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Leslie Browne
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/17/2005

Photo Assignment Idea


I am taking a photography class and my assignment this week is photographing one scene repeatedly to show how it changes over time. I have only a week so it will have to be a short time frame! I am looking to do something different. I don't want to do a sunrise or sunset. I am having a total block. I would love some suggestions!

Thank you

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4/27/2006 7:36:50 PM


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  Hi Leslie;

There is a slew of ideas I just came up with for you. How about following a child for a day or two and capturing things like clothing changes, activities, or facial expressions.

Find a nearby creek and photograph how the current changes the creek bed.

Get up early, and photograph the flowers as they open, mature, and wither.

Go to a craft shop and ask if you can photograph a product being made.

I hope some of these ideas help.

Have fun and keep shooting,
Mark H.

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4/27/2006 7:59:40 PM

Leslie Browne
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/17/2005
  Thanks Mark. I was contemplating my tulips opening up! Each frame has to be the exact same... size, focal length, etc. I like the facial expressions idea. I have three kids to choose from! Two are 16 months!

Thanks again!

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4/27/2006 8:07:28 PM

Seann P. Cram   Trying something you might not think to take pictures of like dumpsters, parking lots, or even someones clothing/shoes from day to day.

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4/27/2006 9:44:44 PM

Debbie Del Tejo
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
You have a wonderful eye and I can see your passion through your photographs. I happened into your question and it was funny because I live in the DC area and route 66 is near where I live. I was thinking yesterday of setting my camera on an overpass and getting there before rush hour and then at different times of the was BUMPER TO BUMER AND STANDING STILL AT 4:00 PM YESTERDAY. There is construction that comes alive around 7:00 am and I thought this might might be an interesting study. I don't know where you live but highways are good as long as you are not alone and are in a safe overpass. It is just an idea.....because flowers are always done and I want you to stand out and do somethiNG different. You are right about sunrise and sunsets they are always done as well. If you just take the highway idea and maybe inconporated into something like it I think you will do real well. Keep shooting and hang on to your dreams and always set goals for yourself. Let me know how and what you came up with...I'd love to know.

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4/28/2006 4:18:36 AM

Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
I have a sequence of shots along the country road at dusk with movnig cars (with headlights on) and the wild flowers in the background. (similar idea as the highway above.)

Also, kayakking scene a local stream.

Then, the facial expression of a girl blowing bubbles... (your babies' facial expressions would be fun, too.)

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4/28/2006 10:07:56 AM

Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
Another idea.
I just saw this: one of the 1st place winners this month.
Click here.

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4/29/2006 7:33:23 AM

Leslie Browne
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/17/2005
  Thanks everyone for your ideas! I went with an ice cream cone melting!

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5/2/2006 4:21:52 AM

Alan N. Marcus   How about:
Set-up early in the morning at a busy intersection, shoot a series of frames, say every ˝ hour throughout the day. This should be quite adequate for your assignment.

As a follow-up: Next day do the following – same day if you have a second film camera. Camera must be capable of double exposing. Set the camera on a sturdy tripod; shoot the same scene. Best to set-up inside looking out a window so the camera won’t be disturbed. Load the camera with the slowest film you can buy (lowest ISO number). Set the shutter speed at highest setting like 1/1000 or even 1/2000 if available. Set the aperture at smallest opening like f/22. Set the camera to double expose. If you have a Polaroid filter, mount it, this will further retard exposure. Use a cable release to avoid camera movement. Careful, don’t allow any camera movement as you take a series of exposures (all day long) at ˝ hour intervals. Shoot without advancing the film, I mean on the same film frame (double triple quadruple exposure etc.). Since the camera setting is such that little light enters, no significant image is recorded with each shutter click (a severe under exposure results). However, since film accumulates light, each successive shutter click causes the film to gain a little data (exposure). With luck, at the end of the day, the accumulated exposure on the film will be sufficient and an acceptable image. Now consider that only stationary objects will be recorded. Objects that move like people and cars - trucks etc. will be so severely under exposed that they will not be recorded. This technique is used when in a science fiction movie; you need a busy city vista devoid of people cars i.e. a ghost town.

Just a fun idea.

Alan Marcus

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5/2/2006 7:27:39 AM

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