1. Automotive Photography. It was pictures of sports cars to made me gain interest in photography, I’m in many car clubs who’s members often post pictures of their cars, some where horribly composed, terribly over exposed, and fairly uninteresting pictures like you might find in an auto-trader magazine, while some other pictures taken by the more photo-talented car club members look like they are strait off the cover of motor trend magazine. The reason I began to study photography, is because the pictures I took of my cars generally looked more like auto-trader snap shots. Since I’ve began studying photography, I have learned a lot of the mistakes I was making in the past, and now I feel I am able to take those more shocking and more spectacular looking pictures if i simply spend more time doing it.
2. Time lapse. fairly simple idea, I would periodically take a picture of something that would change over time, I had a few different Ideas of what to use, I don’t want to use anything to simple of obvious like a piece of fruit, but I though I might grow a small plant, and document its progression, I have a few I could start with already.
3. Night-time. I haven’t done much night time photography since my first semester. I need to get a shutter remote timer for my camera, but I want to take some fun star photographs. I was thinking of using Canyon Lake so I can use the lake to reflect more of the sky. I also want to experiment some more drawing with light, in the scene. If I can come across a cheap enough used camera body, I’d like a camera adapted for infrared photography, and I would experiment with some home-made infrared lights.
Only because you did cars last time, I think #3 sounds the best! I was really itching to try infrared photography but I don’t have another camera to do so. If you do, I say go for it! I’d love to see what you come up with. And I’ve noticed we tend to lean more towards shooting during sunny hours so it’d be pretty neat to see some great night shots. But you are pretty good at car photography so if you could make it new compared to your old project it’s not a bad idea. Like only shoot cars through mirrors or add some night shots of a highway or something so it’s not exactly the same as before.
Night photography is really fun and really long hours if you are looking at doing star and milkyway shots.
If you have not done a whole lot of night work here are links to a couple of references I have used in the past
http://www.gdanmitchell.com/2009/02/11/hints-for-night-photography really like his work
Two things I have learned about star shooting
1. Do it after 11pm when most of the aircraft are on the ground and you won’t see there lights blinking through the scene.
2. Need to be about 150 miles from a major city to keep the cities reflective light out of the atmosphere and have the city to the back of the camera.
Do idea number 3 and see if you can work some creative light work into it.
Have you ever tried lighting steel wool on fire and taking a picture of it in the dark?
I agree automotive is too similar to what I did last year, and time lapse seems boring. I cant afford a second camera to do infrared. and I’m not up as late as i used to me. I did however get my old SLR working, I had a thought of getting a roll of film for it, and using just that roll to do my assignment, which should prove more challenging for me.
I like the night photography. You are good shooting cars and that would be a fun project for you, but I like the challenge of shooting a canyon you are familiar with at night.