Monthly Archives: February 2013

Inspiration for Project 2–The Wedding Series









I chose this wedding series from a unknown photographer because he/she showed the emotion of “amazed” perfectly. Though using sorely facial expression sounds way far from being special and “amazing”, he/she took those photos in a way that really offers a sense of reality and touched me a lot. It is that we SHARE this feeling that makes the series rather profoundly and impressively.

Generally, the photographer used a blurred background with bright color, and posted light on the bridegroom who had the highlighting expression. The relationship between the person and the background helps reveal the reasons for the “amazed” expression. And a sense of moment and motion was added to those photos—both are helpful for the display of  amazing.

I love those photos very much cause the photographer took them but not intentionally just took them. The atmosphere of being happy and moved has made the series admirable.








Post 1–Critique

Post 1–Critique

After the critique class for project 1, I got many useful feedbacks from both my classmates and professor. Overall all my four photos were good. I took a different method of taking the four photos as a series while my classmates took individual ones. I intended on focusing on the movement of the berries but almost all my classmates thought they were frozen, and that is where I should improve by using many other techniques. The other thing I should improve is that my photos is not exactly “moving close”, the using of angle and space did not create neither abstraction nor unseen aspect. I love my last photo most because that photo really shows the movement of the berries and the clear water and bubbies do look fantastic with sunshine.

Photoshop work–changing color


The Cutting Edge — Project 1

Art statement:


When I first read the project description, I was wondering something cool, something magical, something surprising, and I did so for the first 24 shootings. However, after the heavy snow that lasts several days, I happened walking around the campus and noticed the vermeil seeds hanging on a bare, grey tree, which was conspicuous in the snow white world. The bright vermeil color immediately stood out among the snow, and the world seemed becoming alive at that moment. So I stopped, right in front of the tree, with a cup of tea holding in my hand. Immediately, I changed my mind. I gave up my primary idea of creating the reflection scene, and I created the new series.


I intended to leave a feeling of alive, vivid, and fresh from my photos, and the idea of putting the seeds into water just help reveal those feelings. For all of the three photos, I chose snow as background to show the quietness, colorless, and warmless atmosphere after snow. It is the vermeil color that makes the whole picture alive. Even in the silent atmosphere after snow, there is still something bright new, fresh, and shiny.


That is life.


From the first photo to the forth one, I recorded the process of sinking, creating the feeling of movement. The first photo was taken when the seeds were close to the water surface; the second one was taken when the seeds were floating in the middle of water level; and the last one was taken when the seeds were reaching the bottom of the water bottle.


During this process, I utilized the design element of highlighting on forms by posting light and shadows on photos. And I adjust the mode to sports so that I can capture the movement of seeds, into different directions, in different positions, and with water drops or bubbles around.


Among the three photos, I like the second one most. The water drop in the middle of the photo is so real that I took it as real water drop on my screen when I first saw it. It seems the water drop is going to stick out of the frame, which adds more sense of vivid and creative to the whole picture.


The last one was taken at a different time and location. The water was clear, the sunshine was reflected, and the bubbles were plenty.

The photo is making itself move. I can even  feel the seeds are sinking, without explaining.

To embrace these moments, I turned the camera to the sports mode which allows fast shutter speed so that the moment would be well frozen.




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