#10 Take a Photography Class – Part 1

Well one of my #thirtybeforethirty challenges was to take a photography class.

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While my original intention (I think) was to find one to take “IN PERSON” but that is a whole lot harder (and expensive) than I can handle right now.  So my adapted challenge was to find an online class that *hopefully* will have somewhat of the same effect.  And so far, so good, because Manual Mode has been my downfall and I think I’ve finally *sort-of* got the hang of this.

I just submitted my first assignment, which was to properly expose 3 photos in 3 different locations using manual mode.  So here are the 3 UNEDITED photos I took while in Yosemite Valley.

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This first one I took while on the hike to Mirror Lake.  I was feeling super photograph-y and took a BUNCH of close ups of leaves, pinecones, rocks, whatever I could find (100s of these photos are junk… but this one came out pretty cool.)

Photo Specs: Taken with Sony A230 DSLR with Sony DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM [II] (SAL 1855) lens, ISO – 400, focal length – 55mm, aperture f/5.6, shutter speed 1/100.

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This next photo I also took on the trail to Mirror Lake (but in a totally different spot from the pine tree – I figured that counted as a “different location.)  I played a lot with shutter speed here to get the water to blur.  That was a lot of fun.

Photo Specs: Taken with Sony A230 DSLR with Sony DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM [II] (SAL 1855) lens, ISO – 100, focal length – 18mm, aperture f/22, shutter speed 1/6.

And last but not least…

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Yosemite falls as seen from a bench on the Yosemite Falls trail. I used a tripod for this one (and some help from a photographer friend to gather the right settings.)

Photo Specs: Taken with Sony A230 DSLR with Sony DT 18-55 F3.5-5.6 SAM [II] (SAL 1855) lens, ISO – 100, focal length – 35mm, aperture f/25, shutter speed 1/15.

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