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The reason I took so long to do this project was because I was waiting for my picture. Well, not exactly my picture, but the subject of my picture.
The subject of my picture is a Trumpeter Swan named Bernice. Every year, she stops at Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania on her way back to Canada from a winter spent in the South.
One of our projects this week was to take a picture of yourself, and create a silhouette with it on Picnik. It was amazing to found out that you don’t need expensive photo-editing software, like Photoshop, to make a decent silhouette picture. Another amazing thing I found out was how easy it was.
I have a Canon Digital Rebel XSi, also called the Canon 450D. Although their purposes are similar, it is much different than a paintbrush; I would consider a paintbrush to be a tool comparable to the pencil. I would consider this camera to be comparable to the electron microscope. Its manual is the size of a small novel -- about 200 pages.
The 450D is a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. The main thing that distinguishes it from a regular digital camera is its interchangeable lens. You can have a tiny macro lens, or a giant telephoto lens. You can also buy flashes that attach to the camera.
Perspective is key in the turnout of a picture. It pretty much dictates what the image will look like. Here’s a picture of a building. How would it have looked if it had been taken from across the street, instead of at its base?
This building is a little bit older, but the same concept is explored. The building looks totally different from the two different perspectives.
The way light hits the subject of a photograph has a profound influence on the resulting image. Lighting allows the contras of a photograph to be increased or decreased, hardened or softened, depending on whether slow falloff or fast falloff is used. I’m not huge on taking pictures of people, so here’s a picture I took of some clouds. I waited until the sun was almost visible over the top of the cloud, so the bottom would be dark:
Another picture I took is bright in the top-left, and gets progressively darker as you move down and to the right:
This summer, I did two things: sleep, and take pictures. Lots of pictures. It was very productive in the sense that I learned more than I ever thought possible about my camera. It was very unproductive in all other senses.
I spent the majority of my time photographing this summer fiddling around with exposure length and aperture size. Here are some of my experiments:
“Starr Trails 1” -- 3420 second exposure (57 minutes), at F8.0
I have contributed my experiences in photography on youth voices. Check out my pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/starrskis/
I made this photo collage because I wanted to express my theme of nature. I really enjoy taking pictures of nature and the environment. It makes me feel like I am a part of something larger than what I really am. I feel as though I am documenting something that is temporary, that will not last, for future generations. It allows me see how beautiful nature is and makes me appreciate its beauty when I wait for the perfect moment to capture as a picture. It's really an enlightening experience.
Something I have become interested in learning more about is photographing landscapes and using light to create contrast in my photos. I started to become interested in Michael Kenna because he took amazing photographs of landscapes. Michael Kenna was born in Britian in 1953. He takes contemporary landscape pictures in black and white. Sometimes he takes pictures at night with extremely long exposures. He has also worked for large companies, such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz. One of his photos, Snow Covered Pier, caught my attention.
My theme (roughly, nature, seasonal weather, and the environment) has not changed very much.