Light painting self-reflection
We have an interesting project during photograph these days—Light painting! I took some picture in this project. My first picture is my name-Sophia. I took it at the night which had lunar eclipse. There is a red moon in the sky, and we just wrote some interesting stuff use flashlight. We also wrote something else but I haven’t post it. The second picture is a blue swan; I took it in my home. It means the story of <<The Ugly Duckling>>. The ugly duckling finally became a graceful white swan, I hope I can become mature and sophisticated just like the ugly duckling. In the third picture, there is a shining bike, we use firework outlined it so it looks shining and beautiful. I like the color pink and I like to ride bicycle and go to traveling. In the final picture, I was playing my Chinese traditional musical instrument—Guzheng. I like the tone of it very much and I usually play it in order to calm.
When we took the first photo, we had three persons to do six letters—SOPHIA. It is very difficult to write to different letter in two hands in the same time, so we have a hard experience. When we took second picture, I just use glow stick to draw that swan and that is very beautiful. In the third picture, I used small fireworks to draw it, but the quality of the fire work is not good, it may just burn for a very short time. We took more than 10 photos and we finally get a good one. We took the last picture in my dorm. The new technology of it is we use the music sigh in our phone to make it float in the air. Jessie use a cardboard to hide the screen and show it, then she changed a place and show it again. Alice use the flashlight to flash me when I sat on the chair, then I just use the colorful glow stick to draw the line. I think we had took a great picture.
Through this project, I learned how to do light painting and it is very interesting. I never think we can do things like this before, I think it is only the artists job. Although we are normal people, we still can do some cool stuffs. Also, I recognized the importance of cooperation because light painting needs a bunch of people to do it together. I think it is really a meaningful project.
Fri, 16, Mar 2018
A Bart’s thoughts
I have made a lot of wonderful pictures during the studying of light painting and got to know more about photography. Light painting is a really hard thing to do well. You need to think out ideas, these ideas must come out from your own brain and they have to be original. You need to observe the environment for taking pictures and change the settings of cameras correctly. Deciding the equipment and the position to put the cameras are also important. After all these things, you will probably need some trustable partners there to help you get the pictures done. You need to organise them painting, posing, or shooting. And you need to have the ability to describe the image in your mind to your partners. Other things are only about patience and trying. As long as you tried, the picture will be close to the image in your mind. Sometimes it even shows up better.
Light Painting Reflection
I love light painting, and I enjoy the gorgeous pictures that light painting can create, but I feel like I can do a better job if I have more time and put in more effort.
I have a strange mixed feeling towards my work. I love the integral design, and I express the idea as I wanted. However, some of the photos did not turn into the best work as possible. I apologized. I blamed this for myself that I did not put enough effort in them because the scarce time I had. I tried to create a creepy, somber, scary tone. So I choose to shoot them vertically. In that way, the figures in my pictures will become larger, and it will also provide an intense emotion. Basically, the four pictures have the same main theme—change. I always like to show everybody the positive and optimistic side of me. I try to make others happy and I do not want any negative emotion from me influencing others. But I am actually delicate. I am easy to be hurt and easy to be sad and lonely.
The idea for my first image was supposed to create a “ghost” of me. I feel like that I am tired of the world that we are all living in. We are all living under masks. I hate to be a hypocritical person. I want to laugh when I want to laugh. I’d rather stay desolately when I feel sad. I am a very outgoing and friendly and funny person, as they all said, so I have a lot of friends. But I just feel tired about that sometimes you still pretend that you are happy when you actually not. I have many friends that sometimes I will even become less happy than staying alone. I’d rather be a ghost that nobody could see me, so I can do whatever I want. However, the shooting process didn’t really go well. We shot the image in the hallway on the first floor of doom. I used the flashlight on my phone and the green light of the “Exit” sign to be the main light resources. The second image is about me trapping in a cage. This cage represents two things. One thing is the “hypocritical mask” that every person has. I try to break it in order to get free. The other connotation is that before I came to pegasus, I went to a traditional Chinese school, and my imagination was trapped. I can really start developing my interest in this school. So the cage that created by Christmas light waving in front of me represents my circumstance that imprisons my imagination. The third picture has two me inside of it. We used the mirror in order to do that. In the picture, I was holding Christmas lights, and my partner waved purple lights around me. After taking the picture, I used photoshop to make the reflection of me in the mirror contorted which represents that the “mask” of me is fading away. The fourth image is obvious. The dead body on the ground is me. The “old Tony” is dead now. I can finally take off my mask, and I can be free now. I lay down, and my partner used flash to draw the contour around me. We tried to use a laser pointer to write the death time next to me like those in the movies, but I failed. So I could only use photoshop to add the words after.
