Out of Eden tells the story of one man's trek to take photographs across the world. Photographer, Paul Salopek, takes note of any and all things he deems interesting in his path. This allows him the liberty to catch the finer details. This is important, because while countless hours of planning has gone into a trip of this gravity; page 13 of his blog reveals that his journey is about that small unexpected technicalities, the uncontrolled, and the things one cannot plan for. Page 13 showcases the almost minuscule details of our world's culture.
We've been learning about different things in our photography class. One of those things is the rule of thirds. This is where you don't put your subject in the middle of the photo. You put it in a different area to make things more interesting. What makes this easier is imagining a grid or even putting a grid over your photo. You then place the main subject in a different area. I remember using this a lot in another class I took. We went around the school and took photos of lots of different things. In the class I'm taking now, I'm learning about it, more in depth.
The pictures I've posted in this discussion are from a Judge Memorial Home Football game and the Top of the Line Imports Car meet in SLC a couple weeks ago. These two photos represent two special places/communities that I think need preservation. The car scene in general around the Salt Lake area is huge, (the photo I posted is just from one venue) and there is no doubt it will continue, but more meets need to be organized, more races need to be organized, etc in order to make the car scene even bigger by welcoming even more people into it.
In photography I've learned some of the important things that make up a great photo, for example: lighting, contrast, color, main focus, styles, etc. After learning this I've tried taking photos that include some of these things. I love to capture moments, whether they include people, nature, animals, or any type of thing. What inspired me to take photos was my younger brother and sister.They made me see the potential of a great photo and the moment captured forever. I like to capture people that are happy or enjoying themselves. I want to make someone smile when they see my photographs.
I'm in Digital Photography class, and the photo I uploaded is an example of a photo I would ideally like to take. I took that one last year. I tried to illustrate the rule of thirds, with the focus being the sign and the backdrop being the sunset with the valley lights.
I have always loved photography, but am not very experienced in the field. However I love to take pictures of people in different settings. I want the person to stand out in the picture, but I also want your eye to be drawn to the background and what interesting setting that person is in. One of my favorite photos that I have taken so far in this class is this photo of my friend Charissa. We went to a reservoir where Charissa knew there were tons and tons of wild flowers. We say they're sunflowers, even though they aren't really.
So far, as a photographer, i have learned that the subject doesn't necessarily need to be the "subject" of the whole photo. Due to the adjustment of focus, lighting, lens dilation, and the rule of thirds; photos are manipulated so there is more that the eye can see. I love taking athletic photos, vintage, and anything that catches my eye. This photo presented is focused mainly on the volleyball. The background is blurred to emphasize the volleyball. The color contrast and scheme helps center the focus on what is actually the subject of the photo.
In Kodak's Top Ten Tips for photography, they say that close ups are important in photography because they get greater detail of the subject. In the photo above I tried to capture that concept. As shown in the photo I like to capture nature raw, without any filters, and the details either close up or zoomed out. I have learned so much about lighting and the importance of your angle in a picture. I can't wait to keep learning as this semester continues.
In these Photos, the main subjects are a yellow flower and a fog statue used to hold books. I tried to use the concept of having a plain background in the yellow flower photo. In the dog statue photo I had illustrated the concept of taking a vertical photo.
I took a photo of my good friend JD. I used a window with natural light coming in. This illuminated his face and mirrored his face on the window. Also, I was shooting in the wrong mode which actually allowed for a great background. It made JD stand out more.
Paul Salopek's 7-year journey is well on its way. From some articles on the National Geographic website, I've been able to learn and see a fraction of his adventures and experience in different countries.
One of the places he's gone through is the the island of Cyprus which is one of the oldest inhabited places in the planet. Another is the through the roads of the West Bank where there is much turmoil and dividing lines caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
I really enjoy taking pictures of simple things because by emphasizing them through the angle of the photo or background used, regular objects can seem a lot more interesting and more beautiful. I also enjoy taking pictures of landscapes and of street-life.
I've learned that taking advantage of an object's colors and working to emphasize the colors through plain backgrounds or in contrast to other colors can make a photo more intriguing. I've also learned that the position of the prop or the angle of the camera when taking a photo can also make the picture more interesting.
An important part of photography is to make your photos interesting and to grab the viewer's attention. There are several ways one can go about this; dramatic shadows, dramatic light, and something I think is important- color! Color has the ability to make your photo amazing.
Color automatically grabs people's attention.
