Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I feel that the picture with the yellow bug in it is the best out of these three. I really like how the car adds to the composition in color and frame. It also gives it a feel of being somewhere else than Columbia Missouri. But the picture in the middle my favorite picture in terms of framing because you can see what is behind the entrance, giving it depth, and what the road leads to.
I think that there are strong points to each of these photos. The one I like the best is the one where you can see both the flower and the light pole. I just think it is an interesting perspective. But the framing of the one where the flower is in the corner is interesting too since there is so much contrast between the pink and green and your eye is just drawn to it. But the flower framed in the center I feel is also beautiful I think especially in the way the light is shining on it. Basically I was just very attracted to photographing this flower because on this entire green plant, there was only one flower and that made it feel important to me.
My favorite landscape photo is the one where mostly the sky and pillars are what’s included in the frame. I think this is effective because it causes the audience to wonder how tall they actually are and where they are since you don’t see their relation to the ground. The other two are still interesting but seem more ordinary.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Annie Leibovitz is a wonderful portrait photographer who made her name famous through the pictures she took for Rolling Stone Magazine. John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Pattie Smith, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger are just a few of the celebrities that she has worked with. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1949, Leibovitz originally planned on being a painter until she discovered photography on a trip to Japan her sophomore year at San Francisco Art Institute. In 1970 she took her first pictures for Rolling Stone and by 1973 she was made chief photographer. Ever since, she has continued to have a very successful career in photography. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/annie-leibovitz
The image of Leibovitz’s that I have selected is a photo of Nicole Kidman taken in 2003 for Vogue. The focus of the photograph is not consistently clear. Due to the stage lighting being used, different areas have dramatically varying focus. The clearest areas of this picture are around the edge. While Kidman is the subject of this photograph and its focal point, the light surrounding her creates a foggy, filtered look. Kidman, herself, is clear but the intense stage lighting give her a glowing, indefinite contour. The lines in this portion of the picture are not particularly sharp and are more organic rather than geometric looking. The shapes that Kidman’s body makes are wrapped and curved. Her right arm is relaxed, her legs are crossed, and her body is slightly bent. However, adding some contrast, Kidman’s left hand on her hip creates an angular line. In addition, Kidman is seen in profile which adds even more of a striking angularity. Also, the clear focus and geometric lines surrounding the picture (such as the stage wings, the door, and the curtain ropes) create a frame for the intensely lit center.
I feel that this photograph has a lot of depth to it because it appears to be broken up into three different spaces. The area backstage where Kidman is standing would be the first space and the area that first draws the attention of the eye. Then in the background there are the stage left and stage right wings, which create a second section. Finally, behind the wings is the theater, which creates a third space and has depth even within itself due its architecture and balconies.
Overall, this photograph has a soft and smooth texture. The light reflects off of the wood floor giving it a sleek sheen; the light reflected off the white gown makes Kidman’s body sparkle and her skirt look as fluffy and light as a cloud. The lavish theater adds to the glamour of the shot. Everything about the photo points to the theme of a sophisticated star in the spotlight.
Leibovitz shot Kidman from a low angle on stage left pointing the camera up toward her. This shows off Kidman’s profile and long, slender body. It also allowed Leibovitz to capture more of the theater in the top of the frame. While this photo is not perfectly symmetrical, it is well balanced within its frame. The focal point and areas that are brightest are centered and the stage wings are equally lit. In addition, the contrasting lighting is a prominent part of this photograph. The contrast between the harsh stage lights and the regular, clear back stage lighting allows what is happening in center of photo to truly stand out and be unique. The light also provides contrast on Kidman’s figure between the backlight that gives her a glowing silhouette and the lighting on the front of her body that allows her to still appear clear and not just a shadow.
The spatial perspective in this picture is also very intriguing. A theater is well known to be constructed to have the stage appear to be the focal point and at the very front of everything else. This photo makes the backstage appear to be the most prominent area and the entire theater (stage, seats, curtains, and all) becomes the backdrop. Photographing from this perspective allows the audience to see the traditional stage in a new light and from an angle that many people never get to experience.