Sunday, October 30, 2011

Back to my basics... video.

So before I got behind the camera and started shooting stills, it all began with videography. I was taking SMPA 112 at GW when I realized that hey... I'm pretty good at this whole shoot video thing. So I joined The GW Hatchet' multimedia team as one of the first videographers on staff ever. Which, I've got to say, I'm pretty proud of.

This past week I went to Dupont to cover the 25th Annual High Heel Drag Queen Race for The Hatchet, and my video (I must gloat here) turned out pretty darn SWEET!



As much as I love learning about still photography, and capturing and image, there is SOMETHING striking to me that just sticks out about videography. Maybe its the ability to capture motion. A in interesting bat of the eye or flick of the wrist.

Who knows. I just love it.

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Also, on a side note. I'm constantly amazed by the power of the iPhone's little camera.

Look at the quality of the photo a woman took of me after my 10K this weekend. Not to shabby for a phone camera eh?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Project #2... the results.

So for my last photo project, we had to shoot one subject for two weeks, and I chose to shoot a pumpkin, it being Halloween season and all.

Originally, I thought this would be an easy project. Pumpkins are colorful, dynamic and they rot.

But after shooting for two weeks, I've got to say... the project was definitely a little rough for me.

Here's my photos in an arrangement below.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Project 2 & Moldy Pumpkins

In the season of autumness, I've decided to make a carved pumpkin the topic of my second photo project.

The basic idea for this project is to shoot a subject over a time period of two weeks, which, when it comes to carved pumpkins... equals mold.

Much to my roommates' happiness, I'm almost done shooting for this project, but I've found that it is surprisingly difficult to shoot the same subject multiple times and still make it interesting.

My favorite shots of this project, by far, were from last night, when I plopped a candle in the pumpkin and let its jack-o-lantern smile glow.

Here's my best shots (pre Photoshop)





I really love the cool lighting effect the candle light brings to the orange glow of the pumpkin.

I'll give a more detailed update when I have a bit more time to write tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

First photo project done!

For my photography class, we submitted our final shots yesterday for our first ever project. The idea of the project was to focus on different types of light and composition.

These were some of my final shots for the class, although I wish I would've had a bit more time (and fewer other things to do) to focus on taking a wider range of shots. Oh well, maybe for the next project I'll get a chance to do just that.





We've been doing a lot of video tutorial learning in my photography class lately using lynda.com as our main platform. Lynda is great. I've used it in other classes at SMPA, mainly in the Online Journalism Workshop class that Jason Osder and Michael Shanahan offer in the spring.

Its a really great learning tool that shows you step by step how to really harness some of the powerful features in advanced software like Adobe Photoshop or Apple's Final Cut Pro.

I'll update more later about my next project, but for now, I'm going to try and catch up on work so I can take more pictures!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

People that do things better than me inspiration of the week

This week, Hengki Koentjoro, an Indonesian photographer was featured on the photography blog I follow, All Day I Dream About Photography.

Hengki loves to shoot in black and white and here is some of his work:



Personally, I find it breathtaking when you can take an amazing image... without any color. What talent.

Midterms week.

Sitting in Gelman, sleep deprived, dehydrated and cracked out on caffeine, I'm proud to say I only have one more paragraph to write in my social media paper due Friday. Impressive and non-procrastinative, eh?

As for my other classes, however, I can't really say the same. When it comes down to midterms season at GW, what's due tomorrow suddenly becomes the more important.

Although my photo project was supposed to be due on Monday, my teacher gave us an extension, which means you will all just have to wait a little bit longer to see my glorious pictures focused on light and composition.

Until then, I will be here, in Gelman.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fall is Here

Pumpkin spiced lattes and the slow emergence of last year's grungy UGG boots around campus can only mean one thing: Fall is here.

With only one more week of softball left, the idea of spending my weekends wandering around fall-time DC with my camera, capturing pretty landscape photos of the foliage-lined Potomac, is about all that's on my mind.

As awesome as summer color schemes have been, I'm ready to get a bit of brown and auburn in my outdoor photos.

Then again, my summer was spent in the Argentine winter, so most of my summer photos really look something like this.


I guess I get two falls this year?