Friday, December 18, 2009
Out all the images in the Karsh exhibition at The WAG the one that stood out for me was the one of Peter Lorre, 1946 a Gelatin silver print. I loved the way Karsh places his subject in the frame, dramatically lights the subject, and captures Peter Lorre's eyes. For me the eyes say a lot and Peters eyes were captured in that sinister character he always plays in Alfred Hitchcock films. Peter Lorre was introduced to Karsh through Alfred Hitchcock who often cast Peter as a villans in his movies. And that is what Karsh was trying to invoke in this image. Setting up this shot seems to have been really hard seeing how he shoot it in such a low light setting, he must have taken a long exposure and got his subject to stay a still as possible. You still get a sense of blur coming from the smoke. Which brings me too the printing aspect, to me it seems like he would have had to use yellow to get the high lights in as bright as possible and then having to burn in on the dark parts to get the dramatic effect.
I've been to Karsh's exhibit 3 times now and it never gets old. His work captures the true face of each character he photographs. His images scream and tell more about the character then some of the read ups I've done about these people.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
When I decided to take images of colour I wanted the colour to be dominent in my images so I first thought of foods because I always associate red with apples, green with lettuce, and yellow with bananas. But when I took the image for my yellow it was an image of a cupcake with yellow icing this made me very happy, yellow just seems like happiness! And on top of a cupcake! It’s a very happy, delicious match. Then when I photographed for the colour green I got the leaves of something I can't remember but the image feels organic and fresh. With the image of the pink flowers (fake flowers) I got the feeling of warmth and cuteness I'm not sure why cute though... Then when I took the image for blue this image made me feel calm and smooth
When I asked my girl friend how the colours made her feel she pretty much said the same thing. The yellow made her happy (and hungry), the blue felt calm and green very earthy.
The thing I found most surprising was the image I got of a man molding glass with fire. At first you see the bright orange glow of the flame but before the flame you see the blue flames and when you think of blue you think cold and not of fire but at the hottest point of the flame its blue then it goes orange where as you usually you feel warm and hot from orange.
By the end of it all I felt successful with my images by showing their true colours...
*insert song True colors, by Cyndi Lauper here *
Friday, October 30, 2009
Going on a field trip after a hard test, while it's cold outside, on a miserable rainy day... Sounds lovely doesn't it? Well after a crazy week of tests and a week intensive shooting we needed to have some fun. We really didn't expect it to be fun but it turned out to be a fun time hanging with the girls. Andrea, Sheldean, and Hannah made the cold experience easier to handle with all the laughter. After we let go and sucked it up we took some awesome pictures. I'm not sure the animals were really happy to be out either but they still looked cute enough to take pictures of. We also ended up finding other interesting things around the Zoo other then the animals to take images of. Like each other, and the fact that it was Boo at the Zoo and Fall time made things a little more interesting to Photograph.
Enjoy the pics.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Karl Blossfeldt was born June 13, 1865, and died December 9th, 1932. Karl was a professor, a sculptor, an artist, and a photographer. As a self taught photographer many of his photos were taken with a homemade camera with the capability of magnifying its subjects up to thirty times its actual size. Not much is known about his hand made camera but what was known about his work was the printing which was a high-quality Photogravure printing process it wasn't the quality of his prints that made him famous but in which way the plant was shown. His work went on to be the base of his teachings, and what he did with Ironworks. His attention to detailed curving and his observations in organic forms allowed him to use his photographs as a teaching tool, this was the basis for a formal language of construction that could also be applied to objects and architecture.
That being said I tried digging around a little more on Karl Blossfeldt to try and figure out his camera and printing methods. Well not much was said about his actual homemade camera but that it had amazing abilities of "zooming in 30 times its actual size", that his subjects (plants) were placed in front of stark objects like a grey cupboard to avoid camera shake and that his homemade plate camera was equipped with very long bellows. The grey back ground makes sense so that the tonal range is flat thus giving all the attention to the subject with out having to light it in annoying positions and as for the bellows his camera had extra long one to achieve the 30 times zoom on the subject.
And as far as his printing methods Blossfeldt used a high quality process called Photogravure. Photogravure is a printing process where images are printed using forms of mechanised etching of plates. Which makes sense when talking about Blossfeldt's work his photographs had so much detail that you'd need a printing process that would have a wide variety of tones from depth of etch. It's the "wells" and "tooth" in the actual etching that give the varying depth to hold ink.
