Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time and Space

Time and Space

Tammy Kelton

This project has so many possibilities, that it was hard to decide where to start.

When I think of time and space I think of freezing a segment of time, be it a second, minute, hour, or longer.  I relate it to time machine where you can go back to any given time you want.  A chance to relive a moment, even if it is only in a memory.  Any photo can do that, but what if you took several   photos of a given event and arrange it in a way that you can relate to it as if it were happening now.

I chose to do this with my project.

I have done three photo montages to give you an idea of my theory.  The first was of an eagle I saw taking a fish out of the river, the second of a lion yawning, and a sequence of a full lunar eclipse.

The task of choosing the images was not easy as I had so many to choose from.  After selecting the images came the process of how I wanted to display them.  For the eagle and lion, I elected to place them in a film strip.  Aligning the photos was a challenge, but the outcome was exactly as I imagined it to be.    


The eclipse was more difficult and took the longest to do.  I had to take each photo and size them, each one came with their own challenges.  The shadow cast upon the moon made it difficult to place and size, without distorting the image.  After many attempts I feel I got it right.

I really enjoy this type of work and plan to expand upon it in the future.  I have many ideas already and will start to work on them this summer.

Monday, April 28, 2014

This is just a back up save...

Time and Space
John Anthony Muth

I love history, all kinds of history, so the Klett and Wolfe project was very inspirational for me.  I wanted to find old photos of Arizona specifically around the Phoenix metro area and show how the city has developed over time and that it was close and easy to find, hopefully.  First I searched for Arizona historical photos on Google and found the ASU library but costs were involved and they had copyright watermarks everywhere.  So I turned to the Library of Congress who had plenty of photographs with a variety of downloading options.  I thought this assignment might be fairly simple but as I discovered finding the exact spot where the previous photographer was not so simple and I don't know what type of camera or lens was used.   I plunged into it anyway and tried to find similar perspectives and brought printed copies of the photos as well.  Needless to say that I don't have the same lens so I took panoramic images of each site and hoped for the best.  I will digitally transform them to fit as best I can but I'm not sure how to present the changes in scenery at this time…  
As it turned out I changed almost every photograph into a different type of layout.  Some photos were close to spot on but others were the wrong angle of perspective so no matter what I did some images were not going to fit.  First thing I did was to create panoramic of each scene in the “File > Automate > Photomerge” menu option in Photoshop.  Once an automated panoramic came out then I placed my photo and took either a part of the image like a mountain or maybe a corner of a building and then reduced opacity to about half to see how everything lines up.  I did have to change the panoramic of a couple of photos because they were just not fitting.  I usually had to resize and manipulate one or both images to make them closely fit (except one photo which was totally off). Once I had a fit I tried to show both images either by reducing the opacity and/or masking certain areas to show changes in the landscape or cityscape.  I am relatively happy with the results but have a much better idea of how to tackle problems of originally shooting the correct angles and giving myself more time into merging the two images seamlessly.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Virtual Vistas

My idea of a photo shoot incorporating time and space comes from a combination my love of video games and landscapes and the work of artists Robbie Cooper and Rembrant Quiballo (we learned about him in the notes on the Time & Space project - Movie pans turned into interesting panorama photos). Cooper did a series on gamers and their virtual representations of themselves (Alter Egos) then he turned the camera on kids playing video games (most of which were rated "M" which is
 basically the same as an "R" rating for a movie). Gamers share virtual spaces when playing multiplayer games whether cooperatively or competitively at the same time. We also share the experience of having been in the same virtual spaces at different times when we play single player games. We can talk about the first time we exited the escape tunnel in the game Oblivion and looked back at the castle in the distance behind us (just FYI I got goosebumps and choked up). The idea I am trying to express is that to a gamer these virtual spaces become real as shared experiences. As real as the first time a person visits the Grand Canyon or the Eiffel Tower. Also, the project brings up questions. Are gamers in different parts of the world actually experiencing the same space at the same time when playing a multiplayer game? Even if we are separated by "time" in a game (I have nearly finished the main story, but my friend online is in an earlier part of the story) do we share the same time if we are in the same point on the "map" of the virtual world at the same time in the real world? The idea is Confusing to wrap ones mind around. I do not hope to actually answer the questions just get the viewer thinking.
Final Project Ideas
Hayley Vrana

