Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nifty Sunset Pics

I still don't love and adore Lightroom. But I don't hate it either. It's an acquired taste. And I think I'm less tempted to edit my photos in lightroom than I was in Photoshop, which is good, because it means I'm focusing more on shooting. All this to say that these images of the really cool sunset about a week ago are unedited.


(my favorite)










Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Assignment #1 - Numbers

This assignment was really frustrating, because I wanted to take 100 really good images. And honestly, that just wasn't really possible. So with my expectations now somewhat lowered, I feel a lot better about this assignment. I took some really abstract pictures (for example, for 17 I took pictures of my parent's wedding rings because they've been married for 17 years), but found that I didn't really love them all that much. I like the ones where the number is clearer - not scream in your face obvious, but at least discernable.


I just realized that this is basically the same image as the one two blog posts below. Maybe it's just my calling in life to shoot American Eagle shoes.


Five little monkeys jumping on a bed, one fell off and bumped his head. So I photographed them. (See the Band Aid?)


I think this is my favorite image lighting wise. And I adore the really shallow depth of field.

At first I really hate all the crud all over my clock, but now I'm kinda good with it. It's like how whenever I scratch my guitar I don't freak out because I just call it "personality", so yes. My dusty clock isn't ugly. It just has personality.

I like the black board contrast against the white wall. This is supposed to be 18, and hopefully that's obvious from the placement of the darts.

Maybe it's just because I love reading, but I took a lot of pictures of page numbers in books/pictures with words in them this assignment. I love the texture of the paper. The lighting could be better (the image is a smidge dark). There's no "pure white", but there are really only two values in the picture. Which could be good and could be bad...I'm still working on that. And it could just be that my computer isn't calibrated so everything looks a little bit off, which is a nice thought. I love blaming technology.

Yay blackjack. I love the white/black/red contrasts.

Nifty light. The image is a little dark, but I really like it anyway. The texture of the blanket the number is embroidered on is cool.

Mwah. I don't mind this image. It's not the love of my life, but it is definately satisfactory. Thanks to Sarah, because I think this is her lipstick.

I typed the word "GREEK" in pretty font on my computer (it was the first word with 2 "E"s in it that I could think of), took a picture of the screen, and flipped it upsidedown. I was worried about the computer screen messing up my image, but I really liked the way it turned out. Click on it if you want to see the nifty effects of the screen, you can't really tell when the photo's this small.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

1, 2, skip a few...

Numbers assignment = crazy difficult.

I usually take more than a hundred images per assignment, so why am I suddenly struggling so much with this? Urgh. Probably because I take a lot of photos of the same thing from different angles, bracketing, etc... This is hard. Can I just take a picture of my calc homework and be done with it?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Playing in Lightroom


This is the original unedited image. I don't really know what it is, but I do like the shapes and detail a lot. Having a camera that actually focuses this year delights me to no end. It's like Christmas with every click of the camera.


This is the edited image. I like the colors more. Unfortunately when I fiddled with them that thing in the top left of the original image got way too light, and drew your eye there and then right off the image. Which is lame. So I cropped it out! Yay cropping.



This is the edited image of the picture on the post below. I love it. It has true white and black in it, but not too much. I cropped this one too, and like it more like this, but I have to remember not to be too crop happy. Cropping is awesome, but should be used in moderation. Actually, scratch that. I should just get in closer to my subject when I SHOOT so that I don't have to crop anymore.

Lightroom still isn't my favorite. But, it's growing on me. Very slowly.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

First photo



Here's my first photo of the year. I should've vacuumed before I took it. But shooting in color is fun. I don't know how I feel about Lightroom yet, but it'll probably grow on me, like Photoshop did last year.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Comic strip fail

So this is kind of a failed comic strip...but hey, we learn from our mistakes. It is slightly cliched (minus the creeper at the end), my camera wasn't focusing correctly, and the lighting isn't fabulous. Overall I'm not a huge fan of harsh lighting and silhouettes, but I might just feel that way right now because I don't love how these photos turned out. So things to remember for next time: 

FOCUS - I personally really like having all the little details, so I should get them
get in closer
cliches suck
muggy Astoria sunsets aren't great as far as light goes 
Sam is always watching

So without more excuses, here it is: 





So with this experience in mind, I really AM off to shoot assignment one. 

