HDR Photography is a technique that fascinates me and infuriates me. I believe overall i need more practice with it but so far nothing I have done feels stunning. This set was no different. My favorites are probably the arches and the fountain, but still for me they are left wanting. I do like the range of light to dark detail you can achieve, and i even enjoy the distortions that can happen creating the more dreamlike landscapes, but for me the images are just not strong enough.
I found Penny de los Santos’ images of food very intriguing. My thoughts on the food project was to show food where food is from. I visited Stone Farms in Escondido. Stone Farms is owned by stone brewing as is the farm that supplies much of the produce for the Stone Company restaurants in San Diego. If you have not been there its a wonderfully peaceful place to go visit, and grab a pint.
I like the Above look that de los Santos did in her images, deep rich backgrounds and the saturated colors of the food. I did not want to use the set up she appears to do however, i wanted it to be organic (like the farm, itself.) I wanted to show the idea of where food comes from, not the prepared or refrigerated stuff we pick up at the market. I wanted dirt and the insects, the sun blanching. There is beauty in the imperfection in the produce. I feel i could have done more in the images, I really wish people had been working the day I was there, or the day prior when the farm workers were selling the organic pizzas made in the brick oven and from farm fresh produce.
Though this was not the first time I have had to shoot a portrait in an environment, I have not done this in a while. Walking around campus I did find myself wishing I had drug along some reflectors and black cards, but I made do. Sometimes as photographers we have to deal with what we are given. For the images I really tried to find interesting angles, and perspectives. My personal directives lead to the high contrast, I enjoy high drama images. I think i could use some more time editing these, Lightroom 5 is significantly different enough from LR3 that it did pose some interesting problems, my normal flow was a little disrupted. I ma overall happy with these images although some are unintentionally laking the tack sharpness that i look. Just don’t look to closely.
After watching The films in class I was reenergized by the work of Annie Leibovitz, in particular the personal work she did and the early rock and roll documentary she did. Go along these lines I attended a birthday party of a friend of mine child’s. His first birthday was held on Labor Day at Orfilia Winery in Escondido. I decided to be a part of the festivities, not to hang out as an outsider. I hung out, I talked i enjoyed glasses of wine and mexican food. I hung m camera to one shoulder, loosely griped, but I did not want to appear to be the photographer. In many ways I interjected myself in this story “Gonzo” so to speak None of the photos were posed, asked for no one to look or pay attention, i waited for my moments.
Half way through the day I tried to move in more, I put away my larger DSLR camera body and zoom lens and traded for a smaller body with a 60mm holga lens attached. I stopped with my need to focus, its a Holga lens i chose the portrait setting and went. It offered some unique photos, bright in the middle and significantly vignetted, occasional blurry and blown out, but allowed for some spirited images of the children playing and families enjoying themselves.
I specifically chose to do the images in extreme high contrast black and white. My real goal was to loose detail in many of the whites and include detail in the shadows. I felt that perfect exposure gradient white to black would ruin some of the spontaneity of the images, the lovely Holga occasionally made the decision for me, but wanted the story telling feel in these photos.
I hope every one enjoys