Thursday, January 22, 2015

Final Thoughts

I am most proud of this photograph because of how well it came out. This was when we went to the Cumberland Fair to work on our manual camera settings, and I was having a little bit of trouble with them. We had just gotten there, and I saw the ferris wheel and I knew that it had to be photographed. I was kind of worried that it wouldn't come out the way I wanted it to because of where I was in terms of confidence with the manual camera settings. It ended up coming out exactly the way I wanted it to. This affected my learning because from there on out, I became more confident and I knew what I was doing with the manual camera settings.

The Cumberland Fair was my most memorable experience with photography because I learned to perfect my use of manual camera settings. I was nervous going into it because I thought that everyone else would have better photographs than me because they knew what they were doing and I didn't. It turns out that my photographs came out very well because I did know what I was doing even though I thought I didn't. Another of my most memorable experiences with photography was the dark room. This also helped my understand manual camera settings a little because of how we needed to figure out the aperture to set it to so that our photograph would come out. I also learned how the chemicals work and how to set them up, so if I decide to go into the photography field, I won't go in knowing nothing. The dark room was really beneficial for me. The third most memorable experience for me was the blog posts. They really let me reflect on my work which made me notice things that I could improve upon for the next post. The things I noticed that I could improve was the biggest thing I learned from the blog posts. My photos improve as you go through my blog, and I think that had something to do with the things I noticed that could be improved. Overall, I learned lots from this course, and I had a lot of fun.

Fun With Photoshop

The purpose of this assignment was to become familiar with Adobe Photoshop workspace and basic photo manipulating and editing tools, and to look at and think about our own photographs in a different way.

From this project, I learned how to make subjects stand out in a photograph. I wouldn't really call it a difficulty, but it was time consuming making the subjects stand out. However, when I finished, it was very successful because it came out well. I also learned how to bring two images together to create an interesting, but also, completely implausible scene. Bringing two images together is also time consuming, but when it's done, it's so interesting. You have to really look at the photograph to see what, in this case, I did, but I am happy with the outcome. I had more difficulties with making subjects stand out than I did with putting two images together, but I had successes for both.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Art of Maggie Taylor

Surrealism is a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature that sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images. Maggie Taylor and her husband make surrealistic images, but they have their own technological paths. She creates humorous and reminiscent images of Magritte or Dali. Her husband explores major philosophical themes. All of Maggie and her husband's work is surrealistic.

Maggie Taylor is a surrealistic artist that uses photoshop as her medium. She started by shooting photos in her garden, but then someone approached her husband with an offer to create surrealistic images using photoshop. He declined, but she was fascinated by the opportunities and started to experiment. She grew frustrated with the point and shoot method that when a digital evangelist came to their house and set up a computer for photoshop for her husband, she fell in love with it. Some interesting tidbits about her work is that she collects quirky 19th-century photographs and odds and ends at antique shops and flea markets. She prefers working against a dark/less distracting background. Also, when she begins working on a new image, she doesn't have an endpoint in her head because she stays open to accidental discoveries with photoshop.

I find this work very interesting because of what woman looks like. She is a balloon and her cake is floating, which is a very different approach to art that makes it interesting. I think it's also a little bit disturbing because there is no one around her and her body is in the shape of a balloon. She has the string and everything. It's interesting, but very disturbing at the same time.

I find this work interesting as well because of the different layers. The eyes and hair are so much bigger than the face that it makes it surrealistic. I think it's the most realistic out of most of her photos and that is why I was drawn to it. I love realistic work. It's still different enough that it's interesting, though.

Bibliography: "In Her Garden of Digital Delights." Lens In Her Garden of Digital Delights Comments. N.p., 13 Dec. 2011. Web. 15 Jan. 2015.

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"Insights and Ideas from Maggie Taylor, Adobe® Photoshop® User." N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2015.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sentimental Value

I was watching television, when I looked over to talk to my sister who was sitting in this chair. I saw that she wasn't there and had gone to bed. I saw her instead; passed out. Her position made her look so cute, and I knew right then and there that I had to take a picture. I took it just in time as she woke up shortly after the photo was taken.

More Sentimental Value Photos

Monday, January 5, 2015

Colors of Winter

When thinking of ways to show colors of winter through photographs, I wanted to try and capture images that didn't involve your standard snow, and Christmas trees. Granted there is snow and Christmas trees in my pictures, but I tried to take them in interesting ways. I experimented with background included and background blurred. That technique worked the best for me. I think I captured colors of winter in a unique way, using more than just Christmas colors and snow. 

More Colors of Winter Photos