Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekly Project:Greeting Card- Birthday

Happy Birthday!

Horns to blow,

and bright balloons,

lots of presents,

happy tunes!

Ice cream cake,

and candles too-

birthday wishes just for you!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Photo Critique

This photo doesn't really stand out and it has a low amount of brightness. What I do like is that only the corners are darker than everything else, it gives it a different tone/mood. The angle that this photo is taken from is great. I like that the bottom of the flag looks like the top of a heart. It makes it have alot of symbolism, even more than it already has. Something that I could have done better when taking this photo is maybe from multiple angles and pick the best one.

Photo Critique

This photo could have been a little bit more centered. I like that it uses the rule of thirds technique with the tree. It kind of has a good feel to it because of the black and white and the colors all in one photo. Also from a technical standpoint is taken from an okay angle. A good point about it is that it has the mid, back and foreground and they are really noticeable. And finally I like that the photo was kind of taken through objects to get to the main point.

Article Review 2

Magazine Title :Outdoor Photography
Issue: August 2007
Article Title: Sharpening Techniques
Author: Rob Sheppard

The article that I read was about sharpening an image. Sharpening isn't about making a blurred image sharp its about getting the optimism sharpness. There are many formulas and ideas for sharpening. All of them work but it does depend on the photographer that is taking the photos. Sharpening is also subjective which means that some photographers like stronger sharpening than others do. One great aspect of sharpening is the use of Radius in Unsharp Mask and different sharpening tools. Sharpening affects the details in the photo. Since a larger photo has more pixels than a smaller one you would need more Radius for the same effect on a smaller photo.
Top lenses for cameras usually have a level of brightness that gives an image a sort of sparkle and it just stands out more than if you were to use a lower priced lens even though it may have similar sharpness. As the radius increases tiny specks of the bright highlights get more noticeable. This would show up on the overall result of the photo. The unsharp mask is the basic sharpening tool to know and use. It can be very helpful especially when using the smart sharpen in photoshop.
With having intensity there needs to be an amount with the sharpening of the photo. Sharpness needs to be higher when detail is fine. When you need more sharpness from an subject you would need a lower radius. You will use higher settings for subjects that are highly detailed, an example may be taking a photo of mountains or something that has a rocky terrain. Threshold affects when the sharpening is based on contrast of an edge.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Weekly Project: Words to Image

What's the Railroad to Me?
What's the railroad to me?
I never go to see
Where it ends.
It fills a few hollows,
And makes banks for the swallows,
It sets the sand a-blowing,
And the blackberries a-growing.
-Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In Class Assignment

By George Eliot 1819-1880
You love the roses - so do I. I wish
They sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

I chose this this poem because it just has really soft and calming words. It has a happy mood to it.

In Class Assignment

Evening Star by Edgar Allan Poe
'Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale thro' the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the heavens,
Her beam on the waves.
I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold- too cold for me-
There pass'd, as a shroud,
A fleecy cloud,
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
For joy to my heart
Is the proud part
Thou bearest in heaven at night,
And more I admire
Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.

The reason why I chose this poem is because I like astronomy and I find it facinating. Also I think this poem has great imagery and its very descriptive.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

2. When I look at this photo it makes me think of being in a calm place but at the same time a bit depressing or sad. One thing that I like about it is that it represents a leading line photo and shooting a photo through another object. Symbolism may something like looking back at life or something in a persons life. The lighting is bright enough so that you can see it, so I think that the lighting is good because the photo is already in black and white. Cropping would not have worked in this photo because if you cut some of the photo off it would no longer have it symbolism. I like that a certain mood is created and the symbolism is strong. One point of improvement is maybe taking the photo in color the same way. Overall the photo appears to be very well thought out and it is remarkable how well it was taken and how much thought was put into it. I really enjoyed this photo and its possible symbolism and backround.

Writing a Photo Critique

1. In this photo I think that this is a well thought out photo that isn't just a snapshot. It not only symbolizes a rainbow, it symbolizes a broader topic, a happy place. Im not really sure what the water represents maybe calming waters? When I look at this photo I feel like im in a place where I can just relax. When I think about the emotional aspect of this photo, happiness comes to mind. The exposure is okay and there is no motion blurs or any other blurs that aren't meant to be there. The sky is kind of blurry, but it is part of the photo because it may just have been foggy the day it was taken or it may just be because of the water below. The colors are accurately represented in the rainbow and all the other parts of the photo. There isn't really any other lighting that the photographer could have used because its part of the mood the photo is creating and how the weather was outside when the photo was taken.
The backround and foreground really stand out and there is a good balance between them. I like the blue colors in this photo because they contrast well with the rest of the colors such as the color of the sand and the rocks. It makes them stand out more. One specific improvement may be that the photo could be turned to black and white because it could completely change the mood of the photo. Overall, this photo to me is really meaningful and a well thought out photo. Also, rainbows don't happen all the time, so its kind of nice that it was thought out and not just a random snapshot and what makes it even better is that it does have symbolism.