Monday, May 4, 2015

A Farewell In Beauty

The edits made here was color and the brightness/contrast to give a warm tone.

The edits made here is the same as the previous, except cool toned.

Same edits here, but a mix of warm and cool tones.

A different day these next few were taken, same edits applied - this in warm tone.

Edits made were in cool tone.

Edits made were a mix of warm and cool tone.

The concept for this project was to capture the beauty of sunsets in my podunk area that I live in. It's important to me because not many people get to enjoy the calmness of such a scene in life, most seek the falseness that can be fabricated to fill a void one is feeling in their lives. In order to fix this, I sought to draw out the radiant colors and emotions that accompany the sun in its final moments in the sky before the bright moon takes its place. I want the viewer to understand it doesn't take much to step outside into nature to feel at peace, to try and fill that emptiness with temporary things - it only takes a moment to feel the warmth of the sun.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Abstraction - 2

Another day messing with copy/paste, layers, and textures. Behold my random abstraction creation.
The wasps (red originally) are what I hate.
The scene on the bottom right is an image of a video game from my childhood (Jak 2).
The texture was of cotton.


This was taken through an ashtray, to distort the image and the angle it was taken.

This is my clone-tree! I took a picture of a guy I had taken in an image I had previously and made an army in a tree!

Poor mom and grandma, they got mushed together and colored to make a new Ghostbuster monster! Who ya gonna call?

Messing around with lines and paint, I had an image from the chapel underneath, used a gradient, and then just doodled of sorts with colors.

Sorry for the delay, just forgot alot. :/

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dearest Family Moments

My mother, whom just got home from a 12 hour shift at work, was one of my muses. In this one a simple yellow tint and bringing the key light close to brighten her up.

Of course, working 12 hours means you are obviously tired. With this, simply added a red-ish hue while removing a light from the three to give a half and half look.

Yup, so tired from a long day. Again, similar to the second, reddish tint but the lighting switched sides.

My grandmother, the second muse for these pictures. I used a blue, cool tone for her as the key light was used to bring out her entire face.

Similar to my mother's, used a reddish tint and moved a light or two to give her shadows,

Using a mix of cool and warm tones, south to bring out the contrast between the dark and light sides of her face.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Everything's Fun in the Dark

Having fun with draw-lighting, I edited this to give it a fun red color to make it stand out from the bright yellow from the flashlight.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

3 Point Lighting

I loved this picture I had taken as an example in class because I had the key light underneath him to give him a dramatic look, while the fill and back lights on his sides to highlight his cheeks and hair. Overall this was a great shot I took and it made him stand out nicely.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Motion and Depth of Field

DOF 1- The focus I chose was the fluffy part of the earmuff, where the sun shone on it to bring further attention to the piece. I rather liked it because it seemed as if the universe itself agreed on that being the main point of the photo.

DOF 2 - With the same object, I chose to focus on the headpiece, the patterns it held as well as the fine detail one could get. The lighting was a major help in this as it set to pop out the fine lines and points of the material against the wood.

DOF 3 - I had limited lighting and avaliability with this target, but all the same I did enjoy how when I edited the brightness and contrast it gave it the appearance of a better lighting, which was sorely needed.

DOF 4 - I had attempted to put focus on the stone, but instead it focused on the statuette behind it. It still brings the stone to attention, which surprised me when I put forth more effort in nitpicking the details.

Motion 1 - My grandmother was the only thing in motion I could use, and she did her best to help. I noticed when I uploaded this how despite everything being a blue, she stands out from the brown wood behind her.

Motion 2 - As she continued to move, I was able to make her a bit less blurry compared to the rest of the scene, but it was rather hard nonetheless. Again, she to me remained a central focus compared to the brown backdrop.

Motion 3 - Moving further into the room, the brown becomes dominant as the white in her shirt brightened in comparison. I attempted to darken it whilst keeping her bright.

Motion 4 - In this I went for a cool tone in order to draw from the little brightness there was in the room. She was more in focus in this one, but it also focused on everything else, making it a 'whole' effect.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Examples of DOF (Depth of Field)

The first photo is an example of deep dof  because of how despite the distance of the bridge, you still receive a clear, crisp view of the possible end it gives. I liked this example because of the symbolism of the never-ending bridge and the relation to how our lives and the possibilities beyond don't end.

This second deep dof is one I like simply because of the fact you can see the city in nearly its entirety without losing the prospect of it being a city. I love the lights and colors and how it reflects the idea.

This is an example of shallow dof, hence why you only see one lantern clearly than the others. To me it gives a sense of definition and hindsight to what the lantern could represent - maybe a holiday?

This is another example of shallow dof, the cute kitten being the center of attention as in the background's business is clouded out, leaving the cute furry creature the main eye-candy.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Assignment 1 - Main Post

I enjoyed the simply black and white setting it was in, as it didn't scream at me to be changed. I loved how the tree didn't swallow the entire scene, the shadows and highlights creating nice midtones.

I loved the dark sepia tone here, making it a dark day despite the sunshine. I wanted to play with the darkness and highlights to make it a dreary day.

I wanted to take a play from the previous in terms of playing with the darkness and highlights to make a dreary day from bad to worse. Instead of sepia, I kept the black and white and simply darkened the contrast.

Using cool tones, I brightened the photo to give the appearance it was a super sunny day despite the cool vibe.

I wanted to do another sepia because it makes me think to old pictures my grandma keeps. With this, however, I fiddled with the contrast some more to make it a cloudy, foggy-like day.

Assignment 1 - Practice Post

I chose this image because of how well the tree made its presence known against the other trees and the background, given how it is still full of life rather than being starkly dead. In symbolizing life, it shows that there is life in and on this campus despite the cold.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

D.P. Class; Blog 1

I'm Kristen, and I'm a sophomore currently majoring in English (although I don't wish to). I'm taking this class to get my hours in to be a junior in the fall. I wish to create my own major, but my GPA is just short of the needed requirement to do so, I plan on writing the backgrounds for characters and back-stories of games, and to also test them as well!