The biggest challenge is that it has always been hard to shoot a photo that completely matches the one in your mind. Sometimes I tried to use just color lights, but the photos just turned out dark, and nobody can see my face clearly. Sometimes I tried to wave Christmas lights, but it just turned out a mess. And I didn’t really have enough time to do so. For instance, when everything was ready, and we were sure we would take one perfect shot this time. But it was already 9 o’clock and we had to leave. So we had to give up and started packing up. However, sometimes some of those great challenges can make great surprises. The cage in color was created by accident. I tried to create a circle, like of like roulette behind me. But the colorful lights in the photo ultimately turned out look like a prison. So that’s how the idea got into my mind. I had the central idea of the series of the photos, which was awesome!
The most influential thing I have learned from this project is that I can finally figure out who I really am. I might usually appear foolish or funny in front others—because I like it. I enjoy making people laugh, grabbing people’s attention, and being the center. However, I am tired of my “fake laugh”. I tried to be myself. I want freedom and I want to be happy. So the mean thing about this project, in my opinion, is to seek the true feeling towards yourself. Additionally, of course, I have learned many useful skills. I know basic camera settings and light painting resources, and I have also learned how to use those sources and my camera to create delicate pieces. If I have more time, I would like to discover more about the natural light painting resources, such as stars, street lamps, or neon lights on the building.
Light Painting Essay
I enjoyed the light-painting so much. Because the picture use light-painting so much. Because the picture that taken was really, It also inspired me how to be creative. For the circle picture i used a application in my phone, it can setting colors . And then i let my buddy to draw a circle in the air. And then the colourful picture appeared. Another one is doing dance action in ground, and the picture show’s diving on the sky. Actually the rest two use the same tactics. I also use Pre- Focus as well.
My challenge is the measure of the time, and think creative way, if i treat seriously they it really happened.
The most important things that i learn, it need to be patience and i know some camera settings. It make me totally more love photographs.
The things that i also know is the camera’s Aperature and Pre-Focusing, and the difference between Auto- Focusing and Pre- Focusing. The different places use Different ISO. I also learn how to set up the tripod as well. This project will be a unforgettable project ever .
Before I learn photography, I even don’t know what photography really is, all I know is the great photo taker, they use their magic camera to take the photos that we even can not imagine it. I also don’t know there so many kind of lens, actually, when I take the photography class at the first time, I even don’t know what the lens is. I don’t know why that the lens is more expensive then camera itself.
There lots of things I don’t know in the photography world, all I know is just one tiny bit of the whole ice berg. But is fun enough, I mean, be a good model and a good photo taker is funny.( Most of time, I am a model) It’s fun that work in a dark room, and it can motivate our deep dark fantasy. Sometimes we can see nothing, but we can create the great work, everybody is an artist during that time, because of our deep dark fantasy, we can think about lots of funny pictures.
Is kinda sad, because I can not really remember the each buttons’s position and how they work, so mostly, I will be the model. This picture, I imagine I am the super hero called green light, I think is really fun.
This one is me and my teammate, we try to write a vocabulary, who, it’s lots of fun.
In the recent weeks I was focusing in a program called Light painting. That program is really impressive because I learned how to create some amazing pictures and how to set up the camera. There are 4 pictures in my binder in order to illustrate my personality. Those pictures are trying to say that I am vivacious sometimes and diffident sometimes. I think those pictures show my characteristic very well. I used the ghosting in my first picture. There are 3 different in that picture, one is praying, second one is dancing, and the lasting one is doing something silly. That idea is really creative for me because it illustrated 3 different characteristics about me in one picture. I used the reflection of mirror in dance classroom, thus there are lots of me in that picture. In additional, I used very strong light and laser point to decorate my picture. The third one was took without any light, and the only technique I used is laser. The picture looks spectacular and that picture is my favorite. The last picture described I was playing Christmas light as a whip. Those pictures are all come from my own inspiration. The technique I prepare are laser, flash light, plastic bag, and some color papers. By the way, I have 2 excellent teammates.
