Friday, June 11, 2010

Creativity Bootcamp Day 6: Fluid

Creative Bootcamp Day 6
The word of the day is fluid! There's a tactic that I was shown a while ago at the fall 'Henry's Photography, Video, and Digital Imaging Show'. It was a macro style that involves immersing a flower in a glass container of water. It creates a cool effect. A very cool, very 'Fluid' effect. These are the results. I realized that warmer, artificial light actually worked much better than actual sunlight. I submersed the flower in a fishbowl that had flat sides to avoid warping and then left it for a few hours so that a few oxygen bubbles could build up on the flower itself.With a lime green background to match, the experiment actually turned out better than expected. You can be sure to see some more fishtank photography. Did someone say "Fishtank Strobe Photography?'

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Creative Bootcamp Day 5: Grow

Creative Bootcamp Day 5
So the word for today was grow, but I also wanted to pay homage to the journal part of this assignment. We were prompted to reflect on the music of our youth (the music of now, for me.)
and I came up with a few songs that I felt fit:
As for the word prompt, Grow, I had a few different tactics, and found that the generality of the word had very positive and negative effects. It gave me lots of ideas, and opportunties, but made it harder to decide what to actually do for it.
So after a lot of wasting time I went with a stump, a fake flower and some strobe photography. I took the photo with only the stump, with the flower and the stump, and one with the flower there for only half of the exposure.

Creative Bootcamp Day 4: Heavy Metal

Creative Bootcamp Day 4
I saw this random word prompt, and smiled. Being a metal fan, I was undeniably excited. Oh, the opportunities. It'd be hard, for sure, but incredibly satisfying. I wanted to go with the associative idea, but couldn't get in touch with my brother to take some shots of his drumming in action, so I went out to find some...Heavy Metal. So this, literally is heavy metal. I found a train yard with an unhelpful chain-link fence and was a bit dismayed. So I used the fence to give the photo a whole new meaning. If you think about it, the train system meant a lot of opportunities and freedom to people at one point. Then to see it fenced off, it seems trapping, constricting, in a sense. So I'm a few days behind the creative bootamp, but I'll get caught up today if it kills me! So, look out Blogosphere, here I come!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Creative Bootcamp Day 3: Multilayered

Creative Bootcamp Day 3
I saw the subject and thought to myself: "Wtf? This is gonna be difficult" and for a while it was. Till inspiration struck! OK, it didn't strike exactly. I wandered around trying to find something that fit. And no luck. What, oh what could they mean by 'multi-layered'? Sure, I know things that are multi-layered. Lots of them. Any that I can photograph? Not really. So, much later than I was supposed to do it, I found one. I was sitting in class, and I remembered we had a tree that was cut down outside of the school, so I 'went to get a drink' and made a photo or two of the tree stump. This is the best of them. The point I was going for was to compare the smooth circles of the tree's rings with the sharp angular cuts made to it. Kind of a 'Nature and man, and their tactics.'

Creative Bootcamp Day 2: Picnic

Creative Bootcamp Day 2
Now this one was hard. I've been thinking about it for a while now, and I realized that with my limited resources, this is a difficult one. So I had to think outside the box. And this is what I came up with. I decided to try looking back into some of the photos I've taken recently, to see if any fit the bill. And One kinda did. This is it. It's a shot of the picnic tables outside of Mackies in Port Stanley. The sky was very dark but the sun had peeked through, and combined with a light rain, the atmosphere was perfect. So, here it is, Day Two and I'm struggling. We'll see how well this whole endeavor goes.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Creative Bootcamp Day:1 'Ivory'

The theme for yesterday's Creative Bootcamp was Ivory. So I decided to look at it both the obvious way (a piano, being that most of us don't live near elephants) and the less obvious one (an actual elephant). The elephant in the background is a lego one, and the piano keys are, unfortunately, made of actual ivory, so it fits the theme quite well. What bothers me, is the actual artistic quality of the photo. The colours are boring and the composition is just alright. I feel like I could have done better. This is one of the reasons I'm doing this course. So I can try to do better with assignments like this.