HDR is something i have tried to work with several times. I am never sure how successful it is and I am never extremely happy with my results. But I am gonna keep trying the following are from a recent shot at CSUSM
I have written already about exploring what a photograph is, and what is a portrait. Continuing to look into the work of Sally Mann I decided to do a series of myself to add on to this continuing on this path of looking into myself in the project. I originally included this in the first post about abstract portraits, but I wanted to include it on its own.
I have Lived in San Diego County for nearly 7 years now, and there is always still so much to explore. I have meant to go to the Botanical Gardens for a while now. Being there on a warm Monday afternoon was amazing, this place is extremely calm and peaceful, small streams flow through the landscapes and birds sing in the trees. My journey started at the bamboo garden, bamboo is to me somehow a relaxing plant, learning that the San Diego zoo aquires much of its panda feed from the garden is also a very interesting thing to know. As i wondered through the property I became very interested in the mexican garden with the terra-cotta planters with succulents and faces of dancers.
I have over the last several months began to question exactly what photography means to me, through this i have begun to explore the abstract in photographic imagery, shooting out of focus, or shooting very small portion of things and zooming the lens while shooting a subject. Plants are a good way to explore this, they do not move and are often very colorful to bring interest into the colors. I explored this a lot on this trip, looking for vibrant colors and interesting shapes over what the subject was.
Also I found the wooden Japanese Spirit Houses interesting was well, some how these went back to my wood project and may be included in that later on. I attempted to recreate the feeling I had while looking at these. They are so small, bird house like but so deep in attention to detail. They are weather worn but still standing strong protecting the ancestors spirits.
As part of this class I wanted to explore differing ideas of photography. I throughout the semester while creating photographic images that are sharp and focused, I also explored some techniques in abstracting images. Trying to push my self more as a photographer. I have began looking at the painterly photographic work of Michael Orton, and the soft dreamlike, and sometimes scary images of Sally Mann. I also returned to some of my roots as a painter, and looked back to the color fields of Mark Rothko and other abstract expressionist.
I have wanted to start thinking differently about photography, moving from just the image to high art. I started as a photographer in portraits years ago so i though that one of my first things to change should be portraits. Recalling the work of Sally Mann, I started creating my own series of Faces.