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Sunset Silhouettes

Posted by Ben on February 17, 2012

Well…another rough couple of days at school, but at least the weekend’s almost here! I’ve been going back through some of my older shots over the past few days and stumbled upon these. This is a series of shots I took back at Tech for my Photography colloquium in November 2010. The topic of the week was Silhouettes.  I think I posted another shot from this afternoon back in October, but these are pretty good ones as well.  The camera stayed in the same spot for all of these photos, but zooming in gives some pretty different effects to the shots.

I do miss having a place like the duck pond so close to wander around at all hours of the day and night.


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Blending In

Posted by Ben on February 12, 2010

It’s been another busy week here in Blacksburg.  I had a test, project and/or a homework assignment due in all of my classes over the past 36 hours.  But, more importantly, its the weekend now and I can kick back and relax, at least a little.  My friend Caleb has recently introduced me to (East Coast) swing dancing, and I really enjoy it.  There’s a dance tonight that I’m really looking forward to.  It’ll be nice to be able to go and not have any deadlines looming over me.

This picture comes from one of our many recent snow storms.  It’s been about two weeks now since I’ve seen the grass on the drillfield.  Temperatures are staying cold enough that the snow isn’t really melting.  Anyway, there was a large group of ducks gathered around one end of the duck pond one afternoon, I think it was during a break in the snow.  The white one caught my eye, and I thought it would be cool to get a picture of it with all of the snow as a backdrop.  Unfortunately there were too many ducks around to get it isolated in a shot.  I think this one turned out pretty well though.


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A Frozen Prism

Posted by Ben on February 7, 2010

We ended up with another couple of inches of snow in Blacksburg this weekend.  Unfortunately, they ended up with a couple of feet of it up in Baltimore, so my interview has to be rescheduled once again.  Oh well.  I spent most of the morning and afternoon catching up on some reading and working on my research project, which I think I actually made some considerable progress on.  Anyway, I was getting a little bit of cabin fever around 4:00 and went out to take some pictures.  I actually have a bunch from the last couple of days that will probably end up here eventually.

This icicle was hanging from one of the trees along the path out to the duckpond.  This was shot in “super macro” mode, with the icicle just barely away from the end of the camera.  I really like the way this one turned out.  The background, while blurry, is still fairly recognizable.  All of the details of the icicle are also nice and clear, especially the bubbles trapped inside.  I also think it’s kind of cool how shooting into the sun caused the left half of the sky to be blown out while the right half of the sky is exposed pretty nicely.  It was completely unintentional, but the icicle makes a great division between these two.  The image seen through the icicle also turned out nicely; it seems like you can make out one of the trees on the right side of the picture going up the left side of the icicle.


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Braving the Elements

Posted by Ben on February 2, 2010

We got a pretty intense snow storm this past weekend.  We ended up with about half a foot of snow on Saturday.  I went out during a slight lull in the storm Saturday afternoon to take a couple of pictures.  Unfortunately, the lull didn’t last very long, and by the time I made my way out to the duck pond, it had started up again.

With my normal camera settings, I was able to barely make out the falling snowflakes.  I decided to try slowing down the shutter speed a little bit in order to blur the falling snow.  The picture above was taken at 1/25 seconds.  The one below was taken at 1/60 seconds.

I really like the blurring effect the slower shutter speed gives.  Unfortunately, it also introduces a little more camera shake as well, especially since both of these were taken at the full 20x zoom.

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The Colors of Fall

Posted by Ben on October 25, 2009


Autumn in Blacksburg can be incredibly stunning.  When the weather cooperates and the temperatures climb into the 60’s it’s hard to keep me locked up indoors all day.  I spent most of the morning catching up on all the sleep I’ve missed this past week, and preparing for next week…After a couple of hours in the library churning out another essay for Professionalism and getting some proofs done for Discrete Math, I came back to the dorm and decided to go out and take some pictures of the beautiful fall colors.  This shot is from the other side of the duck pond, or at least the side I don’t usually take pictures from.  When I came back in from shooting and transferred the pictures from my camera, this one, more than any of the others took my breath away.  So many vivid colors just jumped off of the screen at me.

Like I said above, the colors in this shot were just amazing.  Unfortunately, the sky is washed out in the top right corner and there’s a little bit of lens flare along the right edge.  But those are my only real complaints about the way this turned out.  I maybe should have moved forward just a little to get that branch in the top left out of the picture.  I’d crop it, but then I’d lose most of the blue in the sky :|.  The water of the pond was fairly still for the amount of wind that was blowing this afternoon, but it lets you see pretty clear reflections of the trees around the shore.

I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for blogging this week, but I’ll try to post a picture or two, even if there’s not much of a post to go with it.


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