Researchers also say that Blossfeldt's work have tint of green to them. I've noticed too that most of the prints i've found online do have a greenish tint to them. I believe he did this for the effect of making his botanical collection of prints seem more organic and true to it's natural state because adding magenta would give a photo more contrast when printing photographs and not green.
From looking at his prints they are pretty consistent having the image pretty much smack dab in the center or if a plant had a curve in it he would place the subject so that it would have symmetry in the frame. Take Plate # 38: Polystichum munitum (magnified 6 times) the thick stem of the evergreen fern is placed to the left but balanced on the right by its tightly curled point. Plate # 55: Adiantum pedatum (magnified 8 times) another type of fern shown in this image works for me because it has sense of flow to it. and finally Plate # 58: Aristolochia clematitis (magnified 5 times) this is herbaceous plant almost looks like a baby bird, but I can see why with this image that Blossfeldt would use this as a teaching guide for architecture what's apparent in this image is the detail in structure of this plant.
Friday, October 9, 2009
For the past 5 months I thought that I was familiar with my environment... Nope not quite! My partner and I just purchased our first home together and have been living with a house that's been gutted, so find things to take images of was going to be hard, especially because we still live out of boxes. But I thought wrong, my images turned out better than I expected. There were plenty of objects wanting my attention. Who knew we had such interesting, varieties of design elements through out the house, the house is 100 years old.
Enjoy the slide show!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Today Hannah and I got partnered up to take portraits of each other. We were the last ones to leave and the very last to come back, I think they were about to send a search party out after us.. Oh well we both got great shots! I hope Hannah's turned out she had a horrible subject. Just kidding.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
100 images of 3 different objects... "Great!" I thought "this is going to be easy!" Nope, this was actually challenging. After the first 5 I was done what else could I do with a water bottle, Pink Dunny and an Ice bucket? So I sat back trying to clear my mind and nothing. Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock... oh and then having to blog about it too CRAP! So I got my journal out and started writing about the stuff that was going on in my life and stuff about school, after about 20mins I relaxed, and stopped trying to force my self pics then I just started snapping. I got to about 110 images and they turned out pretty good. I was satisfied enough to put them up on my Blog.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Shooting 30-50 images of lines... Sounds easy enough but with a lot going on I found it to be very challenging . "Here I go" I thought and while taking all 120 or so odd images I thought every one would be horrible. Where do I find lines that no else would, how do you make lines look creative on film and how to make them stand out? then I was thinking about all the techniques we were taught all last week, from composition, to using the correct shutter speed and being on the right f-stop, I was going crazy! Then after a while I relaxed and stopped trying so hard, then soon after I started having fun with what I was doing, where I was going and (very slowly) learned on what setting to be on and then things kind of just fell in to frame.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
But I do have one thing to report... First week of school we were told to do alot of creative writing/free writing in a journal. This is something I have never done before, but when she told us that it would help us get out of a creative rut I was all over it. (When I said "she" I meant Sarah she teaches the Creative Imaging class). So far i've forced myself to write everyday even when I feel like I don't have much to say or when I feel completely blank I write "Nothing to write, nothing to write" over and over untill my day unfolds all over the page. Soon after I feel so much better, I get a second wind and start writing down ideas for images I want to take or start snapping shots at that very moment. And as for all those assignments we get everyday... I find them fun and feel like it isn't school or work at all. I hope this excitment and enthusiasm never dies down or at least carries out till the end of school.
Monday, September 14, 2009
This year in at PrairieView I hope to learn how to take photos in all genres just so i'm not stuck with one way of taking pictures. And to hopefully learn every proper procedure in the dark room. I don't need to be the one who was known for blowing up he dark room.
The best photography experience I had would have to be when I was 16 taking photography in high school. I was in front of Portage Place taking pictures when I came across a man who seemed homeless (well... who smelled homeless) who was yelling racist slander against everybody who passed by including me. He sat down to have a smoke and as he was smoking I asked if I could take his picture and he grunted "YES!" he had the bluest eyes I had ever seen. So I snapped a pic as fast as I could and caught him taking a drag in a cloud of smoke with his eye's piercing right at me. It was great! From then on I realized that no subject would ever be to difficult for me to take an image of.