Friday, March 16, 2012

Second Project. Not the first.

I should apologize for not posting for so long or something. I'm an unreliable blogger and I know it. I blog when I can or when I have something to say or when I feel like it. I do miss writing and the blogging community though.

For those of you who were wondering, life without the ex husband in the house has been much more peaceful. I try to ignore the occasional harassment via text that I get. It's not worth the argument. All in all, I think I'm doing well. Though I am sorting through some emotional stuff that has to do with finding myself after a long time of living according to the expectations of others. Wish me luck on that.

I have almost completed my writing class. I'm sure I'll get a decent grade. Though perhaps not an A. After all, it is essay writing, and that is not really my strength. I have completed two projects for my Lighting for Photography course. The first project I count as a disaster. I didn't do very well, but it was my first time working with studio lights. Basically, I had to photograph a round object and try to get a certain light ratio. I'm not showing you all that one. I will show you all my second project. I like it a lot better and I hope my grade reflects the hard work I put into it.

I will tell you all that scheduling the studio time proved to be a problem. I was able to work alone the first time and I thought I could do it the second time. I went to the studio as some of my classmates were leaving, and they told me emphatically that I would absolutely NOT be able to work alone. Two of them helped me set up and one of them stayed with me and assisted me in adjusting the lights throughout the shoot. I can't tell you how grateful I am to him for being such a gentleman and sticking around to help me. I really could NOT have done it without him. One other person I have to give credit to is my beautiful daughter who was my model. It was a long process and she was tired and hungry and only lost patience once I was already done with the shoot. For Isabella that is quite an accomplishment. The project was to do one low key portrait and one high key portrait. For those of you who don't know, "low key" means primarily dark tones and "high key" means primarily light tones. So without further ado here are the two portraits I turned in for my grade.

For fun I'll show you one that didn't really work.

Well, that's all for now. I'll post again after project number three.


Leovi said...

Delicious pictures, my favorite is the third. I wish you luck in this new stage of your life. Greetings.

Vince said...

I think the last one is the best. But I expect the brief was to be more subtle with the light and not do a day/night vertical on her face.
As to the question, I'd say you've nailed it. There is truly more 'pop' in the 2nd one, and if a fault, it's in the drape on her neck causing a dark line on her neck. But there is such a difference between all three that the child seems different in each one. And not the child looking different. A different child.

Talli Roland said...

Beautiful photos - I love the second one. You've got talent!

Tara Tyler said...

glad to hear from you and you sound much happier!
gorgeous pictures! keep it up!

Marjorie said...

Leovi- That means a lot coming from a talented person like you!

Vince- I really love the last one but you're right that it didn't fit within the confines of the assignment. The assignment was to use split lighting more subtly and not to use broad lighting (lighting the side of the face toward camera).

Talli- The second one was my favorite that I turned in.

Tara- Thanks so much for coming back and reading. I'm such a slacker!

Crystal Pistol said...

I actually like the last photo the best. Something in her expression speaks to me. Beautiful.

Arlee Bird said...

I'm a bad commenter these days--or maybe I should say I always seem to be behind. The portraits are excellent. I too like the last one--I think it works very well.

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