Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Intermediated Black and White Assignments

Black and White Photography Katana Black Cat
I am currently in college for Photography and last semester I took Intermediate Black and White. This is a class that teaches the gelatin silver process. Shooting 35mm black and white film, processing the film, making prints in the darkroom using the enlargers, and processing the prints you do it all. These are my favorite photos I made for the assignments given.




The First assignment: I can't remember exactly what this theme of this assignment was. I only remember we had to think about composition when making these images. Both bottle photos are window lighting and the palm tree is natural sunlight.Black and White Photography wine bottles

Black and White Photography Wine bottle FlowerBlack and White Photography Palm leaf

 The second assignment was chiaroscuro. Chiaroscuro is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. These three photos are my favorite from my whole class. It's probably because they are of my little bugs or it's the dramatic contrast between the light and dark. Contrast is on of my favorite elements in photographs. It was kind of difficult to get these photos. It's not easy to photography animals. I had to hold a treat next to my camera to get them look in my direction. For the lighting I used my vertical blinds on my windows to control the direction of the light.
Black and White Photography Katana Black Cat
Katana
Black and White Photography Meelo Black Cat
Meelo
Black and White Photography Cruz Ginger Cat
Cruz

This next assignment is scene in full view, sequence and typology. I didn't like how my sequence and typology turned out and I plan to work on those again to see if I can get accomplish those photo styles. My favorite from this assignment was scene in full view. When I first received this assignment I had no idea what scene in full view meant so I had to do lots of research. My instructor gave us a few photographers who are great at this style and the two who stuck out most to me were Marie-Claire Montanari and Lee Friedlander. I really like the window reflections because it looks like double exposure but its one image. This photo was shot at California Adventures (Disneyland) in Anaheim.
Black and White Photography Disneyland

The forth assignment was portrait and self portraits. I am not a fan of shooting portraits I don't have the eye for them. So it was difficult for me to come up with an idea to do for this assignment. We got this assignment around Halloween and my brother wanted to dress up as a zombie so I decided to play upon that for this assignment. I tried to make it look like these photos could be stills from a TV show or a movie. As for self portraits, I had a harder time coming up with ideas because I am behind the camera for a reason. I don't really like to have my photo taken. I did a lot of research to see what kind of fun ideas people were doing for self portraits and I saw a series on Flickr of "Headless Portraits". I played on those images these are what I got.
Black and White Photography Zombie
Black and White Photography Zombie

Black and White Photography Harry Potter Courtney Tomesch
Black and White Photography Boots

Final Assignment had to be a cohesive series of 10 photos. I really liked how my scene in full view came out so I wanted to expand on it. I feel like these 6 were the ones where my idea came across best. All windows were shot in Los Angeles at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Black and White Photography Los Angeles Window Reflection
Black and White Photography Los Angeles Window Reflection
 Black and White Photography Los Angeles Window ReflectionBlack and White Photography Los Angeles Window Reflection
Black and White Photography Los Angeles Window Reflection
 Black and White Photography Los Angeles Window Reflection





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