CS178 Assignment 2 - Sports and Action
Apr 16, 2012Public
Photo: Requirement 1 (freeze action): I was watering some random potted plants and had adjusted the water flow to a lower rate. At a fast shutter speed (1/800), the water flow -- fingers and droplets -- was captured as it came out of the hose. The focus was at the hose, so the lower droplets aren't as crisp. I also like the grass and leaf colors reflected in the water. Post-processing: slightly cropped, brightness/contrast slightly adjusted.
Photo: Requirement 1 (freeze action): I was watering some random potted plants and had adjusted the water flow to a lower rate. I think I had shifted the camera downwards a bit and captured some of the droplets in focus as well. f/5.6, 1/800, ISO 200. Post-processing: slightly cropped, brightness/contrast slightly adjusted.
Photo: Requirement 1 (freeze action): At 1/640, I was able to capture the cyclists without much motion blur (though at an even shorter shutter speed, they would've been even crisper, as the background is still sharper than the cyclists). I liked the juxtaposition of the cyclists' clothing, gear, and direction.
Photo: Requirement 2 (foreground blur): This photo captures the constant action of a handbells concert. All bell ringers were playing, and the slow shutter speed (1/4) allowed the action to be captured as a motion blur.
Photo: Requirement 2 (foreground blur): The kid puts forth a herculean effort to start swinging -- and he does! Slow shutter speed (1/25) captures the action, blurred.
Photo: Requirement 3 (background blur): This requirement ended up being a little harder than I imagined; I almost fell off my bike multiple times attempting this shot. The focus is on my strange eyeball/dinosaur bell, and the background motion blur is evident as I pedaled furiously down the street while aiming the camera at the bell. f/29, 1/50. Post-production: cropping, slight edit in contrast.
Photo: Requirement 3 (background blur): This requirement wasn't the easiest to tackle. I went running down grocery store aisles with my grocery list stuck to the front seat compartment. I managed to capture the motion blur of the background, but the foreground (grocery list) isn't as crisp as I'd like. It ended up being incredibly hard to hold the camera perfectly still to take a photo with a really slow shutter speed (1/3) while also running down the grocery aisle. The grocery list is blurrier than it should be, due to unsteady hands. After 5-10 shots, the store manager asked me to stop taking pictures. Sigh. Post-processing: tried to use the "sharpen" filter on the grocery list.
Photo: Requirement 4 (action with burst): This series of 3 photos was taken at the playground and captured the kids mid-flight as they swung back and forth on the swingset. They were all taken at 1/250, f/8. Interestingly (and maybe a little confusingly), there are 3 kids but only 2 swinging. The 3rd one was sitting relatively still the whole time, and you can see him at the center bottom. Post-processing: I cropped the photos and combined/stacked them, using layer masks and adjusting opacity to show the action.