I’m not going to lie it was a bit tough to choose my ten best shots from this summer semester. In the end, I was able to narrow it down to what I felt were my ten best photographs. As I looked back through the various themes we covered – and my photos from previous weeks – I realized how much my subjects varied along with how much preemptive planning/thought I put into my possible subjects before I actually photographed them. The first few weeks I essentially, took photos that fit the bill for that particular week’s theme. Yet, the last month (and change really) I would not only take more shots in association with the week’s theme, but I also found myself going out with an actual objective or idea with my photographing. I wanted to closely capture my perspective/idea of that particular week’s topic; I realized I was developing my style of photography. Naturally, the ten shots that I am showcasing now are the ten shots that I felt best represented not only my own favorite photographs, but also my growth as a photographer over the course of this semester.
For this week’s theme I decided to get a decent variety of perspectives and shots. I lucked out getting majority of my shots during one outing and overall was quite pleased with the final results.
This was actually just a naturally hollowed out portion of a birch tree, but I loved the fact it naturally formed into what appeared to be a cave. I edited out some of the original photo’s brightness to help accent that particular look.
I was actually going to save this shot for my Churches & Religion Project, but figured what the Hell (no pun intended). I really dug how vibrant the stain glass in this church was, so I really toned down the brightness/exposure to bring the focus solely on the stain glass above this particular church’s organ balcony.
This happened to catch my eye as I was walking past it. As the name states (and as cheesy as it is) the little tree roots sprouting out of the rock reminded me of the scene in Disney’s, Wall-E, where the surviving humans/robots finally find the first ‘life’ on Earth in a couple hundred years in similar fashion.
I was actually photographing a completely different subject before this picture. I noticed how brilliant the sunlight was directly overhead, decided to pull a 180 and grab the shot. Personally, this was my favorite photograph from the set.
These three photographs where actually all taken from the same location and I truly lucked out as far as timing. I was in the Allegheny Center, after I took my first picture the automated mist decided to propel itself out allowing me to capture two more great shots. I just found myself in the right place at the right time.
Aside from the editing headaches I had a lot of fun with this week’s theme of multiple exposures. I had a few landscape shots I was originally going to use for this week, but instead I’ve decided to geek out with my shots this week instead (big surprise there). I decided to combine a few of my favorite characters and comic covers with some interesting results.
First, I took my copies of Iceman #1 from the original 1984 mini series and the second series which debuted in 2001. Here are the results, along with the original covers/shots.
For the next batch I decided to go a little old school with my copy of Marvel Tales Starring: Spider-Man #53 (1964) and the not-so famous The Spectacular Peter Parker Spider-Man #101 (1976).
For my last mash-up, I decided to combine two frames from two of my all-time favorite comics, Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One (1987) and The Killing Joke (1988). I wanted to capture two of the most iconic scenes for both Batman and The Joker. The infamous turning point when the lowly comedian known as Jack Napier turns into the homicidal maniac known as The Joker. I combined that scene with the equally memorable scene from Year One when a novice Batman crashes into the Falcone Mansion while the family hosts a dinner full of corrupt Gotham officials and utters the words, “Ladies and Gentleman, you have eaten well.”
This week’s Panorama theme was a little bit of a pain in the arse. I say this because of the PTGui software I had to use in order to combine all my shots into one panoramic view was a rather tedious task, to say the least. Plus, I was unable to get the PTGui watermarks out of my edit photographs (I probably should’ve spent the money and upgraded rather than use their trail version). Along with the PTGui pains, most of this week Pittsburgh was hampered by rain and cloudy skies, so even after delaying my shoot until later in the week I was still burdened with lackluster light conditions.
All in all I was still happy the shots I was able to capture despite the minor setbacks in weather and editing software.I also had a bit of luck with the Furry convention being held this weekend in Downtown Pittsburgh. The lovable costumed fanatics added a little extra pop to my otherwise traditional landscape photographs.
My favorite was easily the Lawrence Convention Center Walkway largely due to the angle of the shot and the vibrant colors. The original take (16 shots) had both sides of the fountain. Unfortunately, the Furry and pedestrian’s movement in my photograph(s) did not line up perfectly to include those extra five shots, so I had to exclude them. I also took a double take on the Carson Bridge simply because I could not pass up on the opportunity to capture the lone Furry walking along the Allegheny River Walk – it was a stroke of good fortunate and it turned into a great trio of photographs.
So for this week’s theme, Portraits I decided to photograph a few co-workers of mine at Allegheny Country Club. I enlisted my Food & Beverage manager, Mike “The Cranberry Hammer” Hockenberger, as my subject model. He was a rather tough model to deal with. He took forever in ‘make-up’ to get ready and during the shoot he kept demanding for erroneous items like fresh Caribbean fruit, escargot, and Fiji water. All kidding aside, I was very fortunate that Mike took time out of the day to help me grab a couple good shots. I also was able to capture one of our bussers, Rodrick, down the in the break room in one of my favorite shots from the set.