A Dreamer Walking

Fire Hydrant- Rich Contrast

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on June 2, 2011

First Let me apologize for not getting any blogs out recently. I hope to get another Invisible Ink post out soon.

I have been fascinated with fire hydrants lately. I did a series of pictures on one a while back. Here is another fire hydrant that caught my eye. For this picture I wanted to see how rich I could make the colors. I am also in love with contrast and found my painting program created a very rich color with a great contrast for this picture. If you zoom up on this picture you will see how stylized it really is. However, I do not mind stylizing a picture as long as I enhance what I believe to be the main focus of the picture. The main focus in this case is the water hydrant and I feel the contrast helps bring out the hydrant from the surroundings. Using the painting program allows me to simplify the picture much like turning it black and white would. I am not interested in the small details but rather the overall picture and how it all works together. I like the yellow fence to the right of the picture, it compliments the yellow in the hydrant. I also like the balance between dark and light. I hope you enjoy!

(You will have to click on the picture to see it in complete focus)

Religious Pics

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on May 14, 2011

A few weeks ago I helped my mother with a photography project. The assignment was actually my moms, I was just there to help. However, I really began to get interested in the project. We were trying to represent Christianity through photography. Here are a few of the pictures I personally took and worked on.

We thought a cup holding many of the words in the Bible could be a good representation of the Word. The Bible consists of many things and at the moment we are just keeping them in the cup. I actually might come back and change a few things about this. However, I do like the lighting and position of the cup. I really wanted to create a contrasts between white’s and dark’s. I also wanted a few words to clearly stick out, more on that after getting a closer look…

These are all words associated with the Christian Bible. The key was getting the words to stick out without them obviously sticking out or looking foreign to the rest of the piece. I used a sharpening tool to bring out a few of the key words. We also spent time beforehand setting up the key words before we put the rest of the words in.

Here is an interesting piece. One of the ideas we wanted to express was the word leaving the cup. It was crucial to get the focus right on the words that were leaving the cup. I also upped the contrast in the piece like the others. Separating the words from the paper was important. Making everything else feel soft was also important. I didn’t want anything else to stick out but the words leaving the cup.

The point of this picture was to express my view on Religion. I will let you interpret it the way you want. I like the contrast and lighting in this picture. The way it fades into darkness is just right in my opinion. It was sort of hard to bring out the texture in the cardboard in the breadbasket. I think the cardboard reads but would rather not have the rough wall in the background distracting us. My mother said she thought I shouldn’t have put the “Religion” in there, but I wanted to direct the audiences thought process a little. I worked on the font to make it feel like it belonged to the rest of the piece. Putting the shadow on the edge of the letters really helped.

Hope you enjoy the pictures

(You will need to click on the pictures to see them in focus)

Colored Foot Print

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on April 28, 2011

I just found that foot comforter in the middle of some rubble. I found it made for an interesting picture especially if I took away a lot of the other colors. I wanted the color of the foot comforter to stick out. One hard part was figuring out how to frame the picture. I decided to not have it quite in the middle of the screen, it is a little farther up and to the right. I added a slight amount of grain to have the picture feel like it fit the subject matter. Hope you enjoy the picture!

(will have to click on the picture to see it in complete focus)

Water Drops

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on April 21, 2011

Wow guys! Sorry about the absence of posts. I am back and will be posting about every other day. I found out I just went above a year a few days ago on the 12th. I think the first year went pretty well. In all I did 133 posts and I will leave it up to you to judge if they were good or not.

Here is a series of pictures I did of raindrops on a nice blue car my housemates own.

These first two pictures were not given much editing. The top picture is a wide shot expressing really how many drops are covering the car. I wanted the picture to feel balanced between the care and the background. The blue car contrasts with the green and brown background pretty well.

The second picture is a good close up of the raindrops. I found the extra texture of the dirt went well with the drops. My main goal was to have the water drops feel balanced all the way through the picture. I like the highlights in the rain drops, they make the picture really pop. Of course this picture just consisted of one color, blue. I think it worked out pretty well.

These last two pictures were worked on pretty extensively on Photoshop. I was not interested in making the viewer realize right off the bat what they were looking at. It is pretty clear we are looking at rain drops still but that is about it. I liked going from dark to white in the top picture. The goal was to create a balance between dark and white in the picture. I found taking away the color helped us concentrate on the actual highlights in the water drops.