Main street USA

I want to explore for my final project the way of making Panography. Which is a photographic technique in which one picture is assembled from several overlapping photographs. This can be done manually with prints or by using digital image editing software. I want to get back into doing this because I had to try it out in High school and I really like how it turns out. It creates a way of viewing the photos as if you were looking through a fisheye lens almost. The cool thing about doing this type of photography, is that you can do it of anything, from buildings to outdoor. You could even do it of a small detailed subject, like a flower.

The way that they use this type of photography to capture the details of this old building is really amazing!I also love the 3D effect.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


My final project was inspired by KLETT & WOLFE but also by my love of history.   First I searched for Arizona historical photos on Google and found the ASU library but costs were involved and they had copyright watermarks everywhere.  So I turned to the Library of Congress which had enough photos after searching for a couple of days and they were free with a variety of downloading options.  I thought this assignment might be fairly simple but as I found out finding the exact spot where the previous photographer was was not so simple.  Plus the fact I don't know what type of camera or lens was being used.  Many time there was no information of the photographer as well.  I plunged into it anyway and tried to find similar perspectives and brought printed paper copies of the photos as well (to find the spot).  Needless to say that I don't have the right lens or the right camera so I took panoramic pics of each site and hoped for the best.  I will digitally transform them to fit as best I can but I'm not sure how to present the changes in scenery at this time.  One option is to keep the old photo as is but I am inclined to fade the opacity on parts of the photo and I have a few other ideas as well.

Final Project Research - Time Lapse Photography

Darcie Naylor

A few weeks ago when Anne mentioned that our final project could be anything we wanted, I got very excited because I have been interested in doing a time lapse for quite a while. When she mentioned that if we wanted, she could give us a theme of Time Space, I felt that my original thought of a time lapse would work perfectly with either my own choice or the theme she gave us.

I also remembered this photograph in a batch of other photographs we were looking at a few weeks back. I immediately loved this image. I had never really thought of time lapse as being one single image. All the time lapse I have ever seen have been turned into short movies. So I began to research time lapse photography.

There is a lot of information out there about this subject and many, many time lapses on U Tube. The following web page "The Ultimate Guide to Time-Lapse Photography" gives some very basic, easy to read and understand time lapse how to information. I especially like how they gave you the basic steps, 1 to 6 and then expounded on the steps below. I feel like even a novice photographer like myself could understand this.

Another web tutorial I found is the one I've posted the URL to below. It's got a beautiful compilation of different time lapses and the music that goes with it is amazing. Even though I have a good idea of what I want to do my time lapse on, it was great to see the list of ideas on the site. Great ideas for future projects!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This assignment was a little difficult because as many photo books that I could find on line and as interesting as they may be, most of them did not give you the opportunity to browse through to enjoy the images or the theme. I loved this one however because its a displays the way or ways we all those to live our life. This book is a documentary of all the different people who live in New York City and its quiet amazing to see the variety of cultures, styles, personalities and so forth. There are people of all colors, race, young and old. And even among similar groups, there are many differences. The theme of this photo book is just beautiful and educating. As we go about our day to day lives, we sometimes fail to recognize what is really going on around us until review such material. I like the layout of the book, it's kind of random which bring that feel of mixed differences. 


