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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nature: #1

Today's picture is....

I really like the water droplets, and how I was able to put them in focus so they aren't blurry. Also, the folded leaf with the purple underside was just interesting!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Past Few Days

Biodegradable spoons were not made for warm fried chicken.
I wish I had noticed that the tip of the prongs were not in focus....

I wanted to take a picture of this girl in black with the bright umbrella, but couldn't get to my camera in time. So this is a slightly stalker-picture from across the square... I like how she is centered (hopefully bringing the attention?) and the umbrella is the only bright color. But still would have liked it closer....

Puddle reflection? If you don't focus your eyes on anything, it looks fine. Otherwise, it makes your eyes hurt since it's blurry.

Don't ask me what this is/was, but it made for an interesting picture!

Light and reflection :) I like the color and symmetry due to the reflection. Even the color reflected a little in the water.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pictures from around campus take Two!

I brought my camera on my way to a midterm review session, and here are some resulting pictures!

 I honestly think I've taken a picture like this too many times before, but here is a different part of the Quad. It reminds me of the quote, "all lines lead to one thing." At least, I think that's a quote...

 This one turned out nicely, I think. It's Suzzallo's facade. The lights that shine on it give it a weird and eerie blue glow.

This kind of goes back to the "light" challenge. but I actually ended up focusing on the wrong part. I am focused on the water and uneven cement in the foreground, when I think it would have looked better focused on the lantern's reflection. Oh well.

 This one looks a bit sterile, like the computer-generated architecture picture they show depicting how school improvements will look like. You know? No? Okay. Also, The main point of this picture was to capture the smoke from the smokestack, but I need to make the aperture wider, I think, in order for you to see it well. It looks a bit like a smudge.

And this last one, is of an interesting perspective of a bike rack. These racks are NEVER empty when I pass, so I thought I'd take a picture. 

"Light" Challenge

This week's challenge was light. I really like light, and especially how it has the property to draw the human eye so easily. It is a great effect in photography I like to work with and manipulate. I only had two subjects for this so far, but here they are:

This was a lamp from Bubble Oasis close up. Technically, I cropped it on the computer a bit to make it more interesting, but I didn't change the color or contrast or anything. I like the way it turned out. It reminds me a big of Chihuly's bright marbled colors.

The rest of these below, are of the paper I put over my lamp to try to diffuse the light. Printer paper was too thick to let light through, so I cut a snowflake design. It sort of works...sorta. I think I just need thinner paper like tissue paper or rice paper. Anyways, this first picture was a bit like a landscape/curvature of the Earth idea. 

And the last three just wouldn't upload onto this blog facing the right way for some reason. I ended up liking the way they looked tilted, so I just left them like that. The way it was supposed to look is the last picture.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Foggy morning (MLK day)

Last Monday, during MLK day, I got up early and headed out for a morning photowalk in hopes of getting some pictures of the heavy fog we had been getting lately (I had taken this picture in the fog, and really liked the turnout.).
 My boyfriend liked this picture, so I thought I'd put it first =P

 Here, I was attempting to focus the attention on the tunnel beneath the tree branches. I don't think it worked  very well though, because the fog was too thick at the end (I can't seem to figure out how to take the picture so it's not too fogged up), and the building to the left was much sharper, gaining the attention.

 I did like how this one turned out though.

...And this photo? eh. Not a big fan of it. I was trying to show the dew drops from the fog on one of the tree branches, but it didn't work out too well. The background (is really busy and), I like it more than the actual subject.

 This guy wearing all black was the only person in all of Red Square (see below). I liked the contrast between him and the fog. 

 Also, I've never been here when there is only one other person in all of the square. Felt the need to document this...

The Moon at Sunset

I looked out my window and noticed there was a nice pink rim on the clouds, so I went to the window at the end of my hall, and to my surprise, saw the moon was low and bright. I usually have a lot of difficulty capturing the moon because of the dark contrast of the night sky, and how it needs a much slower shutter speed. I can't keep my hands steady enough to prevent a hideously shaky picture.

I should also mention that these pictures were taken through a window. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out, but feel they are a bit fuzzy and not as sharp as I would like.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Photos from around campus: post 1

My first few weeks on campus were bright and sunny. Weird. It's supposed to be overcast here during fall. And Winter. And Spring. And most of summer. Oh well, I got these nice photos from it though! These were taken during my I-have-a-new-phone phase that happened when I switched for the first time from a phone that only makes calls to a phone that does everything--and has a camera. However, as I mentioned before, I ended up not being a big fan of camera phone pictures, because the quality does not always turn out well. However, you can view these and judge for yourself. I think the sunlight helped the first few turn out relatively nice.

DRUMHELLER FOUNTAIN: I sent the second picture to my mom (the joys of camera phones) to brag about the nice weather while she was suffering rainy weather in California.

Sieg Hall. My boyfriend hates this building; he thinks it is the ugliest building on campus. I tried to change his mind with this picture. But he's too stubborn.

The Harry Potter Room in Suzzallo is wonderful. You can practically hear the movie soundtrack starting up. It is also partly what makes the library rated one of the most beautiful college libraries. I think I got a bit too artsy with this photo as it feels like you are on a ship or something, or maybe it was all the finals studying. Also, I think this photo particularly shows the pixelation related with camera phones.

Update: Shape Challenge

A few days after submitting my picture for the weekly photo challenge: shape, on my college's Photography Club page, it was posted as the photo for one of their upcoming events! I am really excited about this! Like, beyond the normal emotional response I should have about this. Oh well.

Pacific Science Center Arches

Patrick and I spent more than 4 hours at the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. When we came out, the sky was this blue color, and standing underneath the arches, I took this picture. With my phone's camera. Now normally, I'm not a big fan of camera phone pictures, but this one didn't turn out to badly.


Shape Challenge

I am fascinated by light, and took a picture of both an unlit and lit light bulb hanging from a tree at the U village. I liked the bright light of the filament and its resulting reflection inside the glass. I just wish the PIATTI sign in the lower right corner wasn't there; I didn't notice it when I took the picture (I need to work on that).

I later submitted this to the Photography club's shape challenge.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Stopping between trees on a foggy evening

(Yes, I understand that is a horrible mutilation of Robert Frost's poem. I do not apologize.)

I took this picture on my way home after having dinner with my friend. Earlier that day, I had offhandedly tossed my camera into my backpack before I left for class. As I walked up the hill, I looked to my right and noticed how the heavy fog (early in the day too--about 7pm) blurred the lights lining the road and meridian. It  looks like it leads a rather eerie glow to some far off point.