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If you’re looking for me, I’m not here anymore! I decided to head over to tumblr for the simple reason that it seemed more visually appealing. It also turns out you can follow people and other fun stuff. This is my new blog.


December 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM Leave a comment

Bluff Road and Final Project

For my last photography blog post, I decided to do a combination of my own images and others.  The idea is that this is what I have, and this work by Gerry Melendez is a good example of what I want to do.  Melendez did a photo essay of Bluff Road for The State newspaper, and he got some great pictures of the people living there.  It gave me some great ideas, though I know this will be a challenge for me.  I still have a tough time taking pictures of people I don’t know.

Bluff Road Diaries

His pictures are almost all candid, but you can tell he put a lot of thought into the lighting and composition of the photos.  It was hard for me to pick favorites out of these photos.  I really like the picture of the flowers and woman where the color of the flowers matches the woman’s red dress.  I also like the picture of the man being framed by the window curtains while he is getting a haircut.  It’s really impressive that he got such good composition with such candid photos.  He’s obviously very aware of his surroundings at all times.

I haven’t gotten many pictures of people yet.  I tried to get some of people playing disc golf, but the lighting wasn’t good, and I really think I need a telephoto lens for that portion of the assignment, as well as when I take pictures of dogs.  Here’s two of my favorites that I’ve taken so far.

I think my favorite thing about this photo is the color.  The yellows, reds, and greens really pop in this picture.  I tried to make the tree frame the doorway of the house a little, and I think it succeeded to an extent.  It doesn’t frame it completely, but I like that.

I think the reason why I like this photo should be obvious.  It’s really the personality and humor of this photo that makes it good more than composition.  I think I might come back and retake this photo, because I didn’t really get the angle I wanted.  I’ll have to bring a chair or something to stand on.  What I really want to do is focus more on the “Hammertime” sticker and have the “stop” on the stop sign just barely in the picture to let you know what it is.  I know that might not be a good description of what I plan to do, but I think it will look a lot better.  If not, this one is adequate.
Like I said, I still need some good pictures of people.  This is a good start, but the people are what really make the community, so photos of them and their dogs are crucial.  I hope to get some when the weather clears up the rest of this week.


November 17, 2010 at 12:46 AM Leave a comment


For my open project, I took pictures of my roommate’s dog, Snoop.  Snoop is a boxer who sits and looks out my window waiting for his master any time she leaves.  I thought this was a really great opportunity to take pictures of a dog, which is normally constantly moving and hard to keep in focus, with some really neat window lighting.  I really like the way they came out.

This is a really good one.  The light hits his face just perfectly, and the shadows show off all the muscles in his face.  It’s also close up enough so you can see the texture of his fur and the glassiness of his eyes.  Still, this one isn’t my favorite because it doesn’t look sad enough.  Snoop isn’t waiting for his mom to come home!  He needs to look pathetic, not regal.

That’s why this picture is my favorite.  Snoop is laying his head down on the window sill and looking really sad here.  I think the emotion of the piece as well as the composition make this the best picture.  You just feel sorry for him.  The look in his eyes is really great and in focus here.

Lastly, I wanted to post this picture where the lighting is a little different.  I was playing around with combos of shutter speeds and f-stops to make Snoop look darker, but not too dark, so that it could maybe give the image a little more sad tone.  I liked the outcome of this one.  I think the streak of light is a little interesting, and darkening the image made the colors more saturated.  It’s not the best, but I like how different it is from the other pictures I took.

November 9, 2010 at 11:59 PM Leave a comment

Event Photographs

Even though our event photos were due last week, I decided since I didn’t post them, I would do so this week.  Here are some of my favorites out of the pictures I took of the South Carolina State Fair.

I think this is my favorite photo that I took of the fair.  It wasn’t completely an accident, but it wasn’t the picture that I was originally trying to take.  I just wanted an overall picture of the fair from the top of the ferris wheel, but where we stopped, I couldn’t get a clean photo without the cart next to us in the way.  I then realized that getting them in the frame would make a great photo, and it turned out really nice.  It captured a view of the fair at night as well as the personal aspect with a couple observing the beauty.

I liked this photo because of the angle.  It’s an odd view looking up at the ferris wheel, and the repetition of the individual cars almost frames the rest of the photo.  I also like how this picture really controls where and what order you look at things.  The lines of the wheel lead the eye from the bottom first and then to the top.  I think the only way the composition would have been better if I had gotten it a little more centered in the frame.  Putting the subject directly in the center isn’t something you usually go for, but I think it worked in this photo.

Lastly, I really like this photo as a reaction shot.  Journalistic photography is about people, and this photo shows the feelings that the fair creates in people.  These two girls were having a blast on that ride, and I got them in focus, close up, and having the time of their lives.  It puts a smile on your face just looking at how much fun they’re having.

November 3, 2010 at 12:17 AM Leave a comment

Kenneth Linge

While browsing the Internet for good photography, I came across a photographer’s blog that gives some great tips.  His name is Kenneth Linge.

This guy gives some great ideas, mostly about lighting, but he goes into other practical areas as well.  He gives suggestions about how to work with unconventional lighting, like lighting with a laser pointer or lighting with just the screen of an iPhone, but he also gives suggestions on lighting when taking pictures at midday or diffusing light.  Admittedly, his thoughts on those may be a little hard for students like us to carry out since he uses a lot of screens to diffuse light or create shade, but it may be something to keep in mind if anyone is planning on becoming a professional photographer.  The element he talks the most about is lighting, but if you read further in his blog, you can tell he covers a range of topics.  He recommends photographers and iPhone apps, and he also talks about leading lines and ways to travel with tripods.  He even gives his thoughts on how to prevent the theft of your camera.  I think his site is worth taking a look.

October 27, 2010 at 8:01 AM Leave a comment

South Carolina State Fair

Yesterday afternoon and last night, I was able to take pictures at the State Fair, and I was pleasantly surprised at how many good pictures I got.  I didn’t think I had very many good ones, especially because the shadows were so harsh in the afternoon, but I got a decent number of good pictures.  It’s even more gratifying because I didn’t have to pay to get in since my friend’s relatives work at the Fair.  Anyway, here’s my preliminary choice for the picture that gives an overall feeling for the fair.

Obviously, I got this picture while sitting at the top of the Ferris Wheel.  I thought this was a cute picture because it shows the beautiful view of the Fair at night but also gives a human element with the couple in the car next to us.  My only concern is the couple isn’t lit very well, but in retrospect they don’t really need to be well lit since that would take attention away from the lights of the fair below.  There’s also some nice negative space in the top right corner.  I’ll probably work with the lighting a little more anyway just to fix it, but upon first glance this is my favorite picture.  Also, goats are even harder to photograph than children.  Just thought I’d throw that out there.

October 20, 2010 at 7:37 AM Leave a comment

Christine Austin Photography

I am going to New York for Fall Break, so I thought I would search for something New York related for the topic of this blog.  I came across a photographer in New York who shoots portraits, and I really love her photos.

She really uses color in an interesting way.  It’s not always bright, but the color is usually one of the first things that catches your attention in many of her photos.  She often color coordinates the colors of the person’s clothes with the background.  The close ups directly on the subject’s face make for a very good photo, but she also usually does another photo zoomed out so it can be more of an environmental portrait and tell a bit about the subject.  I also like the few photos where the women are wearing old style dresses.

October 13, 2010 at 12:20 AM Leave a comment

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