Astro-Landscapes at Chesterfield

This past weekend some of the Photo Comm students went with me out to Chesterfield Reservoir to work on night photography. We had clear skies with half a moon. That was good and bad at the same time. Good in that it lit up the landscape, bad in that it obstructed a pure view of the Milky Way galaxy. On the other hand, we did see several satellites overhead and two really nice meteors. Unfortunately during my startrail exposures, I had a malfunction with my intervalometer…operator error! That’s why there’s gaps in the trails. Students brave enough to sit in the cold were Mikah, Diana, Dakota, and Jake. After a few hours of cold and chasing away wandering cattle, I broke-out the camp stove and made us some hot chocolate. Overall, I thought it was a fun evening!

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Field Work in Caribou County Idaho

My Photo Communication class is working through a module on landscape and environmental photography. So, we took to the field and worked on panos and close-ups at Chesterfield, an abandoned Mormon settlement from the late 1890s. On the way back to Lava Hot Springs for dinner, we encountered a young bull moose in the middle of the road. A van full of photographers and no one had a camera ready! After a few moments, I managed to grab my small P&S Fuji and captured a couple of shots of him in the field next to the road. Afterwards, we went to the Chuck Wagon in Lava Hot Springs for a bite to eat. Great afternoon with great students!


Pano Practice Time

Here’s some shots of my current Photo Comm class out on the quad at ISU practicing their panoramic photography skills. Next week we’ll be out in the fields of Caribou County working on more panos, landscapes, and deadpan shots at an old ghost town.


Photo Shooting Exercise in Caribou County, Idaho

Yesterday most of my class made the trip out to Caribou County for some panoramic photography. Excellent weather for mid-October here in Idaho! After photographing the expansive vistas and exploring the ghost town, we headed into Lava Hot Springs for some burgers at the Chuck Wagon (a favorite spot with most of my classes).


Practicing Panoramic Shooting

Here’s a few shots of my Photo Communication class practicing their pano techniques. Next week we’ll be heading to the east side of the Portneuf Mountain Range to shoot panos at the ghost town of Chesterfield.


Chesterfield Ghost Town Panoramic Photo Trip

Earlier this week the Photo Communication class, along with some Advanced Photo students, headed up to the Mormon ghost town of Chesterfield. Although the class was tasked with creating panoramic views of this abandoned site, many students included close-up and architectural views as well. Here’s some of the class hard at work….or at play??? Enjoy!

Since we were at a "ghost town" it was appropriate that an apparition would appear. Thanks for your help Ed! © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Since we were at a “ghost town” it was appropriate that an apparition would appear. Thanks for your help Ed! © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Andrew does some close-up shooting of an abandoned work table in one of the many outbuildings. © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Andrew does some close-up shooting of an abandoned work table in one of the many outbuildings. © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Ed takes a closer look at an abandoned 19th century homestead. © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Ed takes a closer look at an abandoned 19th century homestead. © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Kelsey working on a pano shot at Chesterfield Reservoir. © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Kelsey working on a pano shot at Chesterfield Reservoir. © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Group shot at Chesterfield Reservoir, left to right: Ling, Ed, Presley, Kelsey, Andrew, Marlae, Sarah, and Dustin. © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Group shot at Chesterfield Reservoir, left to right: Ling, Ed, Presley, Kelsey, Andrew, Marlae, Sarah, and Dustin. © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Group shot of the instructor! © 2013 Terry Ownby.

Group shot of the instructor! © 2013 Terry Ownby.

And yes, the professor did shoot his own pano of the ghost town! © 2013 Terry Ownby.

And yes, the professor did shoot his own pano of the ghost town! This is six vertical images stitched in CS6 and shot with a Nikon D800 with 50mm 1.4 lens (vintage 1962). © 2013 Terry Ownby.


Low-Key Portrait Lighting Demo

Today’s lab session was held over in our Photo Services studio. We worked on low-key portrait lighting as a dramatic departure from traditional portraiture lighting. Below are some samples from the demo, along with a lighting diagram.

In this shot, I set the two softboxes in back to create a rimlight effect around the subject. © Terry Ownby.

In this shot, I set the two softboxes in back to create a rimlight effect around the subject. © Terry Ownby.

Next, we brought in a medium softbox from camera right and set the power for a 4:1 ratio (about 2 f-stops lower than back rim lights). © Terry Ownby

Next, we brought in a medium softbox from camera right and set the power for a 4:1 ratio (about 2 f-stops lower than back rim lights). Thanks to Ed Ritterbush for volunteering! © Terry Ownby

With the lights in place, I convinced Miriam Simper Dance to get in the hot seat! © Terry Ownby.

With the lights in place, I convinced Miriam Simper Dance to get in the hot seat! © Terry Ownby.

Without moving light and just having Miriam turn, we created another dramatic view. This lighting setup is versatile for dramatic portraits. © Terry Ownby.

Without moving light and just having Miriam turn, we created another dramatic view. This lighting setup is versatile for dramatic portraits. © Terry Ownby.

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