A photo of an egg on a cutting board that I took as part of the assignment asking us to prove that we understand different categories of photos. This one was about the "Dot", where there is one focus, usually round, somewhere in the picture. 

What's unique about this photo either than confusing the crap out of everyone is that there are two points of focus. One on the egg, and another on the flour and oats on the top right corner. 

This photo was one exposure. Meaning there was no focus stacking used. There was also no photoshop manipulation done. 

How was it taken?

Watch the video below.

What’s unique about this photo is that the whole thing has perfect exposure.

Usually if the bark is exposed the sky is too bright and becomes white. If the sky is blue everything else is really dark.

But in this photo...

The sky is blue. The sap is glowing golden. The dark bark still has texture.

That’s what bracketing does for you.

You tell the camera to take multiple shots really quickly at different levels of brightness. That way, in multiple photos taken really quickly, you capture the best lighting in all worlds; sky, tree bark, dark areas, super bright areas, etc.

Then you get a program like lightroom to put them all together, keeping only the best parts. And as a result you get a nicely exposed photo even if the differences between light and dark are too much for the camera (which they usually are!)

This is also a bracketed shot. The goal was to show I understood "Scale", where one object is bigger than the other, or vice versa. Another cool fact is that this one was taken at an aperture of f/22. Look at the trees. I was amazed that they still had a little blur, even at f/22!

If you're not sure what f/22 is, you should visit my page where I go over my photography class. I'm there live with you, and I teach you how to use your camera in full manual mode, which unlocks full photographic flexibility for you. I teach aperture there, too! 

Another shot to show scale. We had to do a minimum of 10 per category. 

This was a shot to show an example of texture. I took a picture of the edge of my wall, brought it into Photoshop,  duplicated the picture, and mirrored it. 

This was to show lines. I made sure to some blur in the front of the photo, too, by sticking a few branches in front of my lens. It never hurts. 

This photo was to show the dot focus, or the scale. Focusing on such a small droplet was hard! I ended up using manual focus, and focus peaking (Where the screen lights up at the points that are currently in focus, making it easier for you to dial in your focus to exactly where you  wanted it to be. Also, because the sap was so bright, I wanted to put it in front of a dark background, so that it pops out more :)

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