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My Reflection on Photography

I absolutely LOVE photography. I am the annoying friend who always wants to stop for a picture. My friends are just used to it by now. In high school, I took four years of photography and absolutely loved it. Plus I had an incredible teacher, so that definitely made the experience even more enjoyable. I also love traveling, so whenever I travel my eye is behind the lens of my Nikon D3100 also known as my baby. I treat my camera like it’s royalty. My camera goes on every trip with me. I mainly use my iPhone when I am out and about on a daily basis. I am guilty of taking “too many” photos. Haha! I am also one of those who has a hard time deleting things. I take pictures of everything. I don’t have one specific thing or a specific category. I am by no means a professional photographer. I don’t aspire to be, I take pictures simply because I love taking pictures.

Here are some of my pictures, they are also uploaded on flickr:

This picture was taken in Israel in 2011.

Israel 2011

These pictures were taken in the Negev Desert in Israel in 2011.

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This picture was taken at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel in 2012.

Israel 2012

This picture was taken at Humpback Rock in Charlottesville in 2013.

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This picture was taken at Wintergreen in 2014.

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Those are just some of my many photos, throughout the semester I will be uploading more to flickr!

I learned a lot by reviewing the resources that were given to us this week! There is always room for learning and I love to explore and discover other people’s work.

I really liked how the Becoming a Better Photographer Lesson included this quote by Ansel Adams: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” This is one of my absolute favorite quotes because it’s so true. Everyone is individual and unique just like every photo is individual and unique. There are no rules.

I watched Storytelling & Visual Literacy, a video by Jason Eskenazi. I really liked how Jason Eskenazi explained how you are changing something that is 3-dimensional to be 2-dimensional. Taking something and making it flat. I never thought about it this way, but that is a very interesting way of looking at it. Photos are art and there is no explanation. I like how he said visual literacy is something we are born with. I think that that is true because everyone see’s everything differently.

I loved the Story Behind the iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph and how Dorothea Lange Almost Didn’t Take ItIt is such an amazing picture and I am glad that she decided to take it because it made history. All of her work captures the person impeccably.

I read Learn the Rules of Film Noir & How to Light It by Justin Morrow. I learned a lot from this article. I learned that:

  • low key lighting is important
  • the use of harsh shadows is very noir
  • contrasts of black and white are used

I took a look at Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Photography online. I loved the shadows in his photos. I liked how they were taken during the day, so the contrast looks really good. The depth of field is awesome and captures the subject in a creative way.

I enjoyed reviewing all of these resources. It helped me to see other people’s work and get a better idea of noir photography. I also learned a lot from these resources.

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Shirley Mayfield’s Future Life

For one of my week two assignments, I decided to do the Tell Us About Your Future Life assignment that was submitted by Alison Thoet. I decided to do this assignment for the assignment that had to deal with our character dossier. I remixed this assignment to make it about Shirley Mayfield’s life instead of my own.

The assignment is to “write out the history of your future life as if you were featured in a textbook. Make it about college life and what you want to pursue afterward!” I decided to remix it and make it about Shirley Mayfield’s future life and what she wants to pursue after finding the perfect man for her. This assignment is worth three points.

Here is Shirley Mayfield’s future life in textbook form.

Shirley Mayfield found the perfect husband and about a year after getting married, she got pregnant. When Shirley and Richard got married, everything fell into place. He was treating her like a princess and they were the perfect couple. Shirley had worked at her family business up until she got pregnant. Once she got pregnant, her husband decided it was time for her to focus on getting ready to be a mom and then after that she could be a stay at home mom. Richard got another job so that Shirley would be able to stay at home. After loving parenthood, they decided to have more children. After having four beautiful children to take care of, Shirley and Richard lived happily ever after. Their kids were growing like weeds and Richard and Shirley stayed busy all the time. They were able to live a lovely life. Richard eventually retired and they bought a vacation home big enough to hold their whole family.

 

I wanted to give Shirley a happy ending because her childhood had some very rough spots. I went with a story like her own because that is how she aspired to live her life.

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