I thought I would share my photos that I submitted for the online course.
Exercise 1a was to use a fast shutter speed to freeze action.
This is the photo I took of my 10-year-old grandson in his soccer game. (He is the blonde on the left with the shining, flying hair.) The shutter speed was set at 1/1,250 of a second.
Exercise 1b was to use a slow shutter speed to blur the photo in an artistic way. I had never done this before, so I tried two ways of doing the blur.
First, I moved the camera up slowly while photographing trees, blurring the leaves.
This was using a slow shutter speed of 1/10 of a second.
Second, I zoomed in while photographing an oriental carpet in my home.
This was using a slow shutter speed of 1/6 of a second.
Exercise 2 was to demonstrate my ability to manipulate the depth of field (DOP) for a photo.
The DOF is that part of the photo that is in focus. A shallow DOP will have the items close to you in focus, and the background is out of focus. All the photos were taken on my property.
2a is a close-up of peeling bark on a tree trunk, with the trees in the background blurred.
2b is a close-up of a flower, also with the background blurred. Just as I was taking this photo, a bee decided to land on that flower, so I was happy to include it as well.
2c and 2d were photos with a long depth of field - with everything in focus from the front to the back. I took these of the stream on my property - along with adjacent stone walls. It was my intent to have those stones in focus.
Finally, Exercise 3a and b was to demonstrate that I was able to manipulate the focus function on my camera.
To do this, I took two photos of the view out my window. (It is the view I see when I am sitting here at my computer.)
In 3a, I focused on the driveway outside. The lamp inside is not as focused.
In 3b, I focused on the dividers inside the window. That made the lamp and window dividers in focus, with the outside area not as focused.
So now, we will wait and see what he says.