also state there can be contact below the shoulders and above the waist. Body checking is allowed if done on the player possessing the ball and if it is done from the side or front, never from the back.

I like this photo because it shows the two styles of sticks used. The player on attack has a short stick and the defense has a longer stick. This is a good, legal defensive play.