Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pick A Something -Doors (akasha)

Sorry guys, I have been so busy the past month that I've completely slacked on this assignment and figuring out the next one! Anyway, I chose doors for my "pick a something" and went around Pittsburgh to some old cathedrals. I wasn't super thrilled with how they turned out at first, ( I felt like they were all so similar) so I changed them up a bit on Photoshop.

Any takers on choosing a new topic for October?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"Pick A Something" [Hyun]

These past couple of months have been crazy so I did some poor man's photography around the house. My theme is "Toys." Not crazy about them but I need to get back in the game.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Pick-A-Something {McCall}

I think I'm stretching this subject just a tad, but here goes.  Since it's been raining quite a bit here lately, I decided to choose water as my topic.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Topic!

Sorry I slacked last month in July, I have a pretty good excuse though since I did have a baby :) Anyway, now it's time to get back on track! I wanted to find something a little different for the month of August, and I came across the digital photography school's website with a list of ideas to help boost creativity in photography. I really liked this idea, so I think we'll try it out for August. I'm excited to see what you all come up with!


Pick something and try to get a collection of photos representing it.  For instance, pick a color and try to go all day photographing only red things, or try only getting pictures of things that are square when you’re on a walk.  I was once at a cookout and, while I took photos of other things, I also tried to get  photos of people’s shoes.

The upside of this project is that it, once again, gets you to start seeing ordinary things in different way – taking a snapshot looking down at everyone’s shoes is going to start to get boring, so it forces you to start thinking creatively.  The downside of this project is that people are going to start giving you weird looks for crawling around on the ground taking pictures of shoes while everyone else is enjoying hamburgers and potato salad.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Double Exposure, Kalista

I've loved everyone's posts on this topic, but I was going to skip it myself because it seemed too overwhelming. Akasha walked me through the steps (thanks so much Akasha!) but it still took a long time to decide what pictures to use and put it together. It ended up being fun though and if I had more time I'd do another! Thanks for picking this topic.



I couldn't decide if I preferred color or sepia so here are both. :)

Double Exposure-Akasha (again)

I had so much fun with this topic, so this morning I decided I would try out another one! This one I did in color and went a little crazy with the layering.

Double Exposures (S)

I had an impossibly hard time with this assignment. Finding images that line up nicely when layered: hard! Finding images with colors that work together: hard! Deciding which images to use: hard! In retrospect, I really should have stuck with B&W images.

This was my first attempt, a shot of my favorite lamp over a picture I took earlier this month in the park.

This was my messy second attempt: two photos from an art opening I went to earlier this month.

This last one is the only one I like. I went for a "painting the roses red" (from Alice in Wonderland) kind of idea. I have an LED flashlight that always looked really purple to me. I lit two paintbrushes using the flashlight, and layered that purple-y image over some hydrangeas. I ended up making half the background B&W to highlight the "painting" idea.

All in all, it was fun! I definitely learned a lot in the process.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Double Exposure (Lisa)

It was really easy and fun to do double exposure. I am sure there is so much to learn about this type of photography but here are my fun attempts.

Double Exposures- Akasha

This was such a fun topic! I've never created a double exposure image before, so it was definitely a learning experience! I love playing with Photoshop so this was a perfect excuse to try something new. ( The giraffe images I took at the Pittsburgh Zoo, and the background image of the cranes and Mt. Rainier I took in Seattle about a year ago)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

B/W Jessica L.

I have been so lame in posting, and probably will continue to be lame since I am expecting a baby any day now, but I have loved looking at everyone's photos. So much talent!

a recent shot for a friend

my husband in NYC

Monday, June 6, 2011

black and white {hayley}

June Topic

I ran this idea past Hyun and Akasha and they seemed excited about it, so here goes:

What if we do double exposures? The double exposure "look" can be achieved with digital photos by layering two different photos in Photoshop and then changing the opacity values.

I pulled this randomly from a google search for "double exposure":

And then there is Dan Mountford, who creates really complex work with double exposures...

I think Akasha had some thoughts on this as well. Let me know what you think!

B/W Akasha

Black and white was such a fun topic! These photos are all from the trip that I took to South Carolina a couple weeks ago. The first photo I took at night on the beach by our hotel, and the others are from  Huntington State Park at Myrtle Beach. 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

B/W (Kalista)

I travelled more this month than usual and it was fun to to keep and eye out for photos to convert to black and white. Thanks for picking this topic!


Atalaya at Huntington State Park in South Carolina.


Inside the National Aquarium.


Homes in downtown Baltimore.

B/W (Hyun)

Lake Erie

1. Poor man photography. I didn't have a tripod so I took rapid shots at the lightning storm across the way. I finally got one. It was such a beautiful storm, this really doesn't do it much justice.
2. The skyline was amazing. We didn't realize the storm was coming our way until it was too late. Thunderstorms on the beach = lots of sand in your face.
3. I was trying to go for a desolate look.

black & white {mccall}

black and white conversions have always been a struggle for me.  this assignment was good for me and got me out of my comfort zone.  i normally wouldn't have converted these to b&w, but i actually think they might work.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Black and White (SS)

I find that conversion to black and white is a really useful tool for low-light pictures. Sometimes I end up with a color cast that can't be corrected, or with grain that looks bad in color, and both of these are actually pros for B&W images!

This picture is an older one, but I've never used it because the faces had a terrible red cast. I went back in and desaturated the faces for a partial B&W look which I kind of like!

These two were taken this month. They both looked ok in color, but I think they really shine in B&W.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Silhouette (Bethany)

Sorry a little late on this topic.
We were in Gettysburg this past week where I enjoyed experimenting with this topic. So much fun!! Only wish the sky had been prettier.