The light painting project seems easy, but there is full of challenge. The first challenge is to set up the camera. Light painting program asks for a totally different settlement of camera. It is hard for me to play with my “Good friend” although I learned it for a whole class. Fortunately, I got it when I tried it over and over again. The second challenge is to use the technique and control them. Final result would be influenced because of a little mistake of the technique. We always took a picture for at least 10 times, and we choose the best picture in them. We felt exhaust before, but we still made some fantastic photos. I am really proud of it.
I learned a lot from light panting program. I finally knew that the camera could create such nice picture. I knew how to set up the camera in different situation. I also knew that hardship to make a prefect picture. Lastly, I really want to learn how to use adobe photoshop to make up my photo if I have enough time. That will be a fantastic trip.
I have learned a lot and enjoyed this lighting painting project, because I showed my thinking, worked with my teammates and tried the knowledge on paper in the truly photography. The name of my four light painting pictures are Conflict, but in my photos the things are not only about the collide of myself, but also some thing that I really precious. In the first picture, I want to directly show the conflict, so I use two color—blue and orange. To shows the contrast of myself. Because I want to let the inside of myself looks like the shadow, so I wear the black cloth, go to dorm, and did not use the flash light to print myself on that side. Instead of the shadow on the wall to be myself in the picture. The second picture is under the first picture. To get this picture I first stand straight and used the blue light to print my self, then used red flash to draw a human skull. To show the conflict of my opinion that I sometimes feels lonely, but my opinion tell me that I cannot let this emotion comes out. The third picture is on the right of the second. In the third picture, I used two tripods to finish. I first let the camera to record the background on the computer then I use black clothes quickly cover it. After I wear the big sweater with hat, let my group mate print me. I am trying to say my escape in this photo. The forth photo is a picture of my hobby and the thing I precious. The background of the picture, I use the same way as the third photo, but in this photo I wear a blue hat, carry a guitar. I am trying to say only the guitar can make me keep peaceful, and the blue hat means calm and peace. All of these pictures I used the pre-focus, and because I need a long shutter speed that more that 30 second, so I let my teammate continue press it until I finish to crate the picture.
The biggest challenge in these photo is to draw human skull. I tried a lot of time to draw it. Because I should make sure it has the same hight with me and I need to measure the size of the human skull that shows off in the camera. Besides the difficultly of drawing human skull, I always need to make sure my teammate print me clearly. We always can see the picture with a good human skull but a burly person stand opposite it. The successes of the picture is I crate a way to have a fancy background without go to the truly place. That makes my picture looks better and easier to show the things I want express in the picture, and the way to do that I write in the first paragraph.
In the light painting project I learn a lot of that heavy black machine. I know the camera can pre-focus and the shutter speed can be changed even whatever time of the shutter speed you want. Through taking photos, I find that the dark color will show in the photo. Although I think I did a good job of light painting project, but I also have some failing. Such as I did not print myself very clearly, so if I have time I will learn how to print something clearly. Also I want to learn the other master’s techniques to take light painting picture.
In the first picture, I want to directly show the conflict, so I use two color—blue and orange. To shows the contrast of myself. Because I want to let the inside of myself looks like the shadow, so I wear the black cloth, go to dorm, and did not use the flash light to print myself on that side. Instead of the shadow on the wall to be myself in the picture.
The second picture is under the first picture. To get this picture I first stand straight and used the blue light to print my self, then used red flash to draw a human skull. To show the conflict of my opinion that I sometimes feels lonely, but my opinion tell me that I cannot let this emotion comes out.
The third picture is on the right of the second. In the third picture, I used two tripods to finish. I first let the camera to record the background on the computer then I use black clothes quickly cover it. After I wear the big sweater with hat, let my group mate print me. I am trying to say my escape in this photo.
The forth photo is a picture of my hobby and the thing I precious. The background of the picture, I use the same way as the third photo, but in this photo I wear a blue hat, carry a guitar. I am trying to say only the guitar can make me keep peaceful, and the blue hat means calm and peace.
March 15, 2018
Light Painting Reflection
I like light painting because it is really fancy and fun. In this project, I tried to do make some funny or amazing pictures. But when I started to do them, I realized that what teacher told us and what the artists did were much much easier than the facts, that made me annyed and little bit sad. For the second image, I adjust the light (aperture, ISO and f-number) for whole night( even though we are at same room with the same ligth inside, we still needed to adjust every time for its content and emotion that I wanted to show.) Hard than what I expected, and when I got the final second one, my teamworker Luna and I were so excited and happy.
