Sunday, May 29, 2016

ADV. Digital Photo - Personal Project - A+

Calendar Project: Beautiful Places around the MRT



Since I moved to Singapore in 2007, the MRT has played a big role in my escapades around the island. Every year the Singapore government expands on new MRT lines, and I wanted to capture some of the new and old scenery/places you can find on the lines. My project team (Hersh, Amey, and I) plan to travel along 4 entire MRT lines getting off and exploring the nearby area. As this project is centered around the MRT lines, we hope to stay within a 500 meter radius of the MRT stations at all times. So much of Singapore is accessible by MRT, and we want to show what you can see.


As I am photographing a city as developed as Singapore, a lot of my photos will involve extremely modern, to colonial architecture. I want to use a variety of compositional devices including leading lines, and the rule of thirds, to create artistic and detailed depictions of the architecture I encounter. I hope I can get a good mix of old and new architecture as well as different types of structures (bridge, building, house etc.) The first image below shows what I want to attempt with building photography. With a low angle, the buildings loom over the picture, showing the height and impressiveness of the structures. I want to replicate this same kind of picture with my photos, especially those in Orchard and Marina Bay. The second image below is an image of a bridge in the Chinese Park in Singapore. I want to take at least one image of a bridge for the project, especially one over a lake/still water. The reflections bridges make over water are impressive and aesthetic, hopefully I can get an image like this for the project.

Source: Wikimedia Contributor Tuxyso

Source: Wikimedia Contributor Daron Dierkes

One of the things I want to focus on for this project is skylines, especially those with a body of water in the foreground. Almost ever major city in the world has a lake, river, or bay near it, and the images taken at these places often capture the city the best. The two images below that inspire me are of two very different yet similar cities. Both Shanghai and Miami boast impressive skylines that tower high over other buildings, which is exactly what Singapore has. The Singapore skyline, especially taken at Marina Bay is one of the best in the world. There are at least 20 skyscrapers in the Bay's vicinity that would make for a great shot. Besides Marina Bay, I also want to find another place in Singapore that has a "skyline", especially one near water. There are many lakes and reservoirs in Singapore where I can capture such a photo and I hope there's one near an MRT.

Source: Matt Paish

Source: Tom Schaefer

Group Tank One

We decided on our plan of action (below) and what we wanted to focus on in our first group meeting. What we want to achieve is photos that characterised the area, and show how accessible some of the scenery around Singapore is. We developed our theme (detailed above), as well as found some individual inspiration. Hersh suggested that we should focus on a few lines in order to maximise the amount of places we can get to, and Amey suggested that we split our locations between new and old Singapore.

Plan of Action

My plan of action for this project involves travelling around Singapore using the MRT line. We plan to go to these places:

At each of the stops we will spend around 30-45 minutes exploring the area within a half kilometre radius from the station. We will visit the purple-line first, then cross to the blue line at Chinatown, then to the yellow-line at Promenade, and finally going back to Orchard and Somerset on the Red Line. Raffles Place and the Botanic Garden are both easier to access from Chinatown and Orchard respectively, so for the purposes of the project we will walk to these locations. If we have a lot of time left, we will visit the Chinese Gardens and Little India, but both of these locations are detached from the others and we might not be able to get there.
Hopefully we can take all these pictures over one weekend, but if we can't get to all of them we will use pictures from the same place multiple times. To take the photos I will use a 18-50mm lens with my Nikon D5000 and a tripod which I will carry with me to all of the locations.

Digital Contact Print

The images bordered in red are the images I think fit the theme for this project. I experimented with all the different styles of photos I described above (skylines etc) and ended up with these twenty favourite photos. In each photo I wanted to highlight what was special about that place. For example, at Bayfront Station the amazing architecture of MBS is unlike any other building in Singapore. I hope to bring out these qualities in my editing.

Group Tank Two

In the second big group meeting we had, we determined how we wanted to split up the images and how to edit them. We decided that we would use one picture from each location then double up if necessary. I was to edit the Stadium, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, and Marina Bay photos; Amey was to edit Marina Bay Sands, Chinatown, another one of Chinatown, and Clarke Quay; and Hersh was to edit two pictures of the botanic gardens, one of MBS, and one of the Singapore River. We were all disappointed that we didn't get to go to the Chinese Gardens, but we had more than enough material to work with going into the editing process. We decided we wanted to keep a good flow on the calendar, not putting too many similar photos next each other.

