October 30, 2020 at 12:02 pm #54618
• Publisher: Melissa from Melissa Jacie Art, Ltd.
• Purpose: Photos will be used for references for my artwork. Hopefully, I will turn the artwork into an art print with a Scripture verse on it and offer it for sale in my soon-to-come online shop (Lord willing!). (If I select more than one photo, it could be multiple art prints.)
• Request: A photo of a beautiful autumn landscape with creative lighting. For example, back lighting, dramatic sunrise or sunset, an interesting pattern between cool shadow shapes and warm light shapes. A compelling cloudscape would be great if possible. (See example image below.)
• Special Instructions: A wide angle, landscape view is good, though I’m open to narrower crops as well. Thoughtful composition is appreciated. Being able to choose between various apertures of the same scene would be great. For example, if you’re taking a photo of a beautiful tree and you feel that background blur would be good, go ahead. If possible, shoot a second photo of the same tree with a narrow aperture. This will provide flexibility should I be interested in seeing the photo with complete detail. Also, if you find that there’s some very dark shadow areas in your photo–please take multiple exposures as that can help me to better see the detail in those areas.
In terms of mood: warm, dramatic, striking contrast between warm and cool colors.
• Orientation: Providing options for both vertical and horizontal would be great!
• Photo Specs: As high quality as your camera can shoot (if you have a medium or large format camera, Melissa could use as high as 8000×5000 🙂 ).
• Remuneration: Lenspiration members will receive $35 if their photo is chosen!
• Terms: By submitting your photo(s) on this forum, you agree to the terms outlined in the STS Photo Assignment Agreement. Special note: Melissa Jacie Art. Ltd. will retain the full copyright to the piece of artwork created from the reference photo.
• Deadline: Midnight Saturday, November 21, 2020 (or until this topic is no longer highlighted yellow).
Watch how I shot this assignment and get related training on how to shoot it yourself at, On Assignment: Autumn Reference Photo.
Watch the photos submitted for this assignment get critiqued live by registering for the November 24 Photo Critique Webinar!
October 30, 2020 at 12:05 pm #54887
- This topic was modified 11 months, 2 weeks ago by James Staddon.
Here are my submissions from my first try at this assignment! Yes, I had a slightly unfair advantage, being able to shoot in late October as opposed to November, but I was still amazed at how few trees there were that had color. Shooting at golden hour and using a nice warm White Balance both make a big difference.
November 11, 2020 at 11:50 pm #55156Gabby ThenhausParticipantNovember 13, 2020 at 1:15 am #55195
- This reply was modified 12 months ago by James Staddon.
So… this is my first post for any kind of photo assignment. I’m a newbie when it comes to photography, but I’m passionate about taking beautiful photos that demonstrate the detail, order, and complexity of God’s nature. (The online course really helps James!)
This assignment was actually pretty difficult for me, especially since I live in the Bay Area in L.A., and there are absolutely no photos I could take of an autumn scene here.
So, I was a little bummed out when I read the assignment, but Providentially, we took the last min. trip to Yosemite this past week, so I actually got to shoot some there. It was like half fall, half winter weather there, so I hope the artist won’t mind some snow getting in the picture…
You all may notice some odd things in the photo (like people, cars, road signs, etc.), but since it’s a reference photo, I just thought that the artist could just omit that out when she draws(?) (Paints?).
Thanks for giving me a chance to submit my photos! (Maybe I have to break it up into four posts)
This is part 1
KazukiNovember 13, 2020 at 1:17 am #55199November 13, 2020 at 1:20 am #55203November 13, 2020 at 1:23 am #55206November 13, 2020 at 8:11 pm #55216November 13, 2020 at 8:19 pm #55220November 14, 2020 at 10:01 pm #55250
I mean evergreen! 🙂November 15, 2020 at 5:31 pm #55251Sonja GraceParticipantNovember 16, 2020 at 5:47 pm #55259Blessings CapturedParticipant
Here are my fall submissions. It was a challenging assignment for me, landscape shots are hard for me to make not look like snapshots.
With some of them I didn’t clone out power-lines or unmovable farm equipment. Hopefully they’re small enough for the artist to work around.
I had a question about getting the horizon to look straight. The pictures of the tree and starburst, and the path in the woods are take on the side of a hill. If I make the ground level the trees are leaning over; but if I make the trees straight, the ground looks crocked. What should I do in situations like this?November 16, 2020 at 5:56 pm #55269Ezra MorleyModerator
If I make the ground level the trees are leaning over; but if I make the trees straight, the ground looks crocked. What should I do in situations like this?
Trees are always straight (unless they were leaning in real life). 🙂 Make the trees look as straight as they did in real life, and the rest of the photo should be correct as well. Hopefully @jamesstaddon will correct me if there’s more to it than that. 🙂November 17, 2020 at 2:25 pm #55281November 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm #55299
So excited to see everyone’s submissions despite it being not an ideal situation for most of us!!
Interestingly, the majority of shooting situations we’ll find ourselves in are not going to be ideal. We will always find things we wish were better/different. So this is a good exercise in creativity….and it makes us extra grateful when God steps in to providentially provide us with more than we expected! That was especially exciting to hear, @kazuki-maeda. And congratulations on shooting your first assignment! Welcome. 🙂
I’m glad everyone concluded that people/wires could be worked around by the artist. That is definitely one advantage to shooting a reference photo!
These photos are absolutely gorgeous. They make me want to go out and take photos outside again! I’m really looking forward to critiquing them on the webinar next Tuesday! https://www.lenspiration.com/webinar/photo-critique-59/
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