Thursday, December 11, 2008


I took this photo on a secret photoshoot cause I'm not really sure we were allowed to be there but oh well were photo rebels! haha yea I like the compositional setup of the figures they kinda lead your eye through the photo. nothing really special, just kinda playing around and trying new things!
This is my favorite of the two. I took one of my other photos and made it black and white obviously, but I played around with each channel and made some adjustments and came out with this. I really like the contrast and value.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


There's really no reason behind this, Ashley and Caitlin were just standing in the window and they both had the "winter colors" that Mooney wanted, so here it is!
This is one of my favorites. I was driving down the back roads just to find some cool stuff to photograph, and this little shed thing (you can kinda see it in the background) was just chillin there so I was like hey! ha and I used a technique from the way cool field trip to frame in your subject using the environment around you to complete this. yea?

To tell you the truth, I have no idea where this is. Once again we were just driving and this whole like factory building thing was in the middle of nowhere so we took an adventure. I really like the composition of this one plus it really gives you the winter feel. Plus I kinda like the yellow contrasting from the dark dreary background.

Not much to explain, just one of the brighter sides to winter; warming up with some hot coco :) actually it was some gross soy drink from starbucks but you get the idea!

This is my favorite fa showww. I was looking at some pictures online and I don't remember the photographer but he took pictures very similar to this. It's a really basic composition, yet it still captures my attention. Plus I like the extremely simple color tones.

This one works best for the whole winter color tone due to the blue of her jacket and the blue/purple paint on the wall. Once again really basic composition and i like how the blue on the wall balances out the saturated blue of her jacket. Plus those glasses really "add" to the picture I'm not sure why, but I like them haha.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Equivalence Series- Feelings, Thoughts, and Interests.

I just want to kind of explain a little. The following photos make up my series and they all tie together because they all represent my interests, feelings, or thoughts and I think that I did a good job of using creative ideas in a non-cliche way. Enjoy!

This is my final of the series, and for it i tried incorperating one of my hobbies, rather then a feeling. For those of you who know me, you know that music is pretty much the other half of my life (aside from art) so I tend to incorperate it within my art. I always love sitting down and finding tabs to my favorite songs and just detatching from life to sort of go into my own little world and learning whatever song I find. Also, instead of using a typical angle of the guitar, I used a macro shot because I feel that they make you closer to the subject to get more detail and sort of understand it more in a way.

For this photo, I tried capturing the feeling of lonliness, but not in a cliche way. When I was thinking about this photo, I really wanted to set it up to have one feeling, but not let it resemble that feeling without having to really think about it which in my opinion I feel I did a great job doing (if that makes sense haha). I emptied out the fridge but purposely left two items in, which resembled how every time I feel empy, I always think about at least one or two things that I can think of to help get me by. Also, I love taking night photos because you really have to think about lighting, and I really like how I used something people would never think about using for a light source, it gave a really cool effect.

So yea this is my second photo of the series. When we were over at a friends house, we discovered a magnifying rectangular something-or-other? Although we were using it to make some funny pictures, I realized that it was actually a very good component for my idea. This picture is symbolizing how I'm more of a creative person, and like to take a closer look at things to really get into detail and understand them more instead of just skimming the surface. I didn't like the background of the photo, so I ended up burning it out, which made the figure more of a focal point and gave it a more interesting view. Also, I think that burning out the background really made the detail and colors in the figure pop. I ended up turning up the saturation a little bit to give more warm, intense colors and liked the outcome.

This is the first of my series. I was thinking of all of the feelings, emotions, or thoughts that have to do with me, and got a little tied up with it which ended up helping me greatly because it lead to this photo. This photo symbolizes how alot of the time I think about things way to hard, and end up getting very twisted up or stuck on things, so that's why I set up the figure entangled in the tree. Also, I realized that this wasn't quite the happiest feeling I get, so I desaturated it a little bit to give it a colder effect.

Crazy Night Photos.

Once again, same model. I figure that this is a "poisonous" theme with the whole lights thing, so what better way to show poison then a cigarette. I really like the lighting that I was able to capture because it showed very select highlights on his face/shoulder. In a way this feels ironic to me because it's almost like he's looking at himself being poisoned because of the cigarette?

This is definitely my favorite of the three. I titled this one "2012" because everyone knows the story behind the end of the world in the year 2012. The reason why I chose to do this is because I believe that conspiracies like this are really fun to think about, and each person gets their own interpretation of it, so this is mine. I wanted to set this up to make it look like the lights were a plague poisoning him, so that's why he is wearing the mask.

This picture isn't quite as symbolic, but I tried using a different lighting method, and feel it was a very strong idea. I set my camera on the fireworks setting, with only a 5 second exposure (I think?) and just held a flash light on his face, which made a great focal point, but also added a really cool lighting effect to the rest of his body without being distracting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I was sort of playing around on photoshop and just really liked the sketch effect. I don't know I guess I used it to give an ordinary scene a new twist?

There's not much to explain, just a line of oragami figures at Fong's.


So the new flickr assignment was to photograph organic geometric. The example was a women, the organic component, sitting in a window of a urban building, the geometric component. Although I didn't take this picture for this assignment, I realized that I could use it for the assignment due to the organic nature of the leaves hanging around the geometric window/building.


When I took this pic, I was down town trying to find a car moving fast enough because I wasn't sure on how to make the shutter speed slower considering it was my girlfriends camera. When that wasn't working, I tried moving the camera with the direction of the car and found out that it gave it a really cool light-blurring effect so this is was I got.

Monday, October 6, 2008


This is my first night photo. I used the fireworks setting on my digital at the roundabout in town and used different angles with my camera to give it the circular motion. When I uploaded the pics I turned up the saturation and the contrast which made the colors more vivid and also burned the lower left corner to make it a pure black.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Artist Emulation

This is one of Brian Fick's photos that I found on his site. The thing that I like about this artist is that his main focus is skateboarding photography, but he doesn't limit it to that. This photo is of a stair case going up, but also incorporates the intense shadows from each step and the railing too which adds a great sense of movement and contrast. The other thing that i really like about this photo is that the shadows aren't all in focus, because if you look closely the shadows kind of blur as they get further away from the stairs.

This photo is by an action sports photographer known as Andy Wright. As I was looking through one of my snowboarding magazines, one of his photos really caught my attention and I've heard of him before so i hopped on my computer and did a little research. I found one of his sites and really liked this photo because the main subject is in the upper third but he also used the angle of the rail to lead your eye right to the focal point which really helps the photos composition.

This is a photo done by Scott Serfas. I found a photo by him while looking through one of my snowboarding magazines again and really liked it so i decided to research him. I thought he was an action sports photographer only, but his site has photos of people, environments, and travel as well as his skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing. The reason why i chose this photo was because i really enjoy the warm color tone as well as the compositional setup. He did a good job of placing the focal point off center but used line to create movement to lead my eye to the upper right part of the photo.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


I'm just going to explain this one a little. Lately I've had a few major assignments due and it somewhat feels like they pile up on me so this is resembling an emotional crash and frustration while dealing with it, but i'm still standing strong :)


Unfortunately I had to work, but ended up making the best out of it. Be prepared to see alot of macro shots; I love using macro to enhance detail and give same old views a new perspective.


As we all know we have been given the task to recreate this "Project 365" in our own way. I've never done anything like this but figured it would be a good opportunity to enhance my photo skills as a whole. After thinking for awhile about what to photograph first, it dawned on me that I had an unfinished spray paint project which is what lead to this photo.