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Unbelievably busy

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I can’t believe how demanding school has been lately. This week is the worst yet, with two midterms, and three major projects going on. Most of it is behind me now, except for my hardest midterm. Riding has consisted only of going to class and work, and home, for the past couple of weeks. But next week is spring break, so hopefully I’ll get to do some  recreational riding.

My latest photography assignment was portraits. Here are some of the shots I turned in. Some of my classmates did very commercial/fashion type shots (and some of them were impressive). For better or worse, I went for something a little more “real.”


Dave 1



Mom 1


Sarah 2

Avery (my nephew)

Avery 2

I also had to do a couple of self-portraits.

Self-Portrait 2

Self-Portrait 1

I’m fairly pleased with most of them. The assignment had some constraints that were rather limiting, but overall I was pleased with my shots.

8 Responses to “Unbelievably busy”

  1. furiousball Says:

    the last shot is really cool amigo. i don’t know anything about photography, but is almost reminds me of a tilt shift shot, the foreground nice and sharp and everything else is rightly out of focus

  2. Pondero Says:

    I’m just a point-n-shoot guy, but really like the Dave portrait. It look quite “real” to me.

  3. Apertome Says:

    Thanks. The blurred background here is due to a short depth of field … the Lensbaby shots from before are actually a type of tilt-shift effect.

  4. the flat tire Says:

    Those are nice.
    I like the use of perspective in the one with your nephew, it draws the eyeballs to him.
    The slightly off horizon on your last pics sort of bothers me, but that’s just me, anal. I dig how it draws you to your eyes.
    The horizon I mean.
    The color works really well too.
    Those pictures are talking.

  5. Tim S Says:

    like Dave G in lumberjack mode. and I agree with furiousball that that last self-portrait is pretty dang cool. It might be the added toughness of the goatee. 😉

  6. Apertome Says:

    Flat Tire: Indeed, it’s a rather common occurrence that I have trouble getting my shots perfectly level with that camera. I’m not sure why that is. Also, my crappy tripod doesn’t help. At any rate, you’re definitely right.

    The second to last shot didn’t really turn out how I wanted. Some Photoshop work could help at least a little bit, but I had a lot of trouble getting things (read: myself) lined up properly. I had to keep setting the tripod, shooting, testing, moving a little, re-shooting. Never quite got there.

    Tim: thanks. We were working on tearing down Dave’s shed. Good times!

    On a general note, I noticed looking at these that a lot of these shots are composed more or less the same way. Subject in the right or left third. Roughly level. Looking at the camera. I actually took quite a few shots at different angles in some cases, but for the assignment these fit the criteria best. I’m hoping I’ll have time to post some of my other shots at some point.

  7. the flat tire Says:

    Rule of thirds works for me, vertical or horizontal.
    Gotta pay attention to the negative space though.

  8. mike Says:

    i really dig the portraits, not so much the zoom lens effect in another posting.
    yeah, composition / negative space is almost more important than the subject when doing portraits.
    how they fill, or do not fill the space really defines their character.

    i’d wonder if you did an experiment and shot the same subject with 3-4 different layouts / framing / compositions. would be fun to see how the mood / personality of the shot changes.

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