Thursday, December 18, 2008

bracketing: continued...

More of my bracketing assignment. While the first two really are very bad exposures, they aren't quite as extreme as the bad exposures for my other bracketing pictures.

gross, overexposed photo

gross, underexposed photo (except for the sky, which is way too bright)

photo I can stand!

I can't quite put my finger on what it is I like about the photograph, but there's something about it that I Maybe the framing? I think the sky is a little bright, and that this would be much better if somebody would take pity on us and teach us how to burn and dodge...but I can't really complain, because Slade did help me to take this picture (my darkest exposure, and the only one where the sky was remotely acceptable) and bring out the highlights in the lower half. So at least I've got that going for me. Which is nice.

Slade's Quote of the Day: pay attention to your backgrounds.

There once was a teacher named Slade,
Great photographs he has made
And if your darks are white,
Or your highlights aren't light,
Then he will come to your aide.

And now, a poem about how sad not being able to dodge and burn makes me, how it keeps me up late at night and drives me absolutly crazy, causing me to obsess over my photos in a desperate attempt to fix my photos somehow without dodging and burning...

My photography's breaking my heart
Though I think I do more than my part
Here are the facts:
Now I never relax
In short, I should have stayed in art.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


My bracketing assignment.

gross, underexposed photo

gross, overexposed photo

photo I can stand!

I like this picture (despite the fact that it was freezing cold at this school and I had no gloves). That cloud in the upper right drove me crazy before Slade came to rescue it (I mean..."better" it - we do not resuce photographs!) and I learned about setting your white point (see post below for analogy). The icicles hanging off the edge of what I'm going to call a dock for lack of a better word are really cool (and if you look at the bottom corner of the gate, you can see more cool icicles - they freeze along the chain link so they zig zag back and forth).

creepy truck picture

I was playing with curve and got this (properly exposed one with good curve to come later). Isn't that cool looking? Cue the Twilight Zone music.
Let's try a couplet today...
Cameras break and tripods rust
But in histogram we trust.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

my quest to understand photoshop continues

Assignment two photos - not the ones I experimented with for exposures, but still from that assignment. (note: when photographing outside during the winter on top of a hill in the wind, bring gloves)

Stairs. Brrrrrrrrrr. I like the icicles - the reflections of all the ice this time of year are pretty cool to photograph.

Ladders (I think) in the back of a cart thing.

The brilliant thing I learned to today: Setting your white point is like walking on eggshells on feathers on thin ice on a lake of dragon's blood and reindeer tears. I'm still not entirely sure what this means, but it sounds dangerous. I guess what Slade was getting at is that it's difficult (almost to the point of being imaginary?) and that one should use the utmost caution when setting said white point.

And since I'm going to need all the extra credit in this class I can get...

There once was a student named Emma
Whose photography posed a dilemma.
She said, losing heart,
"I don't know where to start."
And so (just for now) she will end-a.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


So while I was shooting assignment one I didn't have a tripod and my images were coming out blurry (ew). But then I started experimenting with blurring them on purpose, and I actually like how these turned out.

This was one of the loaf of bread pictures. Yay! Contrast!

My Christmas tree. I like the other one better, but this is still kind of cool. That completely white corner is driving me crazy, though. And I can't decide whether the bottom is too dark.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Summer Photos

Here are a few random pictures I took over the summer. Ta da...

My cousin Sophie - sorry this is sideways. But it's almost right side up-ish because I took this at the weird angle. 

Heh heh. Nerd. I'm actually not sure if I even like this picture. I sort of do, but at the same time it's kind of..."meh" (and it's got gross stripy things running across it at random intervals). 

Lilly - she just has no idea what's going on. The really bright window makes it look like she's being abducted by aliens or something though. I like the angle I took this at. 

Weeping Rock, Zion National Park - this was way cool. Basically water seeps through a giant rock and a billion years later comes out the other side, so the rock is essentially perpetually raining. I'm not so sure about this picture either. It looks infinitely cooler in person. 

More weeping rock - this is probably my favorite of all of these pictures. I like the color and the fact that there's not really a decided "top" of the picture. You can twist it any way you want and it will still make about as much sense as it does now. 

Thomas - sleepy and bored at the Cheesecake Factory. But a nice contrast to personality. I like that he's not looking into the camera, and he's not posed. It's about time I got a "real" picture of this kid. No crossed eyes, thumbs up signs, ridiculous expressions, peace signs - I consider that a very big success. 

More Sophie - I just like the car. 

my first photo

I like this image, but I'm not quite sure what I did to it. I kind of set random levels. I'm sure I'll get the hang of photoshop more if I just keep hacking away at it, but until then I think all of my photos are going to just be a little bit...awkward.

this is my first one
photoshop and I do not
get along so well

here's my first photo - please comment and rate
sorry about it not being so great
is my sky too light?
(should've shot it at night)
at the very least I can say it's not late

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My report was on Stephen Shore. At first I didn't like him because I thought his photography was boring, but now I really like it because I think he takes photographs of things that you see every day but don't really register or look at. Like gas stations. And parking lots. And ugly plastic plants in hotel hallways. Also, it seems (as Mr. Patteson pointed out) like his pictures are all really carefully framed, which is pretty cool... He doesn't have really "look at me!", in your face photography, it's much more subtle.


Look at Yoda we shall... Small and green he is...


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