Archive for September, 2012

Photography – Autumn

Posted: September 29, 2012 in photography, week6
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After being dormant ( my photography skill) for quite sometime now, today, I went out with my 3-foot friend and ventured the area of Kongsvinger. I went up the fortress (Festningen), walked the bridge and trailed the riverside. The sky was dramatic with patches of clouds and with the sun hiding behind it most of the time. I took a lot of pictures, 540 to be exact and it would have been more if not for my battery which had been drained of life. The timing couldn’t been worse, it was about the time of the golden hour!! My 3-foot friend was ready, standing there just waiting for me to mount the camera. No one’s to blame of course but me because instead of waiting for the right moment, i chose to do some panning!! Anyway, I did get some good shots….



Both pictures were taken handheld at 25feet high (estimate) and my upper body hanging by the bridge railing 🙂


The colors weren’t touched by photoshop, it was the white balance which I played around using 10K kelvin, incandescent and fluorescent and of course the setting sun. I think 10K Kelvin was used in the last 3 images.

About the panning shots, as usual, 1 or 2 shots were acceptable…the others have too much noise as I needed to up my ISO to compensate for the lack of light and most of it were out of focus.

ISO400, f/8; 1/5 sec. at 70mm

Well, not bad for a comeback photoshoot and most of all…it was fun!









This week’s activities include photo analysis. We were given several photos to analyze and I chose this one. The photo below shows lines drawn by me in different colors to better explain my analysis. The black lines and the green dots represent the rule of third. The rule of third is a photography rule which is rule but not a law! Break them if you must they say 🙂

Rule of third is when you divide the whole image into 3 vertically and 3 horizontally making 9 squares or rectangles with 4 crossing points which in the rule of third means your focal points. Placing the subject in one of those points will be considered a good composition. The boy, which is the subject was placed in one of those points. The blue lines were drawn to emphasize the pattern of lines that for me helped the composition in a way that they are diagonal and non-static. The red circles showed the stone and the shoeless feet that may indicate that the subject was a victim of bullies. The paper on the ground, the lunch pack clearly suggest that the boy is a student. The yellow lines were intended to compare the size of the boy and the building and the perspective of the one taking the shot. It suggests that the photo was taken shooting upward making the building much bigger than the boy. The contrast of size helped to convey the message of helplessness of the subject. In my opinion, the photo was well-composed, the components clearly relay the message as intended. The cloud also helped in conveying the mood of the image.


The third photo was a cropped version of it which i thought would help in analyzing the composition. As we can see, the impact is not the same. The overwhelming factor was reduced!

And that’s how I interpret this image 🙂

The second part of the activity of photo analysis is choosing a topic and finding an image of it on the internet.

Choose one of the following themes:

  • Mass destruction
  • Power
  • Christmas
  • New life
  • Love

I chose love of course!

Don’t you just love the image? 🙂 Aside from the cute appearances of those two, looking at them will somehow evoke the feeling of love. As we all know, they are ‘cats and dogs’ in singular form. Apparently, they shouldn’t be so agreeable with one another but the image shows the opposite. This image of an old dog and a pussycat if this is not digitally manipulated suggests that they know each other; that they have learned to live in harmony inspite of their differences. Setting aside the contrast of their nature strongly conveys love. Tolerance, comfort and safety are attributes of love and that is what I see in this picture. A small pussy cat seeking the warmth and protection of an old dog, an old dog spreading its ear to give warmth and enclosing the pussycat with its front leg gives the message of protection. The warm white balance also is a factor, I guess.

Oblig03 – Illustration

Posted: September 24, 2012 in oblig03, week6

Today, week 6 assignments were handed in and obligatory 03 was included. The task is to make an illustration poster (no text should be used) of a self-chosen song. After reading the lectures, watching the videos and writing down the assignments for this week, I sat down and listened to my favorite music. I thought i have to decide now so I can listen to it everyday for 3weeks. I chose a song by the Linkin Park – Iridescent. So I browsed for some inspirational music videos. I found this to be my favorite so far:

I listened to many songs and was down to 4 choices; the other 3 were: Dig by Incubus, Fix you by Coldplay and Broken by Lifehouse.

I usually do the weekly activities before the graded ones but this time I am doing the reverse since I will be home for the whole week.  Hmmm…not saying I will stick to it, I do have a frog-like characteristic of leaping from one activity to another. So if you see me doing other activities that means I am stuck and need a break. 🙂

Before I forget, iridescent as an adjective meaning having various colors that change with movement and light.

Inspite of the swirling things that are happening in my life, I managed to finish the three book covers! I found it hard to consciously think of what color to use to convey the meaning of the books’ content. I developed respect for those artists that make books very appealing when seen in bookshelves!! Salute!!
So…here are my book covers:

The Little Prince is a story I have known since gradeschool. It is one story that somehow has  a big influence in my being. Anyways, I did this last thinking I know the story already and I can easily create a design for it. Hmp! I was wrong! The colors i chose,were light colors and in harmony. The font I believe is playful.

“It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye!”

I have never read this book The handmaid’s tale but I think I will watch the movie. Analogous colors were used with green leaf as an accent.

I enjoyed doing this one. Monochrome should be used to convey anguish and uncertainty.

There, there…my book covers!!!

So Logo project is the thing of the past and according to the faculty, we will be having an exciting project this Monday. As if it isn’t already. Anyway, this week is still about colors, this time in photos. The activities are:

a) to create an Andy Warhol look: I used threshold and then used halftone dot pattern on a duplicate layer and changed blending mode to multiply. I selected the image and created colored background.Image

b) Apply a sepia look: Sepia action was used on this one and some tweaks.Image

c) split tone image:



d) and a free style one: i used black and white and levels….i think.


Now, it is time to look at book covers for the next assignment!! Ciao!


duplicated layers for selections and color, changed blending mode then used halftone – dot

split tone

duplicated layers made use of blending modes

Color Theory

Posted: September 20, 2012 in source, Uncategorized, week5
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The game above ‘color theory’ got me stuck on level 4!!!

Slowly but surely, I have been acquiring tools that are useful in design and this week’s topic is all about color. Color was simple when I was in grade school. My crayons started with 8 sticks of colors, then it became 16 then 24 and recently I just saw a big box of crayons with more than 100 colors. No wonder kids of today are so smart!  Ever wonder how color became so complicated? It isn’t. Understanding color theory will simplify things for us.

Color Theory :  (According to Wikipedia ) In the visual arts, color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual impacts of specific color combination. There are also definitions (or categories) of colors based on the color wheel: primary color, secondary color and tertiary color.

There…color still is simple. We just mix it up. Making a color darker will give it a shade. Making a color lighter is giving it a tint. Let’s leave shading and tinting and talk about CMYK and RGB.

CMYK – the letters stand for C-cyan, M-magenta, Y-yellow and K-key and these colors are called subtractive colours. In color theory, the subtractive color means subtracting light in colors. Meaning when mixing colors, the more color you add the less light it produce thus making it dark and eventually turning it into black which is the K in CMYK. Although in real life and i did experience this when i was a child, it isn’t really black but muddy gray. This is usually used in printing.

RGB – means R-red, G-green, B-blue. If CMYK is subtractive, RGB is additive and will mean that when you mix colors they add light to the mixture creating lighter colors and white in the end. The color we see on monitors are additive colors that is directly projected to the eye and tends to be brighter.

In relation to our assignment for this week, Kuler which is pronounced as ‘cooler’ will be used to compose color combinations. Here are mine: