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Assignment That I am Most Proud of

I am most proud of my landscapes biweekly assignment. This was one of the very early biweekly assignments, and it is the first time I really tried to use different strategies. I manipulated the manual settings of my DSLR for the first time, and I was pleased with my results. I saw what the manual settings could do for my art. I could capture the light in an interesting way. A field of icy snow went from dirty and somewhat boring to interesting and eye-catching. I really liked the way this assignment turned out.

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Most Memorable Experiences

The first of my memorable Photo I experiences was from early on. I learned a lot from the Techniques and Strategies project. When working on this poster, we had to not only find photographs representing the techniques assigned but had to take our own photographs with these techniques. This project also incorporated teamwork as you had to work with your partner and share the work. I did not just learn two techniques from this project. I learned about many others as well. Sharing our poster with the entire class was somewhat stressful, but allowed us to act as a teacher on the topics we spent so much time with. We benefitted from each other.  Secondly, photograms were a very helpful learning experience. This project was a great introduction to the darkroom. I had no prior darkroom experience going into this project. I learned everything about the darkroom, from the development sequence (developer, stop bath, fixer, rinse) to simple procedure such as making sure both doors are c…

Reflecting on my Goals for the Semester

I believe that I achieved my goals for this course. Looking back at the goals I made in January, I hoped to learn how to use a DSLR camera, improve my technique, and "develop my photographic eye". Early on, I learned a lot about my DSLR camera. I learned about many different features such as how to change my shutter speed, ISO, and aperture. I was able to apply these lessons to the biweekly photography assignments. Secondly, I hoped to improve my technique. I definitely accomplished this goal. Lessons on different methods of capturing artful photos and working on composition were helpful. Finally, I wanted to work on my "photographic eye". I notice the changes this class have inspired often. When I see trees in a certain way, I immediately think of framing. I have improved considerably.

Pinhole Photography

Purpose: To understand and demonstrate pinhole photography and how it works; To become familiar with darkroom processes and procedures.

Pinhole photography is a very interesting part of photography that is not well-known to most. For students in basic photography courses, such as Photo 1, pinhole acts as a good primer in darkroom procedure. First of all, I learned good composition. When taking the photograph, it is important to capture a subject in an interesting manner. Secondly, I learned more about darkroom procedure. I practiced each step of the process. Finally, I learned how a negative becomes a positive.
The most difficult part of the pinhole photography process was placing the photo paper correctly in the canister. Many of my otherwise successful photographs were ruined by misplacement. Another struggle was in the darkroom. With a room full of people, it can be tough to keep track of all of your individual photos. It is also tough to remember which photograph is in each stage and …

Forced Perspective Photographs and Polaroid Collages

Purpose: To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs and polaroid collages in a unique original way; To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;

           I believe my second to last image is my most successful. The paintbrush on the image adds creativity. It also adds contrast between the backdrop (the water) and the subject (the hand). I chose the water photograph for a plethora of reasons. First off, I took it myself. I am not always comfortable with using other people's photographs, even when allowed. I took both photographs for the first image as well. Secondly, the image looks almost like a painting before the Photoshop addition. The water is rippling and has a watercolor type consistency.
           Photoshop is still a struggle for me. It is not the most intuitive program. It is mainly for professionals in the field who know how to wor…

Spring Has Sprung!

Purpose:To capture “Signs of Spring” in a unique, original way - Your subjects should communicate ideas that represent the “feeling/mood” of spring. Think “outside of the box”.


Nothing screams spring
Like muddy pawprints on a pup
After a long walk. Tracking mud
Tracing dirt
Echoes of snow
Faded to vernal pools
The ice that once left the brave
Frostbitten and forever frozen
Is a source of life
Fuel to a revolution.
All tracked in
On muddy paws.

"Who Am I" Video Presentation

"Who Am I" Video: Keely McConville