June 6, 2011

Photography Homework - Week 3

The first part of this week's assignment was to look for "conceptual contrast," juxtaposing contrasts such as big vs. small, light vs. dark, man vs. nature, etc.

I thought going into this week that this would be an easy assignment, but it actually seemed harder to find once I was actively trying to find it.  Anyhoo, for what it's worth - here are my "contrast" photos...


I liked the contrast of Savannah's fancy silvery sandals to the barnyard setting with the goat (which we both want to kidnap from our friends' Cliff and Chong!).  Later that day, Savannah and I took a drive up the canyon to see what treasures we could find.  Interestingly enough, two of my least-favorite things ended up being two of my favorite photos.


I'm not sure if this counts, but I liked the contrasting light from the cat tail and the spider (which I almost accidentally kissed at first!  I was originally trying to catch the spider web and came a little too close to its inhabitant, whom I hadn't seen.  Ewww...!)


This little guy made me do a pretty fancy dance for a second, but then he posed pretty, so he was forgiven :0)  I liked how he was in the reeds, trying to blend in, but really contrasted with them as well...



Bonus shot: we've had flooding in our area, so earlier this week I took a drive and found the run-off had completely eroded away the side of the road. 

The second part of our homework this week was to "be intentional" with our photo taking.  Especially in this day and age of digital cameras, it is too easy to just click click click away, not taking the time to compose our shot, so we were to take "ONLY" 3 shots, then choose the best of the three...  Much harder than I thought!  I had originally planned on taking a photo of my dog Annie poking her head out through the tall grass, but much like the kids, she just wouldn't cooperate with me.  Instead, I was able to get this picture of Fiona.  She is usually such a whirling little dervish, so it's rare to actually get one where she's relaxing, before taking off again!


Feedback always appreciated!

6 comments:

DoubleTake2 said...

How fun that you explored the natural world, minus the human element. You are definitely committed to photography to capture some of those creatures rather than running away, like I would have! My favorite image is of Annie; my eye is drawn right to her with her sharp, bright eyes. Your dof really makes the insect pop and the texture rich on the cattail. The rim light there is a pretty contrast, too. Nice set! Janet

Jenn said...

Love the image of your doggie. That one was definitely worth the wait, huh? Totally looks like she was posing just for you :-)

My favorite from the first three is the spider shot. Super cool! Love the texture you capture there along with the light. Very nice!

The Wanna Be Photographer said...

I dig the roadway and flood water one a lot. I also like the dog photo.

Nicole Norris said...

spider picture very cool. the one after that. YUCK!!! You keep posting pictures like that and I will stop reading your blog. ;) I felt the same way. No the class can't be almost over!!!

Kat G. said...

I feel the theme of "Exploring the natural world"...and right outside your door (sort-of-speak:)) I too love the spider in the cattail. The natural lighting is gorgeous and makes the spider pop! Wonderful depth of field and sharpness!

Great angle of your dog and definitely contrast. I'm also drawn to her eyes that look like pools of water...and her beautiful coat. Nicely done.s

Lisa said...

I feel that your strongest image is the spider and cattail. The depth of field you have in that shot makes the spider pop out and you can't miss it in that shot. Nice job!