Thursday, February 9, 2017


Before I took digital photo 1 and 2 I knew a little bit about photography. My dad loves photography and he had let me borrow his cameras. He tried to show me things I could photograph. I could tell if a photo I was looking at was good or not, but I didn't know how to make a good photo of my own. I also didn't understand what the aperture and iso settings really did. Digital photo has taught me all these things, and I have made some good photos because of that, throughout the last 2 years. I still have a lot to learn, but the only way to do that is practice. I can't wait to see where I can go in photography.

I have come a long way in photography, but there are still things I would love to improve. I would love to be able to take pictures that bring out emotions in people. I have seen pictures before that bring me so much emotion, whether it's happiness, sadness, or something else entirely. I want someone to look at a photography I have taken, and become filled with emotion from it. I would also like to learn to make photos that make people think about there meaning, or my intentions in taking them. I understand the physical components of a good photograph, but I still need to work on sparking emotion, and curiosity in a viewer.

Our final project was to make 4 triptychs. That means that each one contains 3 related images, and they are put together in photoshop. I am really happy with how all my triptychs turned out. I spent a lot of time trying to take the perfect pictures for each one. I particularly like the triptych of my dad taking a picture on his phone. I love that you can see his reflection in the phone; I think it helps connect the pictures together more. I like the triptych of my cat, but I feel like the top picture (her ear) doesn't really fit in with the other 2. I spent a lot of time trying to take 3 pictures that would work together, but she's a cat, so she wasn't really into sitting still long enough to take a good picture. I think it still turned out good though.

It was really satisfying to see my finished triptychs. Sometimes on projects, I rush through them a little because I have other homework, but on these we got a few days to do each one We got a weekend, so I could go somewhere interesting for a few of them. I spent a lot of time on each one, so it was nice to see that they looked good when they were but together.


Before doing projects at home, we usually practiced in class. I worked with Emily and Novaly on most of them, so we kind of interpreted the projects together, and in similar ways. It was still interesting to see how different our finished products usually turned out though.

 Another photo that I took, that I like was in our puddle project. It was the reflection of a basketball hoop, with a few leaves and water ripples in it. If I were a teacher, I would say it is a pretty image, and I would want to know what it looked like in color. I would also say that the reflection and ripples look good together.

One project I wasn't very happy with was my dream project. I didn't put enough time into picking a theme for it, and I didn't really understand what we were supposed to do. If I had the chance to redo the dream project, I would spend more time trying to think of a better topic, or dream to photograph. I would also spend more time making each of the photographs, because the more you put in the more you get out. This will make the finished project look a lot better, and more cohesive.

In my classmates work, it is obvious how much care they put in, in order to get a well composed photo. When we used light boxes, Emily put colored paper in and it made a fairly simple image, really interesting. If I were to use a light box again, I would definitely try to think more outside the box to make the picture more fun to look at. In all my photographs I would like to integrate more unexpected thing. Like a pop of color, or something that draws a person in.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Reading Photographs

A:Olympic Games
C: Japanese diver Minami Itahashi splashes into the water during the Olympics' 10 meter platform event on Thursday, August 18th.
D:In this photo I see a person upside down in water. He or she is partially hidden in the bubbles. They look like they are holding a ball of water in their arms.
E:To make this photo the photographer must have been in the bottom of a very deep pool as the subject is diving in. It was probably very difficult to make.
F:I think the photographer did a good job. The person was only there for a split second and was probably moving very fast, so getting a picture in focus and as visually pleasing as this would be very hard.

A:Larung Valley of Sertar County, Sichuan Province, China
B:Kevin Frayer
C:Daily Life, second prize winner, stories. From “Bliss Dharma Assembly,” Tibetan prayer flags, known as Lung-ta, on a hillside in the Larung Valley of Sertar County, Sichuan Province, China, on October 30, 2015. Tibetan Buddhists take part in the annual Bliss Dharma Assembly. The last of four annual assemblies, the week-long annual gathering takes place in the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar and marks Buddha's descent from the heavens.
D:To describe this photo to a person who couldn't see it, I would say that high on a hill colorful flags are blowing, and in the back round a few buildings appear to make up a city, with smaller houses surrounding it in every direction.E: What is Closer? Further away? The flags are very close to the camera, then in the middle, but much further away, there is a city and buildings, and in the very back there are mountains that reach toward the  cloudy sky.
F:If I were in this photo, I would feel crowded and stuck in a place of repetition. the brown buildings extend for so long, and there are so many that I would feel like I can't get out. But having these flags of different colors would remind me that there is beauty in the world.

A: Gran Prismatic at Yellowstone National Park
B: Michael Nichols
C:The colors of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone come from thermophiles: microbes that thrive in scalding water.
D: I would describe the lines and shapes in this photo as a circle with lines of brown reaching out and flowing.
E:The color/value used most in this picture is blues, the right side is blueish green, and the brown fades into more shades of blue on the left.
F:If I owned this photo I would hang it in my room. The colors and patterns catch my eye, and look peaceful and flowing. Because it is a little hard to tell what it is, the abstract colors stand out more. I would love to see this everyday on a wall.0

Still Life Part 2