Final Project. Thursday, Apr 23 2009 

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This is just a sample of what I’ve been shooting at Blue Cactus Cafe. I’ve photgraphed the family that owns and runs the place, the food, atmosphere, and a few of their “regulars” such as the two pictured in the last photo. They are friends from high school that have been coming to Blue Cactus every week for about 10 years. But I have had some pretty big lighting and focus issues during my shoots so I’m going back yet again to re-shoot some things and even some things I missed. What I feel I have the most trouble with is getting more photos of the customers. They are there to eat and relax with friends or family and I just hate to waltz up with a huge camera and ask to take pictures. But you gotta do whatcha gotta do! Does anyone have any pointers how to make this go more smoothly? I also commented on Mallory’s and Danica’s blogs.

Interesting stuff. Thursday, Apr 9 2009 

Now this is something I’ve never seen before. This guy, Peter Callesen, makes paper cut artwork that he describes as both “magical” and “tragic.” I think it’s a very fitting description. His work is magical in the sense that 2D is transformed into 3D. But it’s tragic, he says, because the 3D figures remain attached to the 2-dimensional paper. They are not free-standing but trapped. Most of Callesen’s work consists simply of paper and glue yet they are extremely intricate. Below are favorites as well as links to comments on some of my classmates’ blogs.

Bound to Be Free

Bound to Be Free

Mirage II

Mirage II

White Hand

White Hand

Comments on Class Blogs: Heather, Katie, and Tyler.

Keith Major. Thursday, Apr 2 2009 

Wednesday nights = America’s Next Top Model. This week’s photographer was Keith Major and I just loved how his pictures turned out. He did an amazing shoot where the models had their faces sprayed with a color which they had to evoke through emotion in their photos. I tried to find some of these to post with my blog but those photos haven’t appeared available online yet. Instead, I googled Keith Major and found his portfolio. His work consists mainly of beauty, fashion, music, and celebrity photography. He uses a lot of artificial light in his portraits which also are frequently shot close up. I’ve included some of my Major favorites below.

Tyra Banks.

Tyra Banks.

Eva Pigford - Top Model Winner

Eva Pigford - Top Model Winner

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Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall

Ludacris

Ludacris

Jill Scott

Jill Scott

Family Photos Thursday, Mar 5 2009 

While going through photos on my computer in search of a potential blog post, I came across a folder of old family photos that I had scanned. I guess forgotten file folders are today’s version of stumbling across an old box in an attic. But I’ve pulled a couple to share (see below). The first is a picture of my father at 16…I think. I love this photo. It’s just your classic school portrait but it was taken in the mid-60s and I think my dad’s style is pretty awesome. That’s the spittin’ image of a Georgia boy, right there!

My dad at 16.

My dad at 16.

My second photo is of my mom and dad. I have no idea what year this was taken in, but maybe the late 70s? I don’t have many pictures of my mom and dad so this is definitely something to hold on to. I think the photos that hold the most importance for people probably tend to be old family photos or candid shots of friends. A capture of a nice memory. While professional and more journalistic photography is spectacular and award-winning, these generally aren’t the photos that we put up in our homes. So I just thought I’d make my blog a little more personal by sharing these.

Mom and Dad...the early years.

Mom and Dad...the early years.

One from the vaults… Thursday, Jan 29 2009 

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I snapped this one in Munich, Germany last May while studying abroad with a group of journalism students. Our guide from a bike tour told us where we could find the best view of the city. We had to climb 306 very steep steps in an extremely old church but the view was well worth it. The building in the foreground is the Rathaus-Glockenspiel that is in the center of Marienplatz. Besides the amazing architecture in this shot, I love that you can see all the red roofs of Germany disappearing into the horizon. I think the blue sky complements the other colors in the photo as well. For me, this shot is more than just a memento from an amazing experience. I think it is also one one of the better architectural photos that I have taken.  In fact, just looking at this picture inspires me and makes me want to travel to even more places to try to capture what I see there.

Greetings Friday, Jan 23 2009 

My name is Ronda and I am a junior Visual Communications major and a Film Studies minor. I’m originally from Rock Hill, SC. Home is only an hour away so I feel somewhat lucky. Before coming to college all I had ever used was a point-and-shoot camera. I used my personal digital camera last year when I took J337 (Intro to Photovisual Communications). For this semester though, like many other students, I will be checking out the school’s Canon SLRs. I’ve worked with my photos in Bridge and Photoshop but I’m learning more every time.

My introductory photo

My introductory photo