Photo class work

Photo class work

This weeks project for the photo class I am taking is to take a picture or pictures in the style of a famous photographer. And I figured I might as well aim high and go for the iconic Ansel Adams.

Now I don’t have the Grand Tetons or some nice virgin snow to work with, but I found that he also took intimate, close-up images of nature as well as his grand vistas, so I headed off to the woods with Holly to see what I could come up with.

He shot in black and white usually using a view camera, and the aim was for crisp, sharply focused and high-contrast images. I don’t have access to that kind of gear, so I’m using my Sony A7iii with my Zenitar-m 1.7/50 50mm lens (the sharpest of my Russian lenses) and shooting at ISO 100 and mostly at f/11 or f/16 to get as much depth of field as possible. I obviously had to use a tripod as this occasionally meant as much as a 20 or 30 second exposure as I also shot 5 images of each composition at 2 stop intervals so I could merge them in Lightroom to get as much dynamic range as possible too.

So here are the three I like best: a shot of the woods kind of reversing Adams usual trick of having very white birch or aspen trees against a dark background; a closeup of a surprisingly hairy mushroom pushing it’s way through the forest mulch; and (my favorite) fallen leaves amongst the rocks in the stream…

Now to fire up the new printer and see what we can produce 🙂

 

Update: Boy this new printer really nails black and white prints 🙂


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