Friday, June 12, 2015

Assignment that I am the most proud of

Towards the end of the year, we did a portraits assignment. When I first thought about it, it seemed like an easy project. I thought it might just be photographing many different people in different locations. As we talked about it more and looked on some websites having to do with portraits, I learned that there are many different styles and techniques of portraits. Portraits can simply show the persons face or have a creative spin to them. Before we started taking photos, we wrote down a few techniques we would like to incorporate into our portraits and when we had our spreadsheets out, we circled where we demonstrated those ideas. I think the portraits were my best assignment because of the variety of scenes and the overall creativity shown in my spreadsheet. I used a few different people to be the models and changed the scene a couple of times. The best photos, in my opinion, are the ones from the Grand Canyon. The sun had a really interesting affect on the images. The portraits are demonstrating Rule of Thirds. Overall, the portraits unit was my favorite and my personal best work because of the loose rules. It allowed me to be creative in photographing, which is always helpful.

Most Memorable Experiences

Throughout the course, we have done a variety of fun and creative activities. Although I enjoyed almost every activity that we did, there are a couple that really stood out. One activity that I thought was really helpful and fun was the pinhole camera assignment. I had never worked in a darkroom before and had never worked with a pinhole camera. It was very interesting to learn about photography before digital cameras. This assignment also showed me that it takes lots of time and effort to create a good photograph. Another one of my most memorable experiences in Photo 1 was making a quote of practical objects at school. We had to find things at school that resembled the letters of the short quote and put them all together. This project really helped me be more creative, forcing me to think outside of the box. This project seemed pretty easy at first, then as we began to actually find the letters, I realized it was pretty difficult and required a different kind of thinking. I needed to look at things around the school in a different way than I normally did. This, I think, helped me throughout the course because I was forced to have a different outlook when photographing and be much more creative in my work.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Photos with quotes

This assignment, at first, seemed very simple, though I figured out it was more complicated than you would think. I quickly realized that you can't just place a quote on the photo and call it good. First of all, I learned how to find a relevant quote. It has to relate to the image and have same mood. If it's a dark, mysterious photo, match that with a quote. Or maybe it's a bright, sunny picture. A light quote would pair with that. I next learned you need to mind the font, color, and placement of quote. There needs to be some creative relation between all of these or else the photo is just boring.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pinhole Camera

Pinhole Camera: noun
a simple camera in which an aperture provided by a pinhole in anopaque diaphragm is used in place of a lens. 

Some things I learned while using the pinhole image are that it's not an easy process. Before doing this, I had no idea how much effort and detail was put into this process. There are many different chemicals used while making a pinhole camera photo. Developer, stop bath, fixer, and timing are important aspects of developing pinhole camera photos. There is a certain amount of time for each chemical and if one were to mess up the timing, the photo would be overexposed or underexposed. 
Another thing I learned while working with the pinhole camera is that you have to cover up the pinhole when your chosen amount of time is up. If you leave the hole uncovered for over 30-40 seconds or don't give it enough time, your photo will be either complete black or completely white. 
I did enjoy doing this project because of the experience all together. I had never known how photographs were developed before digital photography. It was very interesting to see how people before us photographed. There were certain aspects of the whole process that I did not like. There is a lot of focus and preciseness needed. Nowadays, you can just take your camera and take a photo of whatever you like. If something interesting is happening around you, you can remember that moment instantly.
 I feel like this kind of photography is not as natural as our modern digital photography. With new cameras, you can change modes and focus in on certain aspects of the picture. Also, you can take multiple shots of the same thing. With a pinhole camera, there is one chance to get the perfect image. If you were to mess it up, you have to go get a new piece of paper and start all over, hoping your subject is still there. 


While taking this photograph, I captured the relaxed atmosphere of the location we were at. My sister has a calm, relaxed look on her face. I feel like this photo tells the story of her whole experience at the Grand Canyon. One hand is gripping the fence, wanting to see more of the amazing views. Overall, I am giving off the message that my sister had a wonderful trip. 

This photo's outcome is not what I expected while taking it. The flowers made the subject of the photo (Amelia) be blurred out. I feel like this image gives off a serene, peaceful feel. The pond in the background and the tiny white flowers make the viewer feel at peace and relaxed. The subject of the photo is posed in a spontaneous pose, leaning on one hip. This photo shows the relaxed feel of the upcoming season, summer. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Who Am I?

Who Am I?
  • Who are you? What are your interests? Explain in writing and words who you are, what's important to you, what are your goals, dreams, desires???

  • You will photograph or find several images accompanied by captions or spoken language that powerfully and effectively communicate who you REALLY are.

  • Imagine that your audience has never met you before. What would you like people to know about you? Think about a theme...something specific that you can communicate visually.

My name is Olivia Leonard. I am a sophomore at Yarmouth High School. Over the years, I have developed several interests. Some of them are: rowing, skiing, snowboarding, traveling, music, acting, photography, the ocean, food, animals, friends, and family. I have moved from school to school a few times and each time have developed new interests and hobbies. My goals in life are to have a large family when I'm older, be happy, and be successful.