EOCA Time!!!!!!

Its that time of year again! Almost the end of the first semester and with that comes the dreaded End Of Course Assessment. For this years photography assessment, we were tasked with two objectives. One is to create a portfolio with our 5 best pictures, and the other one is too take ten pictures from a given subject HERE. First, here are my best photos (In my opinion) that I have taken for the portfolio.

American Flag

This is a photo of a american flag. I like this picture because I took it right when the sun was on the tip of the poll. This caused the entire poll to get a ray of light around the entire length, which I think is just awesome. I also like how the flag is pretty transparent, so the clouds are being shown through the actual flag. Also when I upped the contrast on the photo the trees and the clouds got a cool dark look to them the mixes with the brightness of the sky a lot. It gives it a great background and a simple yet easy depth of field.

cool sunset

For those of you who saw my blog post before this, this image was my headliner. This is one of my favorites because of the different colors that are present in the sky. Its got leading lines too, and a lot of natural framing. This photo covered many of the different “Rules” of photography that we are taught in class. When I took the actual picture and looked at it through bridge, the trees actually had a sickly green color that was not very appealing. So I just took the brush tool, set the opacity low, and painted over them with a black. I think that made the picture look a lot better.

friends studio light

For a past assignment our goal was to take pictures ourselves or others using the studio setup that we have in class. This was one of my favorites because of the serious look that he has. With the shades and the leather jacket on, it makes him look slightly out of era. The main thing that makes this photo good in my opinion is the fact that I was able to bump the clarity a ton! It didn’t ruin the actual picture but it gave a lot of definition to a picture that was relatively bland.

white tree

This image just looks cool, but it also has the most photoshopping done to it. After making the clarity and the contrast high, I decided that this picture needed something else. So I spent the time working on getting the perfect Gaussian blur, then I spent the same amount of time undoing it. 🙂 I got the idea when looking at some depth of field. The picture didn’t have any to begin with, it mostly just blended in with all the other green parts. But when I blurred the entire picture then brought a specific part of it back into focus, it made it “pop”. I especially liked the way that the ends of the needles were covered in frost, making it look like winter!

My Dog Boomer

This is a picture of my dog Boomer. Boomer is an old lab, and lazy as all get out. That makes it perfect for taking pictures of him. I don’t quite remember what he was looking at, I just remember looking at it and thinking, wow thats going to be a great picture. I brightened the redness around his eyes to emphasize his age, and brightened the white hair he has growing around hit forehead. I can’t remember the exact settings I had on the actual photo, but I know that I had the f stop

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EOCA Subject Photography

Besides the portfolio, we had several tasks to accomplish. We were assigned a subject, and we were told to take ten good pictures of that subject. We were also given the choice to choose the subject, and mine that I chose was time lapse photography, or slow-motion photography. We were also assigned to take one picture with a  large depth of field. But for the slo motion photography assignment, THIS would be my source. This guy has amazing photos! I am seriously going to invest a lot of my time taking these kinds of photos, and I can not wait to try some more of them! Now here are my photos!-

Slow motion car

For my first photo, I went out to a street and sat on the edge of it with my camera and a tripod. Then I sat and just waited for cars to drive by! Word to the wise, make sure to stand far enough to the side that they won’t accidentally hit you when they go around corners. Apparently, people get mad when your out in the middle of the street. But I liked this picture because of the streams upon streams of lights are inside the single beams. Of course to take this picture, I had to have a slow shutter speed, of about 4 seconds.

Slow motion car 2

This picture is my favorite of the ones I took of cars. I brightened the inside of the beams more, and it gave it a cooler and deeper orange color. I also like how this car had the small little light on top of it, so it created a small little stream going off the top. I don’t really know why, but that just makes the picture too me. I would have liked to crop out the mail box that is sitting on the side, but I think that it would have made the picture too small to be a good picture.

light painting 1

This was my first attempt to Light Paint. Light painting is simply setting your camera to a shutter speed of 5 or more seconds. and then waving a bright light or glow stick around to make it leave a trail. When done correctly, you can have many cool patters made out of light. I think that the idea of light painting is just awesome, and I am glad that I chose this for my subject. To take this picture I took a small LED light and waved it around while the shutter slowly opened and closed. The part that makes this picture cool is how a car drove by while I was taking the picture. It created a cool red light going right through the middle of the picture. The only thing that I am going to do different next time I do this assignment, is limit the light that is shining on me. It made me stand out a lot more than I should have and made me stick out. Maybe having a longer shutter speed will fix that but for now this is a cool picture.

light painting 2

For this picture we used a phone screen, and changed the color to a blue. Because the phone isn’t as bright as the glow sticks, the lines were a lot fatter. But you also have to do slower movements with less light shining through. Your camera will have a harder time focusing, so it will make the background darker. That to me is more beneficial, because it makes your light painting stand out more. That is really the focus of this kind of photography. The surrounding area is cool and gives you a sense of seeing more in the picture. But the important part is having the light.

light painting 3

I was wearing a black sweatshirt when I took the picture, but I wondered if it would look cool with a different color in the picture. My brother was wearing a bright red sweatshirt, and I immediately thought that it would be cool! I basically just told him to go crazy, and go crazy he did. For some reason only the red hood he had on showed up in the picture. Not really certain. But the thing that makes this picture pretty neat is the fact that the lights look a little like Japanese letters. One of the things that would make this picture better is if I had closed the garage door! It would have shown less concrete and more colors!

