Have You Shot Your Photo Assignment Yet?

Here's my setup for the sand reflections shot: Canon Mark IV on Leitz Tiltall tripod, 50mm macro lens, cable release and fader-style adjustable neutral density filter (for long exposure). (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Here's my setup for the sand reflections shot: Canon Mark IV on Leitz Tiltall tripod, 50mm macro lens, cable release and fader-style adjustable neutral density filter (for long exposure). (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

I’ve gone out and shot my version of Assignment #1 for our new Photo Assignment Forum, which you may recall involved taking your camera, going out, looking around very carefully, slowly, and deliberately, and shooting ONE AND ONLY ONE image.

My aim with the assignment, which was not technical or skill-based, was simply to try and help you slow down and really see what was there.

Well, it certainly worked for me! And I felt the pressure of having only one frame to shoot something that you’d all be impressed with! I went out early yesterday before the sun was really up, down along the little stream (officially, the Little Bogue Falaya River) that runs along the back of our property. It’s a beautiful spot but one that I’ve always found challenging photographically. It’s not a simple, serene section of the river. It has lots of brambles and overhanging branches and whatnot—not an easy place for landscapes, at least not for me. But sometimes I’ll see something up close that interests me.

The sand patterns did it. That, and an overhead shimmer, out of focus, from the sky reflected above. I set up my tripod, got out my cable release and set about shooting my one frame. I needed the long exposure—here 75 seconds—because I wanted to blur that glassy shimmer. But I made a classic mistake: the stopped down aperture—f14—brought too much of the image into focus, ruining my glassy hoped-for blur through the highlights. So the image is simply okay, but still a success for me personally: I won’t make this type of aperture  mistake again! (Well, at least not for a while!)

River Sand and Reflections. Little Bogue Falaya River near Covington, Louisiana. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

River Sand and Reflections. Little Bogue Falaya River near Covington, Louisiana. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Have you shot your assignment yet? I’m hoping you will, and then come over and post it in our new Forums. Let’s turn these new forums into a beehive of Discerning Photographers, all looking to improve and grow as we work on our shooting…

[Note: Assignment #1: ‘Just One Shot’ will remain open for another week, so there’s still plenty of time to venture out and get your one shot.]

Hi, I’m Andrew Boyd, a.k.a. The Discerning Photographer, and I hope this post has been interesting and informative. Please leave me a comment about it, let me know what you’d like to see more of on the site! You can also sign up for email delivery of all future articles or my RSS feed. Or subscribe to our Facebook page or our Twitter feed. Thanks!–DiscerningPhotog

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Photographer, videographer and photo editor. Host and creator of The Discerning Photographer web site. Currently a Canon shooter.

4 Comments on "Have You Shot Your Photo Assignment Yet?"

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  1. belimbach says:

    Naaa, not yet. we had a nice foggy morning and I took my camera, but with our dog Sam I did not slowed down that much and took a couple of other shots I wanted to try. But , I must say, there are some ideas for the ONE shot assignment… At least I am at that point…

  2. belimbach says:

    Oh, I forgot, I absolutely like your self-portrait. It’s fabulous! 🙂

  3. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  4. Cherelle Gallivan says:

    Thx for information.

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