This was a good project because I liked playing around with lights. By using long exposure we were able to paint with light. I think that the quality of the images came out good and it made me want to do more exploring with night photography and light. These were taken on campus and there are some great possibilities of taking night photos in other places.
Both guest speakers were very unique in the things that they shoot and they both portrayed such a different style when it came to shooting things of familiarity. I enjoyed the portrait shots that Arthur took of the men fully submerged under water. Great lighting and composition! The aerial shot of the ship that Ben took was framed very well and it had a great overall look to it. For both, I could see their work printed at a very large scale with a glossy finish and it would look insane.
I enjoyed shooting the panoramic shots. They were from a hike in Jacumba, California and also from Pikes Peak in Colorado. What I like about panoramic shots is if you don’t have a wide lens, you can fit more into a photo this way. I think it gives a feel for the entire location that you are shooting. It is complete and captures so much that the viewer can feel like they were there.
It was a fun project taking photos of so many different faces for the photo booth project. I set up a tripod in my neighborhood and tied a sheet against a car in the street as the backdrop. A day ahead of time, I asked some neighbors if they would be willing to be photographed for my school project. For most of the neighbors, I just went to their doors while I was filming and asked them to come outside for a quick picture. I also stopped people as they were driving by and asked a couple of delivery truck drivers if I could take their picture.
What was the most interesting to me was that when neighbors came out to take their pictures, they stayed out and talked to each other for a long time. I felt like I did a good thing getting everyone to be able to hang out and be social. Many of these people hadn’t seen each other in a long time because their kids grew up and they don’t hang out outside anymore. What was also interesting to me was that out of about 22 houses, there were about 35-40 people home at 12:45 on a weekday. Everyone was happy to help and they were even looking for other ways to help me out. Some walked home and told their neighbors to come by to get their picture taken. A couple people were in a hurry, on their way to work or somewhere else, but most were not.
I chose a solid off white backdrop because I wanted to focus just on faces with no distractions. I wanted to get all ages in the photos and as many different types of people with different types of personalities as I could. I thought this would show through in the photos.