This shot was taken on assignment for my Product Lighting class. Using only available light (daylight) and light modifiers (fill cards/white boards/ etc.) we were assigned to light an object of our choosing, something with texture and form. I chose to use a hat, for obvious reasons, and side lit or rake the light across the surface of the hat, to show the texture of the material, as well as create a nice transition from highlight-to-shadow.
The above image is actually 27 images, layered and flattened, to form a unified idea; A…Z in multiple type faces. -Type faces or fonts captured through the camera by the student – presented as one file.-
I wanted to be creative in this assignment, and having always loved the nostalgic look that sometimes comes through in black and white images, I chose to transform my entire compilation of letters into shades of black, white, and gray, and have them float above the hay-fields of NC.
Is it simply a Pepsi can…? I think not. In Product Lighting, our instructor sat us down, instructed us on what we had to shoot, in this case a soda can or “cylinderrr”, told us where to turn it in at, and then sent us out to shoot it…in a very small window of time…using only available light. It was wonderfully liberating, and slightly discomforting,…the best description of photography, if ever I heard one!
A photographic assignment in Small Format class called for us (the student), to capture an image that conveyed the shape of our roads- one that had a human element. I chose this image because I felt it portrayed, not only the physical shape of our roads, but also the character of those that tread – or in this case pedaled- upon them. The character of those that speaks of a fighting spirit, and brings to mind the old adage – ‘life on the beaten-trail’.
A day of recreation – and competition. The above image was captured in High Point, NC during a two-day racing event that drew the young and the old. Races were held Friday and all day Saturday. I went Saturday afternoon, hoping to capture some of the ‘golden’, or ideal light of the afternoon-to-evening hours, as it filtered between the buildings.
An instructor once said, “…the eyes are the window to the soul…if you don’t have them, you don’t have a picture.” The image above was taken for an assignment -the assignment was to portray the personality of the subject, a stranger to the student, in such a way – that emphasized or utilized the eyes.
These three images are just a few of the shots (pictures) that I captured during a NCPG (North Carolina Photographers Group) photo-shoot. This shoot, known to its members as ‘The Loft’, was a combination bridal/engagement shoot. I was fortunate enough to not only learn of this event, but also to get some interesting photographs. As these images illustrate, I found myself taking more note of the photographers, than of the actual models. The excitement of the photographers was, in itself, exciting. I think it was simply the shared passion of the group that made it such an interesting subject to me.