Month: May 2014

Rust and Growth

Here’s a photo from my backyard. I’ve never actually just shot around in my neighborhood, so I thought a good place to start was my own house.

Today and tomorrow I’ll be heading out to the parks and stuff around my town to work on my personal symmetry project.

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Self Portrait Challege

fbphotoI’m currently working on a series of photo challenges with Jonathan, a photographer I work with at the Ball State Daily News. The first project was a self portrait. We agreed to one light only. Anything else was game. 

My goals were really simple: get experience using my soft box, play with light, and do a little portrait research. I’d be happy just accomplishing that. 
 
At some point, I will be doing more challenging, conceptual self portraits, but this challenge wasn’t the time to do it. 

With a little soft box and a speedlite, I started with a sort of Rembrandt-esque technique. The light was angled and relatively close to me, which would create a drop off of light on my face. I thought this would create an interesting shadow I could play with.  

I’m happy with the photo. It’s not any sort of studio masterpiece, but it’s a fun Facebook profile photo, and it  helped me dive a little deeper into portrait photography. I reached my goals, set a small platform for me to jump from, and got myself excited for other portraits. Good thing that was exactly the point. 

Self portraits aren’t particularly easy logistically, so I might need a model to help me out next time.  

I’ll be discussing our next challenge in a couple of weeks. So check back. 

In the meantime, I intend to do a small symmetry project this week. 

You can check out Jonathan and his super cool, artsy entry here.

 

 

Colorful and Fun

This was my favorite photo from the bunch. I like that the droplets are a little offset, and there's more black in the image.

This was my favorite photo from the bunch. I like that the droplets are a little offset, and there’s more black in the image.

Glass, candy, and light is all it took to complete this fun image. Well, that and quite a bit of trouble shooting. I started with not enough candy, water droplets that were too large, and a glass bowl that was warping the image. I used a range of tools to make the water droplets before I found the right fit.

In this instagram post  from Jordan Kartholl, a Star Press photographer, he uses a clock instead of candy. It’s a pretty cool image, and was my most recent inspiration for shooting a similar photo.

It’s a fun little photo and project. Here’s some of the places I ended up before the final look.

Here is my first image. With glass to close to the candy, too big water drops, and the wrong glass, I was pretty far from the image I wanted.

Here is my first image. With glass to close to the candy, too big water drops, and the wrong glass, I was pretty far from the image I wanted.

 

In an attempt for smaller water drops, I resorted to a spray bottle. This didn't work, and I have no coffee stirrers on hand, unfortunately.

In an attempt for smaller water drops, I resorted to a spray bottle. This didn’t work, and I have no coffee stirrers on hand, unfortunately.

 

This was one of my last images, and is my second favorite. I used a modify straw for water drops, and finally got the other factors right.

This was one of my last images, and is my second favorite. I used a modify straw for water drops, and finally got the other factors right.

Reflection

 

Junior special education major Sam Hebe gets her head shaved to raise money for Riley Children's Hospital at Ball State's Dance Marathon on Feb. 22.

Junior special education major Sam Hebe gets her head shaved to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital at Ball State’s Dance Marathon on Feb. 22.

 

Every story has a person. That’s right. For each and every tale you can tell, there is at least one human at the heart of it. Helping it grow and live on. One of the most important lessons for me this semester was that every story is so much more interesting when you let a a living, breathing, passionate person tell it. I realized recently that I’m in photography to discuss the human experience. This experience ranges from small victories, to big decisions, to little candid smiles. When I’m shooting events for the newspaper, I look for photos that capture a moment of time, a human emotion. I feel like this small collection of photos show my journey through other people’s moments and stories.

 

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