Thursday, June 16, 2016

Assignment that I am most Proud Of

I am most proud of my photos with quotes. I loved creating these, and I love how they turned out. There are two ways to make photos with quotes. You can pick an image first, or you can pick a quote first. Personally, I didn't have any photos that I liked that went with a quote I could find perfectly. My favorite part was actually finding a quote I loved and thinking of an interesting way to make an image for it, that way I could envision and plan exactly how it would look. For my milk image, my quote is pretty clique, but the arrangement of words is so different that I think being a well known quote helps draw peoples eyes in the right direction. I loved how open ended this project was, and how many different options we had. I felt like I could be creative in different ways in each one. I like how different and unique each one is, and I loved creating an image that I thought went well with my quotes. One of my favorite parts of this project was sharing them and seeing all of my classmates unique products. I love how these turned out and everyone ended up having a good one, they're really cool and pretty inspiring to just look at these quotes backed by images.

Most Memorable Experiences

My most memorable learning experience was learning about and using pinhole photography. I was totally amazed and inspired by this whole process. I learned so much about today's photography from it that I could never understand before. It felt like magic, in a smaller, crazier way than cameras and computers. It it was amazing because I was doing it. I take all of the technology of today for granted, and often don't try to think about how it all works because it is all so complicated that it could only be created by geniuses, but here, I was capturing an image, and I understood exactly how I was doing it. I also thought it was really could how there was always more to learn, and more ways to experiment with the long exposure.

One of my favorite projects was making my, "Who Am I?" video. Previously I had never taken the time to learn how to use iMovie, whenever there was the option to use another program I would. While making this project I finally learned how to make an iMovie that worked the way I wanted it to. That part of it definitely isn't perfect because I'm still learning a lot about it, but being forced to make an iMovie and with a project I was really excited about was the perfect way to finally learn. Most of my friends are better at it than me, so even out of the classroom I was asking many questions. I think it's an important thing to be able to do, and is the most basic form of movie making, so that is definitely my most beneficial learning experience when it comes to my future in other areas of school and my life. I think it turned out pretty well for being my first real iMovie and I loved the project so I'm pretty happy with it and I think it shows who I am.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pinhole Photography

Pinhole photography is definitely one of the coolest things I have ever done. I am fascinated by how it all works and it amazes me every time. When Ms. Noack brought out a paint can and said, "Okay, here's your camera" I just looked at her, confused. When I took my first photograph, and saw it in the light, it was amazing, and I just wanted to do it again and again. Earlier this semester I studied David Drebin, who uses camera obscura in his work, and I thought it was amazing, but learning how I could use it to create a photograph and experiencing it firsthand was really empowering. The way a pinhole camera works is fascinating. I learned that in order to make an image all you need is a black paint can with a pinhole in it, a piece of photographic paper, which has emulsion, a light sensitive varnish, on it, developer, fixer, water and some light. First you have to put the photographic paper in the black paint can, opposite the pinhole, varnish side facing the pinhole while you are in the darkroom. Then, with the pinhole covered, you take it to where you want to photograph and leave the pinhole uncovered for a certain amount of time, which depends on the amount of light available and your desired exposure. The darker the day, the longer you should leave it open. You can also try many different techniques like moving in or out of the frame partway through to make yourself look like ghost-like or move once or twice to appear more than once in an image. When you have reached your desired time, cover the pinhole up, and take it back into the darkroom. Take out the piece of paper and put it in the developer face down, this develops the photo. Always keep the chemicals moving and after ten seconds you can flip the paper. After 90 seconds in the developer, switch to the stop bath, which is just water and stops the developing process. After a minute in the stop bath switch to the fixer. The fixer is partly silver nitrate. It is very bad for the environment, can be used over and over and when it does go bad you need to recycle it. The fixer permanently fixes the image to the paper. After 45 seconds in the fixer you can bring the image out into the light to look at. After four minutes total in the fixer you can put it in water to rinse for at least five minutes. This is your negative. Looking at it the first time is amazing. When I saw my first negative I was in disbelief that a paint can could have produced such a clear, accurate image. It's a really cool experience. To make a positive we got a new piece of photographic paper and set it lying varnish side up. On top we set the negative, image side down. We put a sheet of glass on top, and used the light and timers on enlargers to make our desired lightness or darkness. This is done in the darkroom, and after we use the same, developer, stop bath, fixer and rinse process. Then you have both a positive and a negative. Through this process I learned so much more about how pictures are made and how it is possible. This was definitely the most I've learned over the course of this class.

