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Your assignment #1 Up Close & Personal

  • Feb 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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I use to do this to the young people in my neighborhood, back in the '70s, when they would come around to my studio asking me to teach them about photography. I would give then a Pentax ME fitted with a 40mm prime lens, a power winder and a bulk back loaded with a full pack of ISO 400, fresh batteries and this simple W5 assignment.
1.Who? You can shot any inanimate objects. As many or as few as you like, but only inanimate objects.
2.What? The inanimate object must be at least twice as big as you in height, width, and depth.
3.Where? The object can not be any farther from the film plane than your arm. (If you need an explanation of this criteria, substitute your nose as the point of reference; you need to be able to reach out and touch the object you a capturing. Example, a building wall... close enough to touch it, but you can be capturing the whole 26 stories straight up or a city block along its front.)
4.Why? The composition must be such that it captures the essence of the subject. (Think sideways)
5.When? Anytime starting now... it is due 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday February 25, 2013. Post one and only one image out of the batch that you think captures the "essence" in the Assignment #1 Photo Album

Then we can brutally discuss everyone else's results but our own. Then I will assign a new assignment. Then we can upload any other of our images we think are worthy.

Good luck

By the way, you have it easy, the kids had to develop and contact print 500 frames, then pick one, print and develop an 11x14. Some of them even came back for more abuse.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    All pictures are great! Loved this assignment and virtual meetup!

    February 26, 2013

  • Angelina

    I was taking maybe 100 pictures since this assignment was up. But I never was able to build a snowman twice as big as me. I took a picture of the tree ( but it was alive-no!), then I took a picture of a building signage - (ops too high for me to touch), trying to picture of the backyard fence when my neighbor thought I was taking picture of him (surprise -emotion assignment). LOL. And I walk outside, look right and saw the brick in my line of vision. Very very interesting, make you really look, look twice and think hard.

    2 · February 26, 2013

    • Angelina

      Ginny: Some pines along the NCC Greenbelt which is in my area are dead already, so that must be the case of your pine.

      1 · February 26, 2013

    • Ginny F.

      LOL. You must be right Angelina. Not sure about dead, but at least my tree was in hibernation mode.

      February 26, 2013

  • Jeff G.

    I love the fact that everyone is only posting one picture... their "best" one. That was the other challenging part of this assignment. (at least for me)

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • Ginny F.

      Me too. I can never pick 'the best'. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. What I think is the best, might not be what others would have considered the bes.

      1 · February 26, 2013

    • Ginny F.

      Best.

      February 26, 2013

  • carolyn

    Great! Very Challenging and made me really look around. I took about 180 shots over 4 days in all weather and had a variety of shots that qualified but this one had the most dramatic effect.

    February 26, 2013

    • Angelina

      carolyn: glad i'm not the only one who took lots of it. I was thrilled, i never been so keen on taking pictures that close. So, definitely an eye opener.

      February 26, 2013

  • Angelina

    Thank you Shawn for your time mentoring us.

    February 26, 2013

  • Ginny F.

    Great assignment. Made me think long and hard. Looking forward to the next one.

    February 26, 2013

  • Jeff G.

    Just got back from my shoot today for this assignment. This was tough. I kept forcing myself to keep touching the object as I kept sliding further away. What a great assignment Shawn. I've learned to use my lenses a different way and changed my creative thought process as well. Thanks!

    February 25, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      I am waiting with baited breath... I normally don't take a lot of images, being old school I still have this thought lurking in the back if my mind that I have to develop the images and print contacts etc... but this shoot I made over hundred images, not counting a 380 panorama and a sunset every 30 seconds, both of which don't count because I could only touch the ground (sunset) or one post (panorama)

      February 25, 2013

    • Fram R. E.

      Yes me too...but only about 30 shots in total. I also fooled around a bit with the auto exposure bracketing, which added to the count.

      February 26, 2013

  • Fram R. E.

    Great assignment so far. It got me looking for objects that met the criteria. Additionally I had to refer back to my book to review some features. (For example, I realize I may have to buy a new dioptric if I want to use the manual focus).

