Smoky Afternoon

A random shoot I did at Cortez Cigars in Downtown Silver Spring, MD. Just a chilling afternoon with Amphetheatre. The lighting condition was quite bad and my camera could not handle such low light so the quality was not as good as I expected it to be. However, I then turned the style into an old school style like in 90s movies due to the noise in the photos. Main color styles I used to edit and focused on this album were monochrome and golden colors.

 

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Hipshot

Camera setup: Auto-focus, ISO Auto, Central focus, Program mode.
Information: The picture was taken using “hipshot” technique. From this angle those pictures I took of people, the crowd look more naturally, some time the light got very on point. Since we can’t look in the camera from hip-angle, the photo easily gets out of focus. Therefore, central focus and great deep of field is best choice when doing this technique. However, in some case, the blurred motion of the photo could make a great picture too. One small tip to take these type of photo more effective is to stand still, not moving around while taking picture, from this, the main subject will be more on focus.
(Basically, this technique is usually used to stalk people. So if you need to stalk your crush for some of his/her pictures, you can use this technique. You’re welcome!)
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Fabric Shot Project

Using two pictures, one with simple background, and other is landscape. The main idea of the fabric project was to combine the two picture, and show contract. We can either put the landscape background inside the main object of the simply picture (in this case is the teddy bear picture). However, I chose to put the teddy bear inside the landscape instead, which still showed the contrast between two picture.

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Longo Bongo project

This time, we did a “Longo Bongo” project which is created and inspired by Robert Longo. The idea of this project is to express the inside feeling of a person (model). For this concept, the background will be simplify as much as we can, and everything will be put in black and white which to create the deep in feeling of the picture. The posing of the model should be exotic and show the personality of the model. My male model for this project was kind of shy so it took a little bit more time to work on his posing. However, in the end everything came out pretty great! I quite enjoyed this project because it did not require us to be too focus on photography technique, but required us to express our style more (in which I love doing!).

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Opposite Attract

This week, our topic is “Opposite Attract”, which is taking pictures of two opposite objects, ideas and create a connected meaning behind it. In my picture, my opposite objects are a rose which stands for peace, love and gun tattoos which stands for war and hatred. The setting of this picture was the whole photograph was in monochrome, however, the rose would have it redness pop up. This means the love should always be the one which is attractive the most, the gun (which represent war) should be leave in the past (monochrome usually symbolize past). Although the meaning of this concept is beautiful and meaningful, I was still not really with my idea. I thought about and built up this concept is rush, therefore, I felt like I could have come up with a better concept.

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Connection Project

Last week when I was going through my old USB, I found some of my works for my digital art class a year ago. I was surprised how good I used to be and how lazy I am now to come up with new idea for art. The topic was to create a poster which express yourself or to show a connection between two things. OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH! And of course I chose the last one, the combination of self-expression and connection of myself to the world.
    My idea was to show how I feel about my self, about humanity. Different from other artists (and in most of the cases it is a bad thing to be different) I am an average, ordinary person. I do not view myself as some superheros or those who can change the world. Hence, I know I am the one who can show the connection of a true self of this world.
   During the process of this project, I came up with 3 different ideas. They are all about the string between humankind and ape – an animal which is closest to human natural habits. About the connection side, the meaning of my work would show that after all human is just animal. We have our wild side, animal side. Just that because we evaluated better (as we defined) does not make us better than other. The only thing make us better is how we can acknowledge right and wrong things, is how we know to make this world a better place. For the self-expression side, my work would show the meaning of how my wild self being controlled by the norm I have been taught, I have been put on. It would show that how one-self is different from what we can see visually.
    End of the project, I did 3 different posters with same concept. Here is my work:
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This is the first one I made. I wanted it to be simple but enough to show my idea.
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This is the revised one of the 1st one. I put a lot more effort and time on this one. I actually prefer this one more than the original one because it was not too simple, it showed a lot of technique and knowledge I had learnt from the class. Especially, the works on the shirt somehow made the idea for this concept more clear.
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This is my favorite one out of all three of them…It was simple, showed the best of the concept and attractive. However, the resolution and quality of this one is the worst out of all three…the red lips was done not so great. If you look at this work from distance, it is stunning! Unfortunately, to absorb and understand any form of artworks we need to look deeper and closer. Because of that, we can indicate a lot of faults in technique.

End of the semester, I chose the 2nd for my final.