This whole experience was so cool and I was so excited to come do it everyday. I'm really sad it's over. I think one of the two most exciting parts are while you are taking the photo, hoping the composition and everything are working out how you hoped. I kind of love not knowing for awhile. I love the possibilities of what it could be, you just don't know it yet. I think another exciting part is when you finally do see it. Sometimes I peak at it while it's still in the developer and sometimes I wait until I can see it fully in the light, but either way, it's so exciting to anticipate your photo and then finally see the final product.

Not knowing what exactly would be in the frame was definitely hard to work with. Knowing what height to put the camera at was kind of a guess that could only be made more accurate by having previous experience. Each photo turns out a little different, which can be difficult, but it also makes each image more personal to you. Since we need to take pictures of people, staying still while modeling was very hard, especially when times went up as high as two minutes of exposure. There are so much room for error, that it makes every successful photo more special. I loved this whole project and wish I could continue to do it, even though the class is ending.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Forced Perspective


  • To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way;
  • To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;

  • To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;

While making these images I struggled to make these things look like they actually could happen, even though we know they actually couldn't. I had a hard time making the shadows, especially in the last one, to look right, but it was really fun to try. Sometimes cutting around each image was hard, the dice were especially hard. I struggled with the shadows, but in the end I think they turned out good, and I'm happy that I tried something I wasn't comfortable doing, and that stretched my mind. I really liked how the first one turned out, and even though that may not be exactly how the earth looks from space, I think it still represents forced perspective, but makes it feel even more powerful. There are so many different stories that one image can tell, and I love that you can show your point just through altering size and that other people could have their own interpretation of the story you are showing.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Creative Portraits/Self-Portraits

I broke the rules of composition in quite a few of my photos. They are called rules for a reason, they obviously work. But I think that if done right, it can be so powerful to have you subject either in the middle of a photo or being partly out of picture. I also played with eye contact. I think that there is something so intriguing about this last photo of my sister above. She seems so engaged and focused and I think that it is the firm eye contact she is holding with the camera that is giving her such a determined look, and it is what draws your eye to this photo specifically.

Who Am I Video Project


To understand the purposes and differences of selfies, portraits and self-portraits;
To look at the work of of contemporary artists who create portraits and self-portraits and interpret and analyze their purposes;
To create a video that effectively communicates “who you are”;

To use imovie’s features in a creative and unique way.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Who Am I

I am Kyaira. Kyaira means "most precious," and all mixed around it spells Kariya, as in Paul Kariya the hockey player. My daddy named me, but I have my mom's eyes. I am what they brought me up to be. I'm still learning, I will always be still learning. I know who I want to be. I want to be a good friend, a good daughter, and good sister, a good wife, a good mother. I want to be someone someday, I want to impact others lives in a good way. My family is everything, I don’t even realize how much I need them. No matter where I am, I always feel at home when I’m with the people I love. They are my backbone, they hold me and bring me up when I fall down. They truly are my everything. My mom is my best friend. I need her to make it through everyday. I am a better person because I have amazing friends that I love. I have true friends that have stayed with me through it all, and they are one of the best parts of me. I love hockey, soccer and lacrosse. I love the cold on my cheeks, the speed, the intensity. I love the team, the family. It's all a mind game, and I love the sprint. The connection is so real when you all want the same thing. Art is a beautiful thing. It is a release, from everything, it’s bliss, It’s open and endless and inviting. It’s the most pure version of self expression. It’s complex, it’s simple, it’s beautiful. I don’t know where my life is going, I don’t know what the universe has planned for me. But I’m ready to take it head on, I’m ready to face it with the people that I love by my side. I don’t know who I will be, but I do know who I want to be, it’s just my path that has yet to be determined. I will always know where I came from, and who I love. I will always be Kyaira.