Minor White was a very influential American photographer. His work was abstract and full of meaning and emotion. His images predated the time of color photography, but he was still very successful in getting the feeling across to the viewer. White tried to portray a feeling in his images, and didn't want viewers to focus on the actual subjects of the photo. He photographed everyday images and used lighting techniques and effects in the darkroom. His strong black and white contrasts created very interesting images.
These are my second set of tribute photos, I am trying to take pictures like the famous war journalist Robert Capa. These pictures are not of war times, but shot in the similar styles of his own pictures.
David "Chim" Seymour photographed the mid 1900s. He followed many wars, including the Spanish Civil War, and he photographed the despair at home and the gruesome sights on the battlefield. David produced a collection of photos called, "The Children of Europe." This collection of photos is really interesting because some of the children are a little different, and their qualities give the photographs emotion. My favorite photos of David Seymour's are his portraits. He posed them in a really interesting manner, where light hit their faces just right.
These pictures are of a park close to my house. I think the pond in the middle of the park is really pretty, and even though the pond doesn't change much from summer to fall, the trees change around it. In the summer, everything is big, bright and green. However, as fall begins to take over, the leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground. Fall is the reality that the world is constantly changing, and cooler temperatures are soon to come. I cannot wait to take my winter shot in a couple of months!
I researched Jacob Riis' photography. I found his style very interesting. He created a photojournalism book called How the Other Half Lives. In this book, he depicts the extreme poverty during the late 1800s. His book opened many eyes to the unforgettable scenes of many tenements and slums. The picture I chose to recreate was taken in 1892. I love the raw emotion behind this photo. You can tell the boys are cold and lonely. I believe emotion is the best feature of a picture. Jacob Riis captured this perfectly. I used my brother to recreate this photo.
With this picture i was trying to capture the sunset during the golden hour, I had a light source shining on the rock and plant in the bottom left corner to add a more direct subject. To make the colors of the sunset really pop I lowered the IOS, lowered the shutter speed and closed up the aperture. In doing this it made all of the dark areas darker and made the reflection of the sunset very bright. It turned the mountains into a silhouette.
Paul Salopek's journey around the world has captured the attention of many. His Walk Out of Eden, starting in Africa and ending in South America looks truly amazing. While he was in Jordan, Paul wrote about how drones are now being used to capture images from above. The angle of the camera on the drone captures the amazing size and shape of these divots in Jordan. These seemingly small divots are not quite divots at all rather explored tombs from the Bronze Age. These tombs contain pottery, jewelry and other artifacts known to the people of that time.
I have loved taking pictures since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be the one who took photos when we went on trips and what not, even when my hands were to small to even hold the camera. So I guess you could say I've been a "photographer" for quite some time. I didn't really get into photography until my 8th grade year. I enjoy taking pictures because it captures moments that can not be recaptured, it allows us to remember things we always want to remember. I don't have a particular thing I like to photograph, I like taking pictures of just about everything.
Architecture is something very important because it is an indicator of age. For example, in New York City there is a distinct difference between pre-war and post-war buildings. I personally think that pre-war buildings have more of an elegance. Atget paid close attention to these in his pictures. Sometimes the images seemed so simple and easy yet they ended up being very complex. “A good photograph is like a good hound dog, dumb but eloquent” (45).
For mother's day I made my mom blocks with photos of our family on them. The block's spelt out mom. I put the 4 by 6 photos of my mom and I, my mom and dad, and my mom and brother onto 6 by 6 blocks of wood. I put Modge Podge onto the back of the photo and front so that it stuck to the wood. The Modge Podge dried mostly clear. I got to give my mom a creative gift for mother's day that she loved. She stood it on the mantle in the living room and it looks great!
For my montage project I took a picture of a bike outside by the prayer garden on the bike rack. I am pretty pleased with how mine turned out, and I think the different lightings make it interesting. The only problem I encountered was getting the background behind the bike to match up, and I still wasn't able to get it by the end. But overall I am content.
In my photography class we are making photo montages in which we took 50 pictures of a specific thing or place at our school, my photo montage is of the Our Lady Of Lourdes Church next door to my school. I think the montage turned out pretty well, however I think that I could've made it much better if I would have gotten some more pictures of the upper part of the church and the door.
Photography helps to explore different perspective by focusing in on a specific subject or topic. People who photograph for a living are just like anthropologists, psychologists, scientists, etc who study people in depth. Photographers really get to know their subjects and make important decisions as a photographer to be able to tell their subject’s story as best they can. It’s important to be able to connect with your subjects.
In class these past few days, we've been working on creating a photo montage. To do this I picked the flagpole in front of our school and stood in one spot to take 50 photos of the flag pole. I used photoshop to merge all of the photos together so it looks like one big jumbled up photo.