Final Images

Image One - Marina Bay

I knew that if I wanted a genuine picture of Singapore's skyline I would have to include Marina Bay in my project. The bay area perfectly frames the business district, and I think that this picture does just that. Almost all the buildings are over sixty stories high, and that is perfect representation of the wealth in Singapore and importance of it to the world. This photo was taken quite a ways from the Marina Bay MRT station (still within our 500m range) close to Marina Bay Sands where we were snapping the Bayfront Station picture. In order to edit this image, I first adjusted the brightness and contrast of the picture on Camera Raw. I also increased the temperature of the image as my white balance was slightly off. I then imported the image on photoshop and on a duplicate label painted the background sky black on a layer mask. The sky in the background is actually not from the original image, I imported it from a creative commons website and placed it below the duplicate layer. This created a brand new sky that I then tried to match with the buildings by adjusting the brightness. I don't think I did as good a job of this as I did with the Chinatown image (below) but it is still better than the grey clouds in the original image.

Image Two - Chinatown

This image was taken right outside the MRT entrance for the Chinatown Station at the front of the main marketplace. I found a high vantage point at the top of the stairs in order to get an image away from the crowd. What I like about this photo is the way it presents Chinatown, and in fact this place doesn't even exist in real life. Most of the photo is edited to focus all the attention on the market place and make it feel open and free. the construction of the central business district in the background forced me to edit out all the buildings in the background and replace it with a much brighter sky. (An in depth description of my editing method is described below).

Image Three - Clarke Quay

This image was taken from a building across the river from Clarke Quay called Riverside Point. Amey and I climbed to the fourth story of the building to take this photo. It took us a while to find a vantage point like that, so it was really satisfying to have this result. There was quite a nice view from the top of the building and I wanted to incorporate that in the image. Also, I included Fort Canning Park in the background because it is a part of the beautiful scenery anyone can find right outside the MRT Station. I did almost all the editing for this photo on Camera Raw. I adjusted the brightness and contrast of the photo followed by the temperature and clarity of it. There wasn't anything else to really do with this photo otherwise. I used Photoshop to crop and angle the image correctly as I had taken it from a slightly tilted angle.

Image Four - Stadium

This photo was taken at the Marina Reservoir outside the Singapore Stadium. We had originally planned to get a photo of the stadium for this location, but it was really difficult to get a good shot. We tried wedging out lenses between the fences and trying to get a shot from it from afar; however, we ultimately failed in getting a shot of the stadium without the massive scoreboard getting in the way. Instead, we focused on the Marina Reservoir that surrounds the stadium as our subject for this location. We were lucky enough to there at around 5:45pm, just as the sun was beginning to set, and the light perfect. In order to edit this photo, I used Camera Raw to change the saturation and brightness of the image. I then used Photoshop to crop the image in order to align the flags along the left third vertical line and crop out a bicycle that had managed to get in frame. I then used photoshop to make the sky bluer and most appealing. In order to do this I created a duplicate layer of the background, then applied a layer mask and blacked out everything but the sky. I then applied a saturation adjustment layer and increased it by almost 100%. Using the "alt" button I then binded the adjustment layer to the duplicate layer and thus finished the edit.

Final Print:


Editing Process

The following photos show my editing process for my Chinatown image.

This is the original unedited image besides a few adjustments in Camera Raw which consisted of an increase in brightness and contrast accompanied with an increase in sharpening.

One of the main things I wanted to do was change the background of this image. The buildings of the CBD really spoilt the beauty of China town, so I decided to get rid of them. I found a creative commons image labeled for non-commercial reuse, and opened it in a photoshop document. I then selected the photo and added it as a layer in the Chinatown image.

After importing the sky image, I added a duplicate of the bottom layer and threw on a layer mask. I used a black paintbrush to color out all of the CBD background and then moved the sky layer below this layer. This step took the most time to complete, and I'm quite happy with the fact that I managed to remove every trace of the old background. I was also quite fortunate that the sky matched the picture really well, and I didn't have to edit the brightness of it.

