13th Twenty Time: Photography

Since my trip to Mexico, I have been looking for more inspiration for photos to take. I was looking around on VSCO recently and I found this presentation called “12 Tips on Photographing the Everyday”. This presentation talked about how there is beauty everywhere and that photographers should keep their minds open no matter where they are. This goes well with my project because I am trying to take a photo a day and sometimes I get discouraged because I try to look for something really cool to take a photo of and I needed a reminder not to overlook somethings because they may not seem interesting at first glance. The first tip in the presentation is vegetation, I have taken multiple photos with plant life in them, but the photo shown in the presentation shows vegetation against man-made structures, which I thought was really interesting. The second tip is shadows, this is something that I have taken multiple photos of throughout this project and I think that they can make a simple subject really interesting. The third tip is words and phrases, this is something that I don’t have much of in my collection of photos so far and I think that this is something that I should try to focus more on. The fourth tip is simplicity, I have had some photos with this, however in most of my photos I usually have one subject to focus on rather than a more open and simple landscape. The fifth tip is textures and patterns, I have a couple photos with some interesting textures and patterns and I would like to focus more on this. The sixth tip is reflections, I don’t think I have any photos in my collection so far with this topic, but it sounds really interesting, so I am going to keep this in mind as I go ahead with my project. The seventh tip is to create the unexpected, which means that manipulating the environment can help to create a better photo. In all of my photos so far, I haven’t manipulated the subject or anything around it, so I will keep this in mind for photos in the future. The eighth tip is abstractions, this is something that I haven’t taken many photos of, so I am going to work on this for future photos. The ninth tip is grotesque and I haven’t taken any photos like this, and this is something I will have to try hard on to take photos of, but it seems really interesting. The tenth tip is strange occurrences, this is another topic that I don’t have much of in the photos I have taken so far, but I am going to try to look for more of these. The eleventh tip is lines, and I have some photos that include this, but I would also like to manipulate photos so that lines appear in different ways. The twelfth tip is shape and form, and I would like to take some photos that focus solely on one subject because of its interesting shape, form, or color.

12th Twenty Time: Photography

I had a great time in Mexico over spring break. It was really pretty there, so I took a lot of photos while I was there. I got a chance to play around with different iso speeds when taking pictures of the waves similar to the fountain pictures that I have shown in previous blog posts. I also played around with different iso speeds when I took pictures of the palm trees because it was windy outside so I needed a faster iso speed. Here are some of the photos I took when experimenting with iso speed:


The photo above was taken with a 200 iso shutter speed which is longer so it captured more movement of the palm trees. The photo below was taken with a 1600 iso speed (which is as fast as my camera can go) which captures the image in a very short amount of time, so the photo is less blurry.


Below are photos I took when my camera was on the continuous shooting mode (and on 1600 iso shutter speed) so I could capture the water coming up:

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Here are some other photos that I took while I was in Mexico:


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11th Twenty Time: Photography

In the last post I showed some photos that had a combination of different shutter speeds, which I thought made them look really interesting. Here is an example of two different shutter speeds in two different photos:

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The one on the left is using a faster shutter speed and the one on the right is using a slower shutter speed. In the photos I showed on my previous post, there was a combination of a fast and slow shutter speeds. The site I found these on gave useful information about camera settings. I am going to try to do this and I will show my results in the next twenty time post.

I have been trying to keep up with my photo a day goal, however this week it was particularly difficult, because it is the week before spring break, so I had a lot of work to do. I am going to Mexico for spring break, so I am going to bring my DSLR camera and take some photos while I am there. Here are some photos that I have taken since my last post:


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10th Twenty Time: Photography

I have been trying to keep up with my goal of taking a photo a day, however I have seen some repetition in the photos I have taken. I want to try and find new angles and new things to take photos of. In order to do this I looked through some photos online just to see if inspiration sparks. I explored on flickr and VSCOcam for photos. Here are some photos that I really liked:

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I really liked this photo and its a composition of two shutter speeds. I would really like to learn how to do this, but this is something I will have to work up to.

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I think this is an awesome photo, I obviously couldn’t take something like this here. However I am going to Mexico for spring break and I may try to take a photo similar to this one.

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I like this photo and I think the birds in the corner is a cool touch to the photo.

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This is another example of a composition of two shutter speeds and I really like how this looks. I would like to learn how to do this before this twenty time project ends.

Here are some photos that I have taken recently:


I took the photo above right after the Tornado warning, which is funny because the sky looks really clear. I took it through a screen so the droplets of water are gathered in front.

