Thursday, March 29, 2012

Assignment #7 - Diptych

These images have very special meaning to me and my husband. The image on the left is a night time image of Seven Peaks Waterpark, which is the place where I met my husband. I was actually his boss, and I like to throw that in whenever I get that chance. Anyway, that is where we got to know each other the most and will always have a very special place in our hearts. The second image is actually right across from Seven Peaks, and right by that tree is where my husband and I shared our very first kiss. Awwww, right?As you can see, both of my images were taken at night instead of just one. This was on purpose and I chose to do it that way because 1) We both worked late hours at Seven Peaks and night time is when we got to leave together, and 2) we had our first kiss in the dark, during the night time by that tree. Very fitting. I really enjoyed this assignment because I got to experiment with bracketing in the dark! It was very fun to see how certain elements turned out, such as lights, skies, clouds, and wind. I accidentally got a motorcycle light trail in my second image, but I personally think it looks pretty cool.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Assignment #6 - Black and White Portraiture

Crooked nose
Last time we see her before she leaves for Florida
From the last portraiture assignment, I challenged myself to shoot people in their natural environment or somewhere they were comfortable with. I also challenged myself to shoot more people that I didn't know. That part didn't work out so well, as I ended up shooting two of my sister-in-laws (sisters-in-law?), however, I arranged a photo shoot with a girl that I had never met before. Her name is Al Fox, and she is basically a local LDS celeb. She speaks all around northern Utah at firesides, has created many outstanding videos about the gospel, and has even been asked to be in a Mormon Messages video. She is really amazing. I was very intimidated at first and was super nervous to meet her. But turns out that she is one of the nicest, funniest, most easy going person I have ever met! We got along fabulously and we had a blast doing the shoot! She has quite the story to tell, and I'm glad that I got to capture it.
As far as the black and white conversion goes, I definitely need more practice! As much time as I spent trying to tweak every little thing on each pictures, I still don't feel completely satisfied on the B&W conversion. But it was definitely a learning experience! Can't wait for more practice.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Assignment #5 - Color Portraiture

The anti-hipster

The bald man
Having never done actual portraiture before, this assignment was very fun and not as easy as I thought it would be. First of all, models don't hold still, like inanimate objects do, and so I got a lot of blurry pictures. Second of all, it's harder to adjust the tripod so many times when you move locations, subjects, etc. I ended up not using the tripod for the outside shots because I liked the mobility of just the camera. It was fun getting to know my new subject, Corbin, and finding out what was unique about him. It was harder to show exactly what those unique and quirky things were about my subjects. I learned a lot and really can't wait for the next portraiture assignment.