Aaron Field

Film, Photography, Graphic Deisgn

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Best Shot

Summary

For this project the goal was to recreate a photo we found compelling or thought would be interesting to recreate. I chose to pay homage to Emmanuel D. Photography. His Flickr page has a huge variety of all different subject matter, including pictures of the homeless. I loved how the photos he took told a story about these people in the simplest of ways using the still image. I wanted to recreate this photo including these aspects: bokeh, shallow depth of field, balance (or the lack of) and finally the narrowing path that lets the viewers eyes follow a line down the image.

The second part of the day included understanding file formats and image size. The resolution and sizes we upload become very important when sharing online media and the correct formats should be carefully considered depending on what you’re doing with your image.

Model Photo

Intellectual Property of Emmanuel_D.Photography of Flickr.com. All Rights Reserved

Intellectual Property of Emmanuel_D.Photography of Flickr.com. All Rights Reserved

CAMERA Canon EOS 5D Mark II
EXPOSURE (1/200)
APERTURE  f/1.8
FOCAL LENGTH 85 mm
ISO SPEED 400

Lens EF85mm f/1.8 USM

Looking just at this mans face you can glimpse into his life and understand who he is. The photo hows how isolated he is by having him in sharp focus with the world and people around him out of focus and far away from him.

My Photo

CAMERA Canon EOS REBEL T3i
EXPOSURE (1/200)
APERTURE  f/4.0
FOCAL LENGTH 65 mm
ISO SPEED 200

Lens EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

File Size/Type: (3456 x 2304) 967kb.

What I Learned

It took me a while to decide what approach I wanted to take to replicate to the original photo I used. I originally was going to go to downtown Olympia to shoot this photo but I realized I could retain the same photographic elements from the first photo without being in the city by using the lines of trees to create a natural path and creating bokeh by slightly overexposing my image from the light shining through the trees in the background. The most important I learned today is to look not at the setting or the people in an image, but comapre images based on their photographic elements that make the image visually compelling.

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Seeing Photographically

Summary

For this project we learned how to properly expose our photos using the lenses and the cameras settings, and also used these settings as creative techniques. The creative techniques we used included control of our Depth of field, Shutter Speed and our properly exposed “mystery” picture. For my first picture I created a shallow depth of field with a wide open aperture. For my second I lowered my shutter speed to get a slight blur effect and for my last picture I referenced the light meter to properly expose my image which had a lot of bright easily overexposable colors.

Photo 1

Camera Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Exposure (1/1250)
Aperture f/1.8
Focal Length 50.0 mm
ISO Speed 100

In this picture I used a shallow Depth of Field to bring out my subject and avoid any possible mergers with the gazebo in the background.

Photo 2

CAMERA Canon EOS REBEL T3i
EXPOSURE (1/60)
APERTURE f/9.0
FOCAL LENGTH 50.0 mm
ISO SPEED 100

For this photo I wanted create the illusion that my subject was running very fast. To do this I used a shutter speed of 1/60 to make my subject in focus, but partially blurred so it looks like he’s moving very quickly. I also used the background to add to the motion illusion by panning my camera along with my subject.

Photo3

CAMERA Canon EOS REBEL T3i
EXPOSURE (1/60)
APERTURE f/5.6
FOCAL LENGTH 55.0 mm
ISO SPEED 100

For this photo I changed the angle of the photo I was taking so the wall this pipe was connected to looked like the ground. I also only captured the curve on the pipe to keep the actual subject of the photo a mystery.

What I learned

Throughout this project I learned how to properly expose my image while still getting the creative effect I desired by manipulating my aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The biggest problem I faced was getting my images focused correctly because I was paying more attention to my cameras settings than the image itself. The second time we went out to take photographs I solved this problem by slowing down, being patient and checking focus before shooting.

 

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Stop Motion Animation – The Long Way Home

SUMMARY

For this project I created a minute long stop motion video. My goal for the project was to make a simple video that conveyed a simple message that still carried weight. I not only had to animate the objects moving in my film but since they were drawings on paper I had to animate what was on the paper also. I ended up using Final Cut Pro X to compile the video. I used the color correction tab to fix some images where the color wasn’t consistent. I created a lot of transitions in the end to add a sentimental feeling. I also ended up using the Transform and Crop tools to scale my images to the right aspect ratio.

WHAT I LEARNED

There were a lot of technical skills I picked up during this project but what I really learned is how to be patient with myself. By the end of the first day I wasn’t happy with my final product, so to relieve stress I decided to give myself a fresh start and reshoot the second half of the video. The first day I felt like I wasted a lot of time just sitting and waiting for everything to import, so on the second day I used that time to scroll through my photos and write down which ones I’d have to remove or color correct for visual consistency. I didn’t use any tutorials but I did contact my friend Nicholas Price for feedback and constructive criticism on my first draft.

 

 

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