1. What photographer inspires you the most?
- Garry Winogrand (An American Street Photographer, usually took photos in California and Texas)
- Walker Evans (An American Photographer, well-known for his pictures during the Great Depression)
2. What is it about their photos that you like?
Garry Winogrand: As said in the last blog post, Winogrand’s usage of angles in the picture make the whole mood of the picture change. Furthermore, he uses people with the addition of his technical skills to capture the exact moment.
Walker Evans: Evans usage of eye contact inspired me the most as it could be a challenge for me to take pictures with eye contact. The facial expression can establish a wider range of ideas too.
3. Post some examples and plan out how you will adopt this style?
Following the techniques or methods given on DX, I would like to further expand my limitation to take pictures that involve eye contacts. Showing certain expressions or mood such as miserableness, happiness, joyfulness, sadness, and diverse feelings through a person’s eye can bring an impact to the audience. The eye contact is a powerful tool, yet I would need challenge myself on asking the person or just by quick movements. I would keep in mind that the scene in street photography always changes and I would need be quick in speed. Additionally, using some black and white filtering can also make my pictures even stronger. Conveying my street photographs in a different perspective can be useful, as it delivers certain aspects in a different way. For example, using black and white filtering in a picture that does not have much color, can also bring simple influence for the audience.
4. What do you hope to accomplish for tomorrow?
I would hope to have at least one fourth of all pictures with eye contact from the main character in the picture, use black and white filtering successfully, and use different angles when taking pictures.
Garry Winogrand is an American Street Photographer in the mid-20th century. He mainly photographed in California and Texas.
One of his common technique to take street photography is to capture images in black and white. This color looks more urban and conveys the meaning of “lively”. There isn’t only one person in the picture. Instead, the background makes the focus of the main character look even more alive. Without the use of colors, Winogrand expresses his artistic views through diverse angles, interesting settings that tell a story, and making the scene look alive.
This picture delineates the perfect use of background to focus the main person. Using the rule of thirds, the person is centered and the audience can notice this by having every other people’s facial expression and perspective somewhere else. The viewpoint of the man on the right looks like he is focusing on something else, which elaborates the main person as the person in the center.
Most importantly, Winogrand uses people to deliver is point of view to the audience. If the picture looks boring, he uses angles and changes the location of the camera to show the audience an unique way.
This photograph was the best picture taken in the Park across ISB. To start off, the rule of thirds could be seen. The man on the bicycle is located on the left side of the picture. This formation makes the picture more engaging for the audience, because if the man was centered, it would just look normal. Furthermore, the two lines on the fence is symbolizing parallelism to convey the meaning that there would be a continuous journey for the man. The ground also has a line that is stretched endlessly. The background of the photo was green bushes that made the focus of the audience to look at the man instead of having too much focus on the background. Additionally, I think that the color of the bicycle is interesting. The color, pink, is contrasting the rest of the photo’s natural colors such as green and brown. Overall, I think this was the best picture.
Anthony Danielle is an urban street photographer. His style contains the person with the main focus to hold a certain object that might symbolize their daily lives. Usually, other than the main focused person, there will be a few people at the back just walking along the street.
The technical style of parallelism can be identified easily in Anthony Danielle’s photos. The buildings in the streets are spread across the street. The buildings are usually placed at the sides of the picture. Nothing special was added to create something special, which makes the viewers feel a sense of daily lives.
Above is the site where Anthony Danielle interviewed about his photography.
Title: Blossom Blues
Author: Elicia Bullock
I saw this picture at the display in front of the cafeteria. The picture connects to me by the colors used in the picture. I enjoy taking pictures that involve a lot of colors in one picture. This picture was entertaining by using colors such as blue, green, sky blue, pink, brown, etc. Although the picture involved nature that I was not interested, the artistic skill used in the photograph was fascinating. The very clear water and the merging with the clouds and flowers beside it, made the photograph to look very artistic. The out-focusing in the photo, where the blurred bushes were at the back, were some technical skills that I really liked to try when taking photos. The rule of thirds was being used. The water or the lake covers up two thirds of the picture and some flowers and tree branches intervene at some points. Both the artistic skill and technical skill made this picture look even more lively. It made the viewer’s attention to look closer and be engaged.
