This week in my digital imaging class we learned how to make panoramas using photoshop instead of the feature on our phones. It was pretty difficult at first trying to make sure that I got enough of all of the photos to merge together properly but I think it worked out pretty well. I took this on my balcony at my apartment. I included the side of the of my apartment because I loved the light on it.
I didn’t have my digital imaging class this week because of the labor day holiday but we still had an assignment to retouch a portrait we’ve taken because practice makes perfect. I still used all of the tools we learned in class two weeks ago like content aware to get rid of any unwanted blemishes, the patch tool and clone tool to even skin tones or completely get rid of stray hairs.
In my digital imaging 2 class this week we started to learn how to retouch portraits. We set up 3 different lighting situations in the studio, then we had to retouch 3 portraits we took. We used the clone tool, patch tool, content aware, and learned how to burn and dodge to even out skin tones and remove unwanted blemishes, stray hairs, wrinkles, and whiten or add more color to specific areas. Even though I am a photojournalism student, and I won’t really have to use these tools for my images, it’s good to know and have as a skill.
Monday was incredible. I was lucky enough to be able to drive to Nashville, TN to watch the eclipse. Khadejeh and I got into Nashville Sunday afternoon and just walked around taking street photos and experiencing Nashville night life, which was so interesting. Early Monday morning we drove over to the Parthenon to find a spot to photograph the eclipse from and find parking. We expected it to be insane when we got there but there was only one other person there claiming their spot, but then again it was 6 in the morning. We ended up spending most of the day with a group of photographers, and a meteorologist which was so awesome because if we had any concerns about the weather we had someone who knew exactly what was going to happen.
I had been thinking all week on what I wanted to photograph during the eclipse. I couldn’t decide on if I wanted reactions or just totality with the corona and the diamond ring. I decided to do both. I planned on photographing for about 45 seconds during the first diamond ring and then running over to my camera with the long lens and then bracket for the remainder until the second diamond ring. Like most of my plans, it didn’t work out. I was having a lot of camera issues right when totality started, and could only shoot about 2 photos every 5 seconds, which doesn’t sound bad but it is when you’re short on time. After about what felt like 10 seconds I started making my way back over to my camera with the long lens and right as I did that crowd started yelling and cheering and the eclipse was over. At first I was so upset I missed getting that shot of the corona and diamond ring, but after a while I realized that the only thing that mattered was that I got to actually see it and experience it. I met so many awesome people and saw something that I may only see once in my life time.