Thursday, June 15, 2017

Assignment that I am most proud of

The assignment that I am most proud of are my burning house photographs. I really enjoyed this assignment because it was different and included a very personal aspect and I really liked that. I think my was very successful because it really describes who I am by using a verity of objects that on their own are just everyday things. I am most proud of this photo because I think it really does describe who I am. Most of the objects that I chose mean so much to me. My skates are what make it possible for me to skate. They represent a huge part of my life. My cat is also very important because he used to be my grandmother's and he holds a sort special place in my heart. This assignment impacted my learning because it took some thinking and composition skills to create a photograph that would express who I was. 

Most memorable experiences

One of the most memorable experiences was being in the darkroom. This was something that I had been wanting to do for a long time. I always remember my mom talking about her time at art school and how she loved being in the dark room and I was very excited when i learned we would be using the dark room during this course. The first time I developed a negative was very memorable because before the image appears you kind of hold your breath and hope that it turns out well. With pinhole photography it is very hard to get the picture clear and developing a very stable and not blurry negative for the first time was very rewarding. It was also memorable when the negatives were developed to positives on photo paper because the image switches around and usually looks a lot different from the negative and its really rewarding and memorable when your negative turns into a really clear positive that almost looks like a picture taken with a camera. This is pretty amazing to me because the only tools we used were photo paper, a paint can with a small hole. I think its really interesting that these materials can create a picture.

Another one of my most memorable moments was making the "who am I" video. It was a very interesting project for me. It actually helped me deal with some things going on in my life at the time. I was having a mental block with one of my jumps at skating and making a video about how much I loved skating and how many lessons it has taught me including patience and perseverance helped me to over come this block in skating. It was memorable because it influenced my daily life and really helped me to push past and overcome my problem. I think it is important for people to reflect on their daily life. Some people may not realize it but things that are just second nature and that you don't think much about can cause other parts of your life to change. Making this video helped me reflect on my life, my friends and skating and realized that the only person I should be trying to beat was myself and no one else.

Reflecting on my goals for the semester

One of my goals of the semester was to learn a little ore about using my camera. Although we did not spend time on this in class I feel that I have become more comfortable with my camera and all of its many features. So in some ways I would say that yes, I did achieve that goal. Another one of my goals was to gain insight on what is needed to become a successful photographer. I think I have come a long way since the beginning of the semester. I have learned how to set up shots in such a way that is visually pleasing which helped be complete one of my other goals which was as to create photographs that are aesthetically and visually pleasing and convey a strong message or emotion to the viewer. I have also learned different forms of composition as well as different types of photography.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Scavenger Hunt

Lines :

Sina Rahmati


My examples of lines:


David Peterson

Murray Park

My examples of contrast:


Nicole Franzen

Gabriel Scanu

My examples of beauty:

An Ants View Of The World:


Megan Kennedy

My examples of ants view of the world: 

David Pritchard

David Peterson

My examples of shapes:

Something That Represents me:


David Peterson

Lucy Shires

My examples of texture:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Pinhole Photography


    1. To understand and demonstrate pinhole photography and how it works;
    2. To become familiar with darkroom processes and procedures.

One aspect of pinhole photography is setting up the camera. Since we used paint cans as our pinhole cameras this was a pretty easy process. Once we had chose our camera we had to go into the dark room and turn off all the white light so the photo paper would not be ruined. I learned that the shiny side of the paper needs to face out towards the pinhole in order for the image to transfer through the pinhole to the paper. The next step in pinhole photography is taking the actually picture. I learned that you need to wait a certain amount of time usually 20-30 seconds for the picture to transfer through the pinhole. It is important not to move the camera and/or have the subject in the photograph move because unless you want the ghosting effect the picture will not turn out clear. Another aspect of pinhole photography is developing the negative. I learned how many seconds to leave the negatives in the chemicals for in order for them to turn out correctly. The last part of pinhole photography is developing. I learned how to use the white light to create a test strip by exposing a section of the test paper for 5 seconds each four times. Then we developed them and if the color of one of the strips looked right we developed the actually photograph from the negative.
The most exciting part for me was developing the photographs. I really liked being able to see the negative and see if the photograph worked. It was hard to wait such a long time to see the finished project because it was so suspenseful. I also really liked developing the the finished photographs. It was exciting to see how the photographs flipped around from the way they were in the negative. I think overall my favorite part was seeing the finished products of the negatives. I found it very rewarding.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Forced Perspective Photographs

  • To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way;
  • To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;

  • To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;

Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, filmmaking and architecture.

 I think this is my most unique photograph because I did not have any influence from examples of forced perspective photographs on the internet. This was completely my idea and I think it is very creative and unique. I really like this one because it gives the optical illusion that the people standing on the ground are floating above the earth and it gets you to think about the photograph more deeply. I also really like hows the colors work together, and I really like how there is just a little bit of red on the shoes which adds a little pop of color. I think this is also my most successful forced perspective photograph because it looks very convincing and I used my photoshop skills to achieve this.

As this is my second photoshop project I think I have more insight and experience in using the tools provided. There are many things that I think I did much better this time. But there are still some things that I need to work on such as working with shadows to create an even more realistic photograph. I also think I need to work on using quick mask mode because I still am having issues with it. Some tools I would like to learn to use in the future include breaking up one part of a photograph into two pieces and making each its own layer.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Shadows are mysterious
they are there 
they are not always real
they show a different version
created by the sun
and can tell different stories 
they are 
not what they seem
like peter pan's shadow 
they have a 
mind of their own
and they are deceiving
shadows are mysterious 
and unexplainable