I really wish that i could blog more often, but I have been rather busy. Today I will be posting my 3 most recent photo assignments, and I hope you will enjoy what I have to offer. Be aware- today there is a lot of text, feel free to pass over it if you just want to see some photos!
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First, for my Photography Appreciation class, I had to go out and shoot my favorite place in Winona. I decided to go to Rock in the House, because My friend Megan said it would be fun to shoot. It most certainly was fun to shoot, however while there, my 16-35mm L USM II took a dive off of some rocks, and ended up costing me $175.10 to fix, Thanks DAD! anyways, here is the photo that I turned in. I shot it moments before the lens dented.
When given the task to go out and shoot one’s favorite place, it can be rather difficult to think about. I have many spots that I like in Winona, many that I have photographed already. So for this assignment I decided to take it my own way and think of a place where I could take a photo in an interesting way, show place in a way that it is not often shown. As a person who appreciates good photography, I get bored of seeing the same types of images. After learning about Rock in the House, I figured that there would certainly be a way to show this “famous” spot that many people have not viewed it. I thought back to some more abstract photos of wreckage that I have taken in the past, and immediately knew how I wanted to shoot Rock in the House. I stepped into the house, next to the rock, and walked all the way to the back where only a head or a camera could get through the wreckage. I first stuck my head through the opening and looked around, I saw how all the splintered portions of house lead to the center, and then it was just white. I knew that the only way to shoot this would be by using my ultra wide lens, So I put it on, and then stuck the camera through the hole and shot a few shots, at different exposures. The light meter had a difficult time with the intense white in the center, but after 4 attempts I came up with this image. It is not likely an image that you would see in a book on Winona or the surrounding area, which I know was the hidden agenda for the assignment, however it is does show an area favorite in a new light, and makes the viewer think about what is actually in the photo. If a viewer spends even 2 seconds trying to figure it all out, I am happy to know that they didn’t just pass it on by like the hundreds of “facebook” photos they pass by on a daily basis.
This next photo is yet another self portrait. For this assignment I really wanted to shoot my shadow, and the shadow of my tripod against the Milwaukee Art Museum to showcase my love of art, modern architecture, and photography, however while in Milwaukee, I woke up at 5:30am for 4 straight days, hoping for the necessary sun and it never happened. After getting back to Winona, I decided to hit up the studio, and this is what I came up with.
There were several different ideas that I considered for my self-portrait before deciding on this final composition. Ever since a young child, I have been fascinated in war in general, and also army surplus. I am also a huge fan of bright/ “loud” clothing. That being said, it may seem that the neon yellow hoodie, although not obvious that it is neon or yellow, and the gas mask may seem like “obvious props” but there is more to it then that. The bright clothing is symbolic of my loud and outgoing personality. I am always put others first, trying to put myself as out there to the world as I can, and all the while I never refrain from voicing my opinion without regard to the status quo. The gas mask is symbolic of the amount of stress that I usually have in my life. Sometimes it is so much that I feel like I can’t breathe. Finally, I am making a fist to show how I am tough when it comes to debating, and that I will fight for what I believe in. In designing the composition, I chose to follow the guide of thirds, pushing my head to the upper left of the frame. This is a “one” image in the sense that there is really only one thing (me) in the frame. Although there are a few hard lines in the image over all it is a soft composition, and lighting wise there is no hard shadows. The gas mask brings tension into the image, especially for most viewers.
Although this photograph was taken by Robbie Christiano, It was shot on my camera, and I chose all the settings, he simply pushed the shutter release. I chose an aperture of f/5.6 because I like a shallower depth of field. The gas mask is in critical focus, and the rest of my body is just shy of in focus. The dark studio backdrop, remains completely out of focus. I also chose to light the image from the “left” using an external flash unit. Since a flash was used, I set the shutter to 1/125. Once in the darkroom, I set the enlarger aperture to f/22, because I get the best detail printing with a small aperture. After printing one image without solarization, I knew that solarizing would make the hoodie look more reflective/brighter. To solarize, I cut the exposure time from 16 seconds to 13 seconds. Then I re-exposed for 2.2 seconds. I let the photo sit in the developer the second time for 3 minutes, just long enough to produce the image as I wanted it.
For my third assignment, and last darkroom assignment for awhile, I was required to explore “like digital effects” in the darkroom. I decided to go with solarization once again, because I came up with a smarter way to solarize that almost completely inverts the image.
My new process: Instead of removing the print from the developer, I simply brought the light over to the developer, and re-exposed the image while it was still in the developer. This resulted in an almost complete color reversal, which I personally think is quite awesome. The image was exposed first at f/22 for 18 seconds, and then re-exposed under a bright desk lamp for 2.2 seconds. The image quality looks similar to a Daguerreotype, and the age on the building make it seem period. When I shot this, I was thinking that solarization would make the image look antique, and I think my final product does a nice job of that.
Finally here is another solarized image made using my new process. I think this one really looks antique.
Hope you enjoyed this weeks photos, and that you didn’t lose too much interest with all my ramblings. Hopefully I will be able to blog more regularly, but until next time, Enjoy!