Environmental Photo – Practice

These are some photos, that I took on campus to practice the environmental photograph class. Some might look candid, but these are people in their environment. I found some people and took some pictures of them. It was a lot of fun, and good practice for real assignment. I took these at the USU at CSUSM! What I learned is that people can be very relaxed in their natural environment. I chose my old 50D clunker, which this class, has breathed new life into this old girl and she is a great camera, despite not having video (at least officially).


I decided to go to the MOPA exhibit Defying Darkness on September 28! It was a really good exhibit. I found that the exhibit had a lot of interesting photographs, and it was hard to really choose which one was my favorite, but one really stood out for me. All the photographs were taken all throughout the eras. I did notice that some of them were donations.

What I liked about the exhibit is that it really shows Photography at night and there were really good quotes! I liked the history of Flash photography, even though there might be images that were probably taken without a flash. I also found it very fascinating to take night photographs in black and white! As we all know, white reveals and black conceals. This is why it works well in black and white. Oh, and I bought a cool coffee mug that resembles a Canon (though not Canon branded) 24-105 f4L IS USM. It is probably the closest (for now) to that lens, but I want to use it to put my favorite coffee beverage in one.

I did not like that the exhibit ended on October 2nd, but I understood that they need to end exhibits so new photographs. Some of the photographs were very dark and had a gloomy sort of down feel. It

What inspired me is a photo from 2000, where a woman is floating above a city. This photograph is something that I really though was cool, because it looked like it was photoshopped or just a doub

le exposure where the woman was shot first or 2nd and then added on to a background of a city. What inspired me is that I think it proves that we can all float around in life and it just looks cool. It defys darkness as the lights help darken up the image. In the end I had a great time there.

Graphic Design, Politics, and Branding – A response

1. Why do you think the reproduction of image is so prevalent in the world today?


Images are prevalent because we see them everywhere! Companies know the power of the image, so they can create logos or slogans to really catch the persons eye. Good Graphic design is made so you can communicate without having to read. It is so easy to photograph an  image, and instagram makes it prevalent as you can easily post your selfie’s or offer a window into a persons life. Most people want to know what others are doing with social media, and it makes it easy. Hillary went the extra mile by having her campaign design a custom logo, but also a custom typeface!

2. What do you think this prevalence bodes for the future of graphic design and your place in it?

I think it is going to have a bright future, as people (especially younger people) appreciate good design. Images can be very powerful if used right! Like I said before, the future might as well be a more image and type based society where if you don’t need to read much to communicate, it should look good as well. That should be the mindset and trends also come and go. Also, the younger generation seem more computer savvy and they can pick up programs like the Adobe CC, and there are people who are not art/graphic design majors, but they know Adobe CC. So it seems like it is everywhere. We have to draw the line from those who know the Adobe CC and real artists. I think we should give all artists and their mediums a chance. Real art is not going away, but art is probably going to be more performance/temporary or move towards computer based design. I do think Graphic design will eventually be considered fine art and be shown in fine art museums (if it has not already been).

3. Why do you think the John McCain drive for the presidency failed to use the Internet (or failed to use it effectively) as a means of communicating with voters?


McCain was targeting the older voters who really were not into social media. Twitter and Facebook were not as popular as they were today. Younger voters are the kind that are more in tune with social media and are constantly looking out for new trends. If you want to succeed, then use Social media to your advantage.Nowadays, Trump and Hillary are using social media to their full advantage.

4. How do the current crop of presidential hopefuls use Internet media to promote their campaigns?

Infact, Donald Trump did a AMA on the_Donald subreddit! Politicians are following the internet for various trends and there are those who like to investigate them. Infact, Donald Trump is a very active tweeter who likes to tweet his mind. People are taking trends and letting them go “viral.” We also have more social media sites and networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit (where people can take ideas from other sites and comment on them.) People want their voices heard.

Just some thoughts on Applebeam’s (Prof. James Miller’s article “Graphic Design, Politics, and Branding.”). I really enjoyed the article, and it had some good insights into the graphic design and world of pop culture!


Response to Young-Ha Kim & Letters of a Young Artist

Young-Ha Kim in his Tedxtalk is really fascinating. I found it to really relate to me as a young child, as I used to doodle a lot in my school! I really enjoyed being artistic, but perhaps it all left somewhere. What really got me back into the arts, was ironically going back to college. I feel like people are pressured into doing non art degrees, as they feel like taking the safe boring option that makes money. Making money is great, and even I want to be successful, but I want to have fun doing it. I really think I could be the person who does graphic design, but also does photography, or even Music if I wanted to. I really think I should “just do it.”

I did not like much if any about it. I do not like that people are suppressed for their art. Also, being punished for making art like doodling. I was one of those who drew a lot as a child, and I still do! I also don’t like that people are forced to do things they do not want to do!

For my letters of a young artist. I really enjoyed the piece written by Katz and it fits me and the Ted Talk, because you need to understand everything, and to just do things! High art defines us, and our defining art gets suppressed by the art devils, that we are forced to do it, and we do not like it. What also makes it fits me, is that I am the kind of person who enjoys trying and appreciating new arts, whether it is music or even art like graphic design. I enjoy the gaming arts that people are putting out on the internet, and have even watched a livestream of someone who makes art and plays video games. I find video games to be very artistic. Even if you have to program the video game, art is all around us. Even those technical engineers, are doing some kind of an art. If you want to do something, think of it with art! I like graphic design, but I feel like I am also good at photography and even videography. Yes, my DSLR is outdated and cannot do video, unless you have Magic Lantern, and even then you cannot record audio, unless you have special equipment. I feel like I am taking a tool that I somehow abandoned by the art demons, and trying on new things, to really take good photos.

Seeing is a vision, and everybody in arts and in general all have a vision. Even those who draw on the walls and get punished. Young-Ha Kim had the same vision when he drew a crow, when he should have drawn a castle. It also is a shocking revelation that things like that can be shown in an art gallery in Europe or taking a urinal and calling a fountain by Dada.

Finally, I feel that you should experience failure. I think in our culture, we feel that people are forced into do doing well, due to failure not being an option. Failure is what makes us do better. A Karate grandmaster told me, that hardship brings out good things. I think it really does and fits in with being a college student and even in life in general. Sometimes, the risks you take, often have the biggest rewards. The students that Young-Ha Kim taught are the ones that are forced to do constant writing for an hour with not much time to think. While it does support failure is not an option. It highlights the failure of those who do not unleash their creativity, so they take their time, but the work is dull and generic. I also am that where I also enjoy the internet, and that lack of reading is why we become dictators with a TV remote while watching the debates. I also find my creativity to be the highest once I figure out something or by just doing it by dumping my mind into blogging a post. “Much of what you read is obsolete” and while knowledge can be obsolete the experiences never go out of style, like lying for the first time or drawing, or even saying a word. Yes, you can troll on the internet and forums are not yet obsolete, they can be a valuable place for knowledge and even for art forms. Writing under pressure is what makes your craft skills. My craft skills might be photography, graphic design, and perhaps videography, but I still need my real niche to be carved out. Those are the skills suppressed by the art demons. They might not be gone, but they are out there, just waiting to be discovered. In the end, “just do it” and take risks. You might not be successful, but you don’t know unless you have tried. That my friends is what makes us as great artists.

P.S., I really enjoyed this post and perhaps this post or a variant of it could become a future letter to a young artist.

Walnut Park

Today, I went with the class to Walnut Park! I had a lot of fun taking photos, but I could have been better prepared with more hydration, but thankfully, I was able to get some! 🙂 These are my 5 best 5 star photos of this amazing event! I am really glad I was able to go, though I really think the 17-55 F2.8 EF-S IS USM lens is really awesome!

Diptych and Triptych

I hope I got the latter correct! 😛

I decided to go to the Embarcadero near Petco Park and the convention center, and I had a blast. I decided to leave my best friend since 2008 (my 50D) at home and rented a school camera and a EF-S 17-55 F2.8 Lens and I really had fun here. I am supposed to tell a story, and for the first one, I wanted to show that America is where people can do whatever they want even if someone wants to have another countries flag on their boat, they can still be considered an american! For the 2nd one I wanted to showcase how beautiful the back of the convention center is. Not too many people really get to experience this part of the convention, if they are at something like comic con! They might stay within the exhibit halls, but what I might make a out a point is that it is a really beautiful design and sometimes, if you don’t look hard enough, you might miss out on things that are overlooked. Also, this hits close to home as I seem to go to comic con every single year for all the days, but even I overlook the center, as I seem to enjoy the panels. I also enjoy this part of town, and wanted to do something other than Balboa park, and I can easily access this by bus and train (living without a car has its challenges). In the end I really enjoyed this assignment!

P.S, I still did not go to a museum. I hope to go to MOPA sometime soon! Why I forget to do so, is beyond me.