Dancing in your reflection

Part 1: Lane Students

I chose to shoot backstage at LCC Dance departments end of term show. I was in a few pieces, and figured this would be an interesting perspective to get some shots. I had to turn my ISO up to 3200 due to the low light backstage. The lights on stage were extremely bright, causing some images to be over-exposed and washed out. Then, some of my images including the backstage area as my foreground were too dark. So, I decided to just roll with it and embrace the shadows and blur.IMG_1721Dancers warming up their pointe shoes, getting ready for the show. Aperture 4.0, 1/4 shutter speed, ISO 3200.

IMG_1763Stretching backstage while watching and dissecting choreography on stage. I love the layers in this image. Aperture 4.0, 1/6 shutter speed, ISO 3200.

IMG_1912Lane students traveling on campus. Aperture 3.5, 1/40 shutter speed, ISO 320.

Part 2: Reflections

I found reflections in puddles on the street, mirrors, still bodies of water, and dance floors. I had a lot of fun with this portion of the assignment, and am now seeing reflections everywhere.

IMG_1673Dancers reflection on the marley floor. Aperture 5.0, 1/60 shutter speed, ISO 400.IMG_1605Leaburg lake on Highway 126. A beautiful Thanksgiving morning. The views were breath-taking. I was able to get very nice reflections on the water. Aperture 10, 1/100 shutter speed, ISO 100IMG_1524This picture was taken on my very first day working on the project. I was determined to center my Part 2 around reflections in puddles. My project eventually drifted into a broader range of found reflections. However, I do love this shot. Funny thing is that when I took the picture, I was not happy because of the oil floating in the water. I thought it was gross and almost deleted the image from my camera. I am glad I didn’t because it ended up being one of my favorites. I love the play between the tree’s reflection, the floating leaves, and the oil. Aperture 4.5, 1/10 shutter speed, ISO 100.


Learning from the genius creativity of Ansel Adams

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Never will I complain about exploring outdoors to find beauty. When my homework involves illustrating Gods masterpiece in nature, into an photograph, there is really no room to complain.

I enjoyed learning about Ansel Adams in my research. The obvious is that he created breathtaking images of our nations magnificent landscapes. The more heart- warming was how passionate he was about preserving our environment. He used his art to convey a very important message. God gave us all of this beauty, how can we possibly sit back and watch it be destroyed? He compared a photo to a blink of God. Sometimes I feel God places us somewhere because there is something He wants us to see. It seems that Ansel and I shared that view.

I hope that my passion for the arts can lead to benefit to the world someday. Through our artistic talents, we can heal ourselves, heal each other, and heal the world.

Peace, Love, and Art


People and Places

A Happy Accident- This was my second shot of my Landscape adventure. I was playing around with settings because the lighting was funky. Black and White was turned on, and out came this little gem. It was the only shot I took in black and white, because before I viewed it on a larger screen, I thought it would be trash. I was wrong!
A Happy Accident-
This was my second shot of my Landscape adventure. I was playing around with settings because the lighting was funky. Black and White was turned on, and out came this little gem. It was the only shot I took in black and white, because before I viewed it on a larger screen, I thought it would be trash. I was wrong!
Typical Eugene- Taken from Skinner's Butte look out. Dark grey storm clouds were rolling in from the East. Meanwhile, to the west was sunny and blue skies. You never know what weather combo you will get in Eugene.
Typical Eugene-
Taken from Skinner’s Butte look out. Dark grey storm clouds were rolling in from the East. Meanwhile, to the west was sunny and blue skies. You never know what weather combo you will get in Eugene.
Tea for Two- Puppy photo bomb... again. I really enjoyed having these vibrant flowers to work with.
Tea for Two-
Puppy photo bomb… again. I really enjoyed having these vibrant flowers to work with.

Dancers in Motion

Flying baby ballerina-- Freeze shot
Flying baby ballerina– Freeze shot
In motion---Blur shot
In motion—Blur shot
Waltz--- Pan shot
Waltz— Pan shot
Meet me at the Barre-- Blur shot
Meet me at the Barre– Blur shot

The fluorescent lighting in the studio was not my friend. But I ended up getting some nice shots of beautiful dancers.


Exposed

why, this chair is too big...
why, this chair is too big…
Playing with shutter speed (1/80). But trust me, it got worse than this
Playing with shutter speed (1/80). But trust me, it got worse than this
Playing with aperture. (1/500 F.20)
Playing with aperture. (1/500 F.20)
I spy with my little eye... The lighting was really nice in the space at this time so i found it hard to take a terrible photo- a welcomed change
I spy with my little eye…
The lighting was really nice in the space at this time so i found it hard to take a terrible photo- a welcomed change
1/8 F.4.0 ( no idea if this is how you describe the settings, but I am going with it!)
1/8 F.4.0 ( no idea if this is how you describe the settings, but I am going with it!)
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0″6 F.4.0
Too bright for creepy Halloween-time
Off with your head!
Off with your head!
Can I interest you in some snail slime? Maybe a nice warm tincture of toad?
Can I interest you in some snail slime? Maybe a nice warm tincture of toad?

A Walk in the Park

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Photo 1. Image awareness. Pick subjects that are meaningful to you. Jon and Birdie (guess who is who) are pretty great. And what better backdrop than the brilliant colors of autumn. Variation of point of view and composition awareness was the assignment. I found photographing from a birds perspective to make a pretty formal portrait. Or maybe it just his serious face. Either way, I much preferred shooting from eye level or from the perspective of a mouse. Birdie especially liked when I was down on the ground. That was really the only time she was an agreeable model. The sun was playing peek-a-boo through the clouds so I did increase the exposure compensation meter on some photos to offset the clouds. I played with my aperture and found that you could really do no wrong with the beautiful trees and sky in the background.


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