Feb 15, 2011

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Week 1 Days 5, 6, & 7

So I have completely not kept up with blogging about my Daily Shoot photos and I apologize for that. In the next couple days I will post what I have been working on (for another class-a very intense project) and hopefully you will feel slightly sympathetic for me. But onwards! (Or slightly looking in the past…)

Day 5
Peer into the depths...

ds446: Create a photo today that gives a sense of depth or dimension.

I had no idea what I wanted to do for this shot. I had thought “well, maybe I should check out something or try to shoot something that is deep, like a pond.” Then I thought, well, I could shoot a fountain or someone sitting by a fountain “deep” in thought, in sort of “The Thinker” pose. But I just didn’t like the shots I got and the clock was ticking and I really needed to get to dance rehearsal. It ended up being a blessing though because as I was stretching, in the dance studio, I looked in the mirror and noticed the colors in the sky were really pretty. I quickly got my camera and shot the windows and really liked how it turned out, especially with the flash.

Day 6
Swirling Pinks

ds447: Go abstract today and make a photograph that focuses on form and color rather than detail.

I had no idea what to do for this day’s assignment. On a whim, I took a close-up of a rose that I got and I really like how it turned out. I didn’t use Photoshop or anything, so I’m really surprised that it looks like it has some type of sheen or filter on it. It makes me think of icing from a cake.

Day 7
Lady Plug in the Rain

ds448: Power plugs are ubiquitous. Can you make a creative photo of such a common thing? Try it today!

I made a larger scene for this. I had the idea that it would be cool to dress up a power plug and fortunately I remembered that we have this weird one in our kitchen that just hangs in the wall four feet off the ground. I ended up rooting around in my accessories drawer for the bucket hat, which I used for an umbrella and the necklace and scrunchy I used for a plant and water, respectively (although you can only see the water in the larger photo I did here). The plants came from the roses bouquet I got the day before (and used for ds447). I cropped it for the Daily Shoot because I thought it looked better.

Analysis of Week 1:
For the assignments I have an idea for, I am really excited to do them. For the ones that I have no idea about them, I just get a headache. And then panic. And then panic with a headache until I eventually get the “money shot” and then I’m slightly happy with them.

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Feb 4, 2011

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Week 1 Days 3 & 4: Daily Shoot Assignment

I’m combining these two days since I accidentally skipped my own personal commentary on them.

Day 3
Change News Into Plans

Even though it was a glorious day outside, I had no idea what to photograph. I originally wanted something to show the warm temperature/beautiful weather, such as a thermometer, but I could not find one. I even walked all the way to CVS to see if they had by chance the day’s temperature on their sign. In the end, I liked this shot because of the colors and I thought that the fliers are basically news trying to get people to come to and be aware of what they show. I really liked the idea of taking “news” or something you read, and changing it into “plans” or something you do.

Day 4
Downtown at Dusk

This photo was taken at the top of the hill at the Alumni Center. It is one of my favorite spots on the entire UMW campus. I really liked all the colors of the sky. Although my camera would probably not be able to take a good photo, downtown Fredericksburg looks even better at night. P.S. My camera’s date and time stamp reset before I remembered to set the time on my camera, so Flickr says that I took this photo on “January 4, 2004” but I really took it February 3, 2011. Sorry for the confusion.

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Feb 2, 2011

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Week 1 Day 2: Daily Shoot Assignment

Pull For...FIRE! ds443

I was not as pleased with this photo as with the one from yesterday’s assignment (although it does amuse me quite a bit). I’m currently using my mom’s camera and unfortunately it does not take inside shots very well (although I am told it works fairly well outside). In a copy of this photo, I tried to make it look better or more crisp, but I it ended up not looking natural, which is kind of what I want my photos to be–it is what it is and has not been tampered with in Photoshop to look better–since I kind of relate Photoshopping regular photos to airbrushing models. It’s just not a good practice and it gets all of your hopes up/mislead.

I took this photo in the basement of Combs on the outside of the North stairwell. I had been trying to see if I could get a picture of a lock, but it just wasn’t working. On a whim, I pointed my camera at the alarm-pulley-thingie and noticed it said “PULL FOR FIRE” if you cut off the top.

And that is how this photo for assignment 443 was born.

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Jan 31, 2011

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Week 1 Day 1: Daily Shoot Assignment

Top of the Stairs Repetition ds442

I’ve already tweeted this to the Daily Shoot, but I thought it would be cool to post it here and to give a little description about it. This photo was taken at the top of the stairs in the back of my apartment building at 12:50 pm. A few days ago, when I was doing laundry, I actually noticed for the first time that they were pretty cool (architectural-wise) stairs and I thought it would be cool to one day take a picture of them looking up at them (they sort of reminded me of Inception with the whole paradox Penrose stairs). When I got the assignment for today, I originally went o the stairs and pointed my camera up, but at the last minute, decided to look at them from the top down, which I thought was cooler.

I was also really excited to see my picture on the site…


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