Final for Photo 5

Elegance.  I found elegance through paying attention to the simple things.  It was interesting to find that most of these photos were taken in JPEG rather RAW, because the setting got changed somehow.  I found out that there is a certain elegance to not editing photos and letting them be.  But there is also an elegance in simplifying structures into silhouettes that conflicts with the elegance of what comes from the camera.  Really you have to find an elegant balance in order to find the most elegant solution.

First, before we get into the thematic portions, let’s take a look at my portrait shot.

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I thought that this portrait looked best in black and white rather than color.  It just felt right, and sometimes that is what you have to go with.  The squench (Peter Hurley’s name for the technique) was performed well by my model, Noah.  The squench really draws the observer into the person’s eyes, evoking interest.  I tried cropping off the top of Noah’s head like what Peter Hurley does, but it did not seem right.  His structure is also not completely straight, which is also good because a curve seem more anthropomorphic and human.  This turned out to be a really great portrait.

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I was looking out the window and saw a tree in the foreground of a beautiful gradient formed by the setting sun.  I saw it and thought that it needed to be captured.  It looked like a silhouette and it seemed to just look appealing.  So I captured it.  It came out flawlessly.  The gradient from orange to blue is always I pleasure to take photos with, so it sure helped in getting something flawless.  Now, it took a little coaxing to get it flawless.  It turned out it was taken in JPEG, so I couldn’t edit anything major without it looking like crap.  Luckily, it didn’t need major editing.  It is so elegant in its simplicity by virtue of having no extra distractions.

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I saw one particular strand of whatever type of grass this is and I thought that it needed a macro to call its own.  I set my aperture as low as it could go and flipped up my flash and shot.  The details in the grass appear complex, though I think simplicity and complexity are exemplified within this grass.  This makes especially elegant, taking to seemingly contradictory things and combining them into one cohesive unit.

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I saw a plant, something resembling a lamb’s ear (though I don’t think it is a lamb’s ear) and it seemed simple and mundane until one got close and saw the complexities of it.  So I did a poor man’s macro of it.  It worked very well.  All the little hairs on the leaf showed how elegant nature is in its design.  Still, I think that simplicity and complexity exist in this image, creating elegance.

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I saw this view of a crescent moon above the rooftop.  It was fantastic.  I saw the view as if the roof was a silhouette.  It wasn’t, but I thought it needed to be to be elegant.  It is a fantastic shot, yet so simple.  I think that is what makes it great.

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This photo is not a photo.  It is just a composition.

I used these four photos below to create it:

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I used different types of blend modes to create this.  I like it even though it is actually complex.  There is no simplicity in it.  But sometimes complexity is elegant, too.  Really, though, elegance is truly in the eye of the beholder.

 

Portfolio:

I think the photos below are by far my best this school year.  They exemplify my styles favorite styles and some of my favorite activities.  They are just fantastic.  These are in reverse chronological order.

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This photo just came perfectly together.  I think it was mostly luck since I was riding a bus on a highway in Alberta, Canada at a fairly high speed.  I knew, though, what settings I needed to get what I wanted.  I think that the range of lighting in the shot is its most important non-subject trait, that is to say that the range in lighting is the most important thing beside the beauty of that enormous mountain.

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I’m going to judge these as one cohesive unit.  This was one of my better shoots because they turned out so well on my first try.  The lighting is soft, there is a great contrast of lighting, and the textures are soft.  The light painting used on the images create a minimalist appeal that I am a sucker for.

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There was no challenge in taking this shot.  The beauty of nature did all the work.  I think there is very little to say about the caliber of the image.  The watermark, however, is tasteless.  I thought people might actually care about stealing it, but I don’t really think they do.

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The angle in this shot evokes something different and entirely better than taking the shot straight on.  It evokes mystery, not to mention the broken windows and the solid concrete that evoke a sense of mystery.  The shot also has a minimal approach which I very much enjoy.

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This is a fantastic shot because there is such a range of colors and lightings that it evokes something fantastic in the observer.  The natural framing of the trees and the slope as the trees in the foreground slowly lead down towards the mountain that the shot was taken on keep the interpreter interested.  Besides the watermark, this is probably my favorite work I’ve made.

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This one follows a similar vein to what I said about the photo above.  It has a lower range of luminosity, but it is also not necessarily need as extreme of a range.  The slopes of the mountains are angled in such a ways as to creating a path from left right, then right to left, and so on that the interpreter’s eyes follow.  The only thing I do not like this shot is that it has some chromatic aberration occurring in the foreground, which is somewhat upsetting.

 

My last day of high school was today.  It was a good run, with lots of beautiful photos that I got to witness other take and that I got the opportunity to take myself.  I hope that my photos embody what I am in some way.  If that occurs, I think that might be where elegance actually occurs.

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