Attempting to Photograph

The following are some of the images that I captured with the Canon G10 camera.

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For the two photos above  I shot one during the day and one at night. I found that a slightly slower shutter speed works better at night because it allows for more light to come in because it is open for a longer period of time.

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In the photos above, I changed the aperture being at both the low and high ends of the spectrum. I think that for this photo I like the lower F stop because it provides a sharper image of the piano strings right at the front at the photo, which does a better job at capturing the viewer’s attention.

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For these photos I discovered that cameras are extremely sensitive to the amount of light that is available. Although this was in the sunlit lobby of the music building at Linfield College, the fact that I was under the hood of the piano taking a picture prevented light from getting to the camera; so I had to use the flash for a better quality picture.

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For me these next two really demonstrate aperture and what it does. The left picture is on a high F stop so the depth of field was far, making the keys of the piano at the front blurry. The photograph on the right had a low numbered F stop so that the keys in the foreground are clear and the keys after get more and more out of focus.

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I was attempting to capture movement in these photographs. The faster shutter speed (higher number) resulted in a seemingly motionless picture. The blurry sunflower on the right was taken with a slower shutter speed (lower number) and the motion of the flower can be seen.

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At the Time of the Louisville Flood (1957)- Margaret Bourke-White

This semester I am taking History of Photography. We studied a photograph by Margaret Bourke-White, which was taken in 1957. It is titled, At the Time of the Louisville Flood. In class we learned to analyze the photograph by paying attention to vibrant color contrasts, the lines that the objects in the photo make, and how the photographer manipulates and utilizes light. My professor also mentioned how this photograph has been manipulated by the photographer, Margaret Bourke. The white bags that the people are holding were not placed there by accident and the billboard is too close to the people to actually be in that location. Photographers manipulate the photograph to convey meaning. In this case the shallow depth of the billboard hints at the irony of the people standing in line for food with the quote at the top which reads, “World’s Highest Standard of Living.” This then brings us to the question, is this changing the truth or making the truth clearer? I view it as the photographer is changing the truth and manipulating how we interpret the photograph. They are making the viewer see it how they want it to be experienced. The one thing that always captures my attention is the woman in the far left. She is an uncanny resemblance of my mother. For me this is the punctum of the photograph and it is why I find it so intriguing.

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Oregon

Oregon is my favorite place to live. Not only does it have the best weather and scenery but it has tiny bugs. Any time I travel I just want to return back home to the giant evergreens and mountains which surround my house. Some of the best locations in Oregon are Multnomah Falls, the Oregon Coast and Crater Lake.

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Photographs from: http://www.wiveswithknives.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Multnomah-Falls-4.jpg , http://envisionuo.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/ecola-point-oregon-coast.jpg , http://travelmedford.org/attractions/images/crater-lake-2.jpg

Along the coast there are so many different things that you can do. Waiting till the tide gets low, biking, dining and just enjoying the fresh air are a few things that people look forward to doing when visiting the coast. I enjoy going to Multnomah Falls anytime of the year. The hiking trails provide an excellent workout and prime landscape for picture taking. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and it’s filled with fresh water. It’s beauty is well known and is a postcard favorite.

Although the many sites and attractions in Oregon are breathtaking the one thing that I enjoy the most is one of the simplest acts of nature, the rain. My relatives outside of Oregon mock the rain and joke about how it must be impossible to dry off in “Or-gone”. I find that the sound of it is probably the most calming and peaceful of all. Despite the fact the sun is blinding today, it was raining the other day and I opened my window to listen. The sound is simple and easily identifiable but also unique.

Linfield’s Concerto Competition

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Photo from http://www.linfield.edu/linfield-news/student-concerto-winners-to-perform-with-linfield-chamber-orchestra/

Every other year Linfield College holds a Concert Competition where students audition to perform with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. This year there were a total of five winners. Varying from piano to percussion, the very last concert for the Linfield Chamber Orchestra will certainly go out with a bang. Sophomore Tabby Gholi will be performing a piece by Monti titled Csardas. The fast and slow changes in tempo pull in the listener and this gypsy style concerto makes the audience want to dance. Below are some excepts of Tabby Gholi playing a portion of Csardas. The first one is the very beginning of the piece followed by an example of the fast excerpt.

