Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Most Memorable Experiences

One of my most memorable experiences from my Photo One class was our "Buring House" assignment. Before this project, I had never thought about what I would bring with me if my house was starting to burn down. When Mrs. Noack asked us to start brainstorming a list, a few items came right to my head. But only about 4 of them I knew right away. Items like my childhood blanket, phone, computer, and my passport. After that, I couldn't think of anything else important that I would need. Then I walked around my room and house and realized that my baby album is 10 times more important than my laptop. I can always buy a new laptop but I would never be able to get those photos back in my life. Since this assignment, I have moved all of these items into my room. So if someday there is a fire, I can grab the ten most important objects. The Burning House assignment impacted not only my photography skills but it also impacted my life. 

The second most memorable experience I had was completing the levitation assignment. This project really made me learn the meaning of perspective because when taking the subject photos, I had to think about how the person was going to look once they were put on the computer. This assignment also expanded my creative side. Although I could get a hundred levitation ideas off the internet I wanted to come up with something on my own. Unlike some of our other assignments, I had to have a completed idea before I started taking photos of my subject. This taught me how to think ahead and make sure I have all of the little details worked out ahead of time. In the end, I was very happy with this assignment and it taught me a lot of great things that I used in future assignments. 

Thank you, Mrs. Noack and my Photo One class for a great 5B semester! I am already looking forward to Photo Two!!!

Assignment the I am the most proud of

The one assignment that I am most proud of is my "Who Am" I video. First of all, this was my favorite assignment because I got to share a lot of my favorite and most memorable pictures with my teacher and my classmates. I am proud of myself for completing this assignment as best I could and with a lot of thought put into every slide, every video clip, and even the music choice. I spent a large amount of time playing around with transitions and timing so each picture moved into the next picture thoughtfully and in an organized way. This assignment also introduced me to iMovie and all of the features that it has. The "Who Am I" project impacted my learning in a way where the questions that I was being asked made me think about who I really am and who I want to be.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Pinhole Photography

Before this assignment, I had never worked in a darkroom or developed my own photo. The step by step process was very fun for me because I got to watch my own scene be captured from a paint can. After I made the negative image, I had to turn it into a positive image. First, I placed my negative image face up and placed the blank photo paper with the emulsion side face down. A heavy piece of glass is placed on top to create direct contact between the two sheets. Next, I set my timer to about 20 seconds and press the light button. This light shines directly onto the photo paper and creates the positive image. When the light shuts off the photo goes directly into the developer, stop bath, fixer, and water. After the photo has been in the fixer for at least 45 seconds, I took it out into the light to see how the positive image turned out. If I am satisfied, or not satisfied with the photo it must go back into the dark room and return to the fixer for a total of 4 minutes. Once the photo has air dried or been dried from a hairdryer, the process is complete! 

The most exciting part of this process for me was making the negative/understanding how the negative is made and the first step in the developing. Making a real negative image was something I had no idea how to do, nor understood how to do. So while I was being taught how to make a negative photo a lot of unknowns were answered. For example, I didn't understand how one literal pin hole could make a photograph. The answer to that is that the light let in by that hole has a reaction with the emulsion on the photo paper. The second step that was most exciting for me was the first 30 seconds of when my positive was in the fixer. The second you place that sheet in the liquid, an image slowly starts to appear. The anticipation was what really go me in that process!!

The most challenging part for me was the little logistics when taking the photo with a paint can like lighting, weather, and most of all time. In one of my photos, I went over on the time by 10 seconds by accident and my picture was too dark. I do not know if those ten seconds definitely made a difference but it did make me more aware of how long I was exposing my paper to light. I also learned that the weather has a big impact on the photo. If there is no sun and very windy on a day, your picture might not be clear and a bit blurry. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Forced Perspective

  • 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;

The biggest challenge of this assignment was making the final piece look believable. After playing around with photoshop I was able to adjust the contrast, exposure, and contrast which made the hand in my second photo look much more realistic. In the first photo, I had to think ahead and plan on how I was going to make this realistic. It was not very hard, but I attempted to have my subject tilt his feet outward. When I placed him on the soccer ball, his feet looked like they were appropriately placed and not on a flat surface, because a soccer ball is curved. I really enjoyed this project because it allowed me to be as creative as I wanted with no restrictions.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Who Am I Video Project


To understand the purposes and differences of selfies, portraits and self-portraits;
To look at the work of contemporary artists who create portraits and self-portraits and interpret and analyze their purposes;
To create a video that effectively communicates “who you are”;
To use imovie’s features in a creative and unique way.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Creative Portraits/Self-Portraits

  • To continue to think about “identity”, how people see you and how you want others to see you;
  • To communicate the story behind the person you are photographing; who are they?
  • To learn many techniques to help you create interesting portraits;
  • To use all that you have learned about composition to help you take creative and stunning portraits.

In both of my photos, I tried to capture an expression. I think that I did well using this strategy in the first photo. My parents have been married for many, many years and still make each other very happy. The natural smiles and compassion for each other show it all. I took multiple shots of them and this one caught my eye because of the “natural” smile. I didn’t ask them to stand together and pose with a smile. The photo put itself together and I was able to capture a split second of emotion between two people. In the second photo, I used the same strategy but only with one person. I took this while holding hands with my mom and dancing. Although I don’t want you to focus on the movement because that is not what is shown very well. I want you to focus on the expression again. When I ask my mom to smile I typically don’t get an expression that is real or pure. So when I began to take the photo I didn’t ask her to stop moving or let go of my hand, I just shot the photo. And lucky for me I got to capture my mom's real smile.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Who Am I?

The question "Who Am I?" is something that is not often asked to a person. Most people don't take a lot of time to define who they are and what they define themselves as. After I took the time to think about it I figured it out. I am a sister, teammate, friend, daughter, granddaughter and student. Those are the titles that I label myself as. In addition to that, I have interests and hobbies. I enjoy sailing, skiing, traveling, art and most of all riding. Since 2006, I have been horseback riding competitively. Being all of those things I listed above have led me to find my passions today.