To direct the viewers eyes away from the cluttered areas in between the pillars, I made a duplicate layer of the background yet another time, and selected the areas in between the pillars on a layer mask. I then inverted my selection and coloured in that area black. I then added a new brightness/contrast adjustment layer, and changed the brightness to my liking. I used the "alt" button to bind the brightness layer to the layer I wanted to darken in order to finalise the effect.

Overall, this image took almost half of all my editing time. I'm really happy with the end result and I think it is the best editing work I've ever done. All the adjustments I made were for a reason and none were random.

Before and After Shot


Successes and Challenges

Amidst AP Exams and Mock, this project took a real effort to complete. We manage to visit 10 of the sites we had originally planned on visiting which is more than I thought we would manage. I managed to capture what I wanted from my images of inspiration. The best examples of this is in my Stadium and Marina Bay photos where I managed to get a good shot of two very different skylines. I like differences between the two, one providing a great view of the SG skyline, and the other combines various compositional devices (such as the rule of thirds with the flags) in order to make a more artistic picture by a lesser known body of water. We managed to have a lot of success shooting the project itself, and we got around the entire Singapore for less than $15. There were so many shots from every single place, it was hard to determine which ones to use. My group members were crucial in helping me throughout the project, and it wouldn't have been such a success had it not been for their teamwork.

The success of the project didn't come without a few challenges. The amount of locations we wanted to travel to were physically exhausting to visit, and by the 5th location we were really burnt out from the heat. It was difficult to explore the area after having been out for five hours and we began to progress slower and slower. This may have been the reason why we didn't have time to travel all the way out to the Chinese Gardens and Little India by the end of the day. It also meant that I was unable to get a good photo of a bridge as I had mentioned in my images of inspiration section. I also encountered issue with editing the images. The Chinatown image was full of distractions, especially on the sides and in the background, and I had to spend a lot of my editing time getting rid of them. Another challenge we faced as a group was how to shoot the project. We spent a lot of time debating how to maximise our efficiency without sacrificing the creativity a group has over an individual. We ended up travelling as a group to most of the locations, but that meant a lot of photos were similar.

Overall I was really happy with how this project turned out, and I think the theme was well chosen and developed. I couldn't have done this project without my project group and I think that a group project like this was a great experience to have.

BLOG POST: A detailed explanation to each part of the project is provided with insight to the students thoughts, working and collaborative process to the project.

ART WORK: The student worked well collaboratively, collected numerous images from a range of different sources, and spent a good deal of time editing and refining the final images.  

ADV. Digital Photo - Personal Project - A

Places and Things

South Africa through my LensesPlan of Action
Taking advantage of my upcoming interim semester trip to South Africa I would like to discover a new photographic dimension of the rural landscapes and the other places that i find appealing for photography. Since I will be clicking the pictures during my Interim trip, my theme will be South Africa through my lenses.As we will be going to the rural areas in the Kalahari region, my main focus would be to click pictures of landscapes and different landmarks which show the beauty of the place.This is because, more often than not, I have found that the natural beauty of the rural areas is more compelling in general. I will click most of the pictures of the places and landscapes I see during my bus ride towards Kuruman, a small village on the outskirts of the desert. I will also click some pictures of the school where we go to do service. Lastly I will click pictures of Sun City where we will be going to chill out on the last day of the trip.
To make this project successful and the landscapes look a lot better, I will use a 15mm fisheye lens to click some pictures. This will allow me to divert from my usual lens which gives flat images to a lens that would give me a curved image.I would also use a tripod to get better pictures involving deep depth of field.

Images of Inspiration

By- Anonymous

This is an image I found on google images. Some people who I showed the picture, did not like the picture so much because it was just a plain image with no cloud patterns and barren land with some dried leaves. But that is what I liked about the picture. The plain sky with distinct colour difference in it makes a kind of unique scenery. Since I am going to a place which is more or less a desert, I would see many landscapes not much different from the one shown in this picture.

Photo by- Paul Mc Donald
I liked this photo because of the lighting mainly. The sunset was clearly visible with no flare on the lens. The black colour of the boats in the foreground made the picture look much better. This is a picture that inspires me a lot. The three layers, foreground , background and middle ground are clearly visible which make the picture look better. The soft light from the sun improves the colours of the picture.

Photo by- Anonymous
The main reason for choosing this picture is, not only does the picture looks creative and really good, but also, the picture is clicked using a fisheye lens which I am fortunately equipped with and therefore, this would give me the opportunity to click some of the pictures in the above format. This would also allow me to know the different techniques of using a fisheye lens. Since I will be using this lens for the first time, it will be a challenge for me and therefore knowing about the kind of pictures I will be able to click, will help me in my project. Link

Think Tank Feedback
There were many comments passed around during my think tank discussion. There were few feedbacks that I received. I was provided with some ideas for the kind of pictures I should click. My initial plan was to click pictures of just landscapes because I wanted to click pictures of places only and not things. They advised me to even click of the regular places that I see as it would be considered as a "place". By doing so, I realised that I could have a variety of pictures and not just landscapes.

Some Pictures Clicked by me

Digital Contact Print of the pictures taken by me
These are some of my best pictures taken during my trip to South Africa, to be more specific, during my journey towards Kuruman, the main area of Service. To be honest I never expected the place to be so beautiful. I have been to many different countries and among them South Africa was the best. The landscapes that I saw were so good that I doubt I will be able to see them again.
I clicked many pictures and the ones highlighted in red are, according to me, the best. That is the reason that I have decided to edit them. My fisheye lens helped me a lot. The pictures that came out of the lens were really good. It took pictures having great contrast. It also captured the skies brilliantly. Most of the credit for the pictures goes to my lens.
Reasons for Choosing the Pictures

I chose the first one because I feel that the lens hood provides a really cool frame which looks even better when the picture is black and white. It also is different from other pictures as it is black and white.
The second picture gives a really cool effect as the road seen is seems curved when actually it is not.This gives a different point of perspective.
I chose the third one because, along with the landscape, the road provides a really good idea about the kind of place I was in.That is, quiet yet beautiful.
The next picture is one of my favourite pictures because along with the really good effect of the curved road which frames the green land, the patterns of the clouds look really good.
I chose this picture because it was the picture of the school we were working in. The houses can be seen. Even the place where the students drank water are visible.
I chose the last picture because I thought it was a really good picture. The pool was framed by the rocks in the foreground and the trees in the background.
For this project I tried to chose one picture from every location in South Africa I had been to.

Think Tank Feedback
The people in my think tank were the people who advised me to take one picture from every location I had been to. This is because this would help me to have a variety of images and not only landscapes. I used this feedback to choose the final 6 pictures that I chose to edit.

Edited Images

Original Image

This is the picture that I clicked soon after I landed in Johannesburg. We were on our way to a small township called Soweto. The houses were colourful and looked good. But I thought that clicking a black and white image would be helpful as editing it would give a better result.I also used my lens hood to frame the object.

Editing Technique 1

First I used the dodge and burn technique to darken the sky a bit. This would not take away attention from the houses and the tree which are the main subject.

Editing Technique 2

Finally I added the angled strokes filter to give a effect of a painting.

Final Image
This is the final result. My idea to edit the image and make it look like a kind of scary abandoned place. I feel that the tree makes the most important part of the picture. It is the area where the angled strokes filter is the most prominent and makes the entire picture looks really good.

Original Image

I clicked this picture on my way to Soweto, just as I was leaving Johannesburg. It is a picture of a crossroad. I chose to edit this picture because I felt that I could to a pretty good job while editing this picture. I thought that it is bit of a dull picture and therefore I decided to make it look better.

Editing Techniques

While editing the picture I first decided to adjust the contrast of the image to make the colours look good.Then I used dodge and burn with 30% opacity to darken the sky. Then I added a lens flare at the right top corner to give an effect of the sun and finally I used the grain filter from the filter gallery to add some noise to the picture and at the same time make it look better.

Final Image

This is what the image finally looked like(there is some difference in the final image and the previous image because of I converted a photoshop file to a jpeg file)According to me, the best part of the edit was the addition of the lens flare. This gave an effect of the real sun being present. I also liked the glare on the screen which made it look cool.

Original Image

I clicked this picture on my way to Kuruman. Initially I did not want to click pictures of roads because I did not see many good ones. This particular site was my favourite one through the trip. I felt that this picture was good as it is, but I wanted to see how I can mess around with the colours to make it look better.

Editing Technique 1

Firstly I started by selecting the sky and then used hue and saturation, to change colour the sky to slightly purplish.