I have been following Humans of New York on Facebook for a few months. Photographer Brandon Stanton's story is as fascinating as those of the people he photographs.  He had a short video segment explaining the project (link above) . It begins: "I moved to New York with two suitcases and a goal of taking ten thousand photos." He asks a few questions of people of all ages and ethnicities and backgrounds and includes their answers as captions to the magnificently full of personality photos in his book and on the website. I love the quotes that he gets from his subjects. The funny thing is I wasn't interested in portrait photography necessarily until I started looking at this artist's work.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

World History of Photography; John Anthony Muth

Okay so I found this book on photography and I choose it because it's not that I just want to learn on or two styles of photography but all styles of photography.  I love history and it's the reason that people can understand from where they come and where they can go.  History gives us avenues that otherwise would not even be identified.  History tells us what has happened with the advantage of perspective.  Now with most books I like to thumb through them first and read a few excerpts but can do that online at least with this book.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Photography Book
The Art of Portrait Photography

focuses on the dynamic relationship between the photographer, the subject, and the audience and how that relationship has evolved over time. ” -PBS Arts

I like how this book is all about telling stories through the portraits of people through their expressions and what they wear. I think it is essential to know how to capture someones personality, and not make the person look fake or uncomfortable. In my career that I am working towards, every time an actor auditions we have to hand over a headshot and that  picture is supposed to represent that actor's personality and what type of part we fit more towards. So I think it is extremely important to capture the personality of the that person. Even for events and wedding photography you want to look perfect and happy and if you have a good photographer who understands this concept, than you will be happy with the outcome. 

This video on the book is very interesting on the photographers view on the person and how the person can react to photographers. It also tells why portraits are so important to our society.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Photography Book - Darcie Naylor

Bored Couples - Martin Parr

Bored Couples, 1993

Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994

Front Cover

This assignment had me a little perplexed. I have yet to figure out how to actually Google a particular photography book and have images of the book show up. The only thing I get are links to where I can purchase the book. I realize I could head to the library and look at photography books, but my week has not allowed such an indulgence. So with this in mind, I am posting two books that I would love to look through.

The first is a book entitled "Bored Couples" by Martin Parr. This book intrigues me because face it, we've all seen what we assumed were bored couples at a restaurant, in the mall, almost everywhere we go. The fact is, these couples may or may not be bored, but through the photograph, we make an assumption. I feel like we go through our lives making assumptions - sometimes good assumptions, sometimes not so good assumptions. You can catch a few glimpses of some of the "bored couples" in Parr's book by going to the website I provided and to me, most of them are funny. A couple of the images gave me the giggles. I think I would enjoy owning this book, it would be quite the conversation piece on my living room table.

The second is a compilation of work by Richard Avedon. Avedon's work intrigues me. We watched a short film last semester that highlighted some of his work and ever since then I want to know more about him. Even though most of what I read about him indicates that he was a fashion and portrait photographer, and neither of those genre's interest me too much, there is still something about his work and the man himself that intrigues me. Even the title of this book is interesting to me. Evidence 1944 - 1994. Evidence that he worked. Evidence that he was talented. Evidence that he lived.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Smoke and mirrors

Using Blending modes is a great way to present the theme of Vision and Reality. These images come from one of my favorite contemporary artists in the medium. Richard Johnson of Spectacle Photography has been inspiring me since the start of my journey to become a pro photog. In a Facebook message conversation we had, he said 99.9% of his images use some form of blending mode. He used screen mode for fire in this series, it is used very well to create the images. The pictures in this series used physical make up effects and photoshop digital effects to create a creepy, eerie, portrait of burn victims/smoke monsters.

Blending Images- Hayley Vrana
The thing that most intrigues me about this blended image is that it feels like they fit together so perfectly with the girl on the left looking at the little girl blowing the dandelion fuzz. When you look closer the little girls hand is blended differently that you can see because her hand is blurry and blue.

I really love the look of this blended images. It looks like an engagement or wedding style photographs of a lovely couple. I also like how the two pictures were edited to the same color of sepia. This picture just reminds me of a Nicholas Sparks book cover.

I feel like the demand is high for people looking to have their photos edited more and more these days. From movie covers and book cover, to special occasions edited photos are the way to go.