In this picture I used my helmet again because I like how it sort of has a personality. I also used old Christmas lights, which in my other shots I used as actual lighting, but here I wanted a sort of monstrous look, so I made it look like my helmet has teeth or tentacles.  The light in this shot is directly in front of it, and combined with the black and white filter I think it gets a vintage horror movie coloring to it.  I do like how objects are able to gain personality, but I wish the light bulbs were more in focus.

  1. Camera: Nikon D3100
  2. Aperture: f/5.3
  3. Exposure: 1/15th
  4. Focal Length: 48mm

I chose to take a picture of my helmet and amp headphones because I wanted my items to be a reflection of myself.  My interests include skating to some degree and bass guitar.  I also used the helmet because of its vivid color that looked good against most backgrounds.  I arranged them to be sort of cute, as if the helmet is a little dude listening to music.  In this picture, the light is on an angle to the right of the objects.  I really like the contrast of the blue on white and the shadows cast by the light.

  1. Camera: Nikon D3100
  2. Aperture: f/5
  3. Exposure: 1/40th
  4. Focal Length: 35mm

The light in this photo is unique because it only hits the chain and ground surrounding it.  The light really brings out the texture of the gravel and shadow hides the more blurry sides of the picture (which were unintentional).  Between the lighting, subject, and filter, the mood of this image is vintage and calm.  I also like how the chain casts a twisted shadow behind itself.

  1. Camera: Nikon D3100
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/125th
  4. Focal Length: 24mm

This photo was taken in shadow, so the light isn’t direct on the subject.  However, the image has to do with a reflection, and without light a mirror doesn’t work, so I’d say this qualifies as a light photo.  With shadows wrapping around the tree and surrounding shrubs, the light makes the statue stand out more, and the overall darkness of the photo creates a depressing, creepy mood.  Life emotionless stone face of the statue helps contribute to that feeling as well.

  1. Camera: Nikon D3100
  2. Aperture: f/5.6
  3. Exposure: 1/40th
  4. Focal Length: 55mm

This tutorial is short, sweet, and very easy to do.  Personally I didn’t know what split toning was, but this video taught me how useful it could be to give any image that extra edge to make it look better.  The tutorial focuses on color correction and color enhancement using a simple Adobe Lightroom tool.

This tutorial is not photo specific, but I enjoy the idea of using Photoshop as a tool to create art.  This tutorial shows how to create colored glowing lines in an image, which can easily be applied to both photography and any other image created.  I think there are a lot of possibilities with this art tool, and it is pretty easy to follow. However, I do personally recommend muting the video.

This is the second photo I chose out of my Fragments shots.  I was very tired and a bout of inspiration hit me last minute.  These were actually the final shots I took.  The dragon likes skittles, the wrench likes bolts.  Simple enough right?  I believe this photo can be classified as a fragments shot because of how i used only parts of objects to make the “heads”.  During shooting I just had a sheet of paper underneath a sword hild and wrench and just slid them out of the frame until I was satisfied.  In post editing I made it black and white but restored color to the skittles and tongue and eye of the dragon.  Made it much more interesting and removed the yellowish hue of the paper under the objects.

  1. Camera: Nikon D3100
  2. Aperture: f/8
  3. Exposure: 1/60th
  4. Focal Length: 40mm

This is a photo taken for a Fragments assignment.  It was pretty challenging for me, as I’m not used to staging things.  I grabbed a white sheet of paper, threw various objects and hoped for the best.  These are old bass strings in black and white.  To shhot them I wound them up in a circle and only laid a semicircle of it in the frame.  I like the tangle of physical string and the shadows they cast.  A confusing, but interesting shot in my opinion.

  1. Camera: Nikon D3100
  2. Aperture: f/5.6
  3. Exposure: 1/125th
  4. Focal Length: 34mm

This image was more of a test of sorts.  I wanted to create a vector image using a photo like my last one, but this time I wanted parts of the photo to be completely gone rather that just lie underneath the vector. I took an image (graffiti of woman holding child) I took on a trip to Chicago and created some vectors by pulling the shapes out of another photo of graffiti that I took.  Like normal tumblr drained some of the color, but the image was sort of complicated to begin with.  Not my best, but I’m glad I gave this a shot.  Also I should mention these compositions are not meant to be believable or realistic, but completely abstract.  That way I can make them look as crazy and interesting as I want with no fear that someone might not understand the reason for the image.

  1. Camera: Nikon D3100
  2. Aperture: f/7.1
  3. Exposure: 1/200th
  4. Focal Length: 30mm