It’s the first week back from Spring Break and I’ve got to say, it’s been one of the busiest weeks of this whole school year. I ended up coming back from an 8 day trip from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on the Sunday night near midnight, and went straight to school Monday morning. I haven’t gotten much time these five days to edit many photo’s, but on a brighter note, I took some of the most spectacular photo’s while on my trip.
Mexico was truly one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. The culture and the scenery in Mexico is something you can’t explain, you must see it for yourself. The people in Mexico were extremely friendly, and I even got to learn some Spanish while I was there. The view from almost anywhere in the resort is a beautiful ocean view, and in the evenings, the sunset was bright and very red. During the evenings, the sunset gave the opportunity to take silhouette photo’s. I noticed that if you take a silhouette photo of someone from a straight angle, the persons figure wont be very dark. However, if you put the camera near the ground, and tilt the lens upwards, the figure of the person will be black and the sunset looks more vibrant. This is because the lighting changes depending on where the camera is placed. I also learned that if you put the focusing on the person itself, the sunset in the background will basically turn into a white background. The key to the quality of a photo is where you focus the lens. I also got to learn about the ISO function on the camera. It turns out this tool is really helpful when trying to take pictures in bad lighting. Turning the ISO function to 6400 makes the room brighter. In other cases it’s most convenient to keep the ISO at auto or around the middle.
Before leaving to Mexico, I did meet up with Lucien again and I can honestly say, he is the most interesting and outgoing mentor I could ever ask for. Lucien has given me opportunities to not only learn lots about my camera, but also feel very comfortable around him. I feel like sometimes, I get awkward talking to adults, but Lucien knows how to joke, and we get along great. We’ve strengthen my learning by honestly taking breaks once and a while. Sometimes, taking breaks in between working helps my brain rewind and help me with producing my best work. By not being very strict, and being able to talk, I feel that’s been the key to acceleration of my learning. It’s a great feeling that I can meet up with Lucien and we can talk about almost anything, from a TV show to my homework. I’ve learned lot’s of information about what music he liked when he was a kid, events he’s gone to, and how he really got into loving photography. I’ve gotten to see one of the new lenses he bought. I can’t quite remember the size of the lens but it was very heavy just to put the camera around your neck.
Here are some photo’s I took or edited from Mexico: