Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Reflections, Abby

Perfect Day

It's the day you always dream about.
The sun is shining bright overhead,
The wind is whipping,
There are whitecaps on every wave.

You can taste the salt in the air,
And the clear ocean breeze stings your face.
You know once you're out on the water,
You could just keep going forever,
Sailing off into the horizon. 

It's the kind of day you wish
Would never end.
But you know it will. 
So you might as well enjoy it while you can.

Intro to Levitation Photography

One important thing to keep in mind when making a levitation photograph is that lighting and position should be kept the same in the background photo and the photo with the person. If not, you will have to do a lot more work to get the photos to mesh, because the foreground and background will stand out. It is also important to be mindful of shadows and light sources. If you can get these to match between the two photos, the final product will look much more realistic. Lastly, the thing that makes a good levitation photograph is its uniqueness. This means either the subject, its position, its placement, or the overall composition of the photograph should stand out.

Moving Block by Natsumi Hayashi

Violinist by Anka Zhuravleva

Pixie Dust by brookeshaden

I would like to use props in my levitation photography, to make the photographs more interesting. I will probably use books, food, or musical instruments. I will also try to use unique backgrounds, though I'm not sure what yet. I will try to use some movement, particularly someone falling, in some of my photographs. Most of my photographs will be indoors so that I don't have to worry as much about changes in light. Lastly, I will try to use different perspectives to make my photos stand out more.


Monday, April 10, 2017

The Photographers

One interesting thing I learned from this movie was that sometimes the photographer creates the photo but sometimes they are just capturing a moment. Some of the photos shown in the movie were staged, but most of them were taken when the photographer saw something amazing and had just a moment to capture it. I also found it interesting that National Geographic photographers are given a lot of free reign when it comes to what they take photographs of, and where. They go on assignment but who and what they take photos of is up to them. Finally, I learned that the hardest part of the job for many photographers is the work they have to do to get the photographs, not actually takin them. They have to get everything set up and do a lot of work to be in a position where they can take the photographs.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

History of Photography

I learned a lot through the history of photography project. First, I found it interesting that photography was created in the early 1840s. I’d never heard of photos taken before the Civil War, which was a full 20 years later, so this was really interesting. Second, Lewis Hine really interested me, because as I learned about him I saw how dedicated he was to his work; most significantly, I was impressed by the fact that while documenting the construction of the Empire State Building, he swung himself from a crane to get the right angles. Another highlight of this project was that the first digital camera was created by a 24-year-old engineer whose bosses had just given him busywork. Instead, he turned it into an invention that revolutionized photography. The most significant thing I learned was how photographers often became famous through photographs that highlighted real issues. For example, Steve McCurry took photos in Afghanistan that showed the effects of war there, which won him a gold medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad, and Lewis HIne made his name by exposing civil rights issues associated with child labor and industrial working conditions. This was important because these types of photos always spoke to me more than other photographs.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Photos with Quotes

I chose this photograph because it is very playful and fun, and it fits really well with this quote. I used two playful fonts, to match the mood of the photo and the quote. To make the most important parts of the quote stand out more, I made them a different font, larger, and a different color. I didn't want the quote to distract from the subject of the photo, so I placed it above the dog. Then I used the warp text tool to bend the text so that it aligned with the dog's head. The playful font, colors that match the photo, and curved text help this quote match the photograph it is paired with.

For this photo I wanted to emphasize the happy, fun mood of the quote. So, first, I chose a font that matched that mood. The frosting was the best place to put the quote because it was bright and simple, and the red color I wanted would stand out well against it. I decided to start the text small in the back and to make it larger as it approached the front. This way the text follows the path of the cupcakes. I positioned each word individually so that I could place them where they would fill the space and also be easily read. I also capitalized the last word and made it a slightly brighter shade of red so that it would stand out more.

For my final photograph, I chose a calmer photograph with a deeper quote. I picked this font because it is loopy and flows, like music, but it is still clear and simple to read. I used the transform controls to tilt the text so it would be in line with the cello strings. Next I used the warp text tool to make the font wavy so it would seem to flow. I made most of the quote a light, happy color but emphasized a few important words with a darker, deeper color. Finally, with the layer style tool, I added an outer glow to make the darker words stand out more against the background.

I learned two significant things during this project. First, I learned how to apply transformations to text in Photoshop. I gained a basic understanding of how most of the tools work in photoshop. Before this project, I might possibly have been able to change font color. Now, I can change color, font, and size, and bend, curve or twist text, and apply layer styles like bolding text and adding glow. Second, I learned just how important it is to ensure that the photograph matches its quote in terms of color scheme, mood, and style. As I figured out how to use Photoshop, I used several fonts, colors, and transformations that didn't fit with either the quote, the photograph, or both. Each time, I noticed more and more how strange it can look. That is what made this project so much fun: it was really rewarding to be able to look at a photo and read a quote and figure out how the two could fit together.

Monday, March 27, 2017


It's the last day of summer. Tomorrow she has to go back to school. Or prison, as she calls it. It's been the best summer yet, filled with long, hot beach days and cool, starry nights. Hours spent with friends and family, picnics in the park, kayaking trips and pool parties and entire days spent just lying in the sun. It all ends tomorrow. But for now she's just going to eat her ice cream and pretend that this summer can go on forever.

Monday, March 13, 2017


I'll miss this. The ice is a thin coating on the surface of the lake. The early morning light shines on its glistening face. I wish I could go out there one last time, strap on my skates and glide across the frozen water. I remember it being smooth and glassy, so flat you could skate in circles for ages without trying. But this first winter's freeze has left the ice thin and easy to break. So in the light of dawn I whisper goodbye and get in the car and drive away. I'll never see this place again. Goodbye.