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)

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!

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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!

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.

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Tree Stump

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on November 24, 2010

It is hard to think of a good name for this picture, that is why you kind of get the basic Tree Stump title. The tree stump is the main focus of the picture. I only wanted warm colors in the picture and didn’t want the eye to concentrate on the trees in the far background. For the main tree and stump I wanted to see color on whatever the light seemed to touch. Color separation can sometimes have a nice effect, I think separated color well in this picture and it allows you to concentrate on some of the beauty of the picture that you might not have seen otherwise.

Framed Leaf

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on November 7, 2010

Framing a picture is easier said then done sometimes. Thankfully the fence gave me a perfect way to frame this leaf. Framing can often help draw the audiences eye to the main focus of the shot. Immediately you know what you are supposed to be looking at in this picture. I also tried to use a high exposure as a way to draw your eye. The only think that isn’t extremely lit is the leaf.

Center Leaf

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on October 26, 2010

I actually went out the other day and took some really good shots of individual leaves. This is one of them. The question like usual was, how do I make this leaf the main focus? The simple thing to do was put it directly in the middle of the picture. The sun really hits this leaf perfectly, creating some interesting shadows. I also used photoshop to get rid of some color so the whole picture consists of more browns and yellows then blues and greens. I really like this leaf. It sort of is a good representation of how interesting and even beautiful something could be even though it is at the end of its life and only holding on by a thread.

Dieing Flower

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on October 24, 2010

Well it is that time of the year when nature starts to die on you. The good news is that Fall usually makes for some very interesting photography. I really tried working with color separation in this picture. I tried to bring down all the colors else then red and yellow. I felt the need to have some yellow and red around the flower in order to balance the picture. However the main piece is obvious, right away the eye is drawn to the dieing flower. At least that is what I think, would love to hear what others think?

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Abstract Tree and Cloud

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on October 17, 2010

Sorry about the absense of posts. I needed to turn my computer in to get cleaned for viruses. It is back now however and I will try to start posting every other day again.

Log: Series

Posted in Uncategorized by Jacob on October 7, 2010

This is another series of pictures I took of the same object, trying to find unique yet linked ways to express theobject. As you can see in all of these I played with texture quite a bit.

It is interesting how the eye is drawn to color.  The log is no trashcan that easily stands out from it’s surroundings. I wanted to create a slightly richer color with the log so it stood out from it’s surroundings.

The texture I used seemed to unify everything in the picture. I have the log in focus in this picture but I think everything about it is interesting. I find the silhouette of the weeds interesting and I find it interesting how the grain in the fence is very similar to the grain in the log. You can see the color of the log is complimented in the surrounding colors..

This is the top of the log. Several interesting things were sitting on top of it. I wanted the eye to be directed to one thing in particular. I drew out the color of the leave just a little bit and sharpened it slightly. I think it is often important to have a main focus in a picture so the eye doesn’t just wonder uncontrollably around the picture. There needs to be something that grounds your picture a reason to why you took it. For this picture it was the leaf.