Final Book Project: Exposed

Exposed

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Alphabet

I went to Del Mar and walked around from 9th Street to 15th Street in order to get these photographs. I had done this project once before and thoroughly enjoyed shooting for it. It forced me to look at things in a different light and definitely got my creative juices flowing. I was super excited to shoot it again and see what better photos I could get to help my letters stand out more. I really like my “K”. The first time I did this I remember that “K” and “R” were the hardest letters for me to find and photograph. This time I was determined to find a great “K” and I think I accomplished that. That was definitely the letter I was most focused on. I was out shooting this time for about three hours, just walking up and down streets very slowly and taking photos of everything. I stopped to look at everything in my path to see if what I was looking at resembled any letter of the alphabet. I am very proud of my work for this project and I have shown a lot of people my photos. There are a few things I would like to fix/do better though. I would like to find a better “F” that has more contrast between the letter and the background. Lighting could help me with this. Also, my “R” looked very good and fun of contrast in color, but when I converted to black and white, it lost that distinction so I need to be more aware of tat when shooting in color. Lastly, as a whole I think all of these letters go well together except my “O”. I feel like it looks a bit out of place, so I would perhaps like to shoot something else for that. alphabet

MoPA

IMG_8591I went to The Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park with my mom. The exhibition was a series of Mexican photographers portraying their interpretation of the concept of boundaries. There were a variety of different boundaries shown from the legitimate border between Mexico and California to the boundaries between the rich and poor to the boundaries between how you would expect a Mexican to look and how really looks aren’t everything. I genuinely liked all of the artists work, but my two favorites were definitely Gerardo Sutter and Ana Casas Broda. Gerardo Sutter had a series of photographs all called “Spacelapse” that depicted busy city life as an overlay of multiple photos on top of each other. I liked his work because it made me stop and observe the photos for a while. It looked as though the photos were off center and tilted and it added to the feeling of chaos within the photos. I think they turned out really great and it seemed very deliberate with what he was trying to show. Ana Casas Broda had a series of photographs showing herself as a mother with her children. I really enjoyed the lighting of all of her photos. They were all of contrast between a dark background with what seems like very bright lights lighting up her subjects in the foreground. I loved the photos of the stopped motion of the liquid in the bathtub. I felt like her series really showed what it is like to go through the process of child birth and raising children. It is chaotic, tiring, and beautiful all at the same time, and I felt her photographs really portrayed that strongly.

We also looked at the exhibit showing photographs from artists ages 9 to 15 showing their interpretations of boundaries. There were photographs everywhere from photographs showing emotional struggles that set people apart from others to actually physical boundaries like fences separating one side from another. It was really inspiring to see all of these different works of art from so many different perspectives. It made me think of what I am trying to work on with my final project. It is my goal to show the feelings girls experience about their bodies and body image. I think that that could be looked at as a sort of boundary setting them apart from others. Almost all of the woman I have photographed for this project have made comments about how they feel as though they just wished they could be “normal” and not have to deal with the intrusive thoughts that come with having such a negative body image.

Overall, I had a really good time at this museum. It was my first time ever experiencing this museum, and it was wonderful to spend time with my mom while I was there.

Night Photography

I went to Torrey Pines Beach with my friends and we played with lights and steel wool. It was kind of windy when we were there, so I feel like that effected the steel wool burning a little bit. I think my favorite photo I got from the night was the one with the silhouette against the circle of lights. For that photo I used string lights and spin them around in a circle. Overall, I had a great time and would like to experiment more with taking these types of photos. I have seen some really cool photos of steel wool spinning before and I would like to try and replicate some of what I have seen.

Midterm

  1. Street photography is a style of photography where the artist takes photos of things as they happen. It is taking your camera with you to a specific place and taking photos of people going about their daily lives. It is unplanned and unposed.
  2. Shutter speed describes how long your camera will remain “open” in order to capture light. The longer the shutter takes, the more light will be let in to the sensor of your camera. You should use a fast shutter in order to stop the motion of objects moving quickly and a low shutter in an environment with minimal light to allow for as much light to hit the sensor as possible. Aperture describes how open your lens is. It is measured in f-stops. The smaller the f-stop, the wider the diameter of the opening of your lens is and vice versa. The lower the f-stop, the lower depth of field you will have. This means less things are in focus. With an f-stop like f-22, everything will be in focus because the end is allowing for all of that light detail to enter the lens.
  3. A raw file contains all of the information of the photograph. It is very large and allows you to manipulate your photo from an image with complete information. It comes straight from your camera. A psd file is one that is created after editing the photo in PhotoShop. Once a raw file is edited, it loses the amount of information contained within the file. The psd file will be smaller and contain less information. You should always edit a copy of your raw file in order to maintain all of the information of the original photo in case you need to go back to it.
  4. I don’t know.
  5. crop, red eye, spot remover, gradient, selection tool
  6. Your histogram describes the lighting information of your photo in a graphical form. It tells you where you’re whitest whites are and your darkest blacks are, and can help show you if you have over exposed or underexposed a photo. You generally want to see a histogram that is shaped very uniformly like a bell curve.
  7. Three ways to change a photo to black and white include decreasing saturation of colors, using a preset filter, or using the monochrome tool.
  8. The three components to focus on when taking a photo are shutter speed, aperture, and iso.

