So at the end of all my assignments I decided to go out (literally) and attempt to use a combination of all my newly acquired skills without looking at my references (but oh did I study them). I watched the Jason Eskenazi (https://vimeo.com/73824631) video at least twice and what is forever imprinted on my brain are the tips to use geometry and emotion. THEREFORE I challenged myself to use inanimate objects to convey emotion along with finding geometry in nature (which unfortunately ended up being man made objects). But I mostly studied these tips ( http://www.slideshare.net/robwall ) and ended up trying Pattern, Low Angle, Selective Focus and Foreground/Background.
The first picture I tried the blurring/motion-like effect. I had a tumblr for a long time and saw a lot of grunge-y photos with the blurring of flowers so when I saw these clovers I thought, why not try it? It took me 3 tries because at first you couldn’t even tell what I took a picture of until I finally got this picture where it is super blurred on the edges but only slightly blurred in the middle so you can tell they are flowers. I really enjoyed the trippy effect of the blurred clovers. I think I will try this effect on something more random one day to see if there is a different conclusion (for example, a sign or mailbox or something).
The second picture is probably one of my favorites. It is a mixture of things that do not belong together plus some inanimate object emotion. To me I saw this in my backyard and felt sadness. Why is this here? And why does it look so sad? And then I got the idea that it does not belong here amidst the plants and flowers. This is just a symbol for how much humans interfere with nature. This is also emotional because the cone looks so dejected like it knows what it stands for and doesn’t want to be there. I personally love this photo. I also wanted to brighten the colors at first (it was cloudy out/sprinkling = awful lighting) but then decided that the grayish hue fits the scene.
The third picture was quite a surprise for me, which is awesome considering I was horizontal on previously rained on grass. I saw the tip about changing perspective and just decided to take a near vertical picture of the bottom of my shed. The focus was so great and the image nearly abstract that when I showed this to my father he couldn’t even tell me what it was but said it looked cool. Not only did I change perspective but I chose a Low Angle like on the robwall slideshow. Being a selfie queen I know all about the positive effects of a high angle but knew virtually nothing about the effects of a low angle so I decided to try it out. The effects are actually pretty neat! My perspective was that of a bunny and I never would have seen this or tried this if not for this assignment.
The fourth picture I originally tried to focus on the vine/plant tunnel and this little vine kept swinging in the wind and hitting me in the face. It was almost tapping my shoulder and asking me to focus on it so I did. I tried a little Foreground/Background action along with selective focus also suggested by robwall. It is great because the background is just as important/beautiful as the foreground. I also had a lot of trouble focusing on such a small vine so I had to move around A LOT. I learned that it takes some serious patience to take pictures in nature or of things that move.
The fifth picture is a pattern picture, from both robwall and our photo safari. It is a picture of the siding of my house on a dreary day, which because it was so dreary, actually made my house look as gray as the sky. I honestly would not have noticed this until I started seeing everything as a potential picture. I also took a picture of my neighbors fence (picture 8- hopefully they didn’t see me) which was probably my favorite pattern. To me this represents a typical white picket fence scenario with the typical parents with two kids and two cars and two dogs. Or even a suburb, with the houses that all look similar with the same trees and mowed grass.
The sixth picture is my adorable 11 year old sister Loren who is upset at me for posting so many pictures of my dog before her. This picture is completely candid, which to me shows the typical emotion of a preteen (“ugh” and “blah”). But still beautiful. And those curls! I also adopted the reverse of picture 3, the high angle. It of course looks good but with my phone quality plus the awful lighting it just looks blurry. I also love the fact that I can make fancy comments about lighting now. Lighting really is an important aspect.
The seventh picture is my other favorite, a lone daisy by our mailbox that Loren planted. I used selective focus (thanks robwall) which has always been one of my favorite techniques. I was so thrilled that I was able to pull this off and in one try!
The ninth picture was similar to picture two, where you look at this and feel a little sad because they are taking down trees. The lighting was actually key in this because if it was a beautiful sunny day then the emotion would be more muffled and confused. In addition, this is a Pay Attention To The Moment kind of thing. There isn’t actually any action going on but you can tell the past and future of the story without it. (Just waiting for the Lorax to pop out and sing about how important trees are to the environment). I also like the fact the machine is in the far back, so as not the focus so much as the broken down path.But the machine is still key to the photo’s story. Without the machine, all there would be is a mystical path in my backyard.