We all looked at the beginnings of our portfolios last night. It was interesting to see what ideas everybody has. A few people have a good solid idea, but others are struggling a bit. It’s pretty early yet so I’m sure ideas will start flowing soon. The week before in class, the general consensus of the class was that I should pursue my architectural abstract group of photos. So for this week we needed to bring in two new photos that we would like to add to our portfolio. I saw one photo that I have been wanting to take for my portfolio at the gym that we belong to. So the other day I took my camera over there and took a few photos. I also found another photo that I was happy with. So here are the two photos that I shared with the class last night. I’m also going add the one photo from my group of architectural abstracts that went along with the two photos that I showed the class last night. So now for next week I will be on the hunt for two more photographs like these 3.
Our assignment for this week is Subject Intent. We need to photograph one subject and use a different intent to make each image.
Assignment: 4 photographs of one subject.
Showing: 1. Depictive Subject Intent. Records the visual nature of something (person, object, place or event)
2. Expressive Subject Intent. A visual metaphor or description of mood, an emotion, etc.
3. Statement – Oriented Intent. The actual subject of an image is a statement, usually through depictive means.
4. Form – Based Subject Intent. Formalism involves elements such as shape, color, texture, line, contrast, etc. Thing abstraction!
Like I mentioned earlier I need some help zeroing in on the type of portfolio that I want to do. I’ve posted some of the photos/ideas that I have floating around in my head. I still don’t know what form of abstract that I want to do yet , but it was helpful to get them all together in one place so I can see my thoughts on the page. I need to do some more shooting and getting more of my thoughts into photos.
There is one more sample portfolio that I would like to show you. I like architectural abstracts, I have not photographed very many of them before, so I thought I would give it a try. We were in downtown Titusville the other day and I saw a few good architectural photos that I wanted to shoot. I have found that to get the shadows falling the way I want them to, I need to shoot between 11am and 2pm, anything that I have ever learned about photography says that you need to put the camera away during that time of day. For the most part that’s true, I don’t normally shoot during that time of day. This is one time where you really need to take the camera off of automatic and shoot manually. Your cameras meter is going to be fooled into over exposing your photos. I have been under exposing these as much as a full stop to get the look that I want.
I really like to photograph old and rusty things. I went out the other day looking for some old and rusty things. I was thinking that maybe I could do a portfolio of old and rusty things.
Another form of abstract that I like to shoot is botanical abstracts. I like when leaves and plants are back lit by the sun. I like the way the sun shines through the leaves. I like the patterns that the shadows make. I like to play around with dramatic lighting. So here are some of the botanical abstracts that I have been shooting.
I also like to do photos of reflections. When ever I’m out taking my camera for a walk, I can never pass up a good reflection. There are several marinas in the area and I find lots of good photos when I go to the marinas. Reflection abstracts are some of the photos that I like to take at marinas.