Friday, December 12, 2014


The following images are all examples of picture based kaleidoscopes. Each one is a variation of an image I have taken, that has been rotated, colored and filtered in any combination of several different techniques. For this particular project, I experimented with photoshop. By doing so, I has able to create several unique kaleidoscopes, all of which have been posted below.


Diptychs and Triptychs

This image is a combination of three separate images taken durring natures fall season. I particularly like this image because it draws a parallel between the naked branches and the warm fall leaves. Although they are all compositionally different, their similarities are displayed positioning them in close proximity to eachother.
This image while similar to the one above in theme, embodies apposing qualities in that it displays contrasting seasons. The warmth of the orange leaves is held in comparison to the lush green moss and ice cold pine needles. In this instance, the contrasting colors contribute to convey different moods by themselves. That are then emphasized by the comparison of the three separate images.
This image displays an abstract scheme of similarities in both the circular subjects and the colors that surround them. Upon the initial view of the image, very few similarities are visible. However, as you look deeper, both images share introverted colors and shapes.  
This diptych compares two different sections of Portland's own water front, one durring the day and one durring night. Their opposing color schemes are directly contradicting, however their similarities are emphasized by their shared water line.

Project 4: Images

Contrast In texture:
Within this image, I made sure to capture the contrast in texture between the soft fuzzy moss and the hard smooth wood. In this particular instance, I found it challenging to find a subject that conveyed the necessary requirements for the assignment but still appeared to look natural and unforced. The end result yielded a clear and concise image that I find very interesting.     

In this image, symmetry is conveyed by a reflecting line spanning the horizontal width of the image. Underneath it, a symmetrical copy of the sunset is mirrored by the soft silty sand of the beach at low tide

Radial Balance:
In this image, radial balance is ported by the expanding colors of a night time ferris wheel. The contrast between the bright lights and the pitch black darkness contribute to make a sharp and interesting image. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Balance and Contrast

Contrast of Texture: Contrast in Texture 
The smooth textures of the frog show distinct contrast when compared to the sharp rigid lined of the leaves. Because the subjects share identical colors, their comparison is heightened by the opposite textures they share.

 Contrast in Color Color: Cassandra Warner 
The sharp vibrant orange color is held in great contrast when compared to the cool and mild colors in the background
Scale Contrast: Oleg Oprisco
This image conveys great contrast of scale by bringing emphasis to the smaller size of the women, and comparing that to the broad and open background of the ocean. 
 Symmetrical Balance: Camilla Carlow 
In this image, the subject is divided into two distinct sections, both of which are almost identical and displayed symmetrically about the background. In addition, the stem brings emphasis to the fact that the subject is one unified object. balanced symetrically 
Radial Balance: Whitney Wagoner 
In this image, radial balance is displayed by the expansion of the subject from the center outward

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Project 3: Color and Grids

Project Summary: Our third project challenged us to experiment with grids and colors. In this instance, we chose several interesting pictures and manipulated them in ways that created newly unique images in form of a grid. In addition, we experimented with the impact of different colors and tones on the overall mood conveyed by an image. We created monochrome, color harmony and color complement grids, all offering a uniquely interesting image quality This project was especially interesting and artistic, and opened my eyes to a new spectrum of digital photography.

Monochrome Grid:
The concept of a monochrome grid implies that there is only one concise color present throughout the entirety of the image. The image above is a picture I took at the Portland farmers market of a crate of apples. I than edited the image to make it black and white, thus implying a sort of "chrome" effect. At that point, I began to rotate and crop the image, before finally inserting it into a custom template I made. I chose to compose the image in this way because I felt as though the multiple views of the subject offered an interesting prospective when all put together. This template allowed me to carryout these concepts in a clear and concise way

Color harmony :
The image above represents my personal take on a color harmony grid. A color harmony grid, by nature, is a grid that embodies two or more colors in close relation too each other. In my case, I chose purple and blue. The original image was a bugs eye view of a street sign which I then colored and rotated accordingly to my custom template. After completing this grid, I most enjoyed the illusional effect that came about by rotating the subject. This is one of my favorite grids because it fulfilled the project requirement, but also allowed plenty of room for me to apply my own artistic impressions.

Color Complements:
Color complement grids are ones that use two or more colors that are defined by natural contrast on the color wheel. For the image above, I decided to use red and green in the spirit of the holiday season. The image above is a bugs eye view of a tree and its trunk which I then Cropped, colored and rotated accordingly to fulfill the project requirement. I really enjoyed creating this image because it allowed for me to explore a more abstract thought process that still managed to yield a concise and organized produce

Color Mood Image:
The image above uses delicate and whimsical colors to create a peaceful, and somber mood. While the colors do significantly impact the mood inflicted by the image, The overall image presence is also dramatically effected by the blacked out background. By doing this, the viewers attention is drawn towards the subject and the colors it embodies. Overall this image is very powerful, and radiates a profound mood for the viewer.

Personal Choice Grid:
I really enjoyed making this grid because I created it with no boundaries or guidelines. I was able to create a beautiful product that thrives off of the profound detail and color of the image. The sharp edges and angles of the subject helped to make it unique, well the bright greens and contrasting dark shades helped convey an electric mood.

Other grids of Interest:
(The grids below are also worth looking at)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Color Post

Color Wheel:
This color wheel displays primary secondary and tertiary colors

Mood Image: Benson Kua
The image above uses dark and hazy tones to further illustrate the somber mood presented by the image. The original image, while still conveying a dark mood, was further enhanced by editing. Desaturating the colors, limiting exposer and lessening the sharpness of the image contributed to make it especially mysterious and eerie. I especially like how the composition of the image focuses on the path way, which mysteriously leeds into the mist. Overall, this image is very well taken and edited, and conveys a very profound mood. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Project 2: Best 8

 Filling the frame: I chose this image for my filling the frame example because I feel like it offers a unique balance of colors and shades that really evokes profound feelings for the viewer. The vignette helps to draw focus and minimize noise, while the edited color scheme brings out the vivid textures and shades.
Close up: I chose this image as my close up because I really enjoy the saturated colors and smooth textures of the subject. The "up close" style and blurred background emphasizes the explicit details of the object, and draws attention to the subjects high saturation.

 Leading lines: This image was taken in the "tunnels" of our school. The pipes are explicit examples of leading lines, and draw the viewers attention to a common point. I chose this image because I really enjoy the way the light reflects of the surroundings, and creates interesting shadows and shades.

 Diagonals: This image was taken down town, and depicts the diagonal edge of a stone building and the lines imbedded in its outer walls. I chose to make this image black and white because I thought it does a good job of minimizing distractions and conflicting shades. I also took into account the many concrete angles offered by this image.
 Bugs eye view: this image is an explicit example of a bugs eye view. It embodies the tall buildings of the city and the nuance associated with that, as well as the old authenticity of the antique street light. The colors of the grey sky provide an interesting contrast with the street light and tall buildings.
 Rule of thirds: This is perhaps my favorite image in my collection. The dark shades and soft textures of the sky contrast with the sharp angles and bright colors of the building, enabling an interesting sense of balance and colorization.
Birds eye view: While this image may not be the typical birds eye view style, I believe that captures an profound prospective of our city that makes this image very unique. The colors of the building and the shades of the sky contribute to the interesting color scheme of the image, and also account for the complexities embodied by the image.
Frame within the frame: This image depicts a view of the ocean through the eye of a large cave on the beach. I chose to make it black and white because it helps to enhance the reflective properties of the sones, as well as to reduce distracting lights the would otherwise be present.

Project 2: Contact sheet

In project two, we had the opportunity to explore different framing techniques and composition styles. Below, I have posted my contact sheets which depict both original and edited versions of pictures I took with the intention of meeting class requirements.   

Monday, September 29, 2014

Project one: Description

Throughout the project, I tried to break down the sub conscious barriers that restricted my photographic creativity. However it wasn't until after I was done shooting that I really began to embrace the artistic nature of this project. After listening more to Mrs. Abens, I was really able to learn how to take pictures from prospectives other than the typical ones you might see on Instagram. I picked these images because I thought they were the best examples of my work, and they fit my personal taste. That being said, I tried my best to edit these images in a way that brought forth their strengths and covered there weaknesses. And although there is still much to learn on this subject, I am honestly proud of these six images. 

2 subjects, 30 photographs

 This image is a personal favorite of mine. The element of anonymousness associated with the subjected person adds an interesting element to the image. I edited this photo by increasing both the color contrast and the brightness to add more texture to the image. Also, I leveled the lines of the image to draw attention to the multiple and definitive lines. Link to the original:
 This image is particularly interesting to me. We have on the right side, a man who symbolizes the faults of our culture. He is blocked by this thick stone wall, and attempting to numb his pain with the alcohol in his right hand. However, he is only a side note on the overall message conveyed by this image. I edited this image by removing distracting lines and edges, and tweaking colors to perk interest in the viewer. Link to the original unedited:
This image adds an alternative view to the original subject. Because it is a close up, it causes the viewer to take into account the subtitles of this object. Specifically the multiple shades and colors that are embodied by this object. In this edit, I increased color contrast and depth so that each element of the image was depicted. Link to the original unedited:

 This image was taken under the cover of night using a low light lens. I then increased the warmth and saturation of the image to try to create a newly creative color scheme. I also added a blurred boarder to minimise distractions that would have been applied by the background. This image is a favorite of mine because it offers a unique prospective on an already interesting subject

This image offers a slightly blurred depiction of a spider in its web. The interesting color schemes and filters encourage the viewer to look at the subject from multiple prospectives and take into account the variables that occur. I decided to edit this image in this way because I thought it showed many different dimensions of the photo that would have otherwise been unexposed.

This last image displays a unique color scheme that is not only appealing to the viewers eyes, but also inflicts many physical feelings and senses. I decided to edit this image in this way because I thought that it offers a unique prospective to this photograph, and allows the viewer to feel the image rather than just see it

Monday, September 15, 2014

Recent Memories

The images above all represent memorable moments in the past few months of my life. These photos were all taken and edited by myself, And represent things that I am passionate about, or hold a significant influence over my life.

My links

99 different photographers

Critical Mass Winners

Photo slaves

my pinterest

Personal favorite Photographers:
Bob Avakian
Norihisa Hosaka
Christopher Capozziello/AEVUM

Summer of exotic adventure

Summer of 2014 was one to remember. I spent my days roaming around with my best friends, doing anything that caught our eye. From spanish country sides to urban portland hot spots, I made sure to make the most of my three month vacation. I swam, ate, explored and relaxed. Making sure to avoid anything work related as much as possible. Durring the hottest days, you could find me and my friends down at the docks of our Willamette river. Or sleeping in until noon. My summer was both long and rewarding As my friends and I proceeded to navigate the endless streets of Portland, we made several pit stops along the way. The image above depicts a king salmon that we pulled out of the Willamette river with our bare hands.  It took us about twenty minutes to get him on to the dock, but once we did we made a new friend and a new summer memory.