Thursday, June 16, 2016

Assignment that I am the most proud of

This assignment has to be the "Who am I" video. I spent the most time on this project out of all the projects I did this year in art fundamentals and photo 1. This project I feel shows what I can do if I really work at something and enjoy the whole process. It shows who I am as a person and what I like to do. Making the project brought back memories that are some of my favorite memories I have. I didn't look at this project as being an assignment that I had to get done by a certain date. It was a kind of trip down memory lane. This project to me is never done. While I have turned in the video and it is graded, what the project taught me and has made me realize will always be with me. It has given me a clearer image of who I am. It has taught me that every once in awhile you should stop and think about who you are. To take a step back from the business of life and take a few minutes even to gather your thoughts and figure out who you are and what you might want to change in the future.

Most Memorable Experiences

I came into this class not knowing very much about photo at all so most of the year has been a learning experience. The most memorable is the "Who am I" video we had to make. I have sailed my whole life and I am on the water every minute I can be. It was natural that I did my video on sailing and connecting with people. The actually composing of the project wasn't that much of a learning experience. This is because we made then in IMovie and I have used that program for years, and I am quite familiar with it. The part that was memorable was the thinking that was involved to really think about who you are as a person. I had never really thought about who I am in my life before this project.

It was also a fun process to make the video and made me come out of my comfort zone when we shared them in front of the class. This impacted my learning because it really made me think about what I was going to do for this project. This project was one of the first projects that really made me think about me, and who I am, not just about what pictures I am going to put in it and what transitions I will use. After having done this project I feel like I have a clearer image of who I am right now in my life.

The second most memorable experience was the levitation pictures. This was a memorable learning experiences for a different reason than my "Who am I" project. This was memorable because I had fun making it, and because I learned a lot about how to use photoshop which I didn't know very much about going into this project. This was a fun project because I always love learning how to use cool softwares on the computer which in my day and age it is safe to say that I will use sometime in the not so far off future. It was fun taking the pictures that I was going to erase the background of and place on a background in photoshop to make the person look as if they were levitating. That was also a learning experience. I had never composed of photo and taken it with the notion that I was going to make that person look like they are levitating. The impacted my learning because I made me think of how to compose a photo for other reasons than to just leave it like I took it. Both of these projects were a fun and worthwhile learning experience for me.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pinhole Photography

Going into this unit of the pinhole photography I didn't know anything. I had barely even heard of it. At first I didn't even think that it would work. It was hard to believe that you can get a picture with just a paint can and a piece of paper. Everything we did in this unit was a learning experience for me. I learned that the way the picture was captured on the paper was by a light sensitive varnish on the paper called Emulsion. The light goes through the pinhole in the paint can and depending on the time that the pinhole is letting light through onto the paper is how well your photo will turn out. If your image is too dark then you need more light getting to the paper. This means that you need to have a longer exposure time to the paper. Once we were in the darkroom to develop the pictures I learned that there are 4 steps that you have to do in order to develop the photo. These are first the developer, then the stop bath, then the fixer, and finally a rinse of water. Once all these steps are done, for the proper amount of time, your picture is fully developed. The final thing I learned was how to turn the negatives that you have made, and turn them into positives. You take your negative and place it face down over another piece of photo emulsion paper and place a piece of glass over the top. Once you know how long you need to have the light on the photo to make it turn out the perfect light then you turn the timed light on for a certain amount of seconds. Then you are done. I have described basically the whole process but that is because this whole unit was new to me.

This was most likely one of the coolest, and most interesting things I have done in art in a very long time. It was really cool that you could go and open the pinhole leave it for some time and go in the dark room, run it through the chemicals can see your photo develop off a white piece of paper. It was also really cool to create the ghost effect. To have someone walk into your photo while it is exposing and then have them walk off and it would make it look like there was a ghost in your picture. Once we were in the dark room making the positives was interesting. It was cool to turn the negatives into positives. 

This was a very interesting process but one that wasn't so easy at times. The hardest part was getting the exposure time just right. If you didn't leave it for enough time then it would turn out too dark. If you left it too long then the photo would be to light. This was made even harder because we took these pictures outside so we were using the sun light. This was even harder because the light wasn't constant. The sun would go behind clouds and the exposure wouldn't be right. Every time we went out to take another picture or try again, the light would be different and we would have to expose for a different time.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Forced Perspective

To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way;
To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;
To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;

The biggest challenge that I encountered making this project was finding pictures that I could use. They had to make sense when put on the background that I wanted. I wanted to use pictures that I had previously taken. I eventually had to take pictures with the subjects in the possess that I wanted and knew could work. This was because I couldn't find previous pictures that would work. I ended up using a mixture of my pictures and stock pictures.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Who am I Video Project

To understand the purposes and differences of selfies, portraits and self-portraits;
To look at the work of of contemporary artists who create portraits and self-portraits and interpret and analyze their purposes;
To create a video that effectively communicates “who you are”;
To use imovie’s features in a creative and unique way.

Who Am I?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Creative Portraits/Self-Portraits

One of the strategies that I used while taking the portraits for this assignment was eye contact. I used all different kinds of eye contact. From looking at the camera to looking away from the camera. If all portraits were taken with the subjects looking straight at the camera then that would make for some boring portraits. For some of my portraits I had Eliza focus their attention on something unseen and outside the field of view of your camera. This gave a feeling of candidness and also create a little intrigue and interest as the viewer of the shot wonders what they are looking at. I also tried to use props in some of my portraits. This added another element to the portraits that made them a little more fun and interesting.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Who Am I

In my life right now I am a "family man", sailor, and student. I am interested in learning, I love to learn, about anything besides math. As I am a sailor, I love to sail and be on the ocean. I am very interested in cars. I have always been interested in cars it was the first word I ever said. The most important thing to me is my family and friends. I know a lot of people say that but my family is very close. If ever I have a question or a problem I either go to my friends or family. My brother and I are especially close. We have gone through a lot together. My family has been very successful in life. But not all of them have their dream jobs. As teenagers they were told what jobs would be good jobs to make them money and support their family. My dream is to be successful in life to support my family, but also have my dream job. My father is always telling me that if you enjoy what you do, you will never work a day in your life. Once I have that job I would love to have a nice house somewhere beautiful, own a nice car, and boat. Of coarse my ultimate goal is to be happy in life.

I would like people to know that I am a person that likes to have fun, and work hard to get places in life. Most of all what I want them to know is I am a kind person that is there for people when they need me.

All I need is this picture. This picture sums up all that I am and all that I ever want to be. Being on the water and sailing as always been a part of me. I love to sail with friends and family. This picture was taken in Casco Bay last summer. I was with family and friends and it was on of the best days of my life. To me there is nothing better then a summer day on the water with the people I love. This is true happiness for me. That is really all I want, my one true goal.