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Sunday Morning

Sip the coffee Bitter and sweet Feel the gusts of cool wind And hear the small bell ring Each time the door swings open Talk About the weekend  About old friends  And don't forget  To meet me here next Sunday





The Photographers

The Photographers was a very interesting movie and I was surprised to learn what a National Geographic photographer's life was like. I learned that their job isn't all the fun of traveling the world and taking pictures. I remember one woman saying that she only took pictures for a very small amount of time and that mostly she had to organize things, and produce the stories and her photographs. I also saw that the photographers will put themselves through so much just to get good shots. One man spent some time in the jungle and he said they were constantly covered in bugs. Another was so devoted that instead of running immediately when an elephant ran at him,  he paused to take a picture and then ran. And while I learned that a National Geographic photographer's life can be lonely or frustrating, I also learned that they get to see amazing things, like lions killing a zebra. And they get to meet new and wonderful people, like a sweet old woman in a remote village.


Intro to Levitation Photography

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Levitation- the action of rising or causing something to rise and hover in the air.
Paranormal- of or relating to the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation.

Levitation photographs can be hard to create if you don't follow some simple guidelines, especially when shooting. First, it is easiest to take your pictures on a cloudy day, where the lighting is even. If you shoot in the sun it could create shadows and uneven lighting, which could be harder to photoshop. Also, it is necessary to take several photos. At a bare minimum, you can take one of the background with the model in it, and one of just the plain background, but some people like to take several photos that each focus on different things, like the model's clothes or facial expression. Thirdly, put your camera on the manual focus setting and once it is set up, don't move it. This will ensure that all of the photographs are from the same angle and can be made into one scene.


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History Of Photography

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History of photography was a very interesting unit because it gave me some background information about the art that I do. I was mostly interested by the photographers themselves. Like Brandon Stanton who photographed the people of New York and also told their stories. Imogen Cunningham was also a fascinating. She was one of the fist female photographers in America and she broke the mold and became famous for doing something new. This is similar to Richard Avedon's work. He blurred the line between commercial photography and art photography by showing the personality and life in his subjects. While the people were very interesting it was also cool to learn about things like the camera obscura. It's hard to believe that the earliest form of the camera was a dark room with a small hole in the window.

Photos With Quotes

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I really enjoyed adding a quote to this photograph because I love how the photo and the quote fit together. Without the quote the photo was unbalanced but once I added the quote it balanced it out. For the font, I wanted to use one that was very simple so that it would reflect the quote. However, I also wanted to use one that was fluid with letters that were airy instead of dense and packed tightly together, because I wanted it to reflect the nature of the plants. At first, I considered putting the whole quote in the white space in the middle but then I realized that it was more interesting, balanced, and simple if it was spread out across the three. Also, this made the emphasis on beauty more powerful.


When making this photo I had some trouble deciding if the quote should go up in the ocean or on the rock the girl is standing on. I think that it could have looked nice either way but I realized that if I put the quote on the rock it would draw more attention to the rock and the girl, …

Food, Sophia

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That morning was crisp and bright. The sun was starting to rise and the sky was still pale blue and yellow. I should have been excited that it was such a beautiful day, but I sat at the kitchen table staring down at my breakfast, wanting to throw up. It was just a bagel and a smoothie, I eat it all the time, but I was just too nervous to eat. I kept trying to tell myself that it wouldn't be that bad, everything would go as planned and it would be fun. But my mind kept drifting to the worst possibilities... "I haven't seen her in six years, what if we don't get along as well?" I asked myself, "What if I don't like her anymore?... What if she doesn't like me?".  Ten minutes went by and I still hadn't touched my food. I brought the bagel upstairs telling myself that I could eat it as I got ready but I knew that wasn't going to happen.










David Hockney Inspired Photomontage

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The scene we were trying to communicate was one that took place in the courtyard and Allie was hanging from the trees and walking around. I think that you can tell where it takes place because you can clearly see the snow, the building, and the trees. There are a few things we could have done to make it more clear that it was the courtyard, like add in the walkway or one of the benches. But, it is still pretty clear that it takes place outside of the high school in an area with trees. We wanted to create a scene that was playful and fun and we did that with the pictures of Allie. We made her hanging from trees, walking around with hands for feet, and gave her very large and disproportionate hands.
I learned a lot during this project, from the concepts and history of cubism, to how hard it is to actually produce cubist art. I thought the history of cubism was very interesting. I never knew that it became popular in such a short period of time. I also didn’t know that Pablo Picasso and …