MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
These two pictures fulfill the letter of the assignment. I started taking
pictures at about 3:00 on a Tuesday afternoon. When I arrived at the
building, only one side was fully lit by the sun. The side that I thought
was the most uniform (not a lot of architectural extras). The side that
had the most variance was already fully in shadow. Hence, I took the
'full length' picture of the point of the building (it's triangular shaped).
For the detail, I focused on one window alcove, because I liked the
curve of the shadow.
Another detail that I really liked of the building was the three layers of the ceiling spreading out from the corner. I
tried to get it from different angles to experiment with the reaction of the light behind the building.
EXTRA CREDIT: I took some pictures of the dark side of the building because I liked it, and focused on
composition of picture. The vertical one on the bottom is my favorite from the whole shoot.
What I learned:
I thought it a couple of things were interesting with
this assignment for a couple of reasons. The first
was taking pictures I liked with subject matter I didn't
(i.e. The lighted side of the building being the one
that I didn't like so much). I also liked focusing on
taking pictures with vertical composition. This is
something that I haven't really done so much (I'm
almost always horizontally oriented) and I liked the
change of mindset.
I also had a photo shoot the same day with a
colleague and her fiancé. Even from taking some
pictures of the building, the pictures were different,
and I think better, than they would have been
otherwise. I did have some questions about lighting,
however, that I would like to discuss. The most
important one is fill flash. The picture on the left is
without fill flash. The one on the right with it, but I
don't like either picture and would like to know what I
can do to improve them lighting-wise. The actual
captures aren't that hot either, but since the lighting
stinks, captures doesn't matter... :) Some better
pictures can be found here.
My first assignment was to photograph the Museum of the American Indian. I was to look for shadow and harsh sun,
composition of the photograph, and the difference in taking the picture with a vertical or horizontal angle. I needed to
photograph the of an entire side of the building, and then detail on that side. Here's what I came up with: