Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Assignment 4 - Perspective

For this shoot I decided to explore the area around the Pearl Brewery for fun, industrial looking stuff and low and behold, it was everywhere! I found some recently built, very modern looking office complex which captivated me for a while because the walls had a beautiful, rusty quality (I'm kind of big on rust if this hadn't already been apparent) and I shot the exterior of the building until it started raining like no one's business. When I retreated to the interior of the structure, I came across some magnificent lighting features that rocked my world.

I really liked these two images of the lighting fixtures. For the first one, I positioned myself directly underneath the disks and laid on the ground facing upwards. For the second I found a staircase to the second story walkway and leaned over the edge to get as close as possible for a head-on perspective.

The last three images showcase the exterior texture and color of the building's walls. I love the way in which the first two wall shots have that strange fading-into-the-distance effect due to the shallow depth of field as well as the interesting texture on a single wave of the wall. The final image I took somewhat further away from the wall, focusing on the rough seal between the window and the wall. The window's reflection captures a piece of the massive construction site directly behind me and I find it interesting because it adds to a sense of directional confusion which unintentionally became a theme of this project.

Assignment 3 - Urban Nature

I decided to do the majority of my shooting for the Still Life project at my friend's uncle's ranch up in Boerne, Texas. This was the perfect assignment for me because it gave me yet another opportunity to photograph more busted, rusty junk which always makes me happy. This was the first assignment which I shot with the Olympus rental camera, and I was very happy with the resulting images and prints.

These two images of the rusty shack are some of my favorite images I've shot this semester. I stumbled upon this scene within the perfect 5 minute window of evening light. I love the contrast between the way in which the antique windows catch those last fleeting moments of day light and create such magnificent reflections, and the dilapidated, worn state of the building.

I really like the bulging wall and the deep brown shades in this image.
I was returning to the scene of a successful shoot from my beginning traditional photography class for this image. I was disappointed when I arrived because previously the wall and doorway were covered in racist graffiti and at some point in the past 4 months, someone had covered it up with white paint. I decided to shoot the doorway anyway, and was very pleased with the color quality I was able to capture from the patches of light and shadowed foliage.
Woah, check out this guy! Mr. Dead Deer Skull doesn't necessarily fit with the theme I had been running with thus far in the assignment from a visual or subject perspective, but I felt that he represented the general feel of the project as a whole. Especially the random chunk of flesh still hanging around the antlers.

Assignment 2 - Still Life/Portraits

For this assignment I chose to concentrate on portraiture because I feel that shooting human subjects is the weakest aspect of my work with photography and I wanted to push myself a little with this project. I've always been drawn to inanimate objects, particularly busted, junked-out inanimate objects, I'm not much of a people person. Anyway, this project ended up being fairly preposterous which was sort of the objective I suppose. Enjoy or don't, either is casual with me. P.s. some of these images are fairly PG-13, just a heads-up.

This is probably my favorite image of the series. I really liked the way her hair caught the light from the lamps

I really don't even know what to say about this one, I think I'll leave it open for interpretation.

This image documents a developing migraine which was probably the result of me forcing my model to lay upside down with several massively bright lights shining directly into her face (I'm sorry!), I think the image came out fairly epic however.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

WOAH! It's Lulu's! For anyone not 'in the know,' Lulu's is the ultimate San Antonio glutton's paradise...open 24 hours on Main St., offering 1 1/2 pound plate-suffocating chicken fried steaks, 3 pound cinnamon buns and just all around great comfort food. This place is so totally amazing that Shaq eats here when he's in town playing the Spurs.

Now this was one seriously pissed off duck. I was at Brackenridge Park with some friends when a duck came out of no where and started biting my buddy's shoe and chasing him around the park. I captured this image when the duck was attempting to intimidate us by flailing its head and tail around between attempts to devour our footwear.

Here's my buddy Patrick enjoying himself some Whataburger post-duck attack. I was attempting to catch him in the middle of the eating process.

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