Last week’s photo challenge was an interesting one. The assignment was to find a spot, set your tripod up, and move no more than one long step from that spot for an hour. That is why it is called “stuck in place.” The idea was that you should be attentive to your surroundings, looking for interesting things to photograph. I found a spot outside the IDEA Center on the Austin College campus. I started early to take advantage of “golden hour,” and because it was going to be close to 32C the day I was out there.
I altered this one in Lightroom to be B&W:
The other idea for this challenge was to apply several of the photographic techniques we have been learning to the photos taken during the hour. These include things like “find a line,” “tack sharp,” “selective focus,” “one shape,” “shutter zoom,” and “panning.” I tried another one that I will call “slow shutter speed.” Sometimes I used the tripod, other times I didn’t. Sometimes I focused on things close by, other times on things farther away.
I used a polarizing filter to get photos of the sky with puffy clouds. I also enhanced this photo in Lightroom, so the sky didn't really look this dramatic. I am not sure how I feel yet about altering photos to make them more appealing or dramatic, but I guess that is what artistic photographers do these days – might as well use the tools at our disposal. But as Ricky says, “don’t overdo it.”
Here is one of my “slow shutter speed” photos. I think I used 1/8 of a second, and I obviously used the tripod. I didn't enhance this one much, only a little cropping.
Here is a “panning” shot of some seed-heads of a grass. I used some of the Lightroom developing tools to enhance color and contrast, but not too much.
Finally here is the one that I submitted for the photo challenge. I like the intersecting lines on the brick grid background. Also minimal enhancements – just a bit of cropping.