Final Project: Top 5 to present

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Final Project Gallery and Reflection

When it came time to start brainstorming for my final project, I knew that I wanted to photograph people again, like we did at mid-term. I enjoyed interacting with Richard, our subject for the midterm project, so much that I knew I wanted to photograph a person again. This time, however, I knew that I wanted to photograph someone in their home. I wanted to see how different the comfort level of a subject would be in a setting where they are most comfortable, instead of being out in the public sphere.
Then, on Thursday, I was asked to babysit and I knew this would be a great opportunity to complete my project. While it did change the scope of my project a bit (no longer could I compare an adult subject in public to an adult subject at home), it still provided me the opportunity to photograph something new. How children react to being photographed is not something that I am very familiar with and it is interesting to note the differences.
Channeling my inner Vivian Maier, I brought my camera with me to babysit and took photographs of Ella Jane, the almost two-year old that I was taking care of for the night. At first, I was hesitant to take photos of a toddler, but I quickly learned that she was an easier subject than any adult I’ve ever photographed. Sure, she moved around non-stop and I couldn’t exactly tell her to pose or stay still or make a particular face, but her ability to completely ignore the camera is wonderful. She had no qualms about me taking her photo and seemed to be unbothered by the camera’s presence. For this reason, I got a lot of shots that I am very happy with.
I was also pleased with the range of images that I was able to get. I was initially concerned that having such a specific subject, portraits of a single individual, would be limiting. Especially knowing that I needed at least 20 interesting, quality photos. Lucky for me, the attention span and temperament of a two-year old is ever changing. She went from happy, to sad, to inquisitive, to sleepy at the drop of a hat. We blew bubbles and kicked the ball and drank a bottle and chased the cats and rode in the wagon and did so many other activities in such a short period of time that the setting and circumstance of the images I was shooting changed quickly. This ended up providing me with just the setting for a series of portraits that I am very pleased with.


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week 12, post 2


When looking for a photograph to write about this week, I spent some time flipping through older photos from the course that we took, but never did anything with. This is one of those photos. In class we were asked to go outside and take a portrait of our partner from our first field trip, the Buddhist center. Looking at this photo about a month after I took it, there I things I notice now that I did not notice at first. For example, I notice now that I did a pretty good job using the rule of thirds. The subject is positioned close to the right most vertical line. The bushes in the background also clearly define the top third of the image. I also liked that the color in the image is so strong, especially the hot pink nail polish. This frames the black camera nicely, making it the focal point of the image.


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week 12, post 1


On Monday, our class spent the day posing for tintype photographs that Professor Hiott took. It was a beautiful day to be outside and I enjoyed getting to learn about this unique type of photography. Watching Professor Hiott work, we quickly learned that tin type photography is an involved process that looks like it would take years to master. The image above is an example of a similar type of photography. It is one that our group briefly considering using as our inspiration for our own shoot, but ultimately decided against. It was one of my favorites. This image has a flaw that is similar to a flaw that occurred in our own photo shoot. If you look closely, the girl on the bottom left is blurry. It looks like she moved while the image was being taken. This same problem occured for our group. Because we were in the shade, we had to remain still for 5 seconds to allow enough time for exposure. The first time we tried this, we moved and even the slightest shift in the arm or droop in a smile was caught.

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Group Project

Inspo. for group project (Maria, Amelia, Ansley, Lauren, Christine):



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week 11, post 2

Last week, we took a field trip to Glendale Shoals. This was my first time visiting the area, and I was glad to have had the opportunity to do so. Photographing the area was a real treat and provided a wonderful setting to put some of what I’ve learned in this course to the test. The following are some of my favorite photographs from the trip. I’ve discussed each photo individually below:

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I liked the photograph above for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I liked it because of the color. The bright blue sky provides a nice contrast to the orange/red tones in the brick tower. I also liked this image because it seemed to abide by the rule of thirds reasonably well. The tower is centered on the left-vertical third line and the sky takes up roughly two-thirds of the image horizontally.

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Again, I liked this photograph because of the color. The bright purple in the flower really pops. I also liked this image because to take it, I was able to alter the aperture settings. In this image, I achieved a shallow depth of field, making the foliage in the background out of focus.

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