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 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!