Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Photographers

It was very interesting to learn about how to capture "the" picture instead of "a" picture. I learned that it's important to take many different pictures from different points of view of the same subject. This is in order to experiment and find out which angle looks the best. Photography should be interesting to look at and experimentation is important. It is also important to make sure that you have good lighting when taking a photograph and that there isn't too much or too little light. I also learned that when taking a picture of the subject, it looks more natural if the photograph isn't of the subject straight on, but instead uses the rule of thirds. I learned that "the" photograph can only be found with the right amount of patience and experimentation.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Intro To Levitation Photography

Levitation: the action of rising or causing something to rise and hover in the air, typically by means of supposed magical powers.

Paranormal: denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

When taking levitation photographs, it's important to remember to plan out your photograph before you take it. Websites with tips on levitation photography suggest that pictures be taken on a cloudy day. This will reduce the amount of work you have to do in photoshop because it will reduce the shadows that are created by your subject. It is also important to remember to have your entire subject present in the photo and not hidden behind anyone or anything. This way, when objects or people are erased, you wont be missing pieces of your subject. Shooting from a low angle is also key because they are supposed to look like they are floating. If the picture is taken from above them, it will be harder to create the illusion of someone floating.

Royce Hultain

Rachel Marie Smith

Anka Zhuravleva

I might try to include my subject doing something ordinary. An everyday activity that is twisted ever so slightly by levitation would be interesting and would make viewers look twice when they saw it. On the other hand, levitation connects with paranormal activity so a paranormal or magical feeling might work better with this type of photography.

Monday, April 3, 2017

History of Photography Poster Reflection

One of the most interesting things we learned about was the first photograph. We learned about Joseph Nicephore Niepce and his contributions to the world of photography. He is credited as being one of the creators of photography due to the fact that he took the first photo using his invention, the heliograph. We also learned about George Eastman, who invented the brownie camera, which was a camera that was sold to children and was disposable. This was sort of an introduction of photography to everyone, even children. Aaron Siskind was another man we learned about. What was interesting about him was his abstract expressionism. The type of photos that he took are very interesting, especially due to the time period he was active during. We also learned about the first ever camera phone. This was interesting because we were able to compare and contrast the technology that was available then and the technology that is available to us now. The first camera phones has fixed-focus lenses which made it very hard for them to focus accurately on a subject. Overall, this was a very interesting project that taught us a lot about the history of photography.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Biweekly: Food

Sitting in the kitchen,
Eating the soup
With the spoon

Drinking the lemonade
from the cup;
I wonder

I wonder about the
World and existential
thoughts we all have stew

In my mind
Like the soup in my mouth.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Introduction: The burning house

It was interesting that most people took photos and books, which they deemed unrecoverable over iPads and other electronics. I also noticed a lot of shoes, which makes sense. I also noticed that the way the objects are arranged is usually in a way so that you can see every object. The objects are also arranged in a way that makes the photograph pleasing to the eye.

In my burning house project I might include my dog, I will also include a wallet and a pair of shoes. I think that I will arrange the objects in a way that is geometric and pleasing to the eye. I will include the things I would take with me if I could only grab a few items.

My Important Photo Skills

This Photo is one of my favorite pictures I took. It utilizes reflection (of the light on the ceiling tiles) and strange perspective (how close and high up the camera is to the exit sign.)
This photo uses strange perspective because it is centered underneath a window looking straight up from the ground.

This photo uses strange perspective and shapes. It also uses framing of the sunset and trees.

Monday, February 27, 2017

David Hockney Inspired Collages

Paragraph 1:
Cubism was introduced and occurred prominently in the 20th century. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque are largely credited with its introduction and creation. Cubism was introduces sometime between 1907-1914. Cubist artwork tends to contain one subject from many different angles and perspectives. The work is also choppy and appears to be in "cubes." This is how it got its name.

Paragraph 2:
David Hockney is a modern painter and photographer. He creates photo collages that are inspired by cubist principles. His photographs come together in a way that one can still tell what the photo is of. They are separated though, like a cubist painting. He was most likely inspired to try cubist art when he was at art school with all of his artistic friends.