Monday, December 5, 2011


    Hello everyone! Sorry for the recent lack of posts! I promise to try and start posting more frequently! To make up for it, I may even do a photo contest! :)

     Anyway, I wanted to share an accomplishment with you all!! This is a picture I took last week, and I love the way it turned out. Now, the picture in itself is not the accomplishment, but the way I took it. But first, I’ll explain what it’s a picture of.

    It’s a large blast furnace. They used to be very popular for melting down steel and coal, but now they’re more or less historical sights. This one didn’t have bars across the opening, and I was able to lay down inside and shoot a picture up, toward the top opening.

    All in all, I think the photo turned out very nice. Somewhat abstract, but nice. This brings me to the point of this post: how far I’ve come as a photographer in these last six months.

    A few months ago, I wouldn’t have been able to take this photo. It was somewhat dark in the furnace, as you would imagine, and if I’d had my camera set on Auto, my photo would have ended up blurry and exposed for the light, not the brick. However, I’ve been stretching myself and trying new settings, and now I take all of my photos in Manual. Because of this, I was able to bump up my ISO to compensate for the dim lighting, and adjust the exposure myself to make the photo come out the way I wanted it.

    I said all that to say this: don’t be content with the photos the way they are. Six months ago, I thought my pictures were good. I’d take them, and then edit them to pieces in Photoshop Elements to get the exposure and color right. Now, I hardly have to edit my photos at all; sometimes I have to adjust the white balance or enhance the colors a bit, but I don’t have to do near the editing I once did and I think it shows in my pictures.

   Thanks for all of the wonderful support that you’ve given through your comments! I enjoy posting my pictures. Any critiquing or suggestions are loved just as much, too! And, like I said at the beginning, I may have a photo contest soon! Thanks for reading!


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