Assignment 2: Keitai Phenomena

So for our Assignment 2 we had to create a series of photographs revolving around the idea of Keitai Phenomena; either we incorporate the ‘keitai’ in our shots or we incorporate the idea of keitai in our concepts. Needless to say I chose the latter, I’m just not fascinated with the idea of using technology as a subject in my photos. Call me weird but I like mundane banal stuff more hahaha.

The assignment was pretty tough as compared to the first where the lines were clear and you just had to pass the technicality aspect to be sure you had the grade. For this one, I was pretty stumped when I had to stop and wonder if my idea was not suitable for the assignment.

My concept for this assignment at one glance just seems to be be about shoes, shoes and more shoes, and more or less in the same composition. The main idea I was going for was actually looking “through the eyes of a dancer”. To many people they just simply assumed dancers wear dance shoes 24/7 throughout the year because we’re spotted in dance wear everytime they see us. To a dancer, dance shoes are not their only persona. They are just like every other university students (in my context) and are not and should not be confined to a single stereotype. From my series, I try to show my own perspective (taken top-down much like my line of vision) regarding the different kind of shoes I (as a dancer) wear in my daily life.

Wearing the different kinds of shoes does not just simply ends at that. The different kind of shoes also shows the different kind of persona a dancer might have, and the different kinds of persona that they are open to.

It is an intimate, sneak peek into the mundane life of a dancer.

So for the tutorial I submitted 4 shots, which recieved comments such as the link between the photos weren’t smooth due to different perspectivity. Here,

So after compiling it:

It can be much better though, and I’ll work on it before the final portfoilio submission, but till then! 🙂

 

Edit:
Revised the composition of the photos, and decided to make all 4 photos largely similar so that they flow better.

Class Exercise 2: Extraordinary within the ordinary

Didn’t manage to attend the tutorial slot this week thanks to my wisdom tooth extraction. I wonder if I missed out a lot! But regardless I thought I’d give the class exercise a try. Though I’m not really sure what the class was told to do.

For me, I kinda conceptualized how something ordinary would appear extraordinary to me, and tried to recall some of those moments where I really wished I had my phone/camera with me to capture down the scene in front of me. A lot of things affect me, and most of the time I find a lot of things that are really beautiful, but only to me. Somehow my friends don’t seem to see it in the same light that I do.

Which brings me to the point of how I think that something extraordinary out of something ordinary is based pretty much on the emotions of the viewer. The current state the viewer is in reflects how he/she views the beauty of the subject as well. One could call that sort of beauty ‘independent of others’ since its kind of like an individual’s emotions. And different kind of beauty can mean different things to different people.

I guess what a photographer can do best is to bring out that beauty from what he/she sees and share it with the rest of us. It’s no easy feat though, because obviously a camera can never capture best how our eyes perceive the scene, and especially when emotions get involved, it is hard to share the same experience with people that one barely know. But I think that’s what makes someone a photographer; when he/she is able to bring out that exquisite side of something ordinary in a photo, and everyone is able to see it as well. The perception might be different, but that beauty all the same is still there.

So here’s my takes on some ordinary things that kinda mean more to me than they usually do. Usually it happens within a split second where I go “omg that was so beautiful” with starstruck eyes. I usually don’t have time to take down those moments, so pretty much here are the ones I tried my hardest getting.

And all of these are my idea of beauty viewed from MY eyes, so even though its only my perception, I hope it gets across to everyone else as well!

So what appeals to you guys? Thought for the night: Think of something you encountered that was extraordinary within the ordinary.

Goodnight oyasumi!

Class Exercise 1: Panning

During our first tutorial we had a brief run-through/crash course from Lionel to teach us more about the works of a DSLR. And of course the ways we could capture deep/shallow depth of field, freeze motion, blur action and all that. The tutorial was kind of a supplement to what I already know (and I bet to most of the people in the class) and it helped a lot, especially in confirming the theories and etc.

