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!

Walkabout (Free Choice)

For this post I tried experimenting with some macro Photography! Now is isn’t the actual and true macro photos that come with having a macro lens. This was just me experimenting with the macro mode on my camera. And some of them turned out pretty good in my opinion! Here are some examples of true macro photography, which I hope to do someday. Notice how they all focus on things that are super small to begin with, and the abstract colors in the background. Thats what makes macro photography super cool in my opinion, the background blends together to give the photo a sharper look. Thats super cool to me.  HERE is an even better link that I found. This one has a ton of different ideas on macro photography. Well here are my pictures-

budding tree limg 2

(Sorry if they are small, couldn’t figure out what was up with them.) Its spring here in Hayden, Idaho. This means that the flowers and colors that make this town awesome are starting to sprout up. I thought this one was cool because of how the tree in the background was able to let some color in around the bud itself. The sky just highlights the image, and this causes it to pop out more.

budding tree limg

This is another tree that was budding, but a different type of tree. This one is cool because instead of a small little bud, this one is huge! Yet again the tree in the background let in some of that blue sky, and it highlighted my image pretty well!


This is a picture of a little glass vase that we have sitting on our back porch. This looks kinda weird at first, but when I got close to it with my macro it turned out pretty cool! With a dab of Photoshopping, this image turned out to be pretty cool!


This one is pretty simple, just a dandelion that had blown away and was regrowing in the gravel. My macro lens setting adjustment doesn’t get close like true macro lens, but it does let me get closer to them. This gets some extra detail into the picture, and I liked the look that the flower has with the grass and the gravel.

gem flowerd


Around our porch we have these fake flowers that look like they are made of gems. Its just colored glass, but up close you get some of the bubbles in the picture. It gives the picture some texture. It also has some natural framing going on in the picture,  with the rebar on the side of the flower.

Hornets nest

At the back of my house their is a forest. Walking around I found this hornets nest, and I thought that it looked pretty cool. I started to get closer until I realized that their was a ton of wasps inside just starting to wake up. That made me back off for a while. But otherwise I like the sun that is streaming in around the leaves. I think that adds a cool look to the picture.

little flowers

Some more of the macro photography, or at least my best attempt at it. The little buds look cool, and the detail that the macro lens gives me is just awesome! It really makes the pictures look cool and I plan on experimenting some more with them!


This is another one of the fake jewel flowers, except that this one is a butterfly. It looks cool with its wings, and the metal surrounding the “head” of the butterfly. I like the green background, and wish that I had covered the entire thing with it.

Ray of sunlight

This is just a cool picture of the forest around my house. I like the sunlight that goes through the tree leaves. It gives it a mysterious magical feeling. I didn’t enhance the photo much besides to up the contrast, and add some vibrance to the picture. Otherwise I think that its a pretty cool picture on its own!

shiny rock

This is a rock. A little boring on its own, but when I zoomed in on the picture, the spots on the rock were enhanced a lot more, which I liked! I thought that this photo was just pretty cool, because of the different layers of the photo. Their is the top layer, which is the pine needles on top of the rock. Then the middle layer, which is the white rock. Then their is the bottom layer, with the darker rocks, that are a lot smaller than the others. That gives it some good depth of field.

Spring Break

Spring break has come and gone, and with it is photography. I went to Yakima, Washington to visit my dad for half of spring break. He lives in an apartment complex with a large pond. In this pond are tons of ducks, and geese. It was really cool being able to use a fast shutter speed to capture flight or water motions without having a ton of blur. HERE is basically an example of what I was trying to capture.

Flying Ducks

The one major thing I would change in this picture would be the angle of the shot. I managed to get the house in super crooked, and it would look a ton better with it straightened. I used the ruler tool in photoshop, but it left it with too little space to effectively crop it out well. Other wise I really like the colors and the look of the ducks.

black and white duck

This duck isn’t flying, but its posture looked kinda mysterious ( at least for a duck ). The one major thing I would change in this picture would be its friends head. It kept popping up in the picture. Even with the duck mostly standing still, I had to use a really fast shutter speed because it kept moving and shifting its body a little bit.

more ducks......

The one major thing that I like about this picture is the water ripples. They turn the picture from a flat motionless picture, to something with texture and maybe even a little depth. I also like that the ducks were in the middle of quacking at each other, so its shown with their mouths open.

goose 2

Moving away from the plentiful ducks, are the geese. GEESE ARE NOT FRIENDLY! THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE NEAR YOU, BE ASSOCIATED WITH YOU, OR SEE YOU. All jokes aside, they are mean birds. somehow they have developed the ability to hiss, which is super creepy. But they are also relatively cool looking, and they have a habit of standing still, which is great for photographing. I like the different colored trees that are in the background, they give the picture a lot more vibrancy that just a plain gravel and green tree background.


I considered making the photo black and white, but I thought that it should have some color in it too. I like the idea of isolation that the image brings out. I also like the way that the ripples move outwards, and how the water seems to change texture directly at the goose.



I am super lucky that my dad lives in a complex that has enough money to plant some colorful trees! I like this picture because of its depth of field. You have the one picture in the foreground that is blurred out, then in the background between the two branches is a focused third picture. Whats funny is that when I was taking the picture I was hoping for the exact opposite effect. But this ended up looking a lot better!



This is another one of my black and white photos. I changed it to a black and white because it adds a little bit of mystery to the photo (and it had no colors in the first place). The reelections in the water are also enhanced with the black and white.

more shrubbery!

When I looked at this photo I did not see a ton of potential in it. But when I was getting a little bored editing, for fun I enhanced the vibrance all the way. A lot of colors that you couldn’t see before were suddenly popping up everywhere! the grass in particular became a ton of different colors. It was pretty cool to see.

rushing river

This one is another one that I added a ton of vibrance into. The grass, the bushes and the sky were a ton of the objects that were enhanced by this. Lowering the contrast also brought out the clouds. I liked how sunny it was because I was able to get the water without it causing a ton of motion blur. wineyard

This is a vineyard that was at the top of the hike that we went on. I really like the clouds and the mountains that were in the background. It gives it a large depth of field. Thats it for this post, seeya all next one!


For this post, we were given the task of recreating Hadouken! Hadouken is an old street fighter type of game that involves a lot of energy balls and that stuff . THIS is an example of hadouken. For this one I did four types of Hadouken, Vadering, Fist of god, Energy fight, and just plain old punching! These are my photos-

bleached haduken

This one is my first attempt of hadouken. It came out a little bleached, so I played into that and upped some of the color schemes to get a really bright setting. Its just a simple kind of punch, with not much on it. Didn’t really do a ton of editing on this one besides the color scheme.


The theme that I was going for in this one was the movie 300. In the movie the spartan king kicks the persian messenger backwards into a pit, but because I didn’t have a spartan king, or a persian messenger, I settled of my two friends! I also changed the background into an apocalyptic them, something to make it more dramatic.

Lightning bolt

This was my first attempt at manipulating energy. I got a picture of a lighting bolt online, then I used the warp tool and the free transform tool to stretch it and mold it across. The kid with the hat had his hands in a perfect position for this, and I thought it was very fun. I plan on doing it more in the future!

bleached haduken

This is the bleached hadouken photo with some special affects added into it! I lowered the colors, and I surrounded his punching fist with fire, to give it a little more fantasy.

Fist of god punch

This is an example of the fist of god hadouken style. I put the force field around him, and I added the ripples into the ground. Other wise this was mostly just timing the photo right to get the desired actions! I mostly just edited the color scheme.

kaleb vadering

If any of you out their have seen star wars, Then this will look familiar! This style of photography is modeled after Darth Vader choking the life out of somebody with the force. This is one of the other ones that I changed the background on, Because I think it just needed a little something extra! I think that the background matches with the rest of the picture perfectly.

Hadouken is something that everybody can do, it just requires a ton of patience, and a lot of timing! Synchronization is key! Thats it for this post see you all next post!


The theme for this post is levitation! This one is a pretty cool topic, and can done many ways. I have found several other websites that either offer good tutorials, or have some great examples! HERE HERE HERE and HERE. A lot more than I usually do, but they are really great examples! Now for my photos-

Levitating attemp 1

This was my first attempt by myself.I basically went to m kitchen (the best lighting in my house) and set a self timer and ran around holding up some objects. The reason why I picked this picture is because of the hand towel. In the granite behind it, its reflection is there, kinda helping prove its validity that it was indeed levitating. I probably could have gone bigger though, and with more objects than those two and the shoes. But its also really important to keep your camera in one spot when taking these pictures. Its a pain to try to match up the masked layers and get everything looking right.

Levitation 2


One of our other goals was to use studio lights to get a levitation shot too. I didn’t really like this part of the assignment because it was difficult to get the image of him floating, while staying on the backdrop. As you can see, his hands and his foot are a little cut off, he was at the end of the backdrop. Next time I think I am going to be doing more outdoor shoots. Especially with our next subject being a fictitious fight scene! That’s it for this post, until next post!


Anti Bullying Campaign

Our school has become heavily involved in stomping out bullying. So for our photography class, our objective was to create two posters. One is an anti bullying, the other are things to be positive. I tried to stay simple with what I was doing, because to get too over detailed I think would fail to catch attention. Well here is my anti bullying picture-

Final Bullying Poster


I like the quote from Macklemore at the top of the poster. People at our school will see the name out of the corner of their eye, and then will immediately become interested in what it says. Having a random persons quote up on the poster wouldn’t be as effective. The inspiration that I got was from HERE. They don’t really look a lot like my posters, but the ideas that they have gave me some of my own. I especially like the one with the hand of hateful words choking the child. That is truly good work. For the other poster that we had to do, it was supposed to be inspirational. More uplifting than a serious message. Here it is-

Positive bullying Positive

On this one I went for the same idea of being simple. I got some high resolution texture layers from my teacher and created the background. Once I got done with that, I couldn’t figure out what else the poster needed. The words alone were not as inspiring. So I thought of the “helping hand”. A hand reaching out for somebody is a big symbol of just being kind. I think that boosts the image into the direction of being positive. Thats it for this one!