This week I had the opportunity to visit the El Plantio Nursery in Escondido, there I really wanted to focus on the creative trinity that Mark Muench enlightened us about in the video last class. Throughout the time I spent there I was critically thinking about the trinity and how to come up with clever ideas which could include light/composition/subject, for each photo I gave the title of what I was looking for in the photo from what I saw first to what I though of last in the trinity. I was also inspired by Anna Mia Davidson, She explained in her video that she wanted to blow up her pictures larger then life to give her photos meaning and thats what I wanted out of this shoot as well. I was able to use light as the source to tell the story as well as using the vibrant colors of the flowers to help evoke emotion.
I also took the values of Tima Link, I chose to take photos at a nursery because of how she interacted to her surroundings and plant life and waned to experience it myself. The viewing of some of our classmates work also gave me creative ideas as well, the shadows is what caught my attention. Overall I realized that I really did enjoy this nursery shoot and will definitely go to different ones in the future, it was so much to take in from the vibrant colors to the different shape and sizes of the plants.
In the short video that Tima link is apart of covers how she and her group are helping the environment as well as the Chumach weaving community that are living the lives of their elders today to help preserve a since of self for for the natives. She and her group of gatherer’s looks for plants to weave as well as bringing back the culture and knowledge of the land and plants.
During the video we see how they are bringing back the culture by in depth discussions about plants such as the sage plant discussion, they explain that they only use what is needed because they understand that other life is dependent on the same plants that we all use. During that discussion the man explains that the older sage plant has “more to give and when we break it in half it will grow twice as tall. I believe that this concept has been lost in our everyday society and am happy that there are people fighting to bring back these important ideals.
What stood out to me the most in the video was the interactions they had with the wildlife as well as how much they know about their surrounding plant life. I was amazed that they were out in the shrubbery to find these plants and how they knew of they were dry or to wet which let them know if the tree was able to be cut or not. The scene that caught my attention the most was when she gave her blood to the plant.
Ana Mia Davidson was a photographer following changing countries and documenting them in the process, she then realized that farming in her hometown was what she was looking for for the ten years away from home. Her photos gave off the feeling of hope for farming by incorporating the subjects which were the farm/farmers that looked and made you feel that they were one in the same.
When she discussed how she wanted to blow her images up larger then life really caught my attention. I have always wanted to take photos that have such a great meaning or message and she gave us the perfect example of just that, she found her calling which was to photograph people that surrounded her and farming. I have yet to find my calling but this motivates me to look closer to my ideals and people around me to help me in the process in finding that calling. She gave examples of how farming and nature or to be close with the earth is a natural want/feeling by humans.
Her photos were more then just a picture of a couple farmers working it actually immersed the viewer in telling the story of the farmer. The photos she took also were all very connected in the color palette, everything seemed so vibrant and emotional.
Mr. Muench explained the trinity for photographers which were subject, composition and light. He had a lot of examples to give us and what stuck out the most to me was the example of composition, I have never really thought to much about composition I just subconsciously knew that there was composition in what I was shooting. What I took away from this video was that in my own photography my photos lack a subject at times.
A great example is this photo which has composition but no real subject matter, but when he explains that sometimes you can use light first to make something look abstract I feel this could work. Mr. Muench also talked about how he finds composition which is to simply take pictures and sometimes chasing one of the three in the trinity can lead you to another. He also helped by saying “use the foreground and use the designs and lines of a object to be the composition”. I came to realize after this video I will need to start to look for more subject matter while also thinking about composition in my photography.
This weeks homework I had photographed at Discovery Lake in San Marcos as well as a winery in Escondido. Last week I mostly focused on a landscape as a whole so this week I decided to focus more on Art Wolf’s style of photography with a couple of James Balog inspired photos. The local plant communities I was able to shoot were oak trees, a purple flower I could not identify, marsh plants as well as reeds. I was able to really focus on patterns and textures close up at this lake so I took advantage of the bright light to get as much detail in each photo. With the Balog inspired shots I wanted to show the landscape with as much detail as possible without including access information which gives the photo its meaning or content. It was interesting taking photos like Art wolf. it felt as if i was searching for the smallest of things at times. Overall I enjoyed my visit to Discovery Lake and I learned a lot about my own photography style as well.
The first field trip we had a chance to go on for our class was Double Peak park in SM, there it was still very light out so I was able to shoot in brighter conditions then what I usually shoot in. What I learned was the balance of F stop and shutter speed can make a photo look as if it was less bright out the it actually was. For the photos that I decided to use the broken up sunlight I learned that to much sun can blow out the image so I had to find the right angles to find the perfect light output. For the photo with Chris I could have used him as a scale for a object, I feel the picture is missing just that. I enjoyed the close up shot of the broken down rusty fence and I learned to focus on the whole close up is very hard so i decided to take the photo farther away to focus the photo then in light room cropped it. I also really enjoy the photo of the old red shirt and the tumble weed, I can see it representing how littering can destroy the earth as well as the vibrant red contrasting with the dull brown of the weed. I also really enjoyed looking for photos to take, like the photo of the rocks that sort of lead you up the photo. I learned that the sky can also interfere with the overall photo so I cut out most of the skies in my photos this week.
The series of photos I took in San Pasqual valley and CSUSM were mostly inspired by Art Wolf such as, do not put the horizon or object of interest in the center of the photo, adding to the photo to tell a story and look closer to reveal lines and patterns. I also had inspiration from a mixture of Edward Burtynsky and James Balog such as, trying to highlight a specific object to add emphasis, that the use of a landscape can also tell a story and each landscape has a story to tell about itself which I wanted to tell. I learned a vast amount from the three videos we viewed for our class and I tried to apply certain techniques and rules to these photos. This is our first time that we have gone out for class to try landscape photography, that said when I was outside I realized I really enjoyed going out and observing the environment I was shooting in.
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I was very moved by this video and after watching the dedication James Balog endured to photograph the melting Ice caps through the years to tell a story through phots and to share it all around the world really had a emotional impact on me to strive to be as motivated as he was about what I photograph and to have meaning behind my work as a photographer as well.
This photo is amazing to me because it is beautiful but more importantly it is a physical representation of how we are just simple people in a giant world and universe. This photo also works as great imagery for Mr. Balogs work as well, the Ice is very small and glowing which represents how precious it is and how we need to protect it to the expanding universe in the background which allows the viewer to see how fragile our ecosystem is.
This photo also spoke to me as well, seeing Mr. Balog on a cracking piece of ice trying to capture the perfect photo inspires me to do the same with my work. The composition aspect of this photo is also very enjoyable because it allows the viewer to see the world or ice literally decaying in front of us.
This photo also stood out to me as well, I learned that when you want to document something you can use a person or another object for the scaling aspect. This photo is also another great example of how the glaciers are being effected by allowing the viewer see just how much water is running off the ice.
Overall I learned a great deal from watching this documentary about capturing ice from the dedication needed to create great bodies of work to the trial and error process of taking photos as well.
What I had to do to grasp all of the photos and landscapes of how water effected that region that Mr. Burtynsky was showing us was to watch and finish the documentary then go back to re view the images that caught my attention the most.
The images will be out of order as well, The images of the Owens lake the image contained a vast amount of color from gray to orange to blue, this specific image caught my eye because of the content in the photo. The dried lake with water reflecting the cloudy sky to the vast plain leading to the mountains farther down it creates a place that wouldn’t have existed because of water, the photo is abstract and full which is why the content of the photo really immerses me.
The opening scene of he Stikine River watershed on the water was beautiful, how this shot was framed really was able to take your breath away. It was a piece that you could look at and never get bored of seeing the sight in front of you. What made the image of the abalone farms was the patters of the wooden squares tied together through out the photo made it very pleasing to the eye.The photos of the pivot irrigation and how water effected them really caught my attention in this photo, the harsh lighting really shows the viewer that without the pivot irrigation that the most productive land in Texas would die out.
The dried out Colorado river left some water flowing down into the dry delta which splintered off into multiple directions created the illusion as if you were looking at a tree, what made this photo stand out was its content and framing because you can see that it is a barren wasteland now but has just enough water left to leave a sign.
The photos of the the Xiluodu dam in china being built were compelling because it tied in the art with his cause for creating the work, The shot of the dam itself was a perfect symbol and how the photo was framed to have the dam be the center of attention was great. Overall, I learned a lot about the land that was shown and more importantly I learned about framing, composition and content in a photo.
The photography I enjoy to go out and shoot is car photography mainly, but I also enjoy landscape and nature photography as well. I enjoy to shoot at all times of the day and night and am now always looking for new places to shoot. I do like editing my photos as well and realized I enjoy very dark contrasty photos, all of these photos were takes around the San Diego area except for the salt mine I visited in San Antonio, Texas.
In each photo on this list I had a idea of how I wanted the photo to look beforehand which made capturing the photo go easier. The salt mines were very interesting to visit and when I captured the photo I felt the picture flowed nice, I feel the same way about the photo with the COORS box on the ground with overgrow around it.
For the Truck at night I felt that how old the truck helped set the tone or mood as well as the yellow lights and dirt parking log with chalk made me feel like I was in the 60’s or 70’s, and for the portrait I really liked the light angle and only half of his face with the red hair really had personality. The golf course photo just symbolized standing out, as well as all of the car photos. To have a photo feel full of content that allows the viewer to continuously scan the image without feeling it is missing something is my goal.