For the first photo, my process for taking the photo was highly dependent on getting a lucky shot. I put my camera in burst mode and had a roommate throw the paper airplane somewhere around 10 times. I did my best to capture the paper airplane in the camera (missing it the majority of the time) and finally got this shot. In Photoshop I brightened the colors of the photo and made the contrast between the plane and sky more distinct.
For the second freeze shot, I also got lucky. The clouds parted just at the right time for the sun to make the water sparkle a little. Before that, all my photos were coming out too dark with the attempt at using a fast shutter speed. I placed a leaf on the rock on the waterfall to create a focal point in the image. In Photoshop I brightened the colors and sharpened the water to make it look more crisp and frozen in motion.
The first blur photo I have was done along with the freeze waterfall picture. The process for this one involved setting up a tripod and placing the leaf in a good spot to be focal point on one of the rule of thirds lines. In Photoshop I greatly enhanced the colors, and brightness of the photo. I also added a gradient mask to make the water seem more blue, and this helped to bring out the blur more.
The final photo I took by setting up on a tripod. I set the camera low to the ground and put the camera’s shutter into bulb mode. When the traffic light turned green, I would hold down the button to begin taking the photo, and when all the cars had passed I released the button. After a few tries, this was the photo I got. I enhanced the colors and brightness of the lights in Photoshop.