Pictures. We take them almost everyday.
This week I was tasked on completing and reading some research and information related to photography, and how to get that “picture” perfect photo. I personally have the shakiest hands ever, and when I try to take a picture I have to use both hands because if I don’t, I get a picture that is unbelievably blurry and out of focus.
While reading through the “Tips” page on my class’s website, I learned quite a lot. One thing I learned was how to create depth, and how to do that trick where you can make something small look big and make something big look small. Have you ever seen that video or GIF of that Range Rover in grass, and it looks like a regular car, and then a person grabs it with their hand to reveal it’s just a toy?
I’ve always wanted to figure out how to do this. I have not quite succeeded, but am going to keep trying!
I also learned to wait for the perfect moment to take the photo. Sometimes I am so excited to see something or someone that I whip my camera out right away and take a picture or video, and miss what happened all together because I was too focused on pulling my phone out to take a picture. I want to be able to know how to anticipate when something is going to happen so I can be ready, but also so I can enjoy it in the moment. If I’m at a concert, I might have my phone out and ready to record a video, but I miss actually seeing them, without the camera, come out on stage because I’m looking through the screen of my phone. I’d also love to be able to capture photos as they happen! Such as the example on the “Tips” page that explains being able to take a picture of a baby when they spill the glass of milk! That would be both so fun and funny!
Also this week, I got to take a look at an online photo gallery of images of abandoned places in America. I was able to find it on a website called Abandoned America. I chose to specifically look at the gallery of images of abandoned buildings such as hospitals, institutions, schools, and prisons. I have always been intrigued by videos and pictures of abandoned places such as prisons, hospitals, homes, and office buildings. There is something so interesting about them! Sometimes, it looks as though the people just got up and left over night and left everything behind. These cases always give me an uneasy feeling. There were numerous photos of abandoned prisons and hospitals. The windows were broken. The paint or wallpaper was falling and cracking off of the walls. The floors were covered in trash, dust, and dirt. In the prisons, almost all of the prison cell doors were covered in rust. However, there were some pictures of schools and other buildings that still were in good condition! In one school, Good Samaritan Catholic School, the desks and chairs were all organized in the classroom. The blackboard looked like it had recently been erased. Everything was still in its place. However, the word that stuck out most in my mind as I saw each photo of all of the buildings was “ghost-town.”
Here are some of the photos from Abandoned America, itself.
* I don’t own either of these photos. All rights to the owner.
All of these pictures make me want to know exactly what happened that led to each of these places. Were they condemned? Were they bankrupt? Were they evicted? What happened? They definitely give me an post-apocalyptic feeling.
The third photography-related assignment I completed this week was Photoblitz. To give you an idea of what this is, you go to a site and it gives you seven prompts of pictures you need to take or try to take in a time limit of twenty minutes. Each list is different. Here is what mine looked like!
I was able to complete all seven in the twenty-minute time limit! I had quite a lot of fun with it. I don’t know if mine are the most artsy examples, but I still had fun! I’d love to do another one of these in the future!
I began this twenty-minute challenge at 1:15 and finished it at 1:35. The first image is a smiley face made out of food. To be totally honest, I did not have a whole bunch of food at my disposal, so I used two clementines, a cracker, and some Cheez-Its! Very simple! But still a face! The second picture was a picture I took of my shadow on the grass. The third photo is of my feet in my slippers today due to the dreary, rainy weather we had here today. The fourth photo is of the fire alarm in my building to represent something loud. There is nothing louder than a fire alarm, especially at 1:00 AM. The fifth photo is of two things that don’t go together; oil and water. The sixth photo is of the mirror on the back of my door. It feels like it creates an inception! The seventh photo is a picture dominated by my favorite color, pink. My pink computer case, pens and highlighters, hair brush, lotion, and deodorant.
After completing this assignment, I kind of felt like this was a fun party game! I can see doing this at a party where your friends have to draw an assignment out of a hat, and then take a picture representing the prompt! This may seem like a lame party game to some, but to me it sounds awesome! I definitely plan to do this assignment again for fun in the future! I’ll make sure to share it here with you all, too!