Thursday, April 27, 2017

Selfies, to be or not to be

I think the purpose of a selfie to express they way you want to appear to the world. It is a form of showing people who you are and what you want to be like. I think taking selfies can be for many reasons, and I think it can be reassuring to people because if you take a good photo of yourself you will feel good. I think sharing a selfie on social media can make you feel good and that's why people do it. Also, because they want to show the world who/what they are and a selfie is a perfect way to do that.

I think that the selfie can be a form of art. I think there are many things that can be art, so why not a photo of yourself. It is expressing yourself, and that is what art is. I think that it can be very casual, but I think it could be considered art anyway because it is a form of photography. Sometimes they might not take much thought, but a selfie can be art as sometimes there is purpose to the way it is taken.



To explore Halloween and its connections to “paranormal” and “levitation”;
  • To learn how Levitation is being used in the world of photography;
  • To make connections from levitation to real-world uses;
  • To create levitation photographs inspired by other amateur and professional photographers.

Looking at many other examples of visual levitation photography helped inspire my own work. Without looking at these examples, I would not have been able to have solid ideas for what to do for my own work. After looking at these examples, I was able to be inspired by certain positions or backgrounds for the photos, which was really helpful. I liked using the Pinterest link.

I think out of the two photos I created, the pool one is better. A strength in it is the shadow, I worked hard to get it to look right and try to get it the right size and going in the right direction. I spent some good time in both of my photos to get the size of Ava accurate for the background. I also tried to place her in the best place possible in each. I think the pool photo is pretty convincing and I am proud of it.

The hardest thing about this project was cutting Ava out of the original photos. I was not expecting this to be so difficult, but getting the edges perfect is very hard. To deal with this, I recut Ava for the beach photo after my first try to make it more accurate. My second try, I spent more time on it and it turned out slightly better than my first try. I am not as proud of that photo because I don’t think it looks as real. But cutting around her hair was challenging and I did my best.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Reflections Abby


As each day passes round and round we go
yet we can't expect to know what's to come
some days we spin out of control, though
often we can be motionless and numb.
We would not expect something so complex
to feel binary as it often does,
someone is always shuffling the decks
changing what is, from what it always was.
We are selective about what we see
we must look past what we know to be true
look for answers unknown to us
rather than looking out, look into you.
Reflection is a rarity in man,
but of the concept I am a true fan. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Intro to Levitation Photography

Levitation: rise or cause to rise and hover in the air, especially by means of supernatural or magical power.

Paranormal: denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

When creating levitation photographs, the difficulty is in the position of the character, and the clothing and hair complicate this. It is important to draw out and plan your photograph so that you get a result close to what you are trying to do. The background of the photo can be simple, as the levitation is the main focus. Your image may consist of multiple photos to get the right effect. Angle shot is important and try to take the photo of the character from down low to help it have the angle of being up higher.

Photo in My Dream
Eugenia Podgornaya

Up in the Air
Lissy Elle

The Girl Who Loves to Levitate (Part 2)

For my background, I would love it to be in the woods or at least outside. I don't have a specific position decided yet. I will probably bring a chair outside to position a person on it for my photo. I want to have someone be horizontal in my photograph, unlike the photo directly above this paragraph, and more like the other two photos I added. I like the look of the simpler levitation photos.

Monday, April 3, 2017

History of Photography

From doing this project, I learned about the beginning of photography when Henry Fox Talbot experimented with using light to create photogenic drawing back in 1833. I also learned about the first popular camera in 1900, the Kodak Brownie Camera, that was so significant to the time period. I also learned about the lives of different contemporary photographers such as Andreas Gursky and Jill Corson. The work that they do is modern and has a great impact on the world today. This project was important because it taught me about how photography has progressed since it began and it is important to know the history of it. It also taught me how it is still important today and it is valuable to know about the people in the world currently creating amazing work.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Counter Ocean

Small salty fish swim on the counter
tiny hands scatter them around
they won't stop smiling,
they don't know their fate,
the world is good
nothing can change their smiles,
innocence preserves them
and it is a kitchen with
happy fish and a happy child.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photos with Quotes

To make this photo look unified, I used a font that fit with the feel of the image. I also used the color picker tool on photoshop to get the font to be the color of the font to be exactly the same as the flowers. To make the font stand out more against the background, I used a drop shadow and it made a difference. I like the way the text fits well in the corner and I think the placement is right. I think this photo works well with the font and color and is pleasing to the eye.

For this photo, I used the donkey's face to put the text on, which wasn't my original idea. I tried to put it on the grassy area but the color of the background made it very hard to see no matter what color I used.  I was also going to use black font, and I changed it and decided to use dark brown. I think it shows up nicely. I also made the "life" a little bit larger than the rest of the quote to emphasize it. I like the way I lined up the quote to follow the diagonal line of the donkey's face.

For this photo, I used the lines in the photo to guide my quote. I think the font I used fits really well with the photograph. It is a fun font and a fun photo. To get the color for the font, I used the color picker tool and made it the color of the sand so it would fit well with the photo. I think the way this turned out looks good and is easy to read while looking fun. I also used the wave tool to give each word a little bit of a wave so it connects to the ocean in the photo. I think the font is a nice contrast on the blue background.

From doing this assignment, I learned how to use a few new tools on photoshop such as the wave and arc tools that I have never really used before. I also learned about how to make a photograph more interesting with words. The quotes I added could look bad if they blend in or are placed badly, but I think after playing around with it for a while I was able to make nice products. I learned how to best place these quotes and use fonts that match the theme/tone of the photos. I learned how to best organize text and photos so they go well together.