CHAPTER 4 Feb 13

Creative

Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.

-Arnold H. Glasow

This rider got second place by less than a second. Ten feet to his right the winner was hugging others and being congratulated by many people. Although I barely knew the man, I thought the expression on his face made this picture a lot more meaningful than it might have been. It shows that even a second can make a big difference between two opposite moods.

This picture, although it may not be qualified as "fine art" really was a picture that I believed was perfect for this project. The cat on the right sat on the fourth stone for almost ten minutes as Ryan inched closer. Right after this picture was taken, the cat bounded over to Ryan to be pet. The patience it took to just crouch near the cat and wait was astounding, and very funny.

This picture was taken with a one-second shutter speed, and a tripod. After a long hike in freezing weather, there is a ginormous fire with hot chocolate and coffee being served to any cold hiker. In this picture, the contrast and the warmth adds to the feeling that this is a deadly, yet almost soft kind of fire. The blurred edges give a different effect than the harsh jagged lines one gets when shooting with a higher shutter speed.

Very similar to the picture featured above, this picture was taken long after I had regained my energy and drank a few hot chocolates. I made the shutter speed even longer because the warmth had become less of a contrast, and more of a warm fuzzy blanket type feeling. Using shutter speed and aperture I tried to conceive that message that with time things become less harsh and more soft.

TECHNICAL

The Importance of Cropping

This is a picture of my friend, Ryan standing near a brick wall. The lighting is poor, there are distracting objects in the right corner, and it does not look good in any sense. To start editing the picture I opened the picture in photoshop. I took this picture in raw, so it opens the Camera Raw Filter automatically. Then, hitting shift-T (transform mode) I was able to fix the vertical, horizontal, and scale of the picture. I also edited the exposure, contrast, clarity, and vibrance like most of my pictures.

This is the final picture. Even though the lighting and angle was far from perfect, I was able to fix it slightly. If I could do anything more I would have fixed the lighting on his face.

This was the original picture of my friend Ian. The angle was slightly counterclockwise, and in desperate need of cropping and color editing. Opening photoshop I was able to crop out the bottom and right, and up the contrast and vibrance.

This is the final product, with the distractions cropped out and the photo edited.

This picture was taken in Bear Valley with a normal 18-55mm lens and a wide angle lens adapter. The snow to these cabins was very uneven and the picture was very diagonal, making the picture warped and very sideways. I fixed that in premier because the tree gave an almost awkward and unsettling feeling to the picture.

Now, edited, the picture looks straighter and more aesthetically pleasing. The focus is still slightly off due to the lack of time I spent in that location, however I upped the clarity in photoshop. It did not completely fix the picture, but it fixed it slightly.

SELF REFLECTIVE/ INFLUENTIAL

If you're doing what everyone else is doing, you're doing it wrong.

-Casey Neistat

I took this picture first semester thinking it was the greatest pictures of horses ever taken. I was obviously wrong because it was not fully in focus, it was bad quality, and there was a giant pole in the way. This was taken with a very short shutter speed making the entire picture look flat and plain. The next few pictures I tried to make the pictures better quality, even though I accidentally took the pictures in JPG instead of RAW.

This picture, although not amazing quality is still better quality than the first picture. The starting gates was unfortunately in the shade while everything else was in the sun, making the background have the highlights blown out. If I had arrived earlier I would have not been faced with that drawback.

Also facing the same problem, whenever I tried to lighten the shadows in the winners face, lots of noise would be added to the picture, so I used photoshop to find the balance between noise and darkness.

This picture is a lot better quality than the original picture, because I talked a professional photographer onto letting me onto the track as the horses ran by. This picture was taken completely zoomed out which still amazes me because the horses were going 30 to 40 miles per hour around twenty feet away from me.

A photo taken in the right lighting is a photo worth taking -me. Honestly the lighting was stellar when I took this shot, however I was not prepared for how fast they were moving. I tried taking a 1/60th second shutter speed to give the blurry background, but it gave the picture an entirely blurry feel to it that I did not want.

This picture is by far the best picture I took that day because it catches the movement of the horses and the detail of their coat is still prominent enough that it does not look too blurry. I upped the contrast and vibrance as usual and otherwise did not edit anything else. I am very proud as to how it turned out.

THEMATIC

the BEAUTY in nature

Over winter break my family and I vacationed near Bear Valley. The entire time I was astonished by how beautiful even the smallest thing around me was. Even though a car surrounded by snow might not be aesthetically pleasing to others, after hours of shoveling snow that might have been the most beautiful sight I have seen.

These Icicles were outside my bedroom window, and were such a beautiful sight to see after sleeping in. The way the light shown through them and how natural yet abstract they are led me to wanting to photograph them every time I woke up.

This was a picture of a lake my family and I go to over the summer. As you can see, it would be a very cold dive if I attempted to swim in it, and the permanent rafts in the middle of the lake have a foot of snow on them, making it even colder. I thought this picture was good because the reflections in the water show just how beautiful the view was.

This picture, although distorted from the wide angle lens, was very beautiful in the way that the sun shows through the snow covered trees. I especially like the small sun flare in the left third of the picture, and how the sun is in the top right third. If I could take it again I would not use the wide angle lens because it made the trees on the left blurry and distorted.

This just looks like a weird snow thing, however the small triangle under the pile of snow

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