Editing Technique 2

Lastly I gave a red boost to the grasslands using the hue and saturation option. This gave the grasslands a reddish tint.

Final Image

I decided to edit the picture in this way because I felt that making the picture more colourful would make it look good. I kept the road as it was because I felt that the road was the most important part of the picture and it perfect as it was.

Original Image

This picture was clicked on my way to Kuruman again. I liked the landscape here. I thought that this picture was one of my favourite ones as the colours were extremely prominent and the curved pathway gave a good framing to the grassland behind.My favourite part were the clouds. They have so much contrast which makes it look really good.

Editing Techniques

Although I did not do much, I wanted to try something different. After I converted the picture to black and white I changed some of the properties to infrared. This made the picture look extremely powerful. The sky was turned into a darker shade of black and the clouds were highlighted and the emphasis on the land was decreased which I liked.

Final Image

This is the final edit of the picture. I liked this picture because of the great contrast in the picture which makes it look really good. Not doing much editing has actually benefited in this picture.

Original Image

I clicked this picture in the school in Kuruman where I was doing service. I wanted to click a picture where there were no people, so I had to find a quiet time. I used my fisheye lens to click the picture. It gave it a cool curved effect to the photo by curving the ground.

Editing Techniques

Like the previous, I converted the picture to black and white and then added a green filter to it.This brightened the dull black and white image and made the shadows extremely prominent.

Final Image

This is what the picture finally looked like after the edit.I felt that it gave a cool effect because it made the shadows prominent. The filter made it a bit overexposed which was the best part in highlighting the shadows.

Original Image

I clicked this picture in Sun City, inside a waterpark. The photo is of a wave pool which is framed by rocks in the foreground and the trees in the background.

Editing Techniques

I edited this photo by first using dodge and burn to darken the rocks, trees and sky and brighten the pool. Then I changed the contrast.Next I used the spot healing tool to remove the framing given by my lens hood as I thought that it was spoiling the picture. Finally I added the texturise filter from the filter gallery to make it look as if it is painted on some textured paper.

Final Image

This is what my final image looked like. I feel that brightening the pool and darkening the rest of the image made the image look good. The original image was kind of pale and did not have much contrast, which was done by editing it.

Successes and Challenges
The project was really fun. Clicking pictures in South Africa during my interim was a new experience as this was the first time I went outside Singapore to click the pictures.
Some challenges were-

Learning how to use my new lens was a bit difficult.
Choosing which pictures to edit and how to edit them was big challenge.
Some success were-

I learnt a lot during the trip and met new people. I also got photography tips from my friends.
I learnt new editing techniques like lens flare. I also used some techniques which I had never used before.
This is how my final project looked like-

BLOG POST: All areas of the project is explained in detail as much thought and effort was expressed in the development of this project, especially since the pictures were going to be taken in a different country over interim break.

ART WORK: The final edited images are engaging, although looking at the digital contact print, perhaps a replacement of a image or two could have made a wider range of variety since a number of street scenes were captured in the final series and other, more rural images could have been a better balance.  

ADV. Digital Photo - Personal Project - B+

After Effects Project: The Art of Interesting

In this project, what I want to do is take an image and make it more interesting in some way through photoshop. I would like to take some images and show the before and afters and how I make them more eye-catching and generally interesting. I would like to use lens flare as it will allow me to show where the focus is and lead the eye on the picture. This would allow me to add another dimension to the picture. A great place I think using it will be is at the source of light in the picture such as the sun. Another thing I would like to do is use is the blur effect as using the bokeh effects to create better, more interesting images, again highlighting the subject of the photo. I think that the most interesting type of blur would be the zoom blur as it adds some motion to the picture ultimately making it more interesting.

Examples of lens flare:

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For this image, I think that the lens flare makes the picture more interesting as it takes an ordinary photo and makes something hard to achieve with the lens. It allows you to create something that would be hard to do without Photoshop.

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This picture takes a contrasty image and again makes something of the sun that was small making it more prominent adding an effect to fill the empty space.

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This adds a slight flare that adds to the empty space in the picture. It also leads the eye to the model as the flare on either side leads you to the thing in the middle - the model.

Examples of blur: Pictures by Jay Rivera

(Zoom Blur)

(Iris Blur)

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This iris blur drags the eye to her face as it takes what's around and makes the eye look for the clarity - her face. This leads the eye to the clear part of the image, great in pictures with models.