Another one of the concerto winners, Kelsey Garrett ’15 is a percussionist. Specializing in marimba she will be performing the fourth movement of the piece, Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra by Ney Rosauro. Below are two excepts from Garrett’s piece. The first is one the beginning of Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra and the latter is a cadenza. The cadenza demonstrates what a strong player Garrett is and the emotion that she is able to convey through her instrument.

The Linfield Concerto Competition will be performed Friday, March 15th at 8:00pm in Ice Auditorium at Linfield College.

American Characters

The Linfield College Department of Music presented American Characters, a violin and piano concert March 2nd by Casey Bozell (violin) and Chris Engbretson (piano). Delkin Recital Hall almost reached it’s capacity this past Saturday. Performing composers from Copland to Barber, those young, old and in between came to listen. The amount of pieces played by living composers is one of many things that made this concert stand out. Amelia Bierly, the composer who wrote Baffling String was in attendance. Hearing the description about the piece and what she had to say was a unique experience because typically the composers have passed on. Although all of the pieces performed were phenomenal, my favorite was the opening number composed by Mark O’ Connor, titled Caprice No.1 in A Major which was performed by Casey Bozell. I think that the composer’s site provided me with a good contrast between his interpretation and that of Bozell’s.

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Delkin Recital Hall, Linfield College Photo by Lauren Pak

Flip books

Animation can be created by taking a series of still drawings or photographs and breathing life into them. Flip books are a common, well known form of animation. These are often regarded as a childish act but they actually hold a prevalent meaning in history. When flip books first came out near the end of the 19th century they were a huge hit in the Americas and in Europe. Researching flip books lead me to information on the photographer and animator Eadweard Muybridge. He would take photographs that depicted animals and people in motion. Eadweard Muybridge documented thousands of different movements. He eventually discovered exactly how a horse’s legs move while in a fast gait.

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Running horse, photographed by Eadweard Muybridge

Although Muybridge himself did not turn his photographs into flip books, there are many who have. Since his photographs have been taken in fast succession they work well as a flip book. Learning about the history of flip books lead me to create my own. Through the use of a site called benettonplay I was able to create my own flip book online! I made it just like a 2D animation, where many pictures have to be drawn and then played back at a fast rate to create an illusion of movement.

Amateur Animations

There’s this awesome animation book called The Animator’s Survival Kit. It is everything under the sun that you need to know about animation. Unfortunately this book doesn’t contain information on CG programs but it has extremely well illustrated examples concerning how to animate in 2D. One of the last things that we learned in the animation class that I took was how to animate a walk. The most important thing about the walk cycle is,

In a walk, or anything, I make the contact positions first– where the feet contact the ground with no weight on them yet. It’s kind of a middle position for the head and body parts– neither an up or down. I know where the highs and lows are and then I break it down. Another reason I do it is because it makes a scene easy to plan.” — Milt Kahl

Animation by Lauren Pak

Plainly, I am no professional, but I will explain the basic breakdown of a walk cycle. The cycle begins with four main positions. The contact position, down position, pass position, up position, contact position(where the other leg passes through). Then the cycle repeats with the other leg.

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Photo belongs to: http://cyberdog.wikispaces.com/file/view/WalkCycle_Side.jpg/30505746/WalkCycle_Side.jpg

Although the video of the walk cycle is really short and the drawing above looks fairly simple, it is actually a lot of work. In just five seconds there are 60 drawings. These are captured by a camera on 2s, so I held the drawing for two frames. Each joint follows its own pattern, as illustrated below. Notice that the patterns that the body follows are curved. It is impossible for the body to move in straight lines; if illustrated this way the movement won’t feel or look natural.

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Photo belongs to: http://cyberdog.wikispaces.com/file/view/WalkCycle_Side.jpg/30505746/WalkCycle_Side.jpg, edited by Lauren Pak