My first printing experience was fascinating for me. It took a while for me to get a hang of the printing experience, but it's worth it. My picture demonstrates depth of field. It demonstrates DOF by the focus of the whole image. I was standing on the back deck of my house when the picture was taken. My goal was to catch a picture of the snowfall in my backyard along with the winter-like atmosphere. What grabbed my attention first was definitely the snow falling. When I look at the picture the dark trees and the shed grab my attention more. There are a few compositional elements in this photograph. One would be asymmetry. I think the big tree to the left of the shed stands out just as much as the smaller trees on the right. Another compositional element would be bulls-eye. I know that's one to avoid, but I wasn't doing it on purpose. I didn't have in mind for the shed to be directly in the center. I was aiming more for the snowfall and my backyard. But I think it still looks fine.
The printing experience was completely frustrating for me. My first try on the test strip was a success. I figured out the right time to give the photograph. The bigger print was also a success except it needing some burning on the edges around the snow and the sky. The burning was a complete mess for me. I had to do 10 different test strips for me to figure out how much time I was going to burn the edges for. Each time the whole text strip turned black! It was a mess. I don't know if the paper had been exposed to light, or what. I needed to get help from the teacher, and that made things much better. The final print didn't turn out how I really wanted it too. The right side is a little off and there's a black line down the side. I think I should have added more time to edges, but it still looks okay. I did not have fingerprints or dust on the final print. The matting experience went smoothly for me. I didn't have any difficulty matting my photograph. The trimming, glue, and getting the edges down didn't take up too much time. After doing that I was relived that I finally finished the photograph. I think after this whole experience I'm good with it now. I can probably try again and do much better. The title of the photo is called "Backyard Snowfall". The meaning of it is to catch the snowfall going on in the backyard. I want the viewer to understand that they know what I'm talking about. The tone of the photo to me is a calm sad outlook. The photograph makes the snowfall look kind of depressing in a way.
What I like best about my photograph is the intensity and focus. I like the focus on the trees, snow, and shed. If I could do something differently I would probably take more time on the printing part.