(Zoom blur)

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Thus picture shoes how you can lead the eye once more as it take the around and makes lines to the cars. It makes the eye go to the car - this may be helpful in pictures with models once more leading the eye to the desired place.

(Combination of Field blur and bokeh effects)

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This form of blur is only usefull in nightimr situations that make the lights larger and the bokeh creates a picture that makes something interesting of a boring pictured of some lights.

Steps Needed to Complete the Project
As you can see some of my pictures are pictures of people, however I would like to take pictures of both people and landscapes or even a combination to create the most interesting picture. I think I will also use a 35mm prime lens as that is the lens blur I think will look best with most pictures, I will have to check the lens out from the school. Also, I may need a tripod to get better exposures for the lens blur in darker places. As well as this, a 35 mm prime will also allow me to take wide enough pictures for the landscapes and can crop down later. I would also like to take the pictures at Orchard Road or East Coast Park by the beach.

Think Tank #1
The think tank helped me pick out the pictures in my contact print to edit given what my project it. They talked to me about the ideas that I could do for each picture and what kinds of blurs/lens flares to use to make the picture more interesting. Jake mentioned that lens flare would only look good in pictures with high differences in exposure and some blown out portions that helped me a lot in the decision making process. He also said that it may be interesting if I used these themes on people instead of just landscapes, an idea I liked and went foreword with.

Think Tank #2
The 2nd think tank session again helped me as I showed them the pictures I was using and what I planned to do. They gave me direction by giving their opinions on what would make a more interesting picture. The lens flare location and size was something I was struggling with the placement but they helped me with ideas of where to put it. They also helped me in deciding the harshness of the blur so the pictures didn't look too fake.

Digital Contact Print

The pictures I selected were selected because I felt as though I could do a lot with them. I think that the picture of Patrick will allow me to create a lens flare with the light in the corner. The picture of Arjun (the one taking SAT) was kind of flat so I think making it more interesting The one of Hersh could look more interesting if I added an iris or tilt shift blur to lead the eye to the more interesting parts of the image. I picked the one of Ishwar (in the library) because I thought that it would be ideal for both a lens flare and blur. I also thought that it would be a nice picture as his face is interesting in the picture and his braces draw more to his face, leading the eye to them.

Final Images
Image #1

This image is an image of my friend Arjun who was studying for the coming up SAT. I thought that I wanted to make him the focus of the image Arjun and the way I did that is by using an Iris Blur in photoshop. I wanted the eye to travel from anywhere on the picture and go to Arjun's face. Additionally, I increased saturation and contrast. The I thought the outside was overexposed so I also went over it and decreased the exposure. I also went over the background and make some changes in the temperature of the light as my camera had captures it as extremely yellow, so I made it more blue while trying to retain a crisp and clean image that did not get distracted. I am happy that the background included the people and stuff and wasn't empty otherwise the picture would lose a lot of depth given by the Iris Blur. I learned how to use Iris blur in a way that it was not distracting in this picture as before I used trial and error, I kept making the blur too much creating a fake looking image. I also learned how to make an image's bokeh more interesting by having things blurred in the background than just having random blur.

Image #2

For this image, I both used tit shift blur and lens flare. With this I learned that even blurring out parts of the subject can make the image much more deep and people can go away impacted. I tried to use the lens flare as a leading like to him and as everything else was blurred and his eyes and mouth are not I think it worked well. The reason I took off the blur using a layer mask on his mouth is because I thought that his braces actually brought attention to his face that would ultimately lead you to his eyes - the location I wanted. Also, I put the tilt shift onto his eyes to make them the main subject of the image. I learned a lot about the lens flare and how it can work as a leading line in the editing of this image. It helped me for other pictures I edited in this project. Also, I learned that some things out of a tilt shift blur can be left out and the image may benefit from it as shown by his braces. I also learned that having one prominent part of a lens flare can help is as a leading line being more effecting.

