Saturday, May 25, 2013

Andy Goldsworthy

The title of my work is The Circle of Life, because the colors and the spiral that they are in remind me of how people are perfect little being when they are born, and as they grow they make mistakes and do different things and eventually get to the end all battle worn but also more wise.  I chose to make my piece in a river because I thought it would be cool to have the colors and everything reflect up through the water.  I also knew that there was a variety of colors of rock in this river.  This is just made out of rocks that came straight out of this river.  They range from black to white, and go through red orange and yellow in between.  The size of this is about four feet across.  Mostly the only interacting that people can do with this piece is see it and notice it out there in the middle of the river.  I used the surrounding areas by building it at a part of the river where there is a bridge and a bike/walking trail, so that it is really easy to see and notice, especially from the bridge.  For me at least, the message it conveys is the same as my reason for naming it what I did.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Photo Essay

Self portrait photography is always hard for me until I can figure out a more creative and abstract way to show myself.  I am really not photogenic at all and so I personally don't really like photos of my face and stuff most of the time.  So for a lot of these pictures I just photographed parts of me that show who I am without actually showing me.  For example, the bare feet in the grass is a pretty obvious one for a lot of people who know me.  I really dislike wearing shoes and I hardly ever wear them anywhere because of that.  Another thing is I really like water.  I like being in it, swimming playing, just hanging out, whatever.  Since I couldn't take a picture of myself in the water, I took that picture of a reflection of myself in a puddle.  I actually really like how that one turned out.  The peace sign is another thing about me.  Most of the time instead of waving or saying "hi" to people, I just put up a peace sign like that.  It is kind of funny because a lot of people know me for peace signs and no shoes.  I like the lighting that I got in that one.  I didn't have to edit it at all after I took the shot which I was surprised about because I thought I was probably going to have to.  The one with the bubble was actually just random.  I had a huge wad of gum in my mouth and was blowing bubbles bigger than my head so I decided to snap a shot.  I like the way that I edited it was well.  

The next part is the quotes in my photo essay.  Since I was just photography parts of my character, I thought I would put some really cool quotes like the ones I found because I think about stuff like that all the time.  I really have nothing else to say except enjoy! :)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Portraits: Baby!



Here are my portrait photographs.  I just did them all of my baby brother, because babies are just so great to photograph :).  So what I found worked really well with him since he's so little is just following him around as he was playing in our back yard.  He loves it outside so I was able to get him in a good mood and get some good photos.  I guess I would count these as environmental photos.  I really like how the ones where he is just staring off into the distance with a blank sort of look.  They are just funny to me.  I also like how I caught him kind of smiling in some but he wasn't looking at the camera.    My favorite it probably either the one where his face is framed in the window thing, or the one where he is reaching into the sandbox.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Macro Photography

I have always really enjoyed macro photography.  It is cool to be able to get in close to something and take a picture so that you can see it in really big detail later on.  On these photos, I waited until the sun came out and made the colors of these flowers really vibrant against the more dull browns and greens of the dirt and other plant stems around them.  I chose to do these flowers because of the range of color I could get in my photos and also because I really like macro flower photographs.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


These are some of the shots that I took for my landscape photography assignment.  I really liked capturing the bright colors that were being reflected off of the grass and the red rocks.  The one that is probably my favorite is the one that has the mountain silhouetted with the sun behind it and some clouds.  I just took it randomly at first, but then I really liked how it turned out, so I changed some settings so that the mountain would be more silhouetted and took it again and really liked it.  I also like the last one where the red rock is framed by the trees.  The colors are really bright in it and I was able to take it right at the sun was coming out from behind some clouds.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Night Photography

I had a lot of fun with this photo assignment.  I did a lot of experimenting with different exposure lengths and found that I really liked using longer exposures at night because it gave me really cool results.
 Moving Lights
I really liked how this one turned out.  Because of the long exposure, it lit up the sky in the photo a little bit and also caught the lights from all the cars in the valley below.

This one was really hard to focus because it was so dark out where I was.  I had about 30 seconds of exposure and it sort of lit up the whole mountain.

I really like how simple this one is.  I just focused on the moon and gave it a long exposure again.  I expected there to be more light because the moon was really bright when I took the picture, but I thought that the way it turned out was cool.

This one is really cool.  I could really only a few stars in the sky when I took this one, but I gave it 30 seconds of exposure again and all of these other stars showed up in the photo.  Pretty cool.

I just threw this one in because it looks cool and also has a funny story.  So I was trying to take a picture with half of it clouds and half stars, but when it was about 5 seconds through the picture, my tripod started to fall over because I was on a hill.  So I fixed it and stuff while the photo finished and I expected it to be way messed up, but I actually really like how it turned out.

This is sort of what I was trying to get in the last picture before it fell over.

 Monochromatic/Moving Lights
As I was out taking my photos I saw this plane flying past in the clouds and thought it would be cool to get that light all the way across the picture.  It flew behind the clouds a little bit though, so it isn't very bright.

This one is this tunnel by the golf course near my house.  There is a really bright light just outside of it, and so I thought that it would look cool to have a photo just looking our of the tunnel with the end all lit up like that.  I also like how it kind of frames that tree way out there.

At first I really didn't like how this one turned out because it was a little windy when I was taking it so the trees didn't focus, but the more I looked at it the more I really like the dulled colors and details.  It just has a really relaxed feeling, like you are taking a walk at night or something and just looking at nature as you go.

This one was just kind of random.  The rock and ground right here were really dark and so I wanted to see how much a long exposure could change the lighting.  It actually work pretty well, and I like how well the leaves and the rock all go together.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


This photo project was really fun!  At first when I was looking at the assignment, I thought that I would just put the photos back together in a square, but as I was doing it I thought it would be cool to put it all back together in a flower shape since it was a picture of a bunch of flowers in the first place.  I really liked how I had a lot of pink pieces to work with since it was a bunch of flowers all in a group.  It was also nice to have pieces that were only part pink so I could put them on the edges to kind of finish the flower on the edges.  Here is the original image: