Blogger’s Shots: Land of the Lost Toys

The kids that live next door to me have made a habit of kicking balls into the woods and leaving them there. The result was this series of shots of these dingy, long-forgotten toys. I thought the fact that each of the balls was left in the shadows of the trees really emphasized this. I also think the cool, blue tones help to add to the ghostly, “left-behind” effect. I’ve always loved taking pictures in the woods because of the way the light refracts and bounces down through the leaves and creates such cool effects on the objects. Here, I think the angles of the light make the balls seem even more forgotten.

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Photographer of the Week: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French film photographer. He’s most known for his candid shots, like the ones above. He focused a lot on making a decision in the “decisive moment” and was one of the pioneers of street photography. The photos above were taken from his website and the captions are his own.

I realized that I hadn’t really looked at any black and white photographers on this blog and decided to post some. I feel like many people write B&W photos off as boring, but I think these photos show otherwise. Cartier-Bresson was able to capture such intense expression and emotion in his photos without a lick of color. My favorite one of this gallery is the last one. I love the shadows that the bridge creates and how small the boy looks against the background. I think Cartier-Bresson’s photography is absolutely stunning and will last for ages to come.

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Blogger’s Shots: Easter Sunday

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I wanted to upload this photo because it has a lot of meaning to me. This year was the second Easter that we celebrated without my grandparents. This was the time of year that I would help my grandpa plant flowers for my grandma’s garden. They’ve had this garden stone since I was a little girl and I’ve always loved it. Taking this photo took me back to much simpler times. I love this because, for me, it’s a reminder that my grandparents are always with me.

The bright reds and yellows of the flowers really caught my eye as I approached them. In editing, I didn’t want to brighten up the inside of the planter too much because I wanted the real focus to be on the garden stone. I also wanted to take a picture at a different angle, since I usually take photos either upwards or straight on.

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Photographer of the Week: Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton is a photographer for Getty Images in New York. He does a lot of photojournalism, aiming to capture images that portray the conflicts and issues of our world. His images are brilliant and captivating and provide a way for people to see the parts of the world that we know so little about. To see more of his images, click here.

I picked the pictures above for their simplicity, beauty, color and skill. In the first image, the color is so vibrant and I love the juxtaposition of the electric guitar with the simple, natural landscape. I thought the way Stirton captured the motion of the man and the horse was amazing. I love how the glow of the setting sun lays across the image and makes it seem as if they are riding into the sun. The third picture caught my eye because we have been talking a lot in class about rule of thirds. I thought that this picture was a perfect example of that concept. I also love it because it looks as though the man is welcoming nature into his arms and it shows his oneness with nature. Even though the man is standing on top of the horse, he does not seem like a dominant force over the landscape but a part of it.

Another thing that captured my attention in these images is how well Stirton photographs with sky. This is one thing that I constantly struggle with. To me, shooting with sky in the photo is very difficult because it always seems to overpower the image. I think Stirton did an amazing job with capturing it in these photos.

 

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Aperature Practice

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Experiments With: Editing in Photoshop’s Camera Raw Filter

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Today we learned how to use a few of the tools in the Camera Raw filter in Adobe Photoshop. We had worked with a given image in class, but I also wanted to try my hand at the tools with a photo of my own. I had originally taken this photo on my phone and edited it with a simple app that I found in my app store. There’s obviously a filter on it, but I no longer have the original image to work with so I tried to edit this one. I didn’t change much because I didn’t want to take away from the color in the sky. What I edited was the bit of overexposed sky in the bottom left corner and a little bit of the trees in the bottom two corners. The trees took much longer and I had to finish them after class. Here is the finished version of the image:

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You can see a bit more detail in the trees along the bottom corners and they look more realistic compared to the blue tint they had in the original image.

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Favorite Shots

Here’s a few of my favorite shots that I’ve taken.

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