Friday, June 13, 2014

Assignment that I am the most proud of

For the majority of the first half of photo one, I found myself slacking off and waiting till the last minute to complete my assignments. After about four narrowly-passed-in-on-time assignments, I decided that I needed to figure out this lack of motivation. I guess I just wasn't super thrilled about the assignments we were doing. And yes, I know that that is no reason to be slacking off. But I did it anyway. I then realized that I needed to be taking photos of things that interested me, because my lack of interest was starting to show in my pictures. The first assignment that I really was proud of was our hobbies and interests assignment. Really, how could you go wrong photographing things that you loved doing? At the time of the assignment, I was on vacation in the British Virgin Islands and was surrounded by all of these beautiful activities and this serene landscape. I think that this stunning backdrop motivated me to take photos of things that I was actually interested in taking photos of. I ended up taking significantly more photos that were required and was happy with each that I turned in.  After this assignment, I really just kept taking pictures of subjects that I wanted to use, and my interest in each singular photo started to show. Since then, I have been putting significantly more effort into all of my projects and am glad that I am.

Most memorable experience in photo 1

The most memorable experience from this semester of Photo was the day that our class was given the Word Challenge/thing assignment. Basically the assignment was to draw letters out of everyday objects to create a phrase or a word. This assignment was creatively challenging. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out ways to find letters in every day objects such as bricks, trash cans, light bulbs, and stools.  If you can imagine, it was not exactly an easy affair to turn the school halls into 'Life is Good'. But, through lying down, standing to tables and everything in between, I managed to find those letters.
The most important thing that I learned from this project was to look at things from many different perspectives, because you never know what you might find when you look at things differently. Looking at things from different angles and perspectives, in all aspects of life, (especially photography) can really help to improve a situation, a project, a problem, or even a photograph.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Culture Clash


  • To create a Clash of Cultures by creating your own Photo montage, combining images from Beijing, China and Yarmouth, Maine, USA;

  • To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;
  • To create a “surreal” landscape by montaging a variety of photographs;
  • To know, use, and understand the Four Collage Techniques to in your Photo Montage: Juxtaposition/fragmentation, Point of View, Scale Change, Overlapping

Photoshop is a remarkable feat of technology that enables one to edit/ 'play' with photos with outcomes similar to ones of images created in a dark room, except photoshop is online. While working on this project, there were lots of times when I had to edit an image to make it work with the rest of this collage/montage. Most often, I found myself having to erase parts of an image that were not necessary for the project. I think that overall, the cleanliness of my erasing looks really good. One challenge that I dealt with was finding adequate images to fill the foreground of my montage-collage (I'll just call it that now), because most of the foreground is water. I ended up being able to fill it with a few boats but ended up keeping it pretty simple. While the clash between Chinese culture and American culture is not flat out smacking you in the face, I did a good job of showing the contrast between the two cultures.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free Choice Assignment

Flash, they say, is bad.
It flattens, and ruins photos. 
But I don't agree. 

I believe that flash,
when used correctly
can enhance a photo. 

Like this one,
for example. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Culture Clash Planning

Fragmentation- the process or state of breaking or being broken into small or separate parts
Point of View- the angle or place from which you shoot
Scale Change- When the proportions of one image to another are changed
Overlapping- extend over so as to cover partly

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Interests and Hobbies Blog Post

Of the eighty seven photographs I have taken for the assignment Interests/Hobbies, this photograph of my friend Claire reading is by far my favorite. Among the many things I like about this photo, my favorite two aspects of it are the vibrant colors and quality focus. This photo was taken on program mode so it is essentially a 'raw' photo, taken by me without the help of any of the cameras modes. The crisp outlines of Claire nicely contrasts the soft ferry terminal that makes up the background of this image. What makes this image my favorite is how candid this shot really is, the subject had no idea I was taking the picture and thus it does not appear stiff, which is nice.