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Another photography assignment

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Finals are over now. One ┬áby one, my grades are rolling in. So far, it looks like my hard work is paying off. I’ll post an update about that when I get all my grades.

For now, here are the 10 images I turned in for my third photography project. I actually took these shots in early April, but I haven’t really had time to write about them. Note: Some of these are from the burlesque set I posted before, so once again, they might not be safe for work.

The assignment had five categories: directional force, texture, repetition, color, and symmetry.

Directional Force

The effect of having lines or shapes that draw the viewer’s eyes along a particular path is known as “directional force.”

JohnsonM_directional_force_1

The following image was inspired in part by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s amazing (and famous) cyclist photo (though of course I can’t compete with his shot).

JohnsonM_directional_force_2

Texture

I chose two contrasting shots for this topic.

JohnsonM_texture_2

JohnsonM_texture_3

Repetition

I don’t think this next shot is one of my stronger ones, but it does communicate the theme.

JohnsonM_repetition_2

This one I like a bit better. They’re just flowers, but it’s a little different angle than you usually see, and the B&W definitely works for me.

JohnsonM_repetition_1

Color

I really like the bold blue against the softer flesh tones in this photo.

JohnsonM_color_1

This one is nothing special — just more flowers — but the colors are nice.

JohnsonM_color_2

Symmetry

I took some liberties with this one. The first shot really has diagonal symmetry. I don’t think it came across as obvious symmetry, but I like the stark shot and the sparse composition … and the subtle symmetry.

JohnsonM_symmetry_1

I was really lucky the ladies were seated as they were, in the next photo. Perfect for my assignment.

JohnsonM_symmetry_2

I’m happy with most of these shots, but I am trying to push myself further and some of these don’t really stand out. In particular, the flowering tree and the large building I used for repetition are nice photos, but not as interesting as they could be. Also, I feel like I’m still trying to discover my own, distinctive style. I am taking more photography classes, so I look forward to further developing my style and technique.

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