    February 26, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    Fabulous

    February 26, 2013

  • carolyn

    Post one and only one image out of the batch that you think captures the "essence" in the Assignment #1 Photo Album

    2 · February 25, 2013

    • Angelina

      good reminder, i might end up uploading the whole album. LOL.

      February 25, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      “Photography is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.” ― Alfred Stieglitz

      February 25, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    My fault entirely, I made the Meetup 7:00 PM to 11:45 PM, without thinking, the ADD PHOTO button will not appear until AFTER the Meetup. However the album is always there as soon as the Meetup is created so you can go directly to the PHOTOS page and use the Upload Photos button and select the Assignment #1 album.

    February 25, 2013

  • Ginny F.

    Wondering how we post the pics.

    1 · February 25, 2013

    • Ginny F.

      Thanks Jeff. Will look for it before 11

      February 25, 2013

    • Jeff G.

      Well Mr Meetup is taking it's sweet old time. I'm signing off for the night - early rise tomorrow. Will upload in the morning.

      February 25, 2013

  • Anne

    Thanks Ginny - haven't done it before and wondering the same thing.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Angelina

    Okay, I think I am lost. Where is the link to Assignment 1 album to upload the photos?

    February 24, 2013

    • Jeff G.

      The link shows up some time after the meetup date/time. Usually within the hour but can take longer.

      1 · February 24, 2013

    • Fram R. E.

      Thanks for the question and clarification. I have 3 potential submissions and will submit one around 9:00pm tonight after my Scout meeting.

      1 · February 25, 2013

  • Fram R. E.

    Thanks. I will post a picture, but I have Scouts until 8:45 and so will not be able to join the discussion until after 9:00pm

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • PhilJ R.

    Shawn - any restrictions on post-processing?

    February 19, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      Phillip, I am an Image Maker, I never place restrictions on post processing. This is an exercise in vision, and if your mind is anywhere near as detached from reality as my mind, you need post-processing to bring the world in line with your vision...

      1 · February 20, 2013

  • Alex B.

    I'll give this a shot :) :)

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Angelina

    This is fun, I've read some of your tutorials as I read the board. I have an old digital camera from canon the A560. I manage to manually change the ISO to 400. The lens if this one is - it says[masked]mm as oppose to 40mm. Will this give me a different result than your specs? Or I can do the assignment of this one. (I won't be able to get an entry level SLR till Feb 28 payday.)

    February 18, 2013

    • Angelina

      Shawn: Thanks for the manual, I will definitely read more. :)

      February 19, 2013

    • Marcel M.

      I have an A710 IS that I never leave home without - they are a great camera

      February 19, 2013

  • Steven L.

    Hey Shawn, could you give a few examples that would qualify? Thx

    February 18, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      inanimate - Adjective - Not alive, esp. not in the manner of animals and humans... Showing no sign of life.
      So a rock is an inanimate object. However, one twice as big as you Steven would be a rather large rock. Now if you get real close to that rock you will find lots of interesting patterns, cracks and crevices, even lichen and such, although lichen is not inanimate, but its host is, there by making it fair game. The locomotive on the lawn at the S&T Museum is something else that is big and inanimate. The idea is to get close to something and expose it in a different light so to speak.

      February 18, 2013

  • Wojciech K.

    Interesting...

    February 18, 2013

  • Shawn Michael M.

    I just noticed that I may have unintentionally dissed people with cameras or cellular phones that only have live screen displays. No disrespect intended, but still keep the subject within arms length of the lens...

    February 18, 2013

  • Ginny F.

    Definitely sounds fun and challenging. I better start looking around at interesting inanimate objects. Thanks for posting this Shawn.

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Marcel M.

    It sounds interesting, are there any criteria on the lens we can use?

    February 18, 2013

    • Shawn Michael M.

      None, with the posible exception of a requirement that it be able to focus within your arms reach (3. Where). That is of course, given that you may want the image to be in focus, however, if that's not being the case, it would not proclude your using any lens.

      1 · February 18, 2013

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