Earth in Focus


Anton Simdyankin

Finalist in

Lower Secondary Category

Written Statement

Textures come in all shapes and sizes, from bubbles on the water to the way sand lays on the beach. I used a Canon 700D with a 70-200mm f/2.8 and an 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 lenses to capture my photos and edited them in Lightroom.

The first photo was taken in the morning, right after we arrived to the river bank in Bundanon. I saw the bubbles on the edge of the water and thought that it would be a really cool texture. I took it from a very high angle looking straight down, as I wanted the bubbles to fill the entire frame. In post, sharpening and vignetting were added to highlight the middle.

I took the second photo at the same place and at the same time. The wind was blowing towards me, creating small waves on otherwise still water. A very high shutter speed was used, because I didn’t want to have any motion blur in the photo. I drew on the colours and removed a few air bubbles in the post.

The third photo was also taken at the same time. After I took two of my pictures at the beach, I only saw it fitting to take the third one there too. I used a very low angle and a low f-stop to have the sand fill the entire frame, while only having one dune in focus. In post, I added a little bit of contrast and a vignette, to guide the viewer’s eye towards the middle, where everything was in focus.


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