Now read the post below, that one is much better and the pictures are ones I actually quite like. 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

School again, school again

Wow. We're back. What I really wanted to do was commemorate the beginning of this new school year with something cool like a massive gold statue, or an oil painting, or a severed head, but I guess I'll just write a blog post instead. There's technology for you.

Anywho. My summer. I was slightly reluctant to write about it because that means I will have to talk about it in past tense. But here it is. Have a list.

Five productive things I did this summer:
  1. Wrote endless stories. Tried my hand at horror, but alas, I suck. I think what I really ought to do is make a horror FILM, because then things can jump out at you. Things can't really jump out of you in text, and pop ups just didn't give me the effect I was after.
  2. Learned how to sew on a button. Now, this may seem pointless. Unimportant. Dull. But hey, I think it's cool. And I decorated all the aprons in the house.
  3. Guitar! I can play. Well, ish. My dad got me one for Christmas, so I tried to learn. And I'm not half bad. I can play a lot of Cat Stevens and Beatles songs. And, I found the chords to the numa numa song, so that's cool.
  4. Utah Shakespearean Festival acting camp. I saw all the plays (Comedy of Errors made me laugh so hard I cried) and learned how to nap. No, not like zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz nap. "Nap" is what you call the sound you make when pretending to hit someone. I can now push, punch, pull hair, roll, fall, and bang people's heads on my knee.
  5. Europe trip! Oh no, wait, that wasn't me, only everyone else in our grade. Sigh. I DID go to Scout Camp at Philmont though, which was cool. I hiked and did a ropes course and learned a lot of really loud, repetative, obnoxious songs to sing on a bus. It was a little weird being practically the only girl in a sea of boys in beige, but Philmont was stunningly beautiful and amazing.

Five not-so-productive things I did this summer:
  1. Facebook. It's so time consuming. For the most part it's pointless. It eats steadily away at your brain cells and your soul until nothing remains but an empty shell. But it's really fun. Who wants to be my Farmville neighbor?
  2. Okay. I don't usually watch a ton of TV, but somehow I ended up watching like four seasons of this junky CW show called Supernatural, about two brothers who kill ghosts and ride around in a 67 Chevy Impala that I want.
  3. My trip to Oregon. I flew to Astoria to visit Carly, who moved at the beginning of the summer. As far as having fun goes it was great, but it wasn't exactly "productive". I slept in until noon about every day, and then spend the rest of the day lying on the beach. It was very stressful for me, as I'm sure you can imagine. But it was really fun. And I took a ton of pictures, so that's good.
  4. Spent more time than I should have trying to download Gimp onto my computer, but it rejected me numerous times. And in case you're wondering, I did not learn my lesson in time management. And I will probably go home, and try again another six times before I start on my homework, realize I can't do it, and fall asleep.

Five pictures I took this summer:
(these were on my home computer, which is why this wasn't posted during class)
I like the use of color in this picture a lot. The only real problem I have with it is that that guy above the right hand corner of the towel drives me crazy. I think I'm going to try to edit him out somehow...

I like this little snapshot of life. 


I like the light and the shapes in this. And even though you can't really tell here, I climbed an insane amount of stairs to take this picture, so it's a little bit like a trophy. 

People running into the ocean isn't yet on the list of cliched photographs we can't take, so I think this is legit. And it's cool. I like the color scheme. It's kind of moody. I think this is my favorite picture of these five. 


I used to hate candid photos, but I actually like this one a lot. Again, I like the colors, but I also like how the two figures kind of contrast - pink and blue, one is walking with her arms (and whole body really) free, while one is standing there, looking kind of tense. 

So there it is. My summer, more or less. All the pictures I put up are from my Astoria trip, and I have to say, that place is incredibly beautiful. And very photogenic. 

I guess this is the part where this post ends and I go fiddle with the camera I rented from the school so I have something to work on on Monday...yep, that sounds good.