The last picture consists of hundreds of water drops. They happened to be on the windsheild of the car. If you look closely you will see that many of the drops are reflections. The picture kind of has a stary look. I also like the color scheme. We go from blueish green, to aqua blue, to a slight bit of violet purple. The cool colors creates the feel of open space, which helps create that stary feeling.

Thanks for checking in. Hope you enjoy!

(You will need to click on the pictures to see them completely in focus)

Fence Depth

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on March 16, 2011

I first need to apologize for being a little lazy at getting consistent posts up. I am hoping to get more posts up soon. My goal is to average about a post every two days. Hopefully the posts aren’t just links and photography either. I am using this blog as a measuring tool to how much I am learning in my studies in film. Right now I am in the middle of several movies. I hope to write a review on some of them and post them soon.

Anyway, this is a picture I took of a wooden fence. I wanted to establish a sort of depth mainly through the way it was focused and the way the lines of the fence get closer together the farther away it goes. It is fascinating to me and I like the balance between black and white. Hope you enjoy!

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Fire Hydrant

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on February 27, 2011

Here is a series of pictures I took of this cool fire hydrant.

(to see the pictures completely in focus you need to click on them)

This picture is to highlight the actual color of the main piece. I took the color out from around the fire hydrant so that the hydrant could really stick out. The combination of yellow, red, blue, and green give the hydrant a sort of personality/character.

I wanted to get up close and see some of the wear and tear in the hydrant. It really has gone through some tough years it looks like. The wear and tear just makes the hydrant more unique.

The lighting in this is really good. I wanted to concentrate on a small part of the overall piece. Even in this small section of the hydrant you can see character. The combination of yellow and red is great. The blue in the background also seems to complement the chain.

(to see the pictures completely in focus you need to click on them)

Hope you enjoy!

Wood Fence

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on February 24, 2011

Went out the other day and took a few cool pictures of this fence.

I really liked how the light bounced of the fence here. I took away most of the blue and green colors so the warms colors could stick out a little more. My only regret was not having the focus point a little farther up.

I made this black and white because it felt more rich that way. I tried to turn the contrast up so high that there are really just three main shades dark, gray, and white. This wheel has a lot of character to it. I really like the texture in the wood.

I kept the rusty color of the metal in this picture. You also get a closer look at the texture of the wood. The color of the metal really fits into the black and white.

(you need to click on the pictures to see them clearly)

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Light on Top of Fence

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on February 9, 2011

Another picture that I chose to insert a little grain into. I found this to be a pretty beautiful shot. I love seeing how the sun catches the snow. I wanted the focus point to be close to the lens so the sun was as out of focus as possible. Hope you enjoy.

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Framed Cord

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on February 7, 2011

This is not exactly my favorite picture I have ever taken, but I do think there are a few good things about it. First thing is the way the picture frames the main object. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time when the sun was about to set and was framing this extension cord beautifully. The eye is immediately drawn to the main part of the picture just by using light as a framing device. Extension cords for me bring back memories. When I was a kid my dad worked as a scenic designer for a collage and my brothers and I would go and visit him a lot. There were many extension cords around his work place and we would often bring him a cord or two so he could plug one of his power tools into it. So, because of the memories it gave me I wanted to make it look older as if it were taken from when I was a kid. I worked a little with color separation so the cord could stick out more. I brought down the saturation a little bit and then I gave the picture a sort of papery grain. As a young kid I saw many pictures that weren’t glossed over, they just were inked paper and they seemed to give the images a more classic feel. Hope you enjoy.

(Need to click on the picture to see it clearly)

Hanging Leafs

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on January 29, 2011

Here is another picture I took on my outing the other day. I am surprised that these leafs have survived the winter so far. I used the sun as a centering device, taking the picture with the sun directly behind the main leaf pointing down. This gives us a very nice silhouette. One of the difficulties was figuring how much to crop the picture. I wanted it to feel balanced between the background and the leafs. I took away some of the blues in order to make the color scheme more worm and inviting. Over all I think it was a good picture. I still don’t know if I like the house in the background, seeming to cut into the tip of the main leaf.

(Click on the Picture to get a clearer image. I don’t know why it is not as clear on the main page)