EOCA Second Semester (Portfolio)

Its the time of year for testing again, and with it comes new pictures, and new ideas. For this testing period, our goal is to get 10 of our personally best photos, and make a portfolio about them. A lot of the pictures that I took were from when I was in Las Vegas. Las Vegas besides being the city of sin, also has a lot of art, from a lot of different time periods. While we were their the city was celebrating Chinese new year, so a lot of the pictures that I took were Chinese themed. Well, here are the pictures!

steel wool

This is still one of my top pictures. Im not going to rate them one to ten, because I doubt I could. But if I was forced too, this one would be at the top.  It wasn’t so much taking the picture, it was the setup that was fun. That and slinging fire everywhere was pretty cool! But I like this picture because it isn’t a static background. There is a little motion blur because I shifted a little when moving the wool, but otherwise it was good. If I were to try this again, I would choose a solid length of wire to sling it around, instead of a elastic band. It would have a solid line instead of one that shifted. But for the rest of the photo, I like the solid band of light going out from it, it breaks it up. It also has a little bit of depth of field, because of the crisscrossing lines. All in all, this is one of my favs.


This is a Sphinx. While in vegas, I spent a lot of time looking at the artwork. This statue I think is awesome. I really like this picture because of the background behind the statue. I like the escalators with the squarish diamond pattern going on. It gives the picture a depth, and something else to draw your eye to it. If I could change anything in this picture, It would definitely be getting rid of the person. All the other pictures I took though were not from a great angle, so I chose the lesser of two evils. Otherwise I like the light pattern on the chest of the statue, and overall this picture is fun!

night paris 1

Paris! This is little Paris in Las Vegas, and they have a replica of the eiffel tower that people can take an elevator to the top. At night this is one of the most standout features of the city to me personally. You don’t see a lot of stars in Vegas, so the sky is completely black. It makes a wonderful backdrop to the pictures that I took during nighttime. My favorite thing about this picture is how the light highlights all the details of the building itself in the lower support legs. That and the black is so seamless, its just the perfect backdrop.


This is Poseidon in little paris. Inside of the hotels that make up little paris, the roof is painted a beautiful mixture of blues and purple to make an extremely lifelike sky. I really like this picture because of the lights, and the light balance. The soft purple light just gives the picture more detail, and the statues were just amazing. The detail that was put into them is awe inspiring for me, and I loved to photograph this area of town.

flower ceiling

In Caesars palace, the ceiling changed dramatically many times, but this one was my favorite. All the different colors in the picture dragged the eye to them, and made it just amazing. I enhanced the exposure, dragged up the vibrance, and used the burn tool around the edges. Then I brightened up the middle, giving it a small vignette around the edges. I also liked the backlight that they had on the flowers to illuminate them. The ceiling was also not static, it rolled up and down like hills, and you can see that in the picture. The top and the bottom of the picture shows that a little, giving it some texture.

moving statues

While in Vegas, one of the attractions was moving and talking statues. This statue is of Caesar, and I kinda forgot who the other person was. The thing I like about this picture the most is the red light shining down from the bottom. I don’t really understand why I like that so much, but I just find it fun to look at. I also like the expressions that the statues face was frozen in. I was shocked at how high of a shutter speed that I was able to use while taking pictures their. If I had gone any lower, then the picture would have been blurred from little movements ’cause I didn’t have a tripod with me.

mountain of horses

It was the year of the horse for the Chinese New Year. So a lot of the decorations were horse and Chinese themed. This was by far the most impressive decoration. It was a rotating mountain with rearing horses. That is pretty hard to do I’m guessing, and I appreciate that. I like the picture because of the center piece in the middle. I like the color scheme that goes with the picture, and the glass roofing on the top of the picture. The rest of the hotel is fading into the picture through the windows, and that shows a lot more about the picture I think. I also like the way that the balloons pop out of the picture, that gives it something more to draw the eye too, besides colorful horses. This picture just has a lot of random bright spots of red, which look good in the picture, but also draw the eye to it with little to no enhancing.


I like this picture because of the depth of field. Its a really small depth of field, but I think that the natural framing and the background are helpful to make this picture good. I like the picture colors too. To get this high in colors, I bumped up the saturation and the vibrance. Usually my general rule of thumb is not to over edit my pictures. My belief is that if I reach that point, then its not my work. Its a computers work.

Ryan Kerr

This would definitely be at the top of my list for great pictures. In the background of the statue pegasus, you can see a statue of Zeus, and the staff he carries. The reason that I like this picture is because of how the horse seems to be jumping out of the rock towards you. That to me is just super cool, and enhances the picture. The only real editing I did was to turn up the vibrance, to get the sky nice and purple color that made the white rock stand out even more. I really like the detail that went into the making of this statue, and overall, I really enjoy this picture

diamong horse

The reason I like this picture is because of the combination of the horse, and the illuminated floral roof. This one had more editing involved in it than I thought was right, but it ended up looking really good in my opinion. I really like the way that the light shines down on the horse. That illuminates the bright little shoes that the horse is made of. From what I could tell the horse was made of bright stones that were cut into little squares and then put on, and it was huge! That would have been a lot of work. But I also like the shadows that are among the lights, they also work to highlights in the picture. One thing that I learned about vegas is the way everything seems to be highlighted, or framed to make it pop out. It works! Well that is my first of my last posts, here is my other one.



