Photo Essay part 2

10 02 2009
Candle in the church

Candle in the church

I like the perspective these two pictures provide. I used a similar technique with both, using the candle and the sign post as a focal point with the background being the majority of the photograph. I was playing with depth of field.

It's a sign

It's a sign





Photo Essay

10 02 2009

For my photo essay assignment, I tried to capture the beauty of the National Cathedral from unusual angles. After all, Ansel Adams says, “A good photo is knowing where to stand.”

National Cathedral

This is my favorite photo of this essay. I saw a photo with a lamp post in the foreground and the architecture of a building in the background. And I decided to replicate the photo. What came out was even better than I thought, because the lamp post in this picture was very similar in texture to the cathedral. And a sepia tone, creates a sense of oneness between the two. There is a fascinating juxtapositioning that creates a sense of surrealism in this picture especially in light of the whiteness of the sky.

National Cathedral

This is deep saturation of colors to create a contrast between the beige walls and the blue sky. The photo taken from so close to the wall, gives a different perspective than if taken in whole from the street.

Archways inside

I took many pictures of the stained glass inside the cathedral but none were good enough to put up. They were all the usual. I could not get a new angle. So, I decided that the hues coming from the stained glass could be captured on the pillars of the arches inside the church. That was I could get an infinite perspective with some depth in the picture as well as showcase the colors streaming from the stained glass windows.

Artwork, on the entrance door

This is some artwork I discovered hidden in a huge wrought iron entrance to the cathedral. I decided to use the macro feature of my lens to take this picture. The shadows in the background give it almost a 3D feel.





Ernst Haas 2

10 02 2009

parachute_flowers

This macro lens photo is amazing!!! As Mr. Krause points out in his book “Photo Idea Index,” people are drawn to images that contain content that is intriguing. And since we don’t often see parachute flowers this up close and personal, this image draws the viewer and Haas manages to capture a sense of digital imaging, a surrealism, in this very real, natural picture.

po_valley

I liked this one by Haas because once again it is a unique color palette, and the angles guide your eye to endlessness. The photo portrays loneliness as well as a ‘light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel’ feel.





Ernst Haas

10 02 2009

Ernst Haas (March 2, 1921 – September 12, 1986) was an artist and influential photographer noted for his innovations in color photography, experiments in abstract light and form. His photo essay for the magazine on prisoners of war coming home to Vienna won him acclaim. Haas moved to New York City and in 1953 produced a 24-page, color photo essay on the city for Life, which then commissioned similar photo spreads on Paris and Venice. In 1962, the Museum of Modern Art mounted a one-man show of Haas’ color photos. Haas’ first photo book, Elements, was published the next year.

Some of Haas’ most famous pictures were deliberately out-of-focus and blurred, creating strong visual effects.
In 1986, Haas received the Hasselblad Award for his photography. Haas died in New York City.

soapy_tresses

This photo by Haas is my favorite as it is a simple image that could only be brought to life by the keen photographer’s eye. It is the image of soapy water on a window. The black and white image gives it texture and brings it to life in 3D form to look like tresses. There is infinity depicted here in the movement of the ‘tresses’ as well as perspective.





Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

4 02 2009


Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, originally uploaded by zuleqa.

Serenity
In content the Lincoln Memorial is a place of serenity as it symbolizes everything that is right about the principles and the constitution of the United States of America. However, what I like about this picture is that by intentionally taking it at an angle, it gives the impression of unending blue sky that would not be acheived through symmetry and straight lines.





Human bones

4 02 2009


DSC_0263, originally uploaded by zuleqa.

Hard
Bones, they are the hardest part of the human body. But they also decompose. The lighting and the placement of these human bones (styrofoam replicas bought on amazon.com) emphasize the shadows and the dark nature of finding human bones on the surface of the ground instead of six feet under.





Mahatma Gandhi, Washington, DC

4 02 2009


Mahatma Gandhi, Washington, DC, originally uploaded by zuleqa.

Serenity