light writing

For some odd reason, blue was the only really good color of light for this. We tried green, but it didn’t show up. But the thing I focused on was trying to write with the light. When done correctly, you should get neat flowing letters. Mine was none of those, but if you look closely, you will see a R and a Y the first letters of my name. I didn’t have a lot of room to take the picture, so I couldn’t do my full name. The problem I had when taking this picture was what to do when I finished what I was doing, and still had the shutter taking the picture. It was difficult to say the least when timing my picture to finish taking. Thats why their are a bunch of looping lines going around it. I just kept swinging even when I should not have.

steel wool 1

These pictures are my pride and joy. These were by far the coolest of my pictures. This is called steel wool photography, and it is super simple to do. All you need is a egg beater, some fine grade steel wool, a non flammable cord, and some copper wire (or any wire). Take your steel wool, and spread it apart until it is thin and see through. Then fold it gently into the egg beater. You must spread it out inside or you will not get very effective sparks. DO NOT FORGET SAFTEY CLOTHING! Sparks hurt when they land on bare skin, especially when you are slinging them around the danger is real of coming away with burns! The first time I did this I didn’t wear a hat, about twenty sparks landed in my hair and it hurt. Wear a hat, gloves, long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt, long pants, closed toe shoes and some glasses! Sparks hurt don’t forget that.

steel wool 2

After you fold them into the egg beater, all you have to do is set your shutter speed to a number around 15-30 seconds. Then make sure to wrap your wire around the egg beater as tight as humanly possible. The reason why is because without the wire, their is nothing preventing the steel wool from flying out. You can actually see that happen in this picture, with the little flare of light going out to the side. The first time this happened it went straight up and landed on my head. Thankfully I was wearing a hat or that could have been bad. The faster you swing, the smaller sparks you will have, but with more volume. The smaller you swing the larger fatter the sparks will be, with less volume. To each and their own, but I prefer swinging faster to get more sparks.

steel wool 3

This is one of my favorite pictures. This one I actually believed was a screw up when I started. I was standing to far to the left, and wasn’t in the center of the photo like I believed. But it ended up looking cool, especially with the car driving by. The red light through the middle was super cool and really beneficial! I also lost control of the string a little bit, but instead of ruining it, it gave it some more definition. It wasn’t so uniform, which I for one, loved! I for one hate it when a picture is to uniform, and perfect in balance. I can see the uses, but I believe that the world is so random, pictures should match it.

And I’m super sorry Twitchell for not having this posted! I can’t figure out why it would not work, but I have it posted and I’m super sorry for the inconvenience!

Christmas Break!

As you all know, christmas has come and gone and with that comes another post! This post is mostly a mash up of different photo opportunities that I saw and took. Some are of my dogs, some are of a beautiful sunset that happened to be in progress behind my house, and others are just random things I have taken pictures of.  HERE is a link to many different sunsets. The most prominent thing about all these pictures is that the sky has a lot of colors in it. These different colors are all usually brightened, which is what I did in mine to make the image “pop” more.

cool sunset

I was actually quite lucky to get this picture, I went outside to get my camera out of the car, and just barely got this picture, literally ten minutes later this was gone. The cloud in the lower part of the picture is what I believe makes this picture good. There are several different patterns and colors in the clouds, and when brightened by the dodge tool, it makes it look pretty cool!

boomer moose

My family is a very un photogenic family. Nobody likes to get their pictures taken, even me! So, my next course of action is to photography my dogs! They are both very lazy dogs, so its pretty easy to get some pictures without motion blur. Boomer is the tall labrador, and Moose is the short little one. Both love to sit there and get their pictures taken, so its pretty fun to take their picture.

moose

I like this picture because of the point of view that I was able to get with Moose. He was perched on top of out couch so he was higher up from the ground. I like the white balance, and i like the way that his eyes are kind of shining from the camera. He also gets a evil mustache when he is lying down so its kind of funny to take pictures of him.

boomer2

One of the thing that you will notice about pet photography is that the pictures are all on the pets level, or above the pet generally. So when taking these pictures, i tried to integrate these ideas into my photo.

antoher cool sunset

This is another photo of that really cool sunset that I got, but this time I did to different things to the picture. I took the contrast up instead of down, and I decided to add more vibrance to the image.

car lights

For this image, we went out shopping and the way that the light reflected off the side of the building was pretty cool! I also like it because the snow itself is dark, and then there is just a line of light across the middle. I brightened out the lights themselves, and I whitened the light on the side of the building.

Fedora front sign

After shopping we went to this great restaurant to get a monti cristo! I thought that the way that the sign popped in the darkness was just awesome! I cropped the image in, blackened around the letters, and fixed little spots of light that kept popping up. I also tried tilting the image a little, just a smidge, to give it a different look than just looking at it straight on.

fidora emblem

This is the emblem that fedora uses on their boxes and glasses for drinks. This image would have looked a ton better if i had figured out a way to get the little white spot out of the way on the top of his hat. Its from a light that they use to illuminate it better so that people can see it, but its really freaking irritating for a photographer… Well that’s it for this post! I know I have been bad recently about posting, but I will post again next week!