Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Project 9: Mysterical

Stained Glass Window
Model: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Date: 11/25/2011
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
F-stop: f/6.3
Focal length: 6.6 mm
Tripod: No
Levels, saturation, cropping, straighten

Magical Rainbow Sunshine
Model: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Date: 9/19/2011
Shutter speed: 1/640 sec
F-stop: f/8
Focal length: 6.0 mm
Tripod: Yes
Levels, I used layers to add colors to my sunlight beams, also cropping was involved

            For this assignment I tried many things to try to create a fantasy but I didn’t like any of my ideas. Magic and imagination are in all of us, and finding a way to leash them to make an image is a hard task. There are many ways to express yourself and art is a great way to do it.  I am not big into science fiction and I wasn’t really sure how I was going to be able to express myself but in the end I found my inner imagination and turned an ordinary picture into magic.
            When I was home over thanks giving we went to a mission and although I have been there so many times I still found myself marveling at the paintings and the stained glass windows. So I took some pictures. When I got the picture back into Photoshop I made some adjustments but I just loved how the light created colors. I felt like the picture was already magical and I tried to add things but I found that as I added things it made the picture feel less magical a more staged. It just didn’t look natural and I couldn’t decide if it was my editing job or the ideas that I had.
            So I decided to move on and I again tried to add thing to make a picture I had already taken look magical.  But again it just looked staged and unnatural. Then I got the idea that I liked the light in both the pictures and decided to try to combine them into one. So I used many layers to change the rays of the sun into many different colors. I loved it and thought that it looked very happy and magical.  I love rainbows, colors and lights and feel like this picture is awesome at taking something cool and adding a little color to make it a dream.

Project 8: Social Commentary

Model: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Date: 12/06/2011
Shutter speed: 1/25 sec
F-stop: f/2.7
Focal length: 6.0 mm
Tripod: No

Social commentary
            I grew up on the Flathead Indian reservation, and half my family is Native American. My great grandfather was involved in the native culture all his life. He was born in the valley and lived there for 96 years. In that time he watched many changes. I have always found the Native culture to be part of my own culture and so I wanted to shoot a picture that would represent the dying of culture.
             I wasn’t really sure how I was going to do this and I tried many ways but nothing seemed to work. I just didn’t feel like the pictures I had taken captured the essences of what I was going for. So after many failed attempts I decided to switch topics. So for two weeks I took my camera everywhere in hopes that I would find something. I shot some pictures but I just didn’t feel like they had enough of an impact to fit the category.  I started to panic and had no idea what I was going to do. I had a couple of my friends help me stage a scene that showed the impacts and negates of people not using the recycling, but they look too staged.
            On Tuesday, December 6th, I had the opportunity to go to Lewis and Clark Middle School to help with a chemistry demonstration. I took my camera in order to take some pictures of the kids to put on the chemistry club’s Facebook page.  As we walked down the hallway to go meet the kids my roommate pointed to a locker with a sign and said “Hey that would be good for you commentary picture.” I agreed and quickly took some pictures. Later when I was looking at them it made me happy that I had accomplished my original goal of capturing the dying Native culture. 
            I am a strong believer in preserving the culture and heritage of our ancestors. I love being a part of the culture in my valley. I feel like you hear a lot of negative things denoted toward Indian people, by stereotyping them. I feel that American Indians are no different from everyone else; they just have a different culture. The culture and history of American Indians is important to protect and by taking this picture I am taking a stand by encouraging the unique and rich heritage and culture of the American Indians and acknowledging that the current generation needs to take a stand and protect this sacred way of life.