Image #3

For this image, I played around with the lighting effects. I wanted to use it in a way that made a more dramatic effect on Hersh and make the picture more dramatic. I found that the lighting effect makes it look as though the light is on the lens and reflecting off that makes it an extremely interesting picture. I think that lighting can make or break a picture and being able to edit in in is a great asset to have, which is my most important takeaway from editing this picture. I also learned a lot about tilt shift in this as if you look at the picture closely, it looks out of focus. However, it actually is in focus around his eyes. The line where his eyes are is the point that is in focus, I think that the slight blur brings the viewers directly to his eyes.

Image #4

This picture is just a normal picture that I increased the vibrance on and also added a lens flare. Shown as well is my photoshop work flow showing how I duplicated the layer and added a flare on it. I did not want the flare to overtake the picture for this but did want one to make it a more interesting picture. I also created a layer mask also increasing the saturation on the buildings because that made them look more contrasty and better overall. I learned a lot about not overdoing a picture as even though this is a simple edit, I had to do the layer a bunch of times to get the perfect angle and location and brightness of the lens flare. I also learned that if it is too much, an effect can also take away from a picture rather than just overdoing it. I also think that from the original, not overdoing the vibrance and saturation is important and something I learned in this picture as the sky could have just taken over the entire picture.

Editing Process:

As you can see, this is the background layer of my edit. I thought that this would be a good candidate for a lens flare as to compliment the lens flare that was already on the image.

In this screenshot, I duplicated the layer and added a lens flare. I thought that it added to the flare that was already there and also put a ring on the sun that blows it out. The arrows point to the places where the lens flare is, it points to the sun as the flare actually added a ring around the sun but it is not very noticeable. I thought that the buildings, however were slightly plain.

In this image, I thought that I would increase the saturation on the buildings. I did this as I thought the picture was missing something and the buildings looked rather plain. It was not much of a difference, however I felt that after, the image was more pleasing to the eye. Also, it let the lens flare stick out a little more making the image more interesting- the goal of my project. After all this, I felt that the sky and clouds were a little blown out and that the image should be less bright to really get a lot of detail from the clouds and sky.

In this, I changed the levels so that the brightness of the image as a whole was less. I really like how it made one tower really dark while keeping the other light. As well as that I thought that the sky looked a lot better and that the clouds were much more crisp. At this point I was happy with how the image did not look over edited and still looked aesthetically pleasing.

Image #5

For this picture, I added a radial blur and lens flare. I added the radial blur, again, to draw the eye to his face, the place where I want them to be looking. As well as that, I added a lens flare that at first catches the attention of the eye and works as a leading line. This brings the attention, again, to his face. I think that I learned even better how a lens flare can work as a leading line in this image as I think it is even more effective on this picture. I also learned a lot about the radial blur, it taught me how to use it sparingly so that it is not completely blurring out around the subject of the picture to the point where it feels over edited but so that is brings the eye to where you want it to go. I also think that for this picture , It was good that I cropped the side a out as there were some extremely bright colors in the bokeh that distracted from Patrick. I cropped it so only the chair in the bokeh was still there because it is right under his face, if I were to crop that out the picture would look extremely out of place.

Successes and Challenges
Some of the successes I had in this project were learning how to use photoshop to create a more interesting image using devices that my lens could not originally provide. Not having a tilt shift lens and being able to put a tilt shift on an image is going to be a good tool in the future that I am happy I was able to learn. Some other successes were the pictures I took turned out looking good and not overly edited which is an effect I wanted. My favorite image is the one of Ishwar (the senior) because I felt the color temperature was spot on and the tilt shift and lens flare really add to the image making it much more interesting than the plane image it was to start with. Some challenges I had were location. As stated in my Plan of Action, I wanted to go to orchard and east coast beach to take the images but because of lack of time and responsibilities like having to babysit my sister, I was unable to go to places. Also, as explained in my I was able to take pictures at East Coast (the image of the buildings) but did not get the chance to go to the beach.

BLOG POST: All components to the project are included and the formatting of the blog post is in order.

ART WORK: As stated in the successes and challenges for the project, the student makes mention that having no time set aside was limiting in capturing images to either location mentioned in the plan of action. This in turn provided a digital contact print that did not necessarily draw a lot of visual impact. One can still capture engaging pictures on campus, but limiting them to the cafeteria and the library is not stretching the boundaries of creativity much. Perhaps using the bokeh affect with a model in front of the water wall in the middle school, reflections of the water in the high school pool, or parts of the playground area in the elementary playground could have led to more engaging images to start with.