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Here’s another assignment we had for DMC: Night Photography.

It’s a lot more difficult than you might think – getting all the settings just right to make that perfect exposure can be VERY tricky. I used an Olympus DSLR camera, a tripod, and very slow shutter speeds to achieve the following shots. For the ones where I had to “draw” with light, I used a flashlight app on my phone.

Below are some examples of my best attempts to get the perfect picture. Enjoy! (and don’t forget to let me know what you think!)

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Sorry I’ve been away for so long! The end of school is near, which means that professors are trying to keep to their schedule and fit every paper, project, and test in before summer vacation.

But I just wanted to take the time to post my finished DMC Hopper Painting Story. We had to take an Edward Hopper painting, create an original back story, and create a mini “video”  to present our story.

Here’s the finished product. Hope you enjoy!

Let me know what you think!

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I was scrolling trough Twitter just a few minutes ago, and happened to find this really cool time-lapse video of an 11-hour flight from San Francisco, California to Paris, France.

The reason I liked it so much is because not only does it offer inspiration for the time lapse video project that we are hurdling toward in DMC, but it is something that I’ve always wanted to do: take pictures while flying.

I hate it when the flight attendant has to tell passengers to power off their electronic equipment because I’ve always wanted to take pictures during take-off and landing – two of the coolest parts of flying.

But what’s even cooler to me is that he was able to capture the Northern Lights on film (well, memory card really), mid-air, sooooo close to them. Now, I don’t know if you know this, happen to be a nerd and I love astronomy. It has always been one of my goals to see the Northern Lights in person! How cool would that be?!!

But, I digress.

The photos for the time lapse were snapped every 2 miles, or 2-30 seconds (for 11 hours??!), with a Cannon 5D2 and 16mm-35mm lens. The take-off and landing photos were all computer models, since “the FAA prohibits use of approved electronic devices during take-off and landing.” (how many times have I heard that one?)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

I’m not sure who the photographer is, but when I find his name, I will give credit where credit is due. Journalist’s promise.

**UPDATE** I found out who the photographer is. His name is Nate Bolt and click here to visit his website and blog where you can see more of his work.

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It’s me again!

Just wanted to upload/share with you the latest assignment we had for our Digital Media Convergence class.

It was a portrait assignment and fortunately I had great subjects: what’s better than a bunch of family in town for a wedding?

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OK, so not all of them were of family or the wedding, but anyway.

What do you think?

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Cover of Teenage

When I first got the assignment to go to the library and and find a photography book to blog about, I spent at least halfan hour, pouring over books trying to find the right one. Until I landed my hands on a photo book called Teenage by Joseph Szabo.


Of course there were other books in the library that had pretty pictures, but this book really seemed to capture the essence of American youth during the 70’s and 80’s – raging hormones and all.

Szabo, who was a high school teacher in New York, captured the intimate and real emotions of his teenaged students, documenting first-hand what life was like for them in the era of cigarettes, blue jeans, and  hippies.

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While each photo is a frozen moment of action, reaction, or interaction, the thing that stood out to me the most was the clothes the teenagers wore. To me, the clothes, more than anything else, are what give the teenagers their personality – from the rebel to the hippie, to the preppy.

Overall, Szabo’s photobook Teenage left an impact on me and solidified photography’s role as a documenter of the past, present, and future.

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While doing work this past weekend and pondering what  stop motion video I would blog about, fate (and iTunes shuffle) played the amazing video for “Her Morning Elegance” by  Oren Lavie. (Which I happened to snag FREE off iTunes!)

I love this video because it narrates the girl’s life and struggles from a mattress. With clever use of sheets, pillows, socks, and other household items, the viewer gets the feeling of being in her dreams (hence the mattress).

Actress walking down the “stairs”

Actress looking longingly out her window

Actress “swimming” in the ocean

Actress “dancing” with singer Oren Lavie

Stop motion is so cool to me because you can create “imaginary” motion – like riding a bike, dancing, and walking down the stairs – simply by taking thousands of pictures and “animating” them. (If your interested in seeing the behind-the-scenes stuff, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKptYcQuKxc)

The amount of time, dedication, and planning that it takes to create a stop motion video is astounding and really makes you smile knowing that all artists aren’t using the same formula for their videos, but really are thinking creatively. (As they should.)

Oren Lavie album cover


Here’s a link to an eerie yet cool stop motion video by the same co-directors:


and another stop motion-time lapse mash-up by band Guster:


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For our latest project in Digital Media Convergence (DMC), we had to take pictures with a theme.

After waffling around themes from ranging from color to lines to things blowing in the wind, I finally settled on the color red (which was actually my original idea, but I thought it was no good).

So I took the pics, loaded ’em on the computer, and proceeded to Photoshop them, just to make the red pop a little more.

Now, you already know how I feel about Photoshop (if you don’t, refer to the previous post). But because I had only had to focus on bringing out the color red, and I got a lot of practice with just that one skill in class, I was pretty adept. I think I managed to do a decent job?

What do you think?

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