Another famous photographer I came by over this weekend was Irving Penn. Known for his portraits, still life, and fashion photography, Mr. Penn’s work has been featured in several famous magazines. What I like most about Mr. Penn’s work is his still life series. Most of his still life feels extremely chaotic and yet also perfectly regimented and organized. Here is a link to his some of his incredible work.
Over the weekend I decided to randomly look up some famous photographers and I thought I would share it with you guys. One of the photographers I liked the most was Ansel Adams. Ansel Adams was a landscape photographer who lived from 1902 – 1984. Throughout his life, Ansel Adams helped shape the landscaping industry. I like his photos because they perfectly display the beauty and magnificence of nature. Here is a link for you guys to check out some of his work! http://anseladams.com/
For my assignment I decided to try a couple of different styles of photos. The first is one I did was the tiny planet. But I decided to create a slideshow of the same tiny planet just zoomed in at different points. The second one is just a normal photo that I edited using snapseed. Finally the last photo is a photo I edited with Prisma.
For my portrait photographer, I chose Yousuf Karsh. I like the way he gets his subjects to pose for their photo. It effectively communicates an idea or impression to the viewer. For instance, in the photo of Martin Luther, Mr. Karsh has him looking up towards the sky. This creates an impression of an inspired and principled man. Or for another example, the photo of Winston Churchill creates an impression of a stoic and determined leader. I think Mr. Karsh’s ability to pose his subjects shows the power and importance of positioning within a photo.
Shutter Speed Assignment
From top to bottom –
First: ISO: 800 F- Stop: F/5.0 Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
Second ISO: 800 F- Stop: F/10 Shutter Speed: 1/50 sec
Third ISO: 400 F- Stop: F/14 Shutter Speed: 1/10 sec
Fourth ISO: 100 F- Stop: F/22 Shutter Speed: 1.0 sec
From top to bottom –
First ISO: 400 F- Stop: F/4.0 Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec
Second ISO: 800 F- Stop: F/8.0 Shutter Speed: 1/200 sec
Third ISO: 800 F- Stop: F/18 Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec
Fourth ISO: 800 F- Stop: F/25 Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec
ISO – 800 Shutter Speed – 1/800 sec Fstop – 4.0
ISO – 100 Shutter Speed – 1.0 Sec Fstop – 32
Panning With Action:
ISO – 400 Shutter Speed – 1/13 sec Fstop – 20
ISO – 100 Shutter Speed – .3 sec Fstop – 22
For the underlying logic in my first collage, I decided to exhibit an array of photos that all related to architecture. While I was working on this project, I tried to capture dynamic and differing pictures of architecture. For instance, the bottom left photo in my collage is a picture of a dirty, old, damaged building. While in complete contrast, the photo directly above that, displays a newer and cleaner brick wall. These two photos playfully demonstrate the wide variety of archi-textrue.
Additionally, in my collage I tried to create a nice balance between warm and cool photos. If you look at photos two, three, and six (from left to right) you will see warmer and brighter colors. While in photos one, four, and five you will find cooler and darker colors.
The underlying logic I tried to create for my second collage, was one of vibrant nature photos. To create this feeling in my photos, I went into lightroom and heavily altered the images. One of the main changes I made to my photos in lightroom was over saturation. I tried to make all of the colors look as bright and vibrant as possible in an attempt to make them look even slightly unnatural.
Character is essential to photography. Every actor, every landscape – every image – has a story to be told. How that story is presented and sold is where the beauty and difficulty of photography lies. But despite its complexity and dimension, Janske, a photographer on Instagram, has mastered and displayed this ability in a simplistic yet artful way. For instance, Jankse uses a variety of tricks to create a single character for his image. From changing the focus of the image, to brightening, or fading colors the viewer can’t help but become fixated on a single story. Additionally, I believe Jankse creatively uses the background of his photos to provide a powerful context for each one of his characters. This helps convey to the viewer that his characters have some dimension and depth beyond the first glance. Ultimately, I believe it is Jankse’s targeted story telling style that makes his art so appealing to me.
After looking at just a few of his recent posts I became inspired to capture pictures in a similar style. As a young, amateur photographer, I feel like it can be extremely easy to take photos that feel busy and chaotic. Someday, I would like to learn how to tell a story through a picture as well as Janske does.