For my final year at secondary school I decided to complete my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. For this we had had to complete 3 months of volunteering work, physical work and learning a new skill. As well as this, we would have to do one of those things for an extra 3 months.
For my volunteering work, I helped out with after school clubs as well as using my photography skills at a charity golf day. For the physical part of the award, I completed a self-made work out programme and worked as a sports mentor for children in primary school that we would hold events for regularly. I chose to work on the skill portion of the award for the longest time, 6 months in total. For this, I worked on my art skills and completed two canvas paintings, a pencil drawing and painting a mural on the wall of a cafe I used to work at.
While on the expedition section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, we were dropped off in a random location and had to find our own way to the camp site by using a map and compass. As we were walking, we were told to take photographs for the presentation we would do at the end of the trip.
The first photograph I selected from the trip was of a tunnel of trees that we had to walk down. I liked this photograph because of the light the is shining at the end of the canopy. For this photograph I used a shutter speed of 1/200 seconds, an ISO of 800 and, an aperture of f/4.5.
The second photograph I selected for the end of trip presentation was a close up shot of a lavender flower. I liked this photograph because of the bright purple and green that fills the entire frame. I also like that you are able to see the texture of the flower and the stems. The settings I used for this photo were a shutter speed of 1/2500 seconds, an ISO of 800 an, an aperture of f/5.6.
The third and final image that I selected was of two poppies that had grown from the middle of some dried up grass. I liked this photograph because of the way that the bright red stands out against the brown background. As well as this, I like that you are able to see two different angles of the flower (from the side and from above). The small buds around the flowers add a nice extra detail. For this photo I used a shutter speed of 1/4000 seconds, an ISO of 800 and, an aperture of f/5.6.