Friday, June 12, 2015

Assignment I am most proud of

The assignment I am most proud of is the “Who Am I?” video project. I synthesized elements of my personality with photos I had collected over the years and worked with a program I was partially unfamiliar with to create something better than a slide show. The project allowed me to contain what people would think of me and assisted me in showing others what my passions are. Additionally, it let me be creative in a confined way; it was enjoyable to work within the parameters set by my teacher while still creating something that was inherently me. This project re-introduced me to iMovie and forced me to explore the features it had to offer. I am happy I did this project.

Most Memorable Experiences

The first memorable experience I have from my semester in Photo 1 is when we used the pinhole cameras to take photos. It was wonderful to experience how hard it was to take photographs in the ‘olden days’ and gave me a real appreciation for the task. Additionally, it was fun to learn how the dark room worked, what chemicals to use and for how long too. That was the best part, I’d say, to get to see you photograph appear before you underneath the first chemical bath.

The second memorable experience I have from Photo 1 was learning how to use Photoshop. This was a very useful experience for me as I enjoy creating digital art, and this new knowledge allowed me to edit pictures of my friends into funny situations or remove part of a photograph I did not like. The process of learning how to use this program was hard at first, but as I settled in it became something I wish I knew how to use sooner.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Photos with quotes

Through this project I learned that adding a quote to a photo, whether it be serious or not, can
add another layer of depth to its meaning. It guides the readers’ moods to where you want them to be and allows for a second interpretation; one interpretation being of the photo, and the other being of the quote. Additionally, I gained insight into the world of graphic design and faced some of the similar challenges that advertising companies face. What font should this be in? What color? What size? These are all things that must be considered when producing a quality picture with a quote or words in general on it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinhole Camera

Pinhole camera: a camera with a pinhole aperture and no lens

It was rather difficult to keep the camera steady; neither the subject nor the camera could move or it would be blurry. With modern cameras we don’t have to worry about this because we can adjust the shutter speed, and it’s easier to keep such a small object still for so long as opposed to a paint can (which we used as a camera). Additionally, sometimes the amount of light we let in on the pinhole was too much or too little, although we wouldn’t find this out until after we used the darkroom, which was a fun, exciting process because you never knew what you had captured until running it through the chemicals.
I learned about the developing process and what chemicals one would use to develop a photograph. Before this assignment I thought it took days on end to produce a picture. The biggest thing I learned is how different photography is today compared to seventy-five years ago.

I did enjoy this project; it was a nice break from the normality of pointing, shooting, reviewing, then pointing again. It was a nice challenge to have to find a stable surface to photograph, judge the exposure time to provide the right amount of light, and to have the model stay still in whatever pose they were doing. It was very much a learning experience and I appreciate those; it also exposed me to the way photographs used to be captured and made me appreciate the old ways more. Also, it was exciting to use the darkroom, to wait for that moment when you flipped your photograph over the first time and see what you captured, if you managed to capture anything at all.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Creative Portraits / Self Portraits

In this photo I tried to capture a feeling of peaceful sadness, within which could be the story of someone who had a fight with their boyfriend, the nostalgia of childhood, or the loss of something important. I want the viewer to be able to relate to this photograph; what is this girl upset about? The viewer can decide this for themselves and perhaps will project a personal quality or problem onto the model. The viewer is the one telling the story.

In this photograph I wanted to capture the culmination of hard work and integrity. This photograph is of my grandfather who served during WWII and was stationed for some time in Alaska. He worked all his life and played his cards right to end up with a gorgeous house overlooking a serene Cape Cod bay surrounded by people he loves. This photograph shows not only the country he fought for, but the domain in which he personally has authority.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Who am I

I am a person of many interests who often doesn’t know what she wants to do. I adore drawing, writing and painting, all of which are extremely creative, artistic endeavors, but I can also get lost for hours reading scientific texts and studying language. Yet still there is a side of me which is content to sit around for hours on end in front of a computer playing video games and chatting to my friends; recently Dota 2, a popular MMO, has taken most of my attention away, much to the chagrin of my parents.
It’s important to me to keep moving forward. Whether that means perfecting the proportions of an anatomically-correct human figure or orchestrating my first successful ‘gank’ in Dota 2, it’s important to me that I keep improving upon myself; it would be devastating if my skills were to decrease by much, keeping in mind that growth is not linear. This continual growth will prepare me for my later life, where I hope to be a-... I have no idea what I want to do with myself when I’m older. If I could discover a job which synthesises my creative side with the part of me which lusts after science and language, I would go sky diving. And I hate heights.