Year Long Project – The background

This is the end of my Year Long Project.

I found the project detailed in Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera. I whole-heartedly recommend this book and in fact any of Bryan’s books which are extremely clear and easy to follow with many examples. His book Understanding Exposure in particular is a must read for anyone wanting to improve their photography.

The purpose behind the project was to observe how light at different times of the day (and year) affected the same scene. While my choice of scene wasn’t perfect (a scene with more foliage would have shown how the seasons affect the colours of trees here in Melbourne), I chose it because it offered clear views in each of the directions, while being only minutes from where I live. Living in central Melbourne meant that there were few spots close to me where a tall building would not block at least one direction. Queensbridge was my solution.

All photos were shot hand-held with my Nikon D80, using a Tokina DX 11-16 mm lens at 11 mm, and f/16 for a large depth of field. Shutter speed and ISO changed according to the light available.

I hope that you have enjoyed this project as much as I did, and I look forward to embarking on other projects from Bryan’s books.

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