Thursday, June 13, 2013

Final

1. What are your three most memorable experiences from this semester? Explain how they have impacted your learning.
           The three most memorable experiences from this semester were my trip to Europe, learning about the history of photography and my camera, and taking photos for the "Who Am I?" project. Visiting Italy and Spain has opened up my world a little more. It helped me learn how much I enjoy traveling and how I would like to do that in my career. The photography opportunities in a foreign country are vast and open to the photographer to capture. I enjoyed exploring with my camera and my photographs there.
           Learning about the history of photography and my camera were helpful to me because I didn't really know that much about photography history or about the different settings on my camera. I knew about the auto, landscape, portrait, and close-up settings but not about shutter speed or white balance or how to work out the semi-manual setting. Because of the work we did in learning a little about these settings and the history of photography, I feel like I understand my camera and photography a little better. Taking photos for the "Who Am I?" project helped me not to learn in a strict sense of the word, but to gain a bit more confidence in taking photos out in public. It was still nerve-racking for me because I was embarrassed and felt in the way and weird about it, but it was helpful to exercise that fear and take some steps in getting rid of the insecurity that came with it.


2. Assignment(s) of which I am the most proud of.
           I'm most proud of these two photographs. The first one, my portrait photo, is on here because I love that I was lucky enough to get the lighting and the scene to cooperate without really trying to manipulate it. I feel I did a good job with the rule of thirds, a high horizon line, and my focusing. I am happy the contrast between my subject's outfit and the background looks like it did at that moment, if not better. The blue is shocking compared to the subject's basic colors. I feel like the messy bun of my subject helped to make the scene come together better; if it was a tight, perfectly combed and placed bun, I don't think I would be as proud of this photo as I am.
           I'm proud of the second photo because when photographing nature, especially during snowy or rainy weather, is difficult. I chose a moment with an appropriate amount of snow already on the trees and snow in the air. I think the fact that you can just see dark greens and dark browns and greys make the photo better. The white covered roof, road, and background pop the trees in the foreground more. I'm happy that this photo had the perfect wind that blew the branches in the same direction instead of every which way like it normally does. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Who Am I Project

video

           I dislike this assignment. I don't like reviewing photos or videos of myself. I also don't like talking about myself which made this so much harder. It was difficult for me to make up my mind
about what to center the video around. When I finally made up my mind, I had a short amount of time to get it put together. I am happy that my sister and my friend offered to help me with my photographs and my videos. The goal of this project was to express what we loved and what it means to us. I feel like I came close to the goal, however I feel like I was a stone or two short.
           I did learn the importance of using an actual video camera rather than just an iPod to get the video footage I needed. Although the clips that I used had been shot with an iPod camera, the first few tries were weird and the subjects were moving too fast for the camera. There were green edges where movement was and it lagged a fair amount. I was lucky to get good clips. I also learned how to choose a good font that didn't detract from the video. I was able to figure out how to get the best copy of a photo when using a scanner.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Culture Clash

Culture Clash

Through this project, I learned what DPI is and why the resolution matters when printing. A computer screen can only show 72 DPI. This means that it might come out a little fuzzy. If you change the resolution to between 150 and 300, the photo will print better. The result will look smooth and edges will be sharper. The challenging part of this project was finding good photos to use. There seemed to be a lot of close-ups and not a ton of subjects that would go well together. My end photo is a mash between Bejing, Italy, Spain, and Maine.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Portrait

Words

I write to remember what has happened
the good
the bad
the revelations
the locations
I write to know myself
my likes
my dislikes
my thoughts
my feelings

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Shadow Play

Shadow

I took this photo on a very warm day.
I let my dogs out to roam around the yard while I photographed
and took a nap in the sun when I was finished.
My mother has many garden statues that are eclectic
separately
but together and precisely placed, look lovely.
I used a mermaid statue that sits on our porch steps
I put it a little off of a glass table to make the statue
seem like it's sitting on a shimmery rock or a planet

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

David Hockney

David Hockney is an artist who has produced pieces with multiple different mediums. He began with painting and drawing. He has made etchings, photographs, has designed multiple stage sets, and has made an art car. He has been working since the 1950s and grew with the changing pace of the world, he has most recently made a series of still-lifes using an iPhone painting app. He has taught at colleges all over the U.S. and has traveled all over the world.

Pearblossom Highway, 11-18 April 1986 | photographic collage

I chose this piece because I love how he cut up images he took of the road from different angles and put them back together in a cubist way. Cutting up the images also makes the sky more interesting and the contrast between the grey/brown land and the bright sky blue more pronounced. I like how the yellow line in the road doesn't look as cut up as the rest of the photo and how on the left side of the road you can't really see the difference of the dirt and the pavement. The way Hockney arranged the pieces of photos makes the road look like it's curving but it also looks straight. The photo as a whole looks mismatched but in a way that is pleasing to the eye.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Architecture/Landscapes

Assisi

Over April Break, I was able to go to Italy and Spain. Italy is so beautiful, the streets of Assisi are warmed with the sun and have flowers blooming on the walls. Motor bikes scattered around the medieval village give a pleasant blend of new and old.
I loved my trip and want to go back so much.