Friday, September 25, 2009

Reflection of CI: Working the Subject...100 Creative Ways

I dont`t mean to be blunt but I hated this assignment. My three objects were so different and didn`t go together at all. By the middle of the 100 shots I was ready to throw my objects in the street and hope that they got run over....o.k. that`s a little dramatic. However much I didn`t like this assignment I did get to explore my backyard in unbeleivable depth and detail. I did learn how to think outside the box and come up with sometimes stupid but creative shots without changing scenery or subjects. I know the purpose of this assignment now, but at the time I was wondering what the hell I was doing balancing a styrofoam head (one of my objects) on the edge of a diving board in the middle of the rain.

I know it`s a good assignment now so I defiantly think that Sarah should assign this project to the students next year but it should only be 1 object just to make it that much harder.

Monday, September 21, 2009

DT- Lines Assignment

I had a really awesome time doing this assignment. Although I found it challenging at times, it made me really focus on what was around me. I found by the end of the couple of days I worked on this project I couldn't see anything but lines. I would see shapes, colors and subjects and I would try to mentally visualize how I could convey them into lines. This assignment forced me to look beyond obvious lines such as lanes on the street or horizons and to find lines that you wouldn't normally see unless you were looking for them.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

First Time Blogger

My favorite genre of photography is black and white architectural shots with lots of contrast. I have a whole wall of black and white photography in my room that I took while in Europe. On the other hand I prefer to photographic children. I love to see their facial expressions and movements that to me are so innocent and soft.
I hope to learn a lot this year, but my primary focus is to build on my existing knowledge of photography and develop new skills that I have yet to explore. I've been using Lightroom for quite a few months now and I've become fairly proficient in the program but I'm sure there's lots more for me to learn. Some new skills I'm hoping to gain this year is to learn new photographic techniques such as panning and motion blur like we'll be practicing tomorrow on our mysterious field trip.
One of my best memories of taking pictures is when my nephew Emmett was born. He was six weeks early so he was in the NICU, when I saw him for the first time it was amazing he was so small but still so beautiful. I got to take a few pictures of him but I couldn't use a flash and I was shooting through the plastic of the incubator, so the conditions were less then optimal. Even though the pictures turned out to be awful with the wrong exposure, lots of reflections and blur they are still some of my most precious pictures that I have ever taken. So it just proves that even if you have all the proper photographic technique it doesn't mean you'll end up with a picture you'll cherish, it's the story within the image that makes a great photo.