Thursday, May 23, 2013

Andy Goldsworthy

  • What is the title of your Artwork? Whimsey. 
  • What location did you choose? Why? I chose my yard - not only because of the easy access, but because it had the flowers I needed along with hay, and people don't like it when  you pick their flowers even for homework assignments. For artistic purposes I really did want a nice bokeh background so that is why I chose the tree branch i did. 
  • What nature materials is it made out of? Well we have a tree, I don't know what kind of tree, some hay (before hay is harvested and bailed up it is green and leafy) and peony petals. 
  • What is its approximate size? Why? Alrighty, it's kinda hard to measure tree branches but it was about 12 inches by 6. 
  • Can people interact with it? If so, how? Please be very specific. I think it is more of animal then people interactive, seeing as whenever I make something like this the birds come and steal it for their nests. 
  • How did you take the surrounding areas into consideration while creating this piece? I took hay and peony petals, also some leaves from around the other trees. 
  • What message does it convey? I honestly don't know, when I was little I would braid hay and flower petals together so maybe just a memory of childhood :) whimsey. 
  • Monday, May 20, 2013

    Self Portrait Essay

    I remember doing an assignment similar to this in English - writing about a time in our life that was important, we were encouraged to open up and share, but I was to scared. This time around I'm not so afraid anymore so here goes.

    Here I am biting my nails; I know kind of gross it's a nasty habit. I bite my nails when I'm anxious which seemed to increase my freshman year.

     (I hope you can kind of see my fingers in this picture) Around this same time I started feeling really lonely and like I had no one to talk to I got really depressed.

    With the depression came panic and anxiety attacks, they're horrid and I just wanted to stay in bed all the time. Often I would just curl myself up in a ball and try to think of nothing, or drown out life by doing school.

    These two pictures above go together - i do realize that the first one I am not physically in, but this was the best way I could find to represent what happened next. Long story short my self esteem went way down; with the combination of other events in my life I started self harming. (Don't do that if you're thinking about it!) This is when I found the organization to write love on her arms.

    I took this picture as a sort of recognition that what I was doing was serious and I was heading in the wrong direction - I didn't want my life going the way. I started out on my journey to make myself better, and I even made some friends along the way I was returning to my "wallflower," status.

    I know this image will go off the page, but it just has to be bigger! Ha, long long story short - I got better. This was a lot of time to fit into a couple pictures so I will leave some links to past blogs if you're interested in reading more about my story, if not that's okay too. :)

    About Bullying and Self Harm & Suicide 
    A little more about my life 
    One of my favorite youtubers talking about panic attacks 

    if you still want to know more (if you're still reading) you can follow my other blog or talk to me anytime :)


    Saturday, May 4, 2013

    Formal and Environment Portraits

    Formal and Environment Portraits 

    This is Kelsi :) I had the privilege of taking her senior photographs. 


    My favorite portraits would be 2,3,7,9,11. I enjoy these portraits because of the color, emotion, or "motion" in the photos :)

    Sunday, April 28, 2013

    Macro Photography

    Alrighty so here are my Macro Photography photos  --  these were a little interesting to grab because I know we are trying to focus on details in Macro. I have two lenses neither of them are really made for Macro, but I made it work! I picked a spot in my garden for a week and just watched for changes. I was hoping to see a spider or bug, but it's been to cold and dry. On the other hand the flowers blossomed and we got some new tulips.
    Here are my pictures . . . the editing on them are different so keep that in mind they don't really all flow as a pack.

    This is one of the first photo's I've taken you can tell that this tulip hasn't yet blossomed. I took this photo from inside by opening up my window and using my 200mm lens to zoom in on the flower patch. I shot in manual vs. macro mode because it just really bothered me not to shoot in manual! I did have to use manual focus to get the proper object in focus. (don't mind my changing water marks I have one in the works somewhere.) I really enjoy the dew drops on the flowers -- I got this right after it rained.

    This was taken the same day I wanted to contrast my last picture so the tulip in focus on the left is the one I had a close up of -- I count this as a macro photo too because of the detials of the flower on the left which has all the little droplets.

    This was taken during the middle of the week -- in the middle of the tulips we have a rose bush here we have some leaves that are blooming, no roses yet but I love the sort of creepy look of the edges on these leaves.

    Alright -- very sorry you're going to have to deal with some experimental editing here I love portraiture but I love fine art photographs. here in front is one of the red tulips then towards the back you'll see in my next photo a purple tulip. The joys of being able to zoom in on your flower patch from the window.

    here is a purple tulip I would say this and the first photo's are my favorite and definitely fall under the "macro" terms along with the pictures of the leaves. Here I was above the flower kind of peering in -- I like the effect it gives. Let me know what you think. :)

    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    Landscapes . . . Sort Of . . . .

    Landscapes . . . Sort Of . . . .

    Alright, so let me tell 'ya I like landscape photography, but there is no land without houses around here none. Therefore I had one opportunity one, and it was on a paid gig, I had to get these shots fast and hopefully catch something good. I hope you guys will cut me some slack it was winter weather -- literally my fingers were having a difficult time pressing the buttons for the camera.

    This was the only view I had with no buildings so this is the shot of what I got. The exposure is okay and I like the lines off to the side.
     Here I tried flipping the camera over on its side -- I tried this twice, but I didn't really like it I think it might be the lack of negative space.
     Here is another one I grabbed with more negative space I like it more than the last one but my eye goes straight to the bush in the middle of the picture where the trees intersect, and I didn't like it.
     This is my favorite exposure here -- there's lots of shadows because I was shooting mid-day which is kind of interesting as far as HDR shots go and I love all the different line curves.
    Least favorite exposure, but I knew I would be making up a mash up eventually and I did want my highlights in there so here they are! 

    Da-da-da-da I actually know how to make an HDR photo, and you guys thought I didn't know what I was doing. To prove I can take landscape photo's here are some I've taken in the past :) 

    Monday, April 15, 2013

    Night time

    Alright this picture wasn't originally taken for this project it was taken after I had read all the material though. This is Rachel and I "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." I took this during intermission using flash because of the low lighting. It may not be the best photograph out there, but it comforts me when I'm have a bad day like today. 

    This is my long shutter nature picture. It doesn't look too bad. I have a tripod but the thing is a pain in the butt to set up only works 50% of the time and it was freeezing cold outside. So this is with no tripod on a '30 Shutter. You can see that the flowers aren't totally "frozen" in motion I'm not sure if this is because of the breeze or the camera. I want to say the breeze because I'm a perfectionist and it took me five tries to get this shot.

    So I've discovered that long exposure photography is fun -- actually I knew that since the last fourth of July. Therefore, to try something a little different I went into manual mode I enjoyed both the focused image and the bokeh.

    I caught this moment -- yay! this is the desaturated nighttime image. Usually I don't like the affect of desaturating an image this was quite nice though I think it might be because of the simplicity.

    So this picture not my fav. I originally tried snapping the fence -- but the motion detector on my light caught me.  I like the fact that you can see that there was fog though so that's why I decided to keep and put this one in here. Learning experience, and don't judge us for still having Christmas lights up! I know at least one of you still has lights up.

    Sunday, April 14, 2013

    Time Era Editing

    Time Era Editing
    When we think of time eras I first thought of doing something Victorian while I wish I could have done this I being the perfectionist I am was not happy with the props and wardrobe I had to work with. Therefore I though -- why not edit in a vintage style? It's quite the fad right now if you can execute it correctly.