Mode Dials

A picture of three high school students. Really I just asked the first three people I saw to pose for my picture super quick, but the result actually turned out quite nice.


[f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-200]


A portrait shot of my classmate.


[f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-200]


A landscape shot I  like. I like the way the glass reflects the horizon to the right.


[f/9, 1/400, ISO-200]


A photo of a small animal on a student’s locker.


[f/5.6, 1/25, ISO-400]


An action shot. I like this photo because there is a lot happening at once.


[f/3.5, 1/640, ISO-200]

A night shot of Maria. I really like the way her silhouette contrasts the light behind her.


[f/5, 1/15, ISO-3200]



Weekly Assignment #1

The theme for my weekly assignment was “Kingston Architecture”. I just took pictures of buildings and architecture in Downtown Kingston.

(ISO-200, f/3.5, 1/1000)


This is my favorite picture. I really like the way some lines are perpendicular while others intersect each other. I also think the sky contrasts the rest of the image quite nicely.

(ISO-1600, f/3.5, 1/2500)


I like the horizontal tilt in this picture.

(ISO-200, f/3.5, 1/500)


I really like how the tilt in the picture makes the bottom vent line up with the bottom of the frame.



Working Photographer

For my first photo genre I chose bird photography. Bird photography is the act of photographing birds in action. Bird photography is very difficult and requires top-of-the-line equipment and lots of skill. I like bird photography because I find it very impressive that people can take such high resolution and quality images of creatures moving so fast.

A famous bird photographer is David Tipling. My dude David was interested in bird watching from the very beginning of his lifespan. He was self taught, and spent his teens photographing local birds with his first camera. In the 80s he traveled all across Britain, following groups of birdwatchers. He has won many significant awards, including the 2011 European Nature Photographer of the Year Award.


(Images by David Tipling)

These images are sellable because they’re very sharp. The colors pop and the birds are always in focus. They portray these birds as majestic creatures.

Some more websites:


The second photography genre I picked was architecture photography. Architecture photography involves taking pictures of man made structures (buildings). I really like architecture photography because I really like seeing interesting designs of buildings, as well as interesting ways to approach photographing those designs.

A famous architecture photographer is Victor Enrich. Born in Barcelona, Spain, his grandfather fueled his interest in architecture. He studied and worked for architectural firms, but he realized his true passion lied within photography. He modifies all of his images to represent the buildings how he wants them to look.

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(Images by Victor Enrich)

These images are all extremely creative and unique. They catch the viewer’s eye, and the impossible architecture part of it really captures the viewer’s imagination.

Some more websites:


I think these two styles deeply contrast each other. Architecture photography involves taking static images of man-made structures, giant metal or concrete behemoths. Bird photography, on the other hand, is natural and pure. You’re taking quick snapshots of these beautiful creates untouched by human development.


(f/3.5, 1/4000, ISO-1600)

I spent a while looking for the biggest, ugliest building in Kingston. To me, architecture can be beautiful, but the pictures I see of buildings are always just that: really nice, beautiful, symmetrical. Buildings aren’t always like that. Sometimes they’re just plain ugly. I had some other pictures which show off the sheer size of the building, but that isn’t entirely what I was going for. I like this one because it shows of different types of architecture: the massive building, the shed, the car, and the metal post. I decreased saturation by a lot because to me, architecture isn’t really a colorful topic.


I really like this picture of the bird, because the bird looks very lonely.



Action Shot- Shot with a slightly lowered exposure. Fan was set to the highest speed. In Photoshop, I increased slightly shadows, saturation and vibrance.


Portrait Shot- Shot with everything on auto (I know, right?). In Photoshop, I added a Noise Reduction and Sharpening filter. I added a Red Only filter with the Magic Bullet Photo Looks plug-in (parts of the image other than the tie also remained red, which I corrected by desaturating it with the sponge tool)


Night Shot- Shot in my room with a lowered exposure. In Photoshop, I selected the area around what is currently visible in the picture and filled it with black (the light was reflecting off the wall and my window, looked bad). Selected the contents of the monitor and maxed out vibrance. Greyscaled everything else (my keyboard glows green originally).


Macro Shot- Shot with a lowered exposure. I was farther from my subject than would appear and zoomed in (my camera/lens has no macro setting and the focus can only focus in on objects so close). In Photoshop, I increased shadows. Then I increased the vibrance of the green man and lowered the vibrance of everything around him (to make the colors pop)


Creative Choice- Shot with a slightly lowered exposure. In Photoshop, I increased Shadows and Highlights (leveling, basically). I selected the cup and table and zeroed saturation on everything else to achieve the black and white effect.


Letters In The Environment- Regular exposure. Saturated and changed the hue of the selection. (Spent at least an hour on messing with selections and trying to add it to existing masks, etc.)