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Live Show Recap: Contrast

Contrast! You guys took some liberties with this one, but that was expected. We were looking for contrast in color, light, or mood.

Next week is action, so bring it!

We start off with photo news:

-Sony got the a7 SII onto a space station and is taking footage! Tony and Chelsea are repping with their nerd shirts.

-the TSA is getting more thorough with their checking electronics, sign up for precheck

-Nikon announced the D850. Meh. Tony’s real into that liquid crystal.

-Nikon didn’t send us a cake.

Ok, let’s get into your¬†photos:

-red and blue

-beach drone

flowers

Bugatis

-surrealist veggies

-“lonely in the rain, that’s actually the title of my autobiography”

-b&w sunflower

-“why do guys like¬†planes¬†so much?”

-“she’s got the kind of¬†glasses¬†only a beautiful woman can pull off”

portrait

-steel on cotton

Over to me for some questions and $$$:

-Roderick, as always

-what is one of the worst things your camera has gone through and survived? Tony left a 5D Mark II outside in the rain overnight. The drones have gone through a lot, like crashing into trees. Drones: “good images, weird experience.”

-British slam! We accept your money comment war.

-does Tony have odd socks? Yes. Like any human being (which he is, we swear.)

-where will the next Wanderlust be? Somewhere in New England!

Over to chit-chat. You know what it is:

-yeah, we have a book

-4 things: Lerman Ber, look him up

-pretty gangster with that GH5 overview

Ok, back to your photos:

 -contrast in the underpass

-contrast in technology

-“that’s a cat”

-coffee m&m

-“if you haven’t got the butt, you haven’t got the shot. I like that, and it frightens me”

ferns

-pick for Tony looking like¬†Anderson Cooper. Jk he doesn’t at all.

-I’m calling you out for your spot¬†color, Mark.

clock

-“real and¬†gorgeous

-contrast in generations

Over to me for some more questions:

-thanks for the money!

-congenital anosmia question. Tony can’t smell at all! He didn’t know until he was a teenager. He thinks we’re weirdos. “Tony, you’re gonna die.”

Back to photos:

Aurora

-woman on a rock

And back to questions:

-‘mo $ ‘mo problems

-is stock photography a big fat waste of time now? Hard to say, we’re not really in it anymore. You can still make money doing it, but not as a primary job probably.

Still more photos:

-weird bear

-gorgeous spot

fields

-bench shadow

-beach contrast

pennies

jellyfish

-you get a pick for your name

Mr. Robot

rally

ice

lantern

-evil building

Back to me for some questions:

-$$$

-how hard was your first flash shot and how bad did it turn out? Flash is hard, it takes a lot of practice to get right.

-how hard is it to produce something like Wanderlust? Justin is being humble. It’s a lot of work. Making a story out of footage is the hardest part.

A few last picks:

Krystal, killing it as always

-white house in wilderness

And that’s our show! Next week is action, so get out there.

NASA is not a waste of money. Last word!

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Beginner Photography: Contrast

Hey y’all! This week’s topic is “contrast” and that could mean a few things: contrasting colors, contrast between the subject and the setting, contrast between light and dark. I attempted to capture each of these this week. I’m attracted to contrasting light in general, but I’d like to challenge myself to look for color in my shots more often.

My first idea was to shoot my black dog on my already high contrast black and white rug. He’s a reluctant model. I shot him from above to make the carpet fill the background and used Aperture priority to keep my aperture low to gather as much light as I could in my dim living room and blur the background. Please forgive my dirty carpet.

f/3.5, 1/15th, ISO 1600

His paw looks weird because he hurt it and has a bandage on it. Poor pupper.

Then I went through and found an old shot of some green weeds growing through a grate over a rusty red background. 

f/5, 1/80th, ISO 400

 

And the last one is a shot I took of a safety helmet in the rubble of an abandoned building. Pretty self-explanatory.

f/4.5, 1/80th, ISO 500

 

These aren’t my most aesthetically pleasing photos, but I think each one properly represents the different types of contrast that Chelsea listed for our topic this week. It’s really just a matter of keeping your eyes open for unusual compositions. I think it’s a great practice to get out of your comfort zone and look at the world around you differently. Are any of you shooting on the theme each week? If so, how has it changed your photography practice?