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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.”

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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).

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Texture

I chose two contrasting shots for this topic.

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Repetition

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

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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.

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Color

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

Bloomington Burlesque Brigade Art School

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Note: this post may or may not be work safe, depending on your work environment. This post contains partial nudity. If you’re offended, please don’t read it. Otherwise … enjoy!

Here’s a rather safe image to give you a chance to close the window if need be.

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The other side of spring

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

I’ve posted some bright and colorful images of flowers, trees in bloom, deep blue skies, etc, that I have been seeing this spring. But, it feels unbalanced to only show this side of spring. There are plenty of days that are dark, dreary, rainy, and (especially this year) windy. I tried to capture the other side of spring. Sadly I didn’t have my DSLR when I shot these so the quality doesn’t stand up to the brighter images, but hopefully these shots illustrate some of the other emotions that come with spring.

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