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Texture: Take 1

Out of the four categories we were assigned to shoot, texture jumped out to me immediately. I am a big fan of pictures that can make me literally feel what is in the frame. Photos with that quality strike me because they are easy to identify with. Barring those with nerve damage, everyone can sense touch the same.

Who out there can resist the feel of an uber-soft beanbag and a cuddly kitten? That pair is truly a lethal combination. Here we have my attempt to capture the feel of those two elements. I hope you can feel the moment of this picture when you see it.

First off, I think there is a clear roundness captured in the frame. The way the beanbag engulfs the cat presents the softness and sensitivity of the furniture. The furry strands covering the bag are evident and are highlighted with the sunlight trickling in from the side. Without a caption accompanying the photo, I think onlookers would have a difficult time determining what exactly the cat is sitting on. Personally, I like this element of mystery and surprise. Also, I love how her eyes are concentrated on the furniture’s fabric. She is mesmerized by it almost. I guess cats are really curious creatures.

On the negative side of things, it is a little dark for my taste. But maybe the drab feel gives it a sense of calm and peacefulness. Furthermore, I have no idea what type of story this picture would compliment. A pet furniture exposition perhaps?

 

 

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Erik’s mantra “follow the light” could not seem to find its way out of my head, as I brainstormed for subject ideas. No matter how crummy of a novice photojournalist I am, I felt like natural light would spice things up a little and make it at least respectable. With the weather being a tad frigid lately, I was not looking to spend an extended period of time outdoors, but I did not want to settle for complete artificial light. Making due, I settled for shooting a few of my buddies eating lunch in the business school atrium. The location also allowed for excellent overhead shooting from the open concourses in the building.

The stained glass windows provide a little spunk to the mostly monotonous colors found elsewhere in the picture. Shooting a man with a black jacket, black glasses, and black hair on a brown background allows for the color of the windows and milk bottle to really shine through. I discovered the bottle of milk and his glasses are on the same plane (sort of) as the stained glass window. To me, this creates a “locomotive” effect and keeps a lot of the action of the photo on the same level. I wish I could say I did that on purpose, but I can’t. On a lighter note (pun!), I really liked the way the sun dances off of his face. It allows you to see the finer details of his facial expression.

On the negative side of things, the frame completely violates the rule of thirds that we stressed so much in class, and that bothers me a bit. It definitely has that boring “portrait” feel.

Wrapping it up, as a complete photography novice, I tried to keep things relatively simple, while still striving to stretch myself out of my comfort zone. I realize this semester is going to be a long learning process and I will probably look back at these photos and get a good chuckle out of them.


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