Sports photography has always interested me. Capturing moments that happen in split seconds that tell the story of a game, race, or match is not easy. There is so much raw emotion in sports. No set ups, no studios, only real people giving it everything they have. You can take great images of sporting events.
I recently had the chance on a Saturday to take my camera to a couple high school sporting events. I used a canon 24-105mm and a 100-300mm. I shot in aperture priority mode and had autofocus on. It was tough to get the focus correct for a lot of photos. I was trying a new technique for me called back button focusing. Most recent cameras have this option. Instead of the auto focus being engaged when the shutter is half pressed, you can control when you want to focus using a button in the back of you camera. I find this useful to prefocus shots. You can choose the object or place you want the focus and then it will not change if you press the shutter. I have found it very useful and not only with sports photos.
Here are a few of my favorite images. More on flickr if you want more.
Also while in Boston, we fed some ducks. Warning, they will surround you! The ducks swarmed around us and even started fighting with each other when the leftover donut pieces started flying. This was a good opportunity to get some close ups. Another couple fed peanuts to squirrels. Which also made for a couple great shots! The turtle is from the pond on campus; they look like dinosaurs! Here are my favorites, more on the flickr page, link at the bottom on the page.
While in Boston over the past weekend, my girlfriend and I went to visit the Boston Marathon Memorial. It was an incredible experience. The outpouring of love moved both of us. Seeing gifts left, posters signed, and the amount of people paying tribute to the victims was amazing. It is hard to describe the feeling when you walk around. So many people caring and coming together. It is hard not to get choked up. The best part of the memorial is that it shows how great people really are. It reminds us that people do care about each other and can put differences aside. If you have the chance I suggest you visit, if not here are a couple photos that we took at the memorial. There are a couple more on my flickr page if you want to see them.
May have damaged my retina getting this pic… worth it!
I see a lot of photographers saying that you should not follow the fads or what is in right now. A lot of this is concerning processing and ways of editing. Like HDR photography, time lapses, and the like. Personally I say that you need to try them and see if you like them. Of course I do not have a personal style yet, but that is why I am trying all this stuff out. I love doing timelapse and it has nothing to do with it being a fad. Find things you love doing and go do it all the time! I am still searching for my niche, but here is one I can check off my list. This was just for fun, but I thought I’d share my stab at this fad.
Walked outside and saw a rainbow the other day, so I ran inside grabbed my camera and snapped off a couple shots before it faded away.Turned out alright, little over saturated, but I really wanted the rainbow to show up!
Found this image from a little while back and realized I had not posted it yet. Enjoy!
I decided to try my hand at the most recent vimeo weekend challenge since I haven’t had much time for photo or video recently. The challenge was to use one color throughout a 1 minute video. Always good to keep practicing!
A Blue Morning Workout from Paul Rutherford on Vimeo.
Here is the video I put together for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ music video contest. It is similar to the one I have posted before, but I upgraded it with more recent shots. Enjoy!
This is a timelapse video I made almost two years ago. Since someof you may not have seen it I figured that I would post it here. It is also in the timelapse section along with others. All of the shots were taken in Philly. I miss Philly!
LOVE from Paul Rutherford on Vimeo.
Here is another timelapse I took while in Philly. The red sculpture is a big “Sorry” game piece. When I have time I will try to post about how to take basic timelapses.
Here is one of the timelapses I took in Philadelphia. Working on a video for the Macklemore X Ryan Lewis Bombom music video contest! I will post when it is finished!
Please do not climb on the big noodle sculpture from Paul Rutherford on Vimeo.
There are more photos that were taken in NYC, but here are three that are all completely different. I am still searching for what I like to shoot the most, so I have been shooting a variety of things and editing them in different ways. It is a lot of fun to try different subjects and ways to edit things. I believe it is only going to help me in the long run if I can look at different objects and try to make each of them interesting in their own right, rather than only shooting specific subjects.
While in NYC, thats New York City, I wanted to take some photos of the skyline and the Williamsburg bridge. However, I needed to convince my friends to take the cold and snowy walk with me, not the most appetizing when you’re in a warm apartment. So I thought, why not get them in on the fun? I had a second camera and asked if they wanted to take photos along with me. They thought it would be a good time and came along; what great friends I have(and girlfriend she likes taking photos with me too)! So we walked around and here are some of the shots they came up with. I did some editing on the photos for them. Here is Charlie and Brendan’s work!
