Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More Work From School--Belly Shots

This assignment was a lot more fun than the last one. I think it was because there was less restraint..I didn't have to shoot with a complete white background or a complete black background. During this assignment I had to shoot everything from the ground and portray how their meaning might be interpreted differently because they were shot on the ground. On your belly is also known as the "Heroic Position" which means shooting from this position can change the meaning of a picture, making it more important.

These are the four I printed and turned in.

This is my favorite picture I've taken in this class. During this assignment I wanted to show how important and big soccer is in my life. It's like all I do. ALL I DO. 24/7. Even though its just a game, where a bunch of losers kick a ball in a square, it means more than that. Its the language every nation speaks, its the tie between peoples. It manipulates minds, twists thoughts, changes the world. Its so much more than a game.

For this picture, I used the re-touch tool on some of the scratches in the ball. I left some of them because I wanted to keep it in the realm of reality, but I felt they were a bit distracting. Also, I wanted to make the contrast high, especially on the ball. I used the color tool to do that. I lowered the reds to make them darker. I love the composition of this photo--its sharp, the background is solid, and the contrast and exposure makes it interesting.

These are my cleats. I love them. They are "super-duper" light and really easy to play soccer in. Once again I wanted to show the idea of the cleats being more important than they are interpreted. I wanted the underscore the sun coming off the boot. So they label of "F50" and the top left corner. The label is less light than I wanted to and I should have used the paintbrush tool to make it lighter (Stupid Avery. Think before you print it.) I really really really like how the light bounces off the shoe in the top left corner.

I didn't have to make a ton of edits for this picture. I lowered the exposure and raised the whites and yellows.

This is my second favorite. I tried to take this picture from the angel of the ball in the net. One thing Charlie said about it was "I've never seen this angle from a soccer goal before." I almost agree. I've played soccer since I could walk and I've never thought of this before. I've never thought of a soccer ball having eyes and I've never wondered what it would see inside the goal. I think I did a good job of portraying this in this image.

I took a couple different versions of this picture. I focused on the actually base of the tredmill and other spots, but I chose this one because I felt it was the most interesting and told the better story of texture. I was worried this would be too dark, but I like the tredmill being black because it is black and I love the lightest parts of this picture. I love how light popped off of the top left and in the middle.

This doesn't tell a great story like the rest of them. I was just shooting different angles of the ball. But this image kinda shows how the ball "feels". Its all beat up and scratched and torn, due to my poor accuracy on goal. I have missed so many times, I have killed two trees in my back yard because I break their branches.

This image has great focus and textures and contrast. I really like how I printed it.

This was me playing with the paintbrush tool. I kinda wanted this feel for the picture above, but this is too dramatic. I wanted to label to be this bright because, this is what makes this cleat special. Its not just a cleat, its a special boot. Its the greatest boot ever. I wanted to highlight that.

These our girl scout cookies. Enough said. Super Important to my life. Super duper uper foshuper deliciouso! This is totally my least favorite picture. The focus isn't super good...its kinda gray. It doesn't tell a super sweet story, but it fits the assignment.

These are also delicious (I really like food, can you tell.) I did want to show delicious food. I wasn't on my belly for this one, I'll admit it. I was on the counter. I do love the focus and exposure in this photo! es muy bien. Kinda a lame story however.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stuff From School

Man, these are so hard as Mr. Slade said. But I think I did well at telling a story compared to last time. But I had some computer calibration problems. So the following are what my prints should look like, but they came out of the printer different.

So obviously this is a wii controller. I focused on the "A" because my name starts with A. And I just wanted to show that. Also, I had a family wii tournament and I was like "HEY! This controller is white. Let's show I like wii via a photo."

I think the image works well with this assignment, I like how it blends in with the background. But I also think there are enough darks and shadows to make the image interesting and not bland.

These are Jelly Bealies. This is a fantastic story. I was taking pictures downstairs on my desk...pondering what other things I could shoot that were plain white and black. At the time I was very happy because I had a great big bag of yellow lemon jellies. SO GOOD. Then I remembered I had a bag of white jellies upstairs. Brilliant. I gleefully and gaily (gay-ly)skipped up the stairs to retreive my jellies. So this image tells a story of the wonderfullness of jellies.

I had some focusing errors on this image....because it was in focus in color but when I switched it to greyscale it looked less in focus.

P.S. The lemon jellies are better than these white ones.

This is a speaker I used probably six-gagillion times a day. Its my best friend. I do homework with these speakers on, I sleep with these speakers on, I shower with these speakers on. So it seemed fitting to take a picture of them. They are my favorite. AND also I wanted to show they were a big part of my life so I made them large, aka I took a close up picture.

This is the one I finally realized my computer was miscallibrated. I wanted to make this as dark as possible because I wanted to highlight the Logitech symbol because Logitech is so awesome.

This is a wallet, my wallet. A very empty wallet. This tells a story of my poor poverty. I have no money and its stinks. It just so happens to be that my wallet is pure black.

I really like the composition of this photo. I just like the waves of the fabric.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Into The Clouds

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I regret that I was not able to get my camera out fast enough to
record pigboy shoving an entire candybar in his mouh at one time...

Hookie Day Skiing at Alta, UT

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Photo Contest

Don't forget about the photo contest!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Oh Conan


Here's a tweet he tweeted on his twitter account

Today I connected all the freckles on my arm with a Sharpie. It spells out RIKSHAZ9LIRK. Clearly I am The Chosen One.

New Favorite Quote?

I think so!

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we’re apart.. I’ll always be with you.”

~Winnie The Pooh

Get Your Groove on Coach!!,226155

New Project

At the moment I'm working on a high-key, low-key project. My goal is to produce pictures featuring black objects on black backgrounds and white objects on white backgrounds. So far I've taken pictures of all sorts of things from wii controllers to just rocks. But I haven't exactly found an object that tells a great story....any ideas?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Photo Contest

I'm going to host a photo contest. So I'll be accepting photos starting now through March 15th. I'll be the judge and basing my judge system off creativity, set-up, execution, and editing. Email me your photos at

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I just really like this image. There's just something about it that makes me drool.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dusk in Hawaii

This is so cliche. Sunset. Two people kissing. Beach. Hawaii.


Here's the thing, although it seems like they are kissing, they aren't. Its actually two girls just standing next to one each other.

But oh how I miss Hawaii

Monday, March 1, 2010


I swear I could get a commercial gig. ATT--raising the car