Monday, November 30, 2009

First Semi-Legit Photo Shoot

Wow, what a day.  So I basically shadowed Tam Bui for the day during a photo shoot.  The male model (who will remain unnamed) wanted to expand his modeling portfolio with nudes.  And I think he kinda wanted to have some fun with his friend that he brought (the girl).  Anyways, needless to say those won't be going on my blog.  But I did get some pretty awesome shots.  I'm just gonna start with the story telling ones (the not so great shot ones) and make you check back again in the future for the others ;-)

You'll definitely want to check back in again for the other photos!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Been home since Tuesday.  Not a whole lot has happened since.  I watched Julie & Julia the other day and thought how cool would it be if someone did say 12 or 24 photo essays in a year, blogged about it, got media coverage, and then published it into a book.

Anyways, here are a couple shots from Thanksgiving diner at grandma's:

I discovered while taking these (very casually) that an external flash would be nice ... and that a body without a flash would be nie as well.  It's annoying to manually turn off flash... Or maybe I just need a camera with a really really big aperture setting (small f-number).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Here's another one

So all my remaining ones except for the one below are panoramas.  Unfortunately my web design knowledge is very limited and so I don't really know how to effectively share those with you guys.  But here's a photo that I am submitting.  It is slightly brightened for printing purposes (so once printed, it will be slightly darker).

Hope you like it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Not my final project

So I figured its been a while since my last post, but I didn't want to post the pictures I'm using for my final project, so I figured I'd post one of the runner ups:

Bet you don't know from where I took that picture :)
And on a side note, its probably not that great of a picture unless you go to Carleton and know about it... imo anyways.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

Just learned how to compose HDR photos. Our final assignment is to photograph pretty much anything within the theme of last week's home football game.  I find scene/landscape photography to be my favorite type of photography.  I really enjoy portraits and such too, but for whatever reason, (probably because I feel like I have the most control over the subject) landscapes are my favorite.  Anyways, here are my 2 first HDR photographs ever:

Friday, November 6, 2009

A Glimpse into my Photo Essay

I just submitted my latest assignment which was a photo essay with a loose and general theme on the economic recession.  After many wasted hours and failed ideas/attempts, I ended up with a broad story on the Hispanic populace in Viking Terrace, a mobile home park in Northfield, Minnesota.  I created my essay on Sound Slides (a pretty awful program) and would love to share it, but it's much to big to put online without having my own server.  So here are some of the picture hai-lights (some of which were taken by Kenzie Zimmer, my partner in this project).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Direct Portraits

So here is my latest assignment.  Direct portraits with creative twists.  It was also my first try at studio lighting.

Portrait 1: The Great Hall
I wanted to play with eye lines.  One of the most powerful sources of attention-direction are eye lines (mean where other people in the picture are looking.)  Because I wasn't exactly sure where to look since I was just looking at space, it didn't work out perfectly.  Also, because I couldn't tell where I would line up in the various positions, it wasn't a great overall composition either.  But it was fun and a great photoshop learning experience!

 Portrait 2: Scrabble
The prof didn't particularly like this one.  He pointed out that individually, the pictures were not that great.  However, I presented it as a two-up.  In short, it was probably his least favorite one of the three.  But in terms of photoshop, I thought this was a fun project too.  It was my first real attempt at portrait touch-ups.  I played with the eyes to brighten them and bring them out as much as I could (this included adding a mascara effect).  I also made the teeth a little whiter, her lips a little more red, and just for fun added a little blush to her cheeks.  Upon reflection, I guess I understand what he means when he said that neither shot is great individually... quite saddening to hear :(

Portrait 3: Miq
This is my favorite one.  I also spot edited about 95% of the entire photo.  I dimmed, blurred, and desaturated the surrounding water.  I brightened and sharpened the water flowing from his hands.  I should have made Mike look a lot buffer (like I did with just his shoulders) but I realized that afterwords and didn't want to go back and do more editing.  I figured the focus of the picture is the water anyways.  This was probably the most fun portrait to shoot.