We all have seen those ugly, rainy, cold and dreary days when it seems as if there is nothing to capture. No good clouds, light, or subjects. Well go out and shoot anyway! I challenged myself to get out and find something interesting. It was not easy and it was cold and windy. After a little while walking around I stumbled upon this stuffed bear with flowers attached to it lying face down on in the dirt. I thought it was pretty interesting; someones date must have ended poorly. So I decided to set it up and take a few photos. After the mini photo shoot, and a couple odd stares, the sun started to break from the clouds. These may not be the best photos I have taken, but it is always good to challenge myself. Otherwise I will end up shooting the same things over and over again.
One of my favorite places is Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. I have not had much chance to shoot there, but I have had plenty of visits for food. You can find anything you desire. From amish sticky buns to a genuine Philly Cheesesteak. There is an incredible energy pulsing through Reading Terminal around lunch time; you get swept up in it and forget to order because it is so overwhelming. I wish I could eat there everyday, but alas only when I visit Philadelphia (another one of my favorite places). Here is one of the only photos I have taken inside of Reading Terminal. It does not capture the hustle and bustle because it was taken early morning when my dad and I were purchasing some of the best sticky buns of your life!
Here are some other photos I took from the show!
Last year I bought the canon 8-15mm fisheye lens for my t2i. Once I received it I fell in love with it. Fisheye lenses always give you a unique perspective on any shot. I do not know why, but I enjoy the bending and warping of lines in fisheye photos. The 8-15 is ultra wide. Ultra! Now that I have a full frame sensor at the 8mm setting it gives a complete circle and is a “180″ degree view. Thats amazing! Of course there are not too many opportunities to use the 8mm setting, but the flower show gave me a couple chances. There was a section in the show that reminded me of recess in elementary school; remember that game, sort of like basketball, where you had to throw the ball in the top and then it would come out one of four holes? Well the flower show had similar looking pieces that had arrangements of flowers inside of them. The holes were to put your head in and take a look around. The fisheye came in handy to capture the entire arrangement while looking through the circular hole. Being taller, I was also able to reach over top one of them and shoot straight down to show one of them from the top. You can see me reaching up, and tons of people, around the outside of the photo. I have also used this lens for landscape time lapses and photos. It is a great piece of equipment to have and I use it more than I probably should.
The rule of thirds is a very general and basic guide to composition. But the rule does more than keep photos interesting, it makes me start to actually think about what I am shooting. It is one of the first things I read and learned about video and photography. The rule is an easy way to keep photos interesting and used for composing/cropping shots. Basically you want to cut the frame into thirds, vertically and horizontally. On some cameras there is a setting that will show it on your view finder. You should place your subject on the line or at a crosshair of the horizontal and vertical lines. This is a natural place for a viewer to take a first glance. Sorry, but you will start to notice it everywhere you look, photos, movies, and especially documentaries. Here is what it would look like to split up the frame in thirds.
As you can see the statue is on the left third line. Again this is a basic concept and there are more complex ways to compose shots. But I love that I think about this when taking photos. It allows me to actually think about the shot I’m taking rather than snapping away and hoping that one of them is decent. When thinking about the composition I may notice something else I want to include or exclude; it also allows me to clearly define the subject that I want. The rule of thirds is a wonderful tool for everyone and gets you thinking about your composition. Here are a couple more examples from the Philadelphia Flower Show. The last photo may not necessarily by a rule of thirds example, but I tried to get level the flower on the bottom third line rather than the middle of the frame. Click on any image to view the full photo.
When I first started shooting photos and time-lapse I was always shooting in jpeg. Why would I shoot in RAW and only be able to get 1000 photos instead of 5000 with jpeg? I admit I still shoot in jpeg sometimes when shooting timelapses because of the space issue. But now I try to shoot in RAW whenever I can. The turn came when I started post processing more. Raw does take a lot more time to turn into a finished product, but it is worth it. Once the wonders of photoshop and lightroom came into view I decided to see what RAW was all about. Basically it allows you to transform your photos more than you can with jpeg. It stores more information, thus more memory. This information means that you can easily change the white balance, bring back highlights and shadows, and make other adjustments without degraded the image quality as much as with jpeg. Here is an example of what can be done with a raw file. I meant for this shot to be a silhouette of a chapel. When playing with the exposure in lightroom I saw how much the shadows could be brought back and still look decent. Yes there is noise in the image, but if you are viewing the smaller web version, then you are unlikely to notice. You should not be able to get that kind of exposure looking into the sun! It is a pseudo HDR image from one RAW file. Here is the before, after, and the silhouette image I wanted to make.