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Visual Literacy Com 105-006

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Artistic Statement Photo Essay

My assignment was to catch a moment of a student procrastinating by eating instead of working. I was carrying my camera around with me all day and when I had just about given up for awhile on finding a shot I got to my room and my roommate was sitting, eating a cookie, instead of working. He didnt notice me at the door, so i carefully and silently angled my camera over my bed and snapped the picture. The flash and click of the lens alerted him but by then it was already too late and I had my shot.

Photo Essay “Procrastination”

For these three pitcures, I played around with the color settings on my camera, the first picture was taken under normal conditions, and no editing was done to it, the second was taken in black and white, with the same settings otherwise, and the third was taken in sepia. Upon uploading them to my computer, I enhanced them all in iPhoto, thus making them stand out and appear brighter than they were in reality.

For these three sets of two photos, I chose to change the ISO settings. The lowest ISO setting on my camera is 80, which is what the pictures on top were shot in, the colors are fuller and everything seems much brighter and defined. On the other hand, the pictures on the bottom were shot with the maximum ISO on my camera, that being 1600. As you can see, the colors are more faded and less defined, when compared to the low ISO. Upon researching the normal effects that the ISO has on a picture, I found that my pictures were what the results should be.

In these 3 photos, the bee’s motion created a different angle for me in each shot. I remained completely stationary, however while the bee was crawling every which way over the flowers, I was able to capture completely different shots. This goes to show how a very different angle can be produced with zoom and motion of the subject, not of the photographer. I spent at least an hour collecting different shots of this bee, with the final one being the one that I was looking for the entire time, the angle that I was looking for.

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Critical Analysis

Critical Analysis

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For my critical analysis, I chose to critique a photo of three basketball players from my favorite team, the New York Knicks, about three years ago. They are clearly a dejected group of players, who seem completely frustrated by what is happening on the court. Overall it is a sad image, full of disappointment and frustration.

The first element that I noticed in the photo, aside from the obvious losing and frustration that is occurring, is the symmetry of it. All three players are sitting with their elbows on their knees or upper leg, with their hands on their head. They also all have a towel on some part of their body, which tells me that they have been on the bench for awhile watching the losing unfold before them. The three players are centered in the image with a partial view of some fans in the background. I find it very impressive that a photographer from the other side of the court captured such a symmetrical image.

Another element that I find interesting in the photo is the increasing theme of it. The players, Nate Robinson, Mardy Collins, and Renaldo Balkman, happen to be arranged in size order, from left to right, smallest to tallest. Also, the position of the towel is increasing as you go down the bench from left to right, with Robinson’s towel on his knees, Collins’ towel around his neck, and Balkman’s towel around the top of his head. Again, a photographer across the court took this photo at a live basketball game. Granted, the picture isn’t perfect, as evident by the portion of another player’s leg on the left edge of the image. This makes the image more appealing to me because it makes it obvious that the photo wasn’t altered at all whatsoever.

The third element that I found intriguing about the image is the framing of it, and frankly the lack of a definite frame. In fact, the edges of the photo act as a natural frame for the scene. The viewer is forced to focus on the players and the players alone, as they are the dominant feature in the photo and are framed near perfectly by the edges of the image.

All in all, the photographer captured the image of misery, losing and frustration perfectly in this live shot of the Knicks bench. It was a perfect storm of elements for the photographer as his subjects were aligned near perfectly and natural elements of symmetry, framing, and an overall increasing nature were present. This is a good example of what live sports photography should be like, and that is what makes the photo so appealing to me.