On April 12th, our class went to take street photography in a park across the school. The intention was to take pictures of how people, buildings, and other street related objects would be set on a daily basis. Some people were enjoying shows inside the park, some went out to walk along, and some took pictures of beautiful flowers within the park. I mostly took pictures of flowers and the design inside the park, because that held my interest the most.
This photo is a red flower behind the background of the sky. I liked this photo by the color, texture, and the use of background in the image. To be specific, this photo was taken in an angle where the camera was facing upwards to the sky. I intentionally included the electric lines at the back, because I wanted to show the relation of nature and modern streets. Some highlights were that the red flower was clear and the out-focusing was used as I wanted it to look like. I learned that it is very hard to converge two separate themes together in one photo. Furthermore, next time, I think I would need to show a different background to show the ‘modern’ theme. There were several apartments that could’ve been shown too.
This photo is a picture of a few apartments behind the park. I liked this photo, because of the parallel structure and the unique angle. I changed the angle of the camera to match the horizontal line of the picture at the top. I thought that this would be more interesting instead of just taking an apartment picture. Some highlights were the moderate use of lighting. In the picture it was not shown, but there was the sun facing the camera, consequently making the picture look dark. I successfully managed to escape from the sun. Through this photo, I learned that there can be different ways to make a photo that look boring, interesting. Next time, I think I can work more on involving different objects inside the photo do not just only have apartments.
This photo was the name or symbolism for the building and the park across the school. The photo had the rock in the middle and few apartments at the back. I think that the highlight was to have the rock centered in the photo. I personally think that this photo did not show the urban or street photography in daily life. Next time, I think it would be more effective to include diverse topics inside the photo.
The first prototype was experimented. However, the energy potential car was spinning in circles which wasn’t my expectation.
The above movie shows the car spinning in circles.
I decided to change the length of the rubber band to change the amount of rotations/spins it can do.
During the process:
By changing the length, I then used the same steps to build up the energy potential car and ended up with this:
After making a few changes, I re-experimented my prototype which was a success. The energy potential car moved forwards in a steady position which was my expectation. By having the wooden stick spinning, it would have the rubber band to curl around and create elastic energy. As soon as I let go of the car, it would start moving forwards using kinetic energy. This shows the energy transfer of elastic energy to kinetic energy.
The above movie shows the car going in a straight direction.
I finalized by 1st prototype which was an energy potential car. The materials included rubber band (7 cm), 2 CD disk (radius 6 cm), long wooden stick (9.3 cm), short wooden stick (3.3 cm), and 2 pieces of cardboard (11 cm by 5 cm).
The way the car works is by spinning the wooden stick in one direction so that the rubber band is going to be tied between the two CD disks which creates elastic energy. When released on the ground after spinning the wooden stick, the car will transfer elastic energy to a kinetic energy having the car to move in a certain direction.
My intended scenario was to have the energy potential car to move forwards after spinning the wooden stick in one direction. However, the energy potential car was spinning in circles which meant that there was a significant problem during the process of making the car. Next class, I would need experiment with different dimensions or resources of materials that can help the energy potential car to move forwards.
Day 3: Finalize sketch and plan, start making energy potential car
Day 4: Finalize energy potential car, evaluate and think of rooms for improvement
Day 5: Start making improved energy potential car (adding improvements)
Day 6: Finish all cars and fixed car
Energy Potential Car #1, Energy Potential Car #2, Magnet Potential Car, Plastic Bottle Fan, Rolling Machine
How will your device/toy demonstrate energy transfer?
The potential cars have rubber bands connecting two CD disks with two cardboards attached together. There is a thin wood which ties the rubber band and when spinning it in one direction it can transfer elastic energy to kinetic energy. The car will start moving until the elastic energy has been fully transferred. Other precedents such as magnets and rolling machines involve the use of magnets to have the force to move the car.
What new skills do you need to learn to create your device/toy?
The skill to construct materials with correct dimensions is the new skill that I can learn. During the process, I will have to use correct figures and measurements. For example, the CD disk needs to be correctly placed so that the car wouldn’t be unbalanced.
The car is going to have a greater mass on the side where the small wood piece is attached. However, since the other side of CD disk has a rubber band stabilized, the car wouldn’t go to a specific direction.