1. This photo was take by William Bender. I really like this photo because of all the colors. His use of the 'red' rule is great. The shadowed foreground really brings out the colors of the sunset. The clouds aren't as sharp and clear as I would like but because of type of picture it can go almost unnoticed. Overall, I am really drawn to this picture because of its contrasting colors and use of red.
2. This photo was taken by Riley Boyde. This photo to me is great. The focus of the rocks to the tree line is great. This photo has many layers; the rocks in the foreground, the tree line in the mid ground, and the mountains in the background. The fog and the faint outline of the mountain give this picture a sense of mystery. I love the subtle colors of the grass at the lake edge. I agree with all of the settings that were used. It gave a great depth of field and kept everything in focus. Overall, I rate this a really good picture.
3. This photo was taken by Alicia Cadrette. I chose this photo because I think spiderwebs are beautiful. I also remember talking about the trick to spider web pictures in class; by placing a back bag, or coat behind it to make it stand out. It looks like the wall served this purpose, but only for part of the picture. The top of the web is lost in the lighter background but you can still make it out. The dew drops at the bottom of the are a little blurry. It didn't say if she used a tripod or not but with a longer exposure time one should have been used in order to get rid of the blurry bottom. The whites turned out white instead of grey so it was good exposure settings. Overall, this is a really cool picture.
4. This photo was taken by Cole Broadus. I was scrolling through his photos and this one made me stop to take a closer look. The cloud formation is what first caught my attention. The white of the cloud and the mountains is great and the darker shadow under the cloud breaks it up. On closer inspection its all kind of blurry. Given that he used a f/13 aperture the depth of field should have given a little bit of sharpness to the mountains. Since the subject was so far away a bigger focal length may have helped. The blue of the sky contrasts nicely with the clouds and the snow. Overall, besides the blurriness, this is a pretty picture.
5. I already critiqued a spider web photo but as stated before, I think they are really cool. As soon as I saw this picture I automatically fell in love with it. The black background is great from making the dew drops pop. Everything is in nice focus and I agree with all of the settings used in this photo. I love this picture.
6. This photo was taken by Tiffanie Pope. This picture really stood out to me because it almost doesn't look real. It looks like it was edited with a lot of contrast to make it seem this way. Regardless of whether it was edited to be that way or not I think it works. Because it is ice on top of tree branches the 'contrast' makes that the focus point. Normally I would say that the snow needs to be whiter but I think that in this picture to white of snow would make the ice look funny. The ice on the left had side of the picture has to much detail and it loses its shape. All the ice blends together, so speckles needed to be dulled down a bit. I think its really cool how you can see the branches through the ice and overall I think its a really cool picture. All the settings seem to have worked nicely for this photo.
7. This photo was taken by Katie Purgay. I chose this picture because it stood out to me, mostly because I could tell what it was upon first glance. I realized, at least I hope, that it is water with some ice around it. Looking at the settings that were used, and her other photos it appears I was right. The settings used were f/16, 1.3 sec, ISO 100, 160mm, and a Tripod.The slow shutter speed gives the water the fog look. The black shadows under the ice gives the illusion that it is floating. I would love to see the original photo just to see how it appeared before the editing. I think the black and white gives this photo an eerie kind of feel and I personally probably wouldn't have done it, but it works. Who knows the black and white might look better then the colored version. Besides the fact that I can't distinguish what it is its a very good picture. The ice is very crisp and clear and the shadows contrast nicely with it.
8. This photo was also taken by Katie Purgay. I chose this picture mostly for the colors. The green trees, the tan grass, brown buffalo, and blue sky and mountains all contrast very nicely. Since the layers of the photo don't have intersecting lines or really flow together it looks as though the buffalo was pasted into this photo. The settings used were f 5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 200, 47mm. The mountains in the background are out of focus. Using a bigger aperture would have given a broader depth of field and helped make the mountains crisper. If this photo was edited it was done very well. The colors pop nicely but are not overwhelming. Besides the blurry mountains I really like this picture.
9. This photo was taken by Nancy Robinson using the following settings: ISO: 100, Focal Length: 18mm, f/10, 4.0s. I think this picture is beautiful. To me it looks like it should be in a magazine. The settings work perfectly for this photo. The closest rock is a bit out of focus butt its not the subject and is held in the foreground so to me it doesn't matter. The reflection off the water is gorgeous and almost perfectly clear. The long exposure time has an amazing affect on the fog. The calm water and fog give this picture a serene and calming feel. The black and white settings only make it better. This by far is my favorite photo I have seen, I love it.
10. This picture was also taken by Riley Boyd. he settings used were f/16, 1/6",and ISO-100. I like this photo a lot, there are some things I would do differently however. I would cut out just a little bit of the water and add some more sky to make the picture more even, its a little bottom heavy to me. I would also brighten the snow, I know its in the shadows but it is just to grey for me. I think the water blur is just right. It is blurred just enough so that it isn't clear and you can distinguish it from the rocks, but also not blurred enough that it looks like fog. The contrast of the shadowed river and lit background gives a cool effect. I like the use of layers in this photo, the river, the tree line, then the mountains. It breaks up the photo nicely.