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9th Twenty Time: Photography

I have been trying more to take photos every day, but its a pretty hard thing to remember. This past week I almost did it, but I forgot one day. I did go walk around last Saturday and take a lot of pictures, so it does even out. I really enjoyed taking photos on Saturday, even though it was freezing outside and I was really cold. I walked around outside and took photos for a good 15 to 20 minutes and then it got too cold and windy for me to bear so I went back inside. On my photo-walk I found a new angle that I thought was really cool to take photos of (which will be shown in the photos below). I have found that I enjoy taking a long walk and taking a lot of photos at a time rather than trying to take one a day. I feel like I have more time that way and the photos turn out better that way too! Here are some photos I have taken this week:


I really like this angle (picture above) and its different than a lot of the other angles I have tried. I think the side perspective of the sign with the house in the background makes it look really cool. I have some other photos from this perspective that I have taken, but I am having trouble loading them on to this computer and attaching them to this blog so I will put them on when I can.

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Mid Year Evaluation: Photography

We had our mid-year evaluation today. I can’t believe we only have 7 more twenty time days! This made me realize that I haven’t been keeping up well with the ‘taking a photo everyday’ aspect of my project. This happens usually because I forget during the day and then remember when it is too late and its dark outside (I could take a photo of something inside, but there isn’t really much to take a photo of in my room or in my house). However, there are days where I walk around and take a bunch of photos, so that makes up for the days that I have forgotten to take a photo. I am proud of many of the photos I have taken and those are usually the ones that are in these blog posts. Another thing that I am proud of is learning how to use my DSLR camera, even though I have only had that for about a month. I have been really enjoying this project and I am excited to see all of the photos I have taken by the end of it.

8th Twenty Time: Photography

Since the last post I have figured out how to get the photos from my new camera onto my laptop. I had to order a separate cord on amazon because the memory card in the camera doesn’t fit into my laptop. It snowed this past weekend so I got some interesting photos of the snow. One of my favorites is of my dog jumping up in the snow (she really likes the snow so I kicked it up in the air and she tried to eat it). I have been really enjoying learning how to take photos on my new camera. I think I have been getting the hang of it and it is a fun hobby. One of my friends got a new camera too, and when I went over to her house we had a lot of fun taking photos. I’ve had a lot of fun taking photos and it is definitely something that I will continue after this project ends. Anyways here are some photos that I have taken since the last twenty time:

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7th Twenty Time: Photography

Since the last blog post I have taken a lot of pictures. I also have gotten a DSLR camera. It is the Canon Rebel xTI. I have taken quite a few pictures on it, but most of them are blurry or just not very good since I am just getting used to this big bulky camera with multiple settings. I did take some pictures that turned out pretty well, but they were mostly all on automatic settings and I would like to learn how to take really good photos without having all of the settings on auto. I am really enjoying learning how to take photos on my new camera, even though I can’t take a photo on it every day because some days I don’t have enough time and my phone is more accessible for taking pictures. Over winter break I did not take as many photos as I would have liked (which is one photo a day), because I forgot some days. However, there were some days over break where I took a walk and took some photos, but those walks were cut short because it started to rain a lot or it was getting dark. Anyways here are some photos that I have taken (none of them were taken with my DSLR camera because I haven’t put those photos on my computer yet):


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6th Twenty Time: Photography

This twenty time I cropped and organized more photos. I had less photos this time because I forgot to take some over the thanksgiving break, but I am getting back to taking photos every day. When I forget to take a photo one day, I make it up the next day by taking 2 photos that day and so on. I have yet to take photos with anything else besides my phone, but I hope to do that soon. I enjoy playing around with different lighting and angles of photos. I have decided that my slideshow will include just my favorite photos, because if I included all of the photos from each day there would be a lot of photos in the slideshow. A lot of my photos include some of the same things like leaves, raindrops, stairs, lamps, etc. I think I will take the same photo with different cameras one day and see how the photos are different, so I know which camera I like the best. That doesn’t mean that I will always use the camera I like best because my phone is usually always with me. Anyways here are some photos:






5th Twenty Time: Photography

During this twenty time I walked around and took photos for the first five minutes. I came back inside and worked on editing my photos and adding the new ones to my twenty time album so that when it is time for my to work on my slideshow I have all of my photos in one place. Currently I have about 220 photos in my twenty time album, which is a lot considering that this project has only been going on for about 2 months or less. Some of the photos that I have are very similar, so I won’t use both of them in the slideshow. I also have multiple photos from the same day, so I’m not sure if I want all of those to be in the slideshow or if I should just put one from each day. I am really enjoying this project so far, but I want to start using my camera that is not on my phone. I want to get a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera, which are the big cameras that are really good for photography. I think my mom is going to get hers fixed and give it to me for Christmas, but I am really excited to see how the photos vary from my camera phone to my digital camera and also from a DSLR camera. I also have a polaroid camera, but I don’t think that is the best idea for this project. Anyways here are some photos from this week: