Break me off a piece of that!

This is a picture of Buffalo Wild Wings Flatbread taken on April 15, 2012 by © Samantha Nugent.

This is a picture of Buffalo Wild Wings Flatbread taken on April 15, 2012 by © Samantha Nugent.

Recently, I have taken some more pictures for my final multimedia project for my photo class. I tried taking some food photos that I would use in my project. The one shown above was the one that came out the best. I used a small depth of field to get the Flatbread to progressively become blurry. The biggest thing I struggled with was focusing on the right part of the Flatbread. There also wasn’t much lighting in the restaurant so I had to battle through that. I’m excited to go back to Buffalo Wild Wings tomorrow night and take more pictures! When I read about food photography I read about how there should be a light source from behind the food, which was something I didn’t have in the restaurant. Overall I’m pretty pleased with my first attempt of food photography despite the lack of lighting and difficulty with focusing.

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I can Master(s) this

After looking at some photos of the Masters in photo class earlier this week, it made me want to look up some photos on my own. I came across some pictures I really liked. I only wish I was this good at photography! Maybe someday.. Practice makes perfect.

This picture (below) was my favorite. It’s a picture of Bubba Watson who was this years winner of the Masters. I love his white outfit in contrast with the dark background. I also think the lighting is great. There is sunlight hitting his right side which make for a great photo.

Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photo by Adam Wenger

Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photo by Adam Wenger

The picture below was another picture I really liked. I think this was a great action shot and the photographer really focused on Bubba’s face and follow through swing. My photo teacher is always telling us to get closer! This is a great example of getting close. You can tell it was taken with a long lense because the background is very blurry.

Bubba Watson of the United States walks up the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photo by Adam Wenger

Bubba Watson of the United States hits an approach shot on the first hole during the final round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images)Photo by Adam Wenger

My other favorite picture was when Bubba reacts to winning the Masters. I love how this picture captured the audience’s response when Bubba made the last winning stroke. Bubba, in a sense, melts in this picture when he does win in sudden death.

Bubba Watson of the United States reacts after winning his sudden death playoff on the second playoff hole to win the 2012 Masters Tournament by one stroke at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photos by Adam Wenger.

Bubba Watson of the United States reacts after winning his sudden death playoff on the second playoff hole to win the 2012 Masters Tournament by one stroke at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Getty Images) Photo by Adam Wenger.

I got all these pictures from the website called Zimbio: Bubba Watson Masters Photos 2012

One Word for Food Photography: Delicious

I was trying to research good techniques for photographing in restaurants to help my multimedia project. There aren’t many helpful websites suggesting techniques for taking pictures in restaurants but what I did come across was food photography, food photography and MORE food photography. A little advice: For anyone wanting to look at food photography, I don’t suggest looking at it while you’re hungry! Anyways I did come across two websites that I thought were helpful.

The first website is “Food Photography Blog“. This website was actually very helpful to me. One major thing I learned from this blog was that the main light in food photography should come from behind the food. Backlighting can increase texture and rim light effects. I also learned small light sources are helpful as well as  translucency. The blog also suggested taking food photography from somewhere between 10 degrees and 45 degrees above the table surface and also that the lower you go, the better the food looks.

The second website is “Taylor Takes a Taste..“. This blog gave advice on how to take pictures of food inside restaurants. She said to find and sit where the light is. She used an example of a cafe and the booths lined the windows which let in great window light. She suggested sitting in one of the booths because that’s where the most amount of light was and it has direction. She also talked about some necessary tools to have with you while photographing foods at all time. One example was two pieces of white foam board duct taped together. (That will provide the perfect amount of fill light.) She also talked about using a diffuser to counteract any color shifts from tungsten lighting.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade

This past Monday, I woke up and went to Buffalo Wild Wings to shoot my first group of photos for my final multimedia photo project for my advanced photovisual communications class. I went at 10 am when the restaurant opened to take pictures of the opening servers. I was there for about 45 minutes until I had to leave for Geology. I brought my strobe with me and i’m glad because the restaurant was pretty dark. Definitely going to be the biggest issue I’ll have to deal with. This first photo shoot got me excited for the rest of my project. I can’t wait to start taking some audio and interviews of the servers. Below are some photos I took for my first take!

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Drew Johnson is preparing the restaurant by cutting up limes for the bars in the restaurant for his Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Drew Johnson is preparing the restaurant by cutting up limes for the bars in the restaurant for his Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Melissa Taylor is preparing and setting up the restaurant for her Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Melissa Taylor is preparing and setting up the restaurant for her Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Melissa Taylor is preparing and setting up the restaurant for her Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Servers preparing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and bar for a day of serving customers on Monday March 26, 2012. Melissa Taylor is preparing the restaurant by making tea for her Monday morning shift. Pictures taken by © Samantha Nugent on March 26, 2012.

Let the games begin!