Well nearly the end of the tutorial Jing sprang a class exercise on us: Panning. I’ve never really been good at panning. Somehow whatever method I use I can never get my subject to be focused amidst all the blurness. I blame it on my hands that can never stop shaking too much. Hahaha. But, I guess it can be worked on!

So we seperated into groups of 3-4 people and ventured out of the class to search for worthy subjects of our panning exercise. We didn’t have much of choices though; the AS1 corridor, the central library corridor, ADM level one and the few busstops visible to us from the central forum. My group and I tried to take a few photos at the corridors, but sadly we didn’t manage to get any good ones. One BIG problem was that everybody seemed so hostile whenever we whipped out our cameras. They’d either glare at us, or cover their faces. Or walk REALLY fast in hopes that they won’t be caught on camera. Although the main point was to capture them, they didn’t make it any easier for us. Sighs, typical Singaporeans. So that having failed, we ventured downstairs to take panning shots of cars instead. Well, at least they are less hostile.

Here’s one that passed the benchmark! 🙂

So, till the end of the semester, await more exciting photos from here!

Assignment 1: Focus & Motion

So for the first assignment that we were given in class was to capture shots that had:

1) Shallow depth of field 2 )Deep depth of field 3) Freeze action and 4) Motion blur.

Amidst tight deadlines and commitments, it was really hard to find time to actually go out and explore new places for inspiration. Even though the assignment this time round wasn’t based much on concept and on technicality, I kinda still felt that a concept would be what I really wanted to go for. Which I did try… but sadly, it didn’t go as well as I thought. But no worries, still have some free time before final portfolio submission so till then I’ll just have to keep taking shots until I can find one that truly expresses what I want to show.

So, for the class critique I had 4 shots of each technique, and here they are!

Shallow Depth of Field

This was the only satisfactory one that I could approve of out of the rest. I love how the words are not just on its own but relative to the subject as well. Kudos to my (un)willing model enkee hahaha. Not saying that she’s a bad person, but as in her usual fashion style goes along the bad-ass kinda way so…. YES i really love this photo. 😀

Then Deep Depth of Field

Had a few tries at it, and these are the few that I liked.

For Blur Motion,

I didn’t quite understand the concept of it, especially regarding the areas that are blurred and the areas that are strictly to be blurred. Tried some different adjustments, and although these 2 are not very ‘blur motion’, I really liked how it came out so I’ll just post it here for personal keepsake!

And for the blur motion I submitted via tutorial critique was this:

And for Freeze Action

Kind of wanted to show a certain concept within each photo, along with a caption but I guess that shall be done when I can finalize which shot I intend to use.

That’s it for now! 😀

Guest Lecture: Lecture 2

For lecture 2, Jing actually invited down a guest speaker to give us a brief crash course on photography. We were told that usually a crash course would take about at least over 14 hours, so I guess this can be considered as a Super Crash Course.

And needless to say, it was really interesting! Especially because there was very clear explanation by the speaker (Lionel Lin) about the few techniques to manipulate light and create certain photo compositions and texture. Well, in his words, the manipulation of light is the most important thing in understanding photography basics. I can’t agree more.

There was mention about the usual tools such as the exposure triangle, otherwise known as : aperture, ISO and shutter speed. Also, stuff such as metering, color calibration, white balance/exposure, RAW vs JPEG and knowledge of certain manipulation techniques were let known to us as well.

It’s especially interesting to me how knowledge about these information can aid us so much in being able to create the photo from the image in our mind. The ability to add focus, or to create a certain sense of emotion or sensation through depth of field is extremely crucial in my opinion. A photo says a thousand words, and I strongly believe that for one to be proud of his/her photo, much of his/her emotions has to be place in it, and those emotions are exactly what should be portrayed in his/her work. Without it, there is no meaning in opening up the photographs because the audience does not share the same history and background as the photographer.

So, what struck me most from the lecture was definitely the ability to bring across emotions through manipulating depth of field (and also shutter speed). I can’t wait to try it out soon!

Getting all prepped up for the porfolio!