Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I took this picture of one of my friends for my color management class. The objective of this assignment was to take a photograph and use color management techniques to get a good print. In this portrait, I tried to capture the serious, yet mysterious nature of my friend.
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Sunday, March 1, 2009
For this assignment in Principles of Photography, we had to shoot an environmental self-portrait and a conceptual photograph. We had to be present in the environmental shot. The conceptual shot was supposed to depict something representative of ourself. Since I don't actually like to be photographed, and am quite sure that I am on the correct side of the camera, I found the environmental self-portrait to be rather challenging. I chose to only show my profile to demonstrate my shyness at being photographed. The bubble represents my fun side, but since it is a perfect bubble it also shows that I am a perfectionist. The bright colors inside the bubble demonstrate my vibrant personality. I backed up a playful scene with strong pillars to show that I have strength. For the conceptual shot I photographed a gutter flower. I can't think of anything stronger, or more defiant than a flower growing through concrete. I know that I have the ability to face adversity and always survive. I also believe that everyone has at least two sides to their personality and that is represented by the two stems this flower has.
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Sunday, February 22, 2009
For my digital illustration class, we were asked to demonstrate either pain or passion. I wanted to demonstrate pain, but not in a typical fashion. My grandfather passed away several years ago and I know it was painful for everyone in my family. Long before his death, he fought in WWII. I know that his absence in war worried my grandmother daily. As we are currently at war, I know many families are experiencing similar heartache. I wanted to illustrate that such pain is timeless. For this photo, I used a 4x5 camera with a digital back. I took an old picture of my grandfather in uniform and re-printed it. I then broke the glass and put a plane of focus over just his eyes. I took a separate picture of my hand and composited it in. The ring in the photo is actually an old family engagement ring. Once composited, I played around with the blending modes to get the desired effect. When I told my grandmother my plan, she was excited and is eager to see the finished photograph.
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Sunday, February 15, 2009
For this assignment in Large Format Photography, we were asked to demonstrate either a positive or negative emotion. I chose to demonstrate a negative emotion by creating a scary scene. I am scared and yet strangely fascinated by clowns, so it seemed like a perfect subject for this photograph. I emphasized the feeling of this photograph further by utilizing depth of field. The large format camera is perfect for this. I threw a plane of focus from the bird's foot to the clown's hand to the the eye of the mask and left the rest of the scene slightly out of focus. I believe my efforts were successful, as most of my classmates were sufficiently scared by this photograph.
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Saturday, February 7, 2009
In America, we tend to ignore the less desireable. We don't like to address that which is not "pretty". For our genera project in Principals of Photography, I chose to do a portrait series. However I wanted to do something different...so I photographed homeless men in Denver. They all had different stories that were equally fascinating.
Posted by AMM at 10:28 PM
Not every childhood is happy. Not every youthful experience is full of joy. For our final project in Principles of Photography class, we were asked to shoot a place. I shot "childhood" as my place and for a setting I chose a the playground of my childhood. I wanted to capture the tragedy that many feel in their youth and tell a different kind of playground story.
Posted by AMM at 9:24 PM