Hannah Sheppard – Sports

Hannah Sheppard - Sports

Though blurry, I thought this was a fairly cool photo for this assignment. It not only captures one of the beauties of brotherhood, but also the spirit of sport. No matter what age, these boys can come back to their old garage and shoot pucks at a wall that has taken that honor of a beating for as long as I can remember. their surroundings of typical garage clutter encapsulates the feeling of home and history, and the competitive banter between the two resounds with the shots and sticks hitting the concrete. I also really like how the garage lights fill the stage while the entryway lights give more of a spotlight effect. To me, the blurriness is a defect of the shot, but it also gives a sort of impression of them playing, and I’m not sure a perfect still shot would give the same effect.

Hannah Sheppard – Person at Work

Hannah Sheppard - Person at Work

This shot was taken of my father, Cas Sheppard, one Saturday afternnon when I was at home. To me it represents the hard work he does both during the week and even on his time off, and how cool that really is that no matter what he’s always in a good mood about it. I liked the shot in comparison to my others because there is a lot more dynamic and color to it. the mahogany pop of the deck stain and the green ball cap with the blue and green of the background, in my opinion, really brings the shot full circle. With this angle and brightness of sun, however, I also captured a lot of the dinginess of the old deck color as well as the literally “muddy Mississippi” in the fore and backgrounds. A chance to capture the shot later in the day with perhaps the shade of a tree once the sun graduated may have been better, but at the time being I really liked the view of him squatted and painting (as opposed to hunched over standing).

Hannah Sheppard – Emotion

Hannah Sheppard - Emotion

I absolutely love this photo. The shot, taken of my oldest brother CJ, was captured the other day after a huge storm had blown through and totally cleared, leaving the sky a perfect blue before sunset. His relaxed pose in the chair couldn’t fit his personality more perfectly, and having the sun light up just above his head made everything come together so well. If I were to change the shot I would probably rotate it a bit to make it less of a tilted angle, and I would crop out the table with the ipad as well as perhaps the dead tree in the top left.

Hannah Sheppard – General News

Hannah Sheppard - General News

Opening day was such a fun event to shoot, especially being in St. Louis. The atmosphere at the newly opened Ballpark Village was nothing short of electric. I chose this shot for the blog because I was pleased with the lighting as well as the image of Adam Wainwright at bat. Coupled with the view of the fans, I think this did well in capturing the environment. As a general news piece I think getting a photo of individual fans not engaging with the camera would’ve been in my best interest, but overall I think this shot turned out well.

Hannah Sheppard – Feature

Hannah Sheppard - Feature

I’m not sure what it is about this photo that made me like it so much, but of the 5 that I chose to upload this one really spoke to me. It is a shot of a closet in the basement of an office that holds a series of blueprints for projects that have been finished. As you can see, some are a lot older and more weathered, and I think the darkness of the closet as well as the fluorescent lighting gave the perfect mood for the shot. I had taken another photo where the gap between files was placed more off-center, in an attempt to get a better “rule of thirds” shot, but I think that this one ended up looking better in terms of balance. I could be wrong though!

Hannah Sheppard – Portrait

Hannah Sheppard - Portrait

I really enjoyed this photo of my mom and brother, I think the lighting worked out really well and the colors look nice. I possibly could’ve had the two subjects stand further away from the wall to get a better image and background, but overall this was my first choice in terms of portrait material.

Hannah – Color, Light, Mood, Texture

Hannah - Color, Light, Mood, Texture

Something about simple christmas lights, wether on a tree, wreath, or simply hanging over a window, always seem to add comfort. I enjoy that I was able to get one light in focus and have the others a bit faded, and I think not having the photo centered kind of worked out, so overall I’m pretty pleased with the shot.

If i could go back I would probably try to make the other lights a little more out of focus, kind of a round glow as they fade out rather than each apparent light. I also think the picture could probably use a little more dynamic to it.

Hannah Sheppard, Point of View

Hannah Sheppard, Point of View

I decided to do a point of view shot of my roommate, who is an english major and spends the good majority of her evenings reading books for her classes. It started off as a shot of her hair/forehead poking out of the covers that kind of mimicked Audrey’s hair in the poster, and then I decided it would be more interesting if she had a book on her head.

Some trouble I was having with this shot was the lighting, it was taken in the evening so there was no natural light, only her overhead light and a lamp on her dresser. When I uploaded the photo to a computer I decided to play around with the tools and ended up lightening it up quite a bit. When shooting i tried using the flash but that only made the end of the bed too bright and gave off a glare on the poster.

I think the shot would be a bit more interesting if there was a stronger visual of her hair/head/book, since here it is a bit more hidden than I wanted it to be. Otherwise I really enjoyed creating the shot and seeing how it turned out.

Hannah Sheppard – Photo Safari

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I have always enjoyed taking photographs of nature, to me it is such a dynamic and captivating subject to try and capture. Given that the best times of the day for light exposure happen to be around sunrise and sunset, I decided to get up early one morning in hopes of gaining fresh perspective. The fun part about photographing nature, to me, is animals. Their unpredictability allows for great opportunity that can unfortunately be gone in the blink of an eye. In this case, the geese seemed to have no problem with my presence.

Although my focus points are off and there are a couple of obstructions around the edges from the weeping willow I was sitting under, this was my favorite shot. I enjoy its peaceful quality and balance of icy water and birds, and the blue hues that give it its chill. If I had a chance to take a few more shots, I would probably lower the camera a bit more, set my focus on the geese, and get rid of the willow vines.

Mus Akafekwa–Emotion

Mus Akafekwa–Emotion

From left to right Angela Wall, Michael Wall, Ginger Wall and Robert Wall say a prayer for Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 28 2013 at House Springs Mo.

I like the different expressions on their faces and the body language that brings out emotion.


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