EOCA (Subject shoot)

This is my last part or my EOCA. HERE is a link to the assignment details, and HERE is a link to my inspiration. This guy is probably one of my favorite photographers. He specializes in trick shot photography. By trick shot I don’t mean something simple that looks cool. He does stuff that most people without photoshop couldn’t do with the best technology in the world. He takes the time to set up, and plan his shots well, and they turned out greater than a lot of the pictures I have seen of the same subject. He is just a cool photographer, and its really fun to try to recreate photos of his. For my theme, I choose high speed water splash photography. Here are my pictures-

Ocean blue

Some of the things that I had trouble with was the background. I don’t have a plain solid white or any color of a background and that would have made the picture even better. So what I did was find a white sheet and hang it up behind the photo hoping that it will work. Thats why the glass is a different color, Its the weird beige sheet that is covering the background. As you will see in  some of the backgrounds I painted over them with either a black or white, because I couldn’t decide on which was better. Blood red

Once the set up was done, it was pretty easygoing for the picture itself. All I did was take some plain water, and add some food die too it. Then as the water is falling into the cup or whatever it is used to take your picture, hold down the shutter. To capture the water as it falls on the sides you need a super fast shutter speed. And a high exposure, because the faster the shutter speed, the darker the picture will be without any help; For this one I used a 250 shutter speed, and a 3200 eso.

Forest Green

I like this photo because its different than the others because of its background being different than the other pictures. With the green I thought that the white would pop a bit with the green background. This one is a little disappointing in that regard, because it didn’t standout as much as I thought it would. But I’m glad I stuck with white, because with black, it would have been sooooo dark and wouldn’t have looked good. Some of the things that I had trouble with was the background itself. It was not folded properly, so their was a ton of wrinkles in the picture. Thats what made me decide to go over it with a brush, and make a background myself. I really like this picture because of the hundreds of waves inside of the glass.

Liquid Gold

This one is different from the rest of the pictures because of the way the glass was held. When I did it this way, the water mixed inside the glass in a blurred pattern, making it look like the gold was woven together in a pattern. Im not really certain why it blurred out so much, but all I know is that I liked the way that the picture ended up turning out. Instead of having the bad beige color in the picture, I selected the background through the color range tool, and just filled it with black. This caused a lot of the glass to disappear, and I think that it looks better for it. It makes the picture look like the gold colored water is floating on a small piece of glass, which is impossible. So in a way, this photograph is surrealism.


Part of what I did was change from colored water, to fruit. Part of the thing that makes fruit cooler to photograph than water, is the fact that the splash is bigger. Ideally this should have been done in a fish tank, with a large clear glass that would have shown the apple in detail. I didn’t have one, so I used a small clear vase that reflected the apple pretty well. Something that I am going to save up for is a steady tripod. I had some trouble with clicking on the shutter release and having the tripod shake a little. This didn’t cause the picture to blur, but it did get a corner of the wooden stand that I was using in the picture. Besides that though the picture turned out great in my opinion, and I contemplated adding some water coloring to the water, but at the time I guess it didn’t seem necessary. I now know that it would have been better to add some.


In these pictures you can really see how the shape of the object your dropping helps. The apple was big and round, whereas the strawberry was pointed at the end, and it showed in the splash. It was more of a “Ploop” rather than a “Plop”. But other than my amazing sound adjectives, the splash was a different shape. I honestly thought that the splash was going to turn out different, but I like how the splash curves up and to the top of the vase.



The lemon definitely had the best affect out of all the fruits. This one was my favorite. It created a vortex of water around the top of the lemon, and the wrinkles that are in the lemon came out super clear. Much more so than I had anticipated. I had to do some cropping on all of my pictures, because of my lack of studio space, the rest of the garage came out super cluttered. So I cropped it super close to hope that it was not to noticeable.

Large depth of field

This picture is my large depth of field picture. To get this picture I layer down into the middle of the street. I wanted to get super close to the asphalt so that you could see the depth of field. The asphalt fades out in the end of the picture, and the trees come into focus more. I took this picture later at night so around 8 when the sun was setting. That gave the trees a great color. potrait

This is the portrait that I took for the assignment. I honestly had trouble taking the picture because of the skin tone of my brother. He is kind of a pasty person, and it was getting darker so I had to get the ISO up a little bit more than normal on portraits. The picture ended up being a little rough. So I lowered the pictures clarity a little bit to get rid of the blurriness.


This is one of my slow-motion pictures. Part of the assignment was to get a picture of motion, a portrait, and a large depth of field. Part of the thing that I really like about the pictures the light on the asphalt. Its like the car wasn’t even moving because the light on the ground doesn’t follow the light beam thats going away from the car. In a way that makes it much better, because its not like a normal picture. What I really like to do for EOCA’s is to take pictures that I normally wouldn’t do. This is my attempt of making the EOCA less about testing, and more about photography. So doing trick photography like this, is just super fun for me. I really enjoy doing this kind of thing, and seeing the finished result being something that a normal picture couldn’t achieve. I think that this car is a good example. I would have preferred if the car had braked while doing this, because it would have brought red brake lights into the picture adding more color to the beam. But sadly the people on my hill don’t brake, ever. Well thats it for the post, until the next post, Seeya!