As for the first image, I took it with Mrs. Scarff during Xiao Nian night. We used pre-focus and leading lines( the ground) and the form( the background building). And tried a few times. This image just wanted to show: where I from and I change a little bit in the photoshop so that it looks more warm and the number of the letter are more specific, especially for Mr. Scarff’s S (that looks like a circle at first).
In the second image, I wanted to show some of my apperence, at least I think who I am, a little bit warm, sheer, silenct and noble or you can say pride. To get this image, firstly we made a plan and brought the essensial equipements. Secondly, we tested the light and adjusted light that spent us a lot of time because of the mirror walls and the blackboard. Thrid, we found a view to light the flower so that we could see its shadow. In this image, we used highlight( one side of the flower is brighter than the other side), shodow( tey to let it longer and show the flower’s shape instead of a line) and 1 thrid theory with pre-focus.
In the thrid picture, I wanted to say: when I ebcounter the big trouble and I have no soultions, how will I be like—a closed circle to protect myself form harms. And the surrounding lines and points which are in different color mean some traps that others made for me and gossips. To make this image, i first set up the tripot and find the position where I should draw so that the canema can take over the whole pattern. Then drawing the 3D circle with a long light. And then, took some different light in the corner. Running and running away, and finally I got that one I do think it wad perfect for my goal. To make this image, I used pre-foucus and shape.
In the forth picture, I tried to talk about how do I think of the life: there must be some conflicts and hard time for everyone. But these bad things may happen in the differnernt time in people’s life. So sometimes, we do not need to complain about the unfair things that you think only happened to you because this is only you think, others may have already experiences or will taste in the future. And all these unfair or painful things will become your own konwledge and will make you more peaceful and have a deeper undstanding for the life. If in the future, I meet the same challenges, I think I will be brave and confident to face and overcome the difficultied that happen in my life or study. For this image, I used some complex lines to show the diferent experience of our life with different color and shape. The wide of the lines means how we feel and how big size of our hearts. I believe the size and ways to think things influences our life quality. To creat this image, firstly, I set up the tripot and adjust the light. Then, I went to the calculatived position and tured on the different corlor lights. Drawing what the shape that I wanted.
In this project, the biggest chanllenge was the ligth issue for I did not want to change a lot in the photoshop. I worried that the change may will change the other things that I do want and I took the pictures before Mrs. Scarff told us so many methods to adjust so that I tried to get perfect at any images especially for the emotion by shapes and color. And that really spent a lot of my time and provied a strong feeling of happiness and excitness as soon as I got them. The success is excep the first image, others are almost the same than I did. I just needed to change some little background styles. How successful I was! Ha Ha Ha.
I learned to make a plan before I started and highlighted the imporant tasks and stuffs that I needed to bring or do before doing a project. I also learnted how to commuicate better and corporate with my teamates. If I have more time, I would like to learn more mrthods in the photoshop and maybe can Ms. Scarff makes a video to reminde us or teach us for all the techniques that we need if she wants and other students agree. So that we could learn more efficeintly .
I enjoyed the process of the light painting, because I learned about how to use my camera, and I can show what I want to say in my heart. The first images although when you see it, it’s a mess, but actually, it is a mess. I hold two glow sticks, and then I rotated myself, made the glow sticks go up and down. Actually, the color of the glow sticks are blue at first, but I use Photoshop to change it to orange, I think orange represent the passion of my life, although my life is kind of mess up.
The second image also about ballet. I was wearing a “dress”. Sophia and Karen help me to draw the outline of that “dress”(I know it not that apparent). Although I don’t have a dress of ballet, but I think all of the girls have a dream to be a princess when they are a little girl.
The third image is a image that I am pointed on my pointed shoes, and we use the pink light to light my feet, and we use the laser pointer to light out the ribbon of my pointed shoes. At first the color of the whole image is pink not purple, but I use Photoshop to change the color to purple, because I want to show that although ballet looks beautiful and noble, but in order to become that kind of noble is pretty hard, and you have to pay a lot for that. Like me, in order to preformed well, my nail of my big toe have dropped twice.
The fourth images, I was standing there, and Sophia help me to use the glow stick that can change the color wind me. I think the route of the glow stick is like the constraint to me, sometimes I want to do whatever I want, but at that moment, I have to consider a lot of factors and rules that my parents mentioned to me, I really want to break them for once, but I never try it.