Project 1: Walking through Time—Are We There Yet?

Overview of the project:

The assignment is about to take three different routes: linear path, “staircase” walk, and west village walk. I did plan on a printed map and worked in the InDesign program of my routes. I took my walks (without taking any pictures) and recorded both the perceived and actual length of time that each walk takes by using my phone. And I wrote ideas in my notebook about focal length, depth-of-field, focal point, shutter speed, camera movement, and point-of-view. Finally, I retook a walk for taking pictures and alter them in Lightroom.

Map of Lower Manhattan and The Walking route:

Timing:

FRIST (Blue):
Estimate: 15 minutes
Actual walking time: 21 minutes

SECOND (Yellow):
Estimate: 18minutes
Actual walking time: 30 minutes

THIRD (Black):
Estimate: 16minutes
Actual walking time: 35 minutes

Planned route drew on the 11*14 inches paper and planned to shot spots:

First Walk (Linear path):

Description:
The linear path is the easier route in these three routes since I didn’t need to pay attention to the map that much. The weather was extremely cold when I was walking on the linear path for the first time. My estimate time is 15 minutes, but I took 6 minutes more to finish it. I think the reason for delaying was I took more time to take pictures on the road. I experienced how does the weather affect the speed of walking, and I know that different weather can affect different walking speed.

Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 160

Second Walk (“Staircase” Walk):

Description:
The “Staircase” Walk was easy to walk as my plan as well, but I still need to pay attention to the zigzag part. I like bicycles on the way, and I took a lot of pictures of bikes. Also, the still life was amazing when I was walking on the street in the early morning. It’s much easier to take better and “clean” pictures when there were not many people. And I realize that the timing of the shot is one of the essential elements in photography.

Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Third Walk (West Village Walk):

Description:
I enjoy window pictures, which makes me feel like window shopping. Also, the sculptures caught my eyes when I arrived at the last spot. And I realized that we don’t need to pay attention to the street that much, we can change the views of it; And we can look inside the shops instead which have beautiful landscape as well.

Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/60 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Shutter Speed: 1/540 sec Aperture: f/2.8 ISO: 100

Reflection:

I learned to do preparation before doing something, and I can get more learning outcome and better quality works from doing that. I need to improve my time management and force myself to stop procrastinating. I think I can do better next time by doing more preparation before shotting(focal length, depth-of-field, focal point, shutter speed, camera movement, and point-of-view.)

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