Photography is as Difficult as 1, 2, 3

Today is my sick day (so expect a lot of work for this class!), but that hasn’t stopped me from learning. I would also like to point out that I am expecting to feel 10x better when I recover (I’m looking at you, Dr. Burtis).

I have taken a photography class once years ago, but I didn’t learn much from it. I enjoy taking photos to remind me of the enjoyable times I have had, but I would not consider most of them “good.” I’m hoping that will change by the end of this week! I found the tip about having a great foreground in front of a great background interesting. That is something I have never done, and tried (but may have failed) to do that by leaving my fence in the picture for my Photoblitz. The rule of thirds was also something that I have never heard of before. While these tips will certainly be useful, I think it may take a few days for me to remember to use them!

I looked at the Most Viewed gallery on Abandoned America, and found several of the tips! The contrast in each of the photos brought my attention immediately to one element of the photo, usually where the light was hitting. There was foreground, depth, various perspectives, but there was no aspect of movement. Simply by looking at a photograph, I was able to tell that everything is still. There is no life, making it feel abandoned in addition to looking the part. Dr. Harstaad and Abandoned America’s photos are so beautiful, and I only hope that I will be able to capture similar pictures by increasing my use of these tips! The various resources and tip pages told me that anything, even dirty dishes, can be beautiful when taken by someone who has the knowledge necessary.

Photoblitz scared me! I opened the page, and automatically it gave me seven different things to take pictures of. I ended up doing the first one I generated, and thought it would be impossible to take all of those pictures in twenty minutes. I did it in nineteen, but I’m more proud of some than others. You can find my entire post here.

This photo is emphasizing a single color: yellow. I was going to take a picture in my kitchen of a blue chair against a white wall, when I looked up at the lights. I stood on the chair, tapped the light on my phone, and the background suddenly became dark. When I view this image, I immediately look at the light in front, then at the two in the back.

This is the picture I dislike the most. The prompt said to find a picture of open space, but living in a suburban neighborhood, there isn’t a lot of open space near me (and I didn’t have time to drive somewhere else within the twenty minutes). So, I went outside and of course, it was raining. Rather than zooming in to hopefully make it appear like this isn’t four of my neighbors’ backyards, I kept my fence and the playsets. Hopefully, this provides some foreground. The mucky sky and damp grass may not look very attractive, but hopefully I met at least one of the tips with this one!

A picture of wildness. My fifteen pound dog may not be scary (although, she is staring at me like a madwoman as I write this post, but capturing just her eye does not provide much context as to how big, or even what type of animal, she is. I was also able to capture the brownness of her eye in this picture. Usually, they look black.

A picture from floor level. This is how my dogs and cats see the world. This fake tree is one of the tallest objects in my house, and it looks even taller at this angle. I think the shadows may be helping that as well.

 

The details of a human and taught me that it is extremely difficult to take a picture of your own hand, so I took a picture of my mother’s. I was unsure about which details they wanted, but I assumed the lines. I made sure that the hand took up a majority of the frame, and used a less typical angle.

Something that I am envious of is traveling. It has been almost three years since my trip to Europe. I would love to go again, but don’t want to save the money to do so. For this picture, I used two mugs that I bought in Paris, placed them on my keyboard, and took a picture. I think the background worked out nicely in this photo, and it is one of my favorites.

I ended my Photoblitz with food being served in an unconventional way. It just so happened that I was already hungry, so I warmed up some frozen mac and cheese (does anyone honestly cook when they’re sick?) and stuck it in a mug. Adding some chopsticks (which could easily pick up the pasta since it has seven holes per noodle) created an image that I’m sure I would question if I had not taken it!

Considering that I thought of and took all of these images in nineteen minutes (my Instagram post has pictures of my start and stop time if you don’t believe me), I think that I took a few decent photos!

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  1. Katie Hartraft - February 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Impressive you could do all of this while being sick! I really like the first picture: the bubbles in the glass of the lights with the blue of the window definitely make it feel like a rainy day. I also like the chopsticks and mac and cheese, please tell me you really ate them like that haha

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