Thursday, February 9, 2017

Self Portrait


Before taking digital photo 1 and 2 my knowledge on photography consisted of opening my phone camera, pointing it at the subject, and taking the picture. Since then, I have learned concepts such as triptychs, golden hour, still life, macro, etc., and my photos have improved. I did not have any prior experience in photography from other classes, and I did not really enjoy any of my other art classes until this one. There is still a ton of photo aspects that I have not learned and look forward to discovering in the future. I also would like to continue taking pictures so that I can improve the overall quality and meaning in my photos. A common problem that I faced was time- management, I would often have high expectations for my pictures but not enough time to execute them like I planned.


I am happy with how most of my projects turned out, even the ones that are a little out of focus or not edited perfectly, because I know I put a lot of effort into each individual image. Something that was satisfying about the process was discovering something or coming up with a new idea that was not originally a plan of mine. In photo 1 I found out I was more of a perfectionist than I thought, and photo 2 further implemented this idea when I would spend the whole class period editing an image. My mindset has changed towards photography, I never thought of it as a difficult form of art, and now I know that even though everyone can take pictures, there is so much more to a great picture than just hitting a button.


When looking at other people's images, I can see similar and different features in their photos. A lot of the times this is because we are working on the same type of project and have gotten inspiration from the same sources, but there is still a unique factor in everyone's photography style that comes from how and where they take the picture. If I was a teacher, I would comment on the stylistic features of my photos and suggest improvements such as changes in the ISO and aperture because I have not mastered how to use those beneficially yet. The typical standards for an assignment were to take pictures that had some type of camera technique that we were learning about, and I would say that my images usually met these standards. In terms of quality, not all of my pictures met my standards because of things like editing difficulties and lighting problems.


One goal I have as a photographer is to explore different areas for my pictures. One thing that particularly bothered me during photo was that my pictures were mostly all set in the same place, which would lead to pictures that were similar and lacking creativity. I have noticed from my classmates that editing a picture a certain way can completely change, and improve, a photo. I usually will just do a simple brightness and contrast change and call it done, so I would like to expand my editing abilities and try new things. I would like to spend more time on art classes in school, whether that be digitally, drawing, or writing, because I have found that I enjoy the process of making stuff and having a final outcome that is more than just an A on a test.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Reading Photos

Location: The East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C.
Photographer: Pete Souza
Original caption: In this official White House photograph, President Barack Obama greets a young guest during a reception celebrating African American history month in the east room of the White House, on Feb. 18, 2016.

What words would you use to describe this photograph? 
Inspiration. The image captures the importance of Obama's time as a president and the impact he had on working to create equality. The little boy looks mesmerized by the president reaching out to him which displays the inspiration found in Barack Obama for all races. Future. With the inspiration of Obama comes a bright future where kids, teens, and adults alike can make a change, no matter their race, gender, or sexuality. The boy's reaction and Obama's acknowledgment shows how we should value the dreams of our kids and teens because they are the future.

What do you think is good about this photograph? 
A good aspect of the image is the leading line found in the president's hand which emphasizes the boy's expression of astonishment. I also like how he is fidgeting with his tie because it shows the childish side of him while he plays with something that is usually associated with adults. The photographer also cut out the president, only displaying his reaching arm, which helps support the prominence of the boy. 

Pretend you are inside of this photograph. What does it feel like?
Joyful and exciting. It is a celebration that highlights the progress Obama has made as a president which includes many happy guests. Witnessing Obama reaching out to this boy would have a joyful effect on all these guests and bring excitement for what is to come in the future.


Location: Brooklyn, New York
Photographer: Dave Paek
Original caption: One World Trade Center and NYC skyline framed through an art installation in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Single exposure.

What do you think this photograph is about? 
I think the photo is about the excitement and busyness of the city. The multiple exposure makes it feel crowded and rushed, which corresponds with the atmosphere of New York. 

What interests you the most about this work of art?
It interests me how the photographer shot through the art piece and created a multiple exposure without editing. The new perspective adds meaning to the photo rather than just taking another NYC skyline picture. They also include the reflection in the window in the picture which furthers the crowded concept.

What color/value is used most in this photograph?
The red of the art and the muted gray and blue of the skyline are the most common colors. The contrast of the empty blue sky in the background and the intense red window in the foreground exemplifies how the deeper you go into the city, the more crazy and exciting it becomes.

Location: Near Fort Mcmurray, Alberta
Photographer: Ian Willms
Original caption: Catastrophic wildfires charred this swath of boreal forest and forced the entire population of an oil boom town, about 88,000 people, to evacuate.

What title would you give this photograph?
Ghost town. The eeriness of the fallen tree silhouettes and the hazy fog that adds some blurry effects creates a setting that resembles that of a ghost town in a horror film. The effects of the wildfire, clearing out the landscape and charring the trees, creates an empty feeling in this image after the evacuation of the townspeople.

How would you describe the lines in this picture? The shapes? The colors?
Most of the forest has fallen with lines laying on the ground showing the hardships that the community went through, however, some of the trees remain standing which could represent how the wildfires do not have to be an end to this community. The colors are mostly cool tones with blues and grays which illustrate the devastation felt in the aftermath. There is a glimpse of a bright sky peeking from the clouds and smoke, demonstrating that a good outcome may occur for the people involved in this scene.

What is closer to you? Further away?
The trees start off close and then continue all the way from the foreground to the background where they become blurry, this shows the vast landscape destroyed in the wildfires. The clouds are in the back, while the little bit of brightness is closer.