20 March 2009

Photography class theme assignments

I thought I would post some of my homework assignments from my digital photography class. These were all taken to fulfill a theme. I have three more to take by next Tuesday, but these are all the ones I have taken up until now.

Theme: "Snow"
I named this photo Snowfish. This was taken on my back deck. It was just how the snow had melted, and it looked like fish to me.

Theme: "Out of Context"
These are some of the kid's toys. They are all princesses, but one of them is not like the others

Theme: "Time"
I thought of timeout. I sprayed London's face with water to look like tears, and then we had to play with her positioning, so you could see her face, but could also tell that she had her nose on the wall. It was harder than I thought it was going to be, and she did a super job pretending like she was sad...a lot of the pictures I shot she was laughing in. One guy in our class took a picture of the prison...I think he had a great idea!

Theme: "Impossible"
I was doing my math homework, and was having a hard time with the concept of function notation. I decided to quit doing math homework, and shot this picture for the Impossible theme we had been assigned for photography.

Theme: "Go Towards the Light"
My teacher isn't a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which I am), so he may not have fully understood what I was trying to portray, but I went to Seattle the week we were assigned this theme, so I had Darwin be my model, and he is going toward a gospel light...if you get what I was doing...

Theme: "Speed"
This is the week our lessons were on shutter speeds. After taking several pictures that were not good (if the shutter is open too long, the pictures either whites out, or blurs too much) I finally got this shot. I had to move really slow, but enough to get some blur, and the shutter wasn't open for very long at all. It was interesting to play with.

Theme "Egg"
We were assigned two photos of "egg". This is the first egg picture I took. Nothing too special, just scrambled eggs on a plate. I do like the symmetry of the picture, but I like the other egg picture I took better.

This is my other egg photo. I used the cracked egg shells from the above scrambled eggs, and colored them with food coloring. Then I got some fake flowers and pulled the heads off of them, and put the egg shells on the empty stems. I had to secure the stems to the egg shells with play-doh. I also secured the stems to the "pot" with black play-doh. This photo took about an hour to do.

Theme: "Inside Out"
I didn't feel very creative with this one. I really wanted to move furniture out on to the lawn and make a living room scene outside, but with the stairs, freezing temperatures, and the 4 feet of snow on my front lawn...I had to come up with another idea. I also kept thinking of puke shots...but eeewwww! So this is what I came up with.

Theme: "Mysterious"
Darwin bought this for me in Maui, and Jellyfish are pretty mysterious.

Theme: "Happy" (without showing a smile)
Most of you know I have a thing for Nutella. This is the first thing I thought of when the teacher gave us the assignment. I took the picture, and after looking at it, decided that I would be even happier if I was eathing Nutella in Hawaii (warm, sunny), so I used photoshop to combine this picture with one of a palmtree I took a year or so ago. The class also liked that I was wearing a Juneau shirt!

Theme: "The Eyes Have It"
I really tried to get a picture of myself in Darwin's sunglasses, but it just wasn't working...and I felt like I was using the same idea as one of my friends that is taking the class with me. I also took these pictures on the day that we went sledding at Twin Lakes. I had this idea in my head, so I had Brooklin grab ahold of a railing (since that would be easy to select in photoshop) and then took pictures of my eyes. It is a little weird, but I like how it turned out.

Theme: "Spring Break"
I actually have to take two pictures for this theme, so this is only half of it. I totally don't sleep in, but it seemed to fit the theme. I set up the tripod, and took 25 pictures of myself pretending to be asleep. I set the alarm on my clock to be somewhere around noon, so the time wouldn't change while I was setting up the shot. I'm glad no one is home during the day with me to watch me do these shots. I set it up, push the self-timer, run and jump into position, and then wait...click...I jump back up to see the shot before it goes off the screen. Darwin came home for lunch one day, and I was sitting on the floor in the bathroom with all the lights off...flashlight in hand, camera on a tripod, taking pictures of that snitch. He opend the door, shook his head, and then just shut the door agian!...like "OK...Whatever floats your boat!"

Theme: "Hands"
This theme also requires two different shots. I totally have a great idea for the other shot, but can't find one of the props I will need. I stole this idea from somewhere...but I can't remember where. I saw it along time ago (meaning this semester, just before the assignment was given) and wanted to take a picture like it, but didn't know what to use it for. Lucky for me, the teacher assigned a hands theme, so I got to use it! =)

The other shot I have to have done by Tuesday is themed: "All Shook Up". I am having a hard time with it, because I want to be creative, but can't get past just taking a picture of Yoohoo...it says Shake it up right on the bottle. I will come up with something. Hope you had fun viewing my crazy photography assignments. I had tons of fun taking them.


Joel & Lila said...

so cool! The one with the eye/hands coming out still has me saying "wow". It looks so cool...although it does remind me of The Ring, which scared the pants off of me......I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the hands one...I might have to use that sometime in the future, if that is ok!

Great job! Love the work!!!!

Heidi said...

Oh.My.GOSH! Melissa! I LOVE these pictures! You're SO creative - and I have to say - the egg shot - MY FAVE! Thanks for sending me to your blog, now I can blog-stalk you! LOL!

You're so clever!

∂∫∂ Lockhart Clan ∂∫∂ said...

Awesome photos. I will have to show them to Jake tomorrow. he's quite the creative little bug and 'sees' things everywhere!

For your 'all shook up' you could get some water and color it with food coloring then add some oil and shake it up. It makes cool bubbles that float around, kind of like a lava lamp. You could mess around with colors, types of containers, etc. Just thought of it and decided to pass it on to you :)

Kelly said...

those pics are so cool! And I really wanna try nutella...is it at a health food store or something?