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What I did: I'm currently working on a project at the New York Times that involves using photogrammetric modeling to recreate historic city sites in digital 3D. In order to collect my own photographs to create this digital environment, I visited the site in person to take photos of areas in comparison to their archived counterparts.


What worked: This time around, making a photo aesthetically-pleasing was not the priority. Instead, I aimed for qualities like sharpness, dynamic range, and minimal distortion in order to make the 2D-3D photogrammetric conversion process as smooth as possible.


What didn't work: For the sake of documenting my work, I wish I had gone back to the archived photos and tried to exactly match their composition and focal length. Perhaps on my next visit to the site, I'll try and do this.


General thoughts: These shots acted as an effective first survey of the site, and could be geometrically remapped in photoshop in order to work in the digital environment. I'll definitely have to stop back a couple times to gather more photos. Some things I've noticed when reviewing these photos is that I chose f4, but should have gone for a smaller aperture in order to keep the full length of the road in focus. Additionally, I could have leveraged HDR to get even more enriched dynamic range for more flexibility with colors and value in post.



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What I did: I tried to experiment with the capture of light and shadows in the Washington Square Park area. I focused on human subjects and architecture.


What worked: I'm pretty happy with some of my compositions and the use of contrast to add drama to the image. The lighting definitely improves the striking quality of some of the photos


What didn't work: I didn't have my camera with me, which limited my ability to control factors like aperture and ISO, resulting in sub optimal quality. Additionally, the iPhone lens gives unpleasant flares.


General thoughts: These shots showed me the importance of choosing the right time to shoot as lighting really does make all the difference. I am also happy with the shot of the skater due to the use of lines and obscuring the subject to add a minimalist elegance to the photo. Moving forward, I hope that light will play a greater role in my photography.



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