Thursday, October 30, 2008


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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Map/Photograph Contact Sheets

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Photograph as Map/Map as Photograph

Consider how you might synthesize a number of images to in a way that maps an experience, event, or place. Think about how your map might function as a way to get closer to a place or an emotion. For this assignment, we are describing a map as a "spacial arrangement of data" or how the juxtaposition of your images affect the overall message of your photo/map.
Create a collage-based map using multiple lays and blending techniques in photoshop using at least 8 layers, each containing different images.
So this assignment is giving me quite a bit of trouble, I am struggling with the idea and I don't yet know how I want to combine the images i have. This weekend I went on an adventure to play with kitties and photograph abandoned buildings. I would like to figure out some way to relate these two extremes. Kitties and scary buildings..... any ideas?

ALSO..... I would love to get some ideas, comments, criticisms, or just any sort of feed back from those who check out my little blog. I feel weird just writing in this not knowing if anyone reads it, and if so... who.. you can leave comments without having a blogger account, so DO IT!
lovexoxoxoxo stevi

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Nick Brandt- Inspiring artist

These images are all from Nick Brandt's site I really like these pictures and i thought i would share them will the class and those who read my blog.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Singular Image Project, Contact Sheet

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Singular Image Final Product

Singular Image
The goal is to create a single image that portrays an aspect of an individual, particular place, or specific object using three of the following four tools in photoshop: 1. HDR 2. Perspective 3. Cloning 4. Retouching.

I initially came across this scene when I was out exploring the alley ways and streets that run behind the Knight Library in Eugene, I found a great deal of amazing spots and interesting people but nothing stood out to me as strongly as this giant pool of water. This was just across the street from the library near the center of downtown and it had been a construction site at one point and somewhere along the line it was abandoned. I loved the way the vibrant colors of cars and objects surrounding it reflected off the pool's surface. These effects make for a serene and almost majestic scene that is quite similar to pictures I have seen of vast lakes and bodies of water out in nature.
Looking through online archives of HDR image, it quickly becomes apparent what a majorities of these photographers choose as their subjects, either famous buildings or unique nature scenes. They take these already powerful and amazing images and using HDR photomerging they are able to bring out more detail and color to give a surreal quality to a scene you have probably already seen taken by many photographers before them. I recognized this pattern and took that into consideration and when I went out to take pictures, and I did the exact opposite! I wanted to use this incredible technique to bring out the detail, color and beauty of a location that no one would have seen as beautiful or special before. I was drawn to this image as my final because out of all my picture, this is the one that fits that idea the best, while the body of water looks similar to a lake in any serious nature photograph, the cement and city life surrounding it causes a stong contrast. I feel this contrast is what makes the image interesting and fun to look at because it is almost humorous to see this serene body of water surrounded by downtown Eugene.
It is my hope that the humor and beautiful quality of my image stands out in your mind and it causes you took look around you and recognize things that you might not have noticed before. I would like you to find something that is unique and interesting, maybe it has a fun texture, a unique shadow, or an odd placement and find its beauty. Recognize that this image is beautiful and take a moment to enjoy finding something wonderful in this world that has been right in front of you the entire time.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Take Two

Still playing with HDR, this was the second shoot I went out on and I think it was more successful... maybe?

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Playing with HDR

What is HDR?
high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008


When you see someone sitting alone, you can't help but wonder why, are they waiting? did someone abandon them? or are they just taking a moment to relax alone.
I found this hose that had been left on, sending a small but steady stream of water down the cement and into the basement of a home. There are amazing consequences to even the smallest of actions such as abandoning ones quest to water the garden.
A playing card that at one time brought happiness to its owner is now left to deteriorate in the damp dirt outside the charred remains of a home.
Everyday we throw away objects that could bring joy and happiness to others. Why? This small creature was left in a dumpster abandoned by its owner to rot away unloved surrounded by debris and trash.

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Lexicon Contact Sheets

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lexicon Word & Definition

abandoned a·ban·doned -adjective

  1. To withdraw one's support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert: abandon a friend in trouble.
  2. To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, especially as a result of danger or other impending threat: abandoned the ship.
  3. To surrender one's claim to, right to, or interest in; give up entirely. See Synonyms at relinquish.
  4. To cease trying to continue; desist from: abandoned the search for the missing hiker.
  5. To yield (oneself) completely, as to emotion.

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