Six months later it’s the same old story again and again…
Twelve months later the story has changed….
There is a country song I really like called, should have seen it in color that was the inspiration for this photo. The song features a grandfather telling his grandson son about what it was like in the “good old days,” the chorus is something along the lines of, “A picture’s worth a thousand words, but you cant see what those shades of gray keep covered, you should’ve seen it in color.” There is a verse in the song he is telling the boy about his grandma and points out that the rose was red and her eyes were blue and it really struck me powerful. Red is so often the color of love and power and evokes strong feelings. For that reason I decided to use an image of a bouquet of roses and make the entire bouquet grey but one rose.
I created this image using Photoshop. First I found a color image of a bouquet of roses. Then I opened the bouquet images in Photoshop. I added a background layer so I could manipulate the image. then I used the quick selection tool to select the rose I wanted to keep red. I pasted it into a new layer above the original image. Then from the adjustments tab, i created a back and white layer. I modified the layer slightly, making the red (most the image) a little lighter then it was originally. I made sure the red rose was the top layer and moved it slightly so it was exactly on top of the black and white rose. The last step I did was saving the images as a PNG file.
This is the second of the visual assignments I’ve completed for week three. I was looking at red images for my last assignment including roses, barns, and apples because I think red is a powerful color. That made me think about apples and agriculture, specifically bushes. Then I thought, would it be funny if something else were to grow with apples. First I thought about oranges and then I decided to go with lemons because they just looked funny together. I think the images is fresh and a little whimsical and may make “city folk” think twice about where apples come from.
I used Photoshop to create the assignment. I opened the bush image up and made it the background image.
Then I opened of the apple image. It was too large so I resized it to fit the scale of the bush image. Then I used the quick selection tool to select the apple only, leaving the white background behind, and pasted it into the bush background.
I pasted the apple three times so each apple was a separate layer and left the layers in the default position at the center of the screen. I followed the same process for the lemon image but copied five lemons layers onto the bush.
Then I selected each layer one by one and moved the lemons and apples around so they were spread out across the bush. Last, I saved the image at a PNG so the file is compressed into one layer.
a Five Card Flickr story created by number1fio
Rufus and Adam were best buds. They did everything together! They watched TV, went on runs, went to the park and best of all, Rufus helped Adam meet girls. Adam was a shy guy with a good heart who always seemed to say the wrong thing, but with Rufus by his side, Adam was more confident and had girls would come up and talk to Adam so they could meet Rufus.
flickr photo by Choconancy1
Rufus was a great dog, loyal, friendly, and great with kids but he was a little too curious for his own good and would occasionally sneak out of Adam yellow fence and go explore. He always returned within a few hours so Adam was never really worried about him very long.
flickr photo by dwtno
Adam searched high and low. It was starting to get dark when he reached the abandoned dog food factory near the park they went to. He has a syncing feeling in his chest that Rufus was there. If there was one thing he knew about his pup, it was how much he liked food. Each time they walked by that place Rufus’ nose shot up in the air and sniffing ensued shortly. Damn it Ruf, Adam thought to himself. Rufus had wandered here before and the security guards had threatened to arrest Adam if they caught him wandering around again.
flickr photo by cogdogblog
flickr photo by Intrepidteacher
Just then Adam’s phone rang. An unknown number, Adam thought to himself. When he picked up the voice on the other line said, hi, is this Rufus’ owner? Adam took a deep breath, “yes” he said. “Listen, I have your dog at my book shop, can you come over and pick him up? The address it 343 main St.” Adam let the voice on the other line know he’d be right there. When Adam arrived at the beige building with a blue door he heard Rufus barking immediately. The door opened and a beautiful woman walked out followed by Rufus. After that initial thank you and polite small talk Adam decided he should make a move and ask the woman out for coffee to thank her for finding his dog. When she responded with an excited yes, he smiled and thought you himself, Rufus, you silly pup, you knew it all along.
flickr photo by bionicteaching
I think I was able to create a good connection between the pictures. I admit that I did shuffle through a few difference sequences of photos to see if any of them caught my attention. My biggest criteria was seeing a character in one of the first two photos I looked at because I think its more challenging to tell a story without a character Not impossible, but more challenging.
I think my story followed story shape:
I really enjoyed this activity, in fact so much so that I spent 25 minutes on it instead of 15 – whoops. I selected taking photos in and around my condo because it is convenient and has a mix of different areas of explore. I considered going to the park being me but feared that single adult taking pictures of a park with children may get some strange questions. An really, I found I had to be a little more creative with a more limited space. I’m curious to see what pictures other likes best, I kind of liked the patter photo the best because it’s really simple and gets the job done. I realized my socks snuck into the photo but I think that makes it a little funny. It’s kind of an Easter egg.
I liked the way my converging lines photo turned out because it’s at an interesting angle most likely.
The three pictures I think tell the best story are the joy photo, which is so simple but the heart welcoming people into a home just shouts joy to me.
I really like the story the drill in the refrigerator tells because it obviously does not belong there. I didn’t really intend it to work out the way it did but alcohol and power tools clearly don’t belong together. (I clearly need to go grocery shopping soon or it will be pickles, butter and wine for dinner – yum.)
The last photo I like because it tells a funny story to me is the fake tree that make an inanimate object look alive. I assume the intent of that question way to find a photo of an object that looks like it has a face or something along those lines but the three seemed perfect in an abstract way of interpreting the question.
My conclusion from this assignment is that pictures can be used to tell stories. Sometimes the images alone tells the story, other times the angle or the way it’s taken does, but usually its a combination of the many elements together.
I chose to take pictures in silly positions recommended in 10 Unconventional Tips to Become a Better Photographer and follow the rule of thirds described in Don’t Just Shoot.
I think I have inadvertently taken pictures following the rule of thirds before. The most classic being sky, water, and beach you get a nice combination of colors and contract between light blue sky, dark blue water and white sand. I don’t have a beach of front of me today but I found some things around my condo that were naturally split into thirds such as shelves and some other items that I had to manipulate to create this effect. Excuse the dust, we are remodeling.
I’ll be honest; I don’t think the picture I took of the shelf was stunning. That’s probably for other reasons like the lack of contrast and light but it’s it allows me to bring one point, all rule of thirds photos are not fabulous, other elements must be taken into consideration. I do however like the other two photos I took.
I didn’t see anything else that looked interesting on its own I decided that I needed to manipulate some of the objects in my own environment. The first attempt required me to adjust my sliding blinds so I ended up with sliding blinds on the left with window open in the middle and a wall on the right. This picture has nice contract in light and dark and the sections don’t blend together.
The last picture of this type I took is my favorite. It follows the files of thirds and the images in the foreground form a natural frame around the image in the background. It also creates depth. The building is about a half mile away so there is in fact depth there to begin with. I also like the way the light in the top third spills into the second third so it looks like the building in the distance has a celestial glow.
My pictures from silly positions were fun and easy to take. I decided to crawl around my condo and see what looks interesting from a two foot eye level and took a few from angled towards the ceiling. My favorite images from this sequence were an angle inside of my oven and from the bottom of the bathtub angled up towards the facet at the water was running. I had to be careful not to get water on my phone when I took this picture.