Remember Your Original Intentions…

When I originally started diving into the art of photography, it was after a rather eventful first semester at college. I fell head first into a full fledged eating disorder and spent a lot of time in my room sleeping. I was constantly freezing, sad, and alone. Towards the end of the semester, I began researching cameras. My roommate was in a film photography class and her work was awesome. It looked like something I wanted to create. When I went home for winter break, I never went back to school. My family noticed I wasn’t the same, happy girl I usually was. We talked and things came out of the depths of my soul that I didn’t even know were there. The demons in my head were finally out for the world to see, and it was scary. This was the lowest point of my life, and the hardest thing that I ever went through. I bought my first film camera during this time, and didn’t stop there. I collected tons of old cameras including a brownie box camera, 35mm cameras, and polaroid cameras. I took my mom’s dslr in as my own since she never used it, and I began shooting. I wanted to find something that would answer my question: why was everything so horrible? I ended up going to watch the sunset each and every night for about 4 months. I went to the same spot every day, and it became a ritual. It was the world’s gift to me for making it through yet another horrible and long day. I am convinced one of the main reason’s I held on long enough to make it through that seemingly never ending pit of darkness just in order to take that one photograph of the sunset each night. It was all I looked forward to, but it kept me alive and got me out of bed. My original intention with my photos was to help myself get through these times, so I took a photograph of myself showing what I felt during those years, and sometimes feel still today. I have come along way, but that doesn’t mean the demons don’t try to latch on still. Photography has been an outlet for me, and has saved me from myself more times than I can count. fullsizeoutput_98ae

Ian Ruther

We watched a video about Ian Rather in class today. I had seen this video previously and it was great to see again. I love the video and I feel it is very inspiring and shows all of the happiness and stress and satisfaction of art and photography. He worked to build his own very large camera to make giant photos using wet plates. I thought the outcome was amazing and the dedication he had to his work is admirable. I like how they incorporated the fact that it didn’t always work out for him in the video. The part where he was in the desert and threw his plate away after he ruined it shows how much of your soul you put into taking a photograph and how much it hurts when you don’t get what you want. This video is amazing and it pushes me to want to find a way that I can add a unique characteristic to my art.

Discovery Lake Park Field Trip

We went to a park near school to practice using reflectors and lights to add different lighting to photos. This was different than when we shot in the studio because there was also natural light available. For me, it was difficult to think of ways to use the handheld light to add to my photos because there was so much sunlight out there and enough light to shoot. I got some great photos of this girl though, and I used the light to help hi light her facial features. I love the way these photos turned out, and I love the feel of them. It was also cool to learn about the different filters we can add to Lightroom and use on our photos. I used the same filter on the last two photos, and I like the vibe it gives the photo. Overall, I had a good time and learned a lot. I would have liked to use the reflector more myself though and take some photos using that. Unfortunately, I was the subject in my group for the reflector photos and by the time I had a chance to get my hands on the reflector, the sun had already gone down too far and I was unable to use it. I have at least used one before though, so I do know how they work. I would have liked to shoot some photos using it though.

Photo Booth Project (pt. 2)

I had this grand idea to go to the pumpkin patch to get all of those fall colors and fun October vibes. I had visions of what my photos would look like, and basically none of what I expected actually happened. There was not any shade which I was hoping for, and there also wasn’t really a place I could post up and wait for people to take some photos of. I eventually went around and started asking to take photos of little kids. I got some photos of couples too which was just as fun, but it was tough and rewarding to get these awesome photos of the kids. There are a handful of photos in this post that I absolutely adore. I had a great time though I wish I would have checked out different pumpkin patches before shooting in one because I would have liked a bigger place with more pumpkins versus the other attractions. I got some footage of this outing this time, and I will pot that in the next blog post!