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    James Staddon
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    ASSIGNMENT DETAILS:

    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 🙂 ).

    How to Submit: Members can follow the A, B, C process outlined here. (Instructions for non-members can be viewed here.) You can submit up to 10 photos.

    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).

    LEARN HOW:
    Watch how I shot this assignment and get related training on how to shoot it yourself at, On Assignment: Autumn Reference Photo.

    WATCH CRITIQUE:
    Watch the photos submitted for this assignment get critiqued live by registering for the November 24 Photo Critique Webinar!

    Shoot and/or Submit

    • This topic was modified 2 months, 2 weeks ago by James Staddon.
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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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.

    • This reply was modified 2 months, 3 weeks ago by James Staddon.
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    Gabby Thenhaus
    Participant

    This picture was shoot at Staunton State Park in Colorado.
    Gabby

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    #55195
    Kazuki Maeda
    Participant

    Hello all,

    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

    Kazuki

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    Kazuki Maeda
    Participant

    This is part 2

    Kazuki

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    Kazuki Maeda
    Participant

    This is part 3

    Kazuki

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    Kazuki Maeda
    Participant

    This is part 4 (Last one I promise!!)

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    #55216
    Charmain Aikema
    Participant

    We do not get the dramatic autumn colors here in the West that you do in the East, but I like the bright, warm colors in this autumn landscape photo. I have also attached two additional photos for variety in the cloud formations.

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    Charmain Aikema
    Participant

    Most of our trees out West are deciduous, but now and then you get a splash of color to brighten up the picture!

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    Charmain Aikema
    Participant

    I mean evergreen! 🙂

    #55251
    Sonja Grace
    Participant

    Here are my fall photos!

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    Blessings Captured
    Participant

    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?

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    Ezra Morley
    Moderator

    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. 🙂

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    Blessings Captured
    Participant

    That makes since,thank you @buddingphotographer!

    #55299
    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    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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