Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My Seventh Weekly Assignment

My seventh weekly assignment will be photographing Rhythm. I think this will be very interesting. I am looking forward to it. I like repeating objects. I think something musical might work out perfectly. I have a few ideas but I will have to try them.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

School interference

I have a rather large test today so I was unable to properly prepare a post for today due to studying. See you Wednesday morning.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Second guest speaker, Dana Sperry

The second guest speaker came into my digital photography class yesterday. His name is Dana Sperry His presentation was pretty good. He gave a lot of good advice about looking for art galleries and shows to get your work in. He was very helpful and also spoke one on one with everyone in the class. I now have two ideas I am thinking about doing for my final project. I plan to do both of them though so I will have to see how the beginnings of each one starts and work from there. Soon I will be doing a write up of my plans.

I am currently looking into applying for art galleries. I have to apply to two as part of my class but I want to apply for more. I am running into the problems of finding galleries because Youngstown does not have a large art scene, and work to submit. I feel I have some good work mixed with a lot of learning experiences but I am not sure I have a collection of images that mesh together well. My final project would be great and I plan to use it later on but I need to submit soon. Time to look through images quickly and see if I have the basis of a collection to enhance.

I have added a new poll to the top right.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Sixth Weekly Assignment

This weeks photo assignment is Rule of Thirds. This will be easy because I often use the rule of thirds but I might try to make it a subject somehow rather than purely a technique. The rule of thirds is an amazingly useful compositional guideline. Digital Photography School has an excellent resource on the rule of thirds here.

My Fifth Weekly Assignment Results

My assignment was Negative Space. I am not quite happy with this image as I feel I should be. I did not have time to perfect it. I liked my concept of the light just illuminating a little area around it and having the negative space pushing in around it. I did not have a light meter on me and it came out a little dark. When pushing it brighter in camera raw I got to much noise in the image though. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Preparations for a final project.

First off is an apology for the last several days. I have been really sick and didn't even leave my bed for several days. Finally back up and moving and ready to resume. My last weeks photo assignment will be posted this Wednesday.

My digital photography class had a guest speaker today. Kerry Skarbakka came and talked about his work and spoke one on one with us about ideas for our final projects. His work is amazing and I highly recommend looking at it. My idea I am thinking about is going to address my fear of people. I have such a problem with stuff such as going to bars or other events with large amounts of people. I want to photograph my emotions. I want to show what I feel and maybe help myself at the same time. Kerry Skarbakka was very helpful with his opinions. I was glad to hear his opinions.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Constructed Color Part 1

The newest assignment in my digital photography class is called constructed color. It involves taking 3 images that are colored with a filter in red, green and blue and making them into cyan, yellow and magenta(opposite colors).

The three images are then combined into one image. Where the image is the same we get a solid image, where it is different we get the individual colors. My first attempt does not line up properly and one of the 3 differences does not show up.

Monday, September 13, 2010


I have been sick. Haven;t left the house. Haven't even really left bed. No post today

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Architectural Photography

I have been really busy with classes so this is another short post with a few images. I did a little photographing of buildings on campus. I decided to share them with you and I may set a goal of starting to photograph more buildings on campus with interesting views. It might be fun.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Random Shots from Campus (Round 2)

I spent some time on campus after my photo class in Wednesday. I decided just to showcase some of the shots I liked.

This thing stood out to me from the bushes when I saw it. The red color jumped out of the green bushes so nicely. I need to go back and figure out what it was though.

I shot this from ground level. The plants were just hanging over so perfectly creating this tunnel. I wish I had shot from a little lower. It might not have been better but everything is about seeing stuff from a different angle. 

I liked the symmetry of this standpipe thing. The chains hang down nicely creating a winding path through the image. I shot it off center because I did not want it just sort of being there but I think I needed a little more space around the edges.

While sitting around I saw this image. The sun was reflecting off of the building behind me into a shadowed area and light this up perfectly. I love the way it looks.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Fifth Weekly Assignment

My Fifth Weekly Assignment is using negative space. I am really looking forward to doing this assignment because I think it will be interesting. Negative space has so many uses and is used so often but to try and make it an integral part of the image will be the fun part.

Monday, September 6, 2010

No blog post

There will be no blog post today because I spent way to many hours at the fair and 2 hours just to get home and I am way too tired to work on any images. Resumes on Tuesday.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Random Shots from Campus

I had some free time between classes and decided to shoot some shots of a nice area of campus. 

I tried using the light to give a nice frame effect on the right side of the image which I think worked well. It sort of frames it but it is also a focus. The background just feels sort of bland to me though. I think a small depth of field would have worked much better.

I love the shadow on this image. It crosses the plant nicely but the plant it still vibrant. The texture of the building gives some nice lines that the plant mimics. I think it works nicely being slightly of center. I also shot one center but I think centering the focus on really works when the image is mostly symmetrical
I really like the texture of the bench in this image. The lines lead nicely across the image but I think the left side feels a little empty. Something there might improve the image but it also might set the balance off.

I like the color in this image. I think the purple works very well with the green and blue background. A bokeh effect might make it even better though. A stronger purple could also improve the image.

I actually edited this image a significant amount. The colors were lightened considerably and I remove a light pole and telephone wire that crossed the image. I feel I did a decent job without to many artifacts or noise showing up.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Digital Photography class assignment 2

I decided to post what my next asignment is. It is very open to interpretation and will involve a lot of shooting. It is called a scavenger hunt because it is 20 words or ideas we need to shoot.
01. Monochromatic.
02. Crazy color pattern or color relationships.
03. Stark.
04. Intricate texture utilizing color.
05. Rough texture utilizing color.
06. Calm color combo.
07. Circles.
08. Squares.
09. Symbol or symbols.
10. Contrast with complimentary colors (opposite each other on the color wheel example: blue next to yellow,
red next to cyan, and green next to magenta).
11. Harmonious color – next to each other on the color wheel.
12. Warm.
13. Cool.
14. Really hot.
15. A part of a head – close up.
16. Disturbing.
17. Smelly.
18. Just plain weird.
19. Something rendered out of focus but still with enough contextual information to discern what it is.
20. Something that is rendered so out of focus that all that is left is the color information.

This is right from the assignment sheet. Some of these will be very interesting to shoot.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My Fourth Weekly Assignment

The fourth weekly assignment is going to be painful for me and I was thinking about skipping it but I need to do it. The fourth assignment is using a high ISO. I really hate using a high ISO but I am going to put a lot of effort into thinking about how to make it work with the image.

My Third Weekly Assignment Results

I am unhappy with my results this week. Going back to school has been keeping me busy and I didn;t have nay luck with the shots I wanted to do.
Even though my dog is not sleeping, she sure was trying. She kept looking at me every time the camera made noise. But I think it fit with my sleep habits anyways because sometimes you can just lay there with your eyes open waiting to sleep.