This past Spring Break I drove home to Pa. I also drove up to Connecticut to visit my boyfriend and watch one of his hockey games he had that weekend. Whenever I go to his games I always bring my camera and try to practice taking pictures of a fast moving hockey game. Ever since I got my long lens I’ve been using that so I can really get into the action of the game! I actually found an article that talked a little about hockey and lighting and the technique the photographer used compared to what technique I used. Click here for the web article. The photography in this article used flash which I didn’t. He also gets on ice level but I was up in the stands because I couldn’t get into the penalty box. I also used a fast shutter speed and after going through all the pictures I did take from the game I realized I could have been on a higher shutter speed. The picture pasted below is one of the many pictures I took at his game. The game was at the Freitas Ice Arena on the University of Connecticut campus against Canisius College.

This photo is of UConn #16 Billy Latta fighting for the puck against #27 Logan Roe. Photo was taken on March 3, 2012 by Samantha Nugent.

This photo is of UConn #16 Billy Latta fighting for the puck against #27 Logan Roe. Photo was taken on March 3, 2012 by Samantha Nugent.

The Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation’s Bowling Event

The Andrew L. Hicks, Jr. Foundation hosted a bowling event for underprivileged kids at the Downingtown Bowling Palace on March 10, 2012. Henderson High School volunteers who are a part of the foundation’s Warrior Guide Club volunteered and mentored the kids during the event. About 70 or so children from Chester were present at the event with about 90 high school volunteers. During the event there was bowling (of course) that all the kids participated in. Before feeding the kids and mentors pizza, there was a big ‘dance party’ and all the kids and mentors danced together. They formed a dancing circle and a bunch of kids went into the center and showed off their moves! There were also line dances such as Cotton-Eyed Joe and Electric Slide. Towards the end of the event everyone was given cupcakes for desert. After the event was over the kids got on their designated bus and headed home. It was a really great event and really gave everyone a chance to get to know each other! The Hicks’ Family, who formed the foundation after their son and brother died a year or two ago, were extremely pleased with the event.

It amazes me at the things people can create!

 

My Grammy is the most phenomenal woman in the entire world, literally! She is the most AMAZING woman I have ever known. (And I’m not just saying that because she’s my Grammy). She randomly sends me interesting emails that she thinks I will enjoy. One email I received was about this guy named Erik Johansson. In the email were about 10 pictures that he had created. I thought every single one of them made really awesome pictures and all had really unique concepts. After really enjoying all of Erik’s creations, I decided to look him up. He happens to be a professional photographer and retoucher from Sweden but he is currently based in Berlin, Germany. His website said he does personal and commission work. (He has a portfolio online if you want to take a look at it. His website is: Erik Johansson.) He has some really great work and they are all so interesting to look at!! After learning about Photoshop and its different techniques and abilities, I’m assuming he does his work in Photoshop. I’ve inserted some of my favorite works of his below.

Picture created by Erik Johansson

 
Picture created by Erik Johansson                                 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture created by Erik Johansson

 

Picture created by Erik Johansson

 

 

The most important things in life aren’t things

This past weekend I went to Myrtle Beach with my family. It was such a great weekend! It was just the kind of weekend I needed. I am blessed to have such an amazing family! While I was in Myrtle I took a ton of pictures. I took pictures for a photography assignment, of my brother beautiful girlfriend Maddie for my other blog, and just for fun. I just couldn’t get enough of my camera! Life is all about the little things in life that mean the most! Below i’ve placed some of the pictures I took of Maddie. My camera was having difficulties shooting in bright sunlight because the ISO could only go down to 400. After reading the manual and doing some internet searches, I found that I could change a menu setting which would allow me to put my ISO on 200. I also had Lex be my assistant and we played around with strobe a little and fill flash.

Taken by Samantha Nugent of Madison Cox on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

Taken by Samantha Nugent of Madison Cox on Saturday, February 18, 2012.

We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher

This past weekend, a bunch of other students and I went to a USC softball game and took a ton of pictures. We met our teacher there as well as another professional photographer, Rebecca. She really helped us learn a lot. I learned what pictures a newspaper editor would want as well as the pictures you should take just incase you ever need one. I took about 400 pictures total in about 3 hours! I had such a great time and really learned how to shoot sports. Thanks to Professor McGill, I learned where to anticipate the play. I got to experience using a 400 mm lenses which was so exhilarating! One photo we were told you must have is called a “Fuzzy Bunny”, where you get behind the home plate and focus on the pitcher. I also took some photos of girls batting. We were told you always want to get the ball in the shot! Well let me tell you, that ball is hard to get in the picture when its going so fast!! We were also told you must have a picture of the opening pitcher. I got some really awesome pictures of the opening pitcher from different angles. There was also this raised deck type area behind the outfield fence that we could go on and take pictures. Lastly, we were told you always want action photos such as a girl sliding into the plate or someone tagging them out. The best pictures are with two players from the opposing team as well as the ball. One last tip we were told was to always get the program when you arrive to the field and to take pictures of the scoreboard throughout the game so you know when certain plays happened during the game. I’m excited to go try to shoot some other sports!

Photo was taken by Samantha Nugent during a USC Gamecocks softball game on February 11th, 2012. USC Catcher trying to get Western Kentucky #22, Tiffany Gooch out at home plate.

Photo was taken by Samantha Nugent during a USC Gamecocks softball game on February 11th, 2012. This is featuring USC's starting pitcher #80 Audrey Broyles.