Digital Photography 2015

Ian Ehlers – 2015

Estabrook Woods — June 16, 2015

Estabrook Woods

Estabrook Woods is a well known forest in Concord that holds many surprises. With incredibly diverse trails, farms, and meadows, this area is saturated with a variety of wildlife. While many of these shots came out well, many potential others did not because of the characteristically tentative and guarded nature of wild animals. For example, the shots of the deer in a meadow were taken from a fairly large distance. As I tried to get closer, the mother and its fawn ran to the other side of the clearing and out of view into the dense woods. Later on, as I walked back down a trail the two were stood stalk still staring directly at me and after a few seconds once again leapt into the forest. For the rest of this gallery, I tried to spontaneously attain a close up perspective on various insects and flowers.

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winter — May 28, 2015
Jamaica — May 11, 2015

Jamaica

These photographs were taken while I was in Catadupa, Jamaica. I feel that the variety of the shots encapsulates the actual variety of life we experienced while staying in Catadupa. Almost every single resident we met in the town was laid back, welcoming, and incredibly friendly. Infrastructure towards the center of the island in Catadupa is almost nonexistent due to the cancelling of the Montego Bay train route which brought in tourists and business. Instead, busses are used on winding dirt roads to travel to and from the coast, and it took roughly an hour to drive from Catadupa to Montego Bay.

Photographer Spotlight — April 14, 2015
Color — March 17, 2015

Color

For this assignment, I was in Fairbanks, Alaska. Outside of the city, the rural environment quickly takes over and houses are spaced many miles apart. The majority of the photographs taken for this assignment were on a dogsledding trail that mushers use as a sort of practice or conditioning ground for their dogs in preparation for big races such as the Copper Basin 300. We were lucky to see the Northern Lights while on the trail, which appeared like smoky trails in the sky. Overall, the experience was fairly spontaneous and I feel that the photographs reflect this with many different subjects combined to add to the story.

When photographing the dogs in this environment, it required a lot of patience and many shots as they were extremely athletic, active, and not willing to remain still for a camera. I was not happy with many of the resulting pictures because multiple appeared either very blurry or washed out due to the half light of dusk in which many of the photographs were taken. I learned that photographers need to react to the moment at hand quickly in order to capture what they desire. In addition, I was taught some of the patience necessary for a good shot.