Introducing Nikki and Her “Medeocre-At-Best” Photography

Hello peernikkielliott-milans and fellow classmates!

Welcome to my blog! I just got my own domain and re-did the design, so I’m pretty excited about it!

Please excuse the excessive use of exclamation points. I’m just really excited about this class!

My name is Nikki Elliott, and I am not a photographer. I have basically zero experience with photography. In fact, I just got my first DSLR camera for Christmas. That’s why I’m so excited for this class. I want to learn all about photography because I think it is beautiful. I want to become a photographer.

I am obsessed with traveling. If you ever see me zoning out, I’m probably planning the next trip I can’t afford. I’ve had the opportunity to travel to thirteen countries outside of the U.S., and it has been amazing! Naturally, travel photography is my favorite kind of photography. I love how it can completely transport you somewhere new and exciting.

In my travels, I have taken thousands and thousands of photos. I’m really good at pointing my camera (or rather my iPhone) at cool things and pushing the button a bunch of times. However, I want to learn to really capture the feeling of a place. It’s a really hard thing to do because I don’t think I can even describe the feeling of some of the places I’ve been in words. I guess that’s why they say, “a picture’s worth a thousand words.”

Out of those thousands and thousands of photos I’ve taken, I only found a few that I was proud of enough to show. Most of them aren’t even that great, so instead of writing about why they’re good, I’m going to write about why I like them and how I would improve them if I were to re-take them. Also, I won’t be explaining my editing process because I have no editing process. That’s another thing I’m excited to learn in this class.

Without further ado, here are my mediocre at best photographs.

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nikkielliott-cocoabeach

– Cocoa Beach, Florida –

I love this photo because I caught the sky at the perfect time. I took it right after the sun set and I’m really happy with how it came out. I think just a little bit of editing to bring the colors of the signs out would really go a long way.

nikkielliott-patmos

– Patmos, Greece –

There are a hundred reasons why this photo is no good. For starters, I definitely should have taken this in landscape and not portrait. It is low quality and the lighting pretty bad. I’m aware of all of these things and more. However, believe it or not, this is actually one of the photos I’m most proud of. Remember when I was talking about wanting to learn to capture the feeling of a place? I’m proud of it because I think I did just that. Also, that old man is just adorable.

nikkielliott-playaelvalle

– Playa El Valle, Samaná, Dominican Republic –

This is another photo that I’m proud of because I think I accurately captured the feeling of this beautiful beach. It was a perfect day, free of tourists, and just the most peaceful feeling you can imagine. I probably spent twenty minutes walking in circles around these boats trying to get the perfect angle. I think the only thing I would change in editing is bring out the colors of the boats and the mountains a bit.

nikkielliott-swissalps

– The Alps, Mürren, Switzerland –

I love this picture and I took a lot of different shots of this beautiful stack of rocks, but let’s be honest, it’s impossible to take a bad picture of the Swiss Alps. If I were to re-take this photo, I would get down lower and try to get the rocks to tower above the mountains. I think it would be significantly more visually appealing, but it would also send more of a message.

nikkielliott-venice

– Venice, Italy –

Venice is kind of like the Alps in that it’s really hard to take a bad photo. I took a ton of shots of the canals, but this was my favorite because of the composition of the photo. However, there’s not really a focal point. It was a fairly gloomy day so, once again, in editing, I would bring out the colors more and brighten it up.

nikkielliott-macrosnow

– Grand Targhee Resort, Wyoming –

After a really bad storm on the mountain, the trees and ski lifts are covered in these snow/ice crystals and it is beautiful! I learned a cool trick to do macro on an iPhone, so I thought I’d try it out. It’s not great quality, but I love the way it came out!

nikkielliott-ornament

– Golden, Colorado –

Remember when I said I got my camera for Christmas? Well this is the first photo I took–well, the best iteration of the first photo I took. My sister-in-law, who is a really talented photographer helped me set up this shot and adjust the settings. If I re-did this photo, I’d definitely get a tripod. Then it wouldn’t be slightly blurry and I could have changed the settings to get more of a star look out of the lights.

nikkielliott-bridge

– Rexburg, Idaho –

I’m sure everyone in the class recognizes this bridge! This was a fun place to try out my new camera for the second time. We went at a great time of day for sun purposes. I don’t think I’d change much about the composition of this photo, but I would probably amp up the colors.

nikkielliott-erinportrait

– Rexburg, Idaho –

Some of my photographer friends went out into sub-zero weather so they could collaborate. I grabbed my camera and tagged along too, and they gave me some really helpful pointers. I’m really proud of this photo. I think I saved my best for last! I probably just need to add a little more light to her face in editing.

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