Watermark

Watermark is an interesting film by Burtynsky talking about water and how people use that water. You see people making leather, rice paddies, abalone farms and even those who have seen how bad not having water has affected them. I find the images of the colorado river to be the most shocking how people and agriculture need water, but we have to balance that need. Around 70 percent of the water usage is going to agriculture. Agriculture is big business, but people want to grow crops in the deserts of California when it cannot really sustain that. People seem to think that water is something we can take for granted. I also found it shocking that LA had to reroute a lake to help  supply its citizens with water and now that toxic dust is requiring some kind of cleanup. Water is something that is everywhere and we need it, whether we like it or not. The scene where it timelapses the dam in China filling up with water is rather fascinating as it shows how a dam could easily supply a region with water and electricity. It is sad that people in LA were forced to move because of the aquifer, Dry spells are very bad for LA and even in San Diego, but luckily LA’s dry spell did not last long. Thankfully our drought has ended, but I think we should do our part in saving water.

The movie itself is pretty good as Burtynsky wants to show that we need water, and that water is a precious resource that we should not waste. The photography was excellent and was amazed that it was able to hit the news in Bangladesh.

The most shocking scene in my opinion was the one where they were making leather. These are people who are making leather with virtually no protection (face protection and even feet protection). I think a lot of people could easily get sick and I would not be surprised if the life expectancy in the Bangladesh leather factory is around 30 years old.

Our bodies are mostly water (from the native guy), and that native who said that if 2 people consume from the same water source we would be of the same water. Foods are all a part of that water system as animals will drink from that water or like the pilgrims, praying and using that water for their religion. I do agree that if a cell is destroyed and there is no water, we could see the end of human civilization.

I do wonder if climate is to be involved in this global crisis of water as we have countries that cannot have proper water due to lack of sanitation, but on the other hand we have companies like Nestle who thinks it is their right to profit from water. Infact, one of the biggest exports in California is actually bottled water as people are using the water from the wells and simply reselling it for a price as people really want the convenience of bottled water. Also, the Greenland ice research is rather interesting. I do agree that climates fluctuate as it does not really stay steady as there has been different forms of climate changes. We need to adapt to any form of climate change. I think one reason why our water is scarce is that water is coming from outer space which caused oceans, lakes, rivers and so on.

I think the films message is to show you that we need to save water and to learn more about it, so we can adapt to whatever major event that could cause us to lose it. In the end this concludes my blog post.

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Top 10 Photos

These are just some top 10 photos that I have mostly taken in VSAR 302, but I have also taken some at the Photo archive project at the U-hour screening of Short Shorts by Jason Eberwein. I really think these are some of the top 10 best photos I have taken and it was not easy choosing them, and I hope you would enjoy them.

10 deadly sins of composition

This was a rather interesting video to watch and I am sure I have committed some of these sins before. This video talked about 10 sins of composition which you should not do as that can cause a bad photograph. Art Wolff is an experienced photographer who never takes a vacation but has taken a lot of photographs from throughout the world.

The first one that I thought was a very meaningful image was the image of a chameleon right next to the fingers. I really loved how sharp the depth of field was in relation to the image. While some say this is a blurry image, I feel that the sharp focus of the depth of field along with the chameleon really contrasts the image when you would say compare if it had the background in focus. This image is rather heavy on the bokeh in regards to the background as you can feel it and try to connect with the chameleon with the person who has it in their fingers. The fingers  are very . Depth of field should really be done in a very meaningful way and he really did it. The chameleon is perfectly content with being the persons hand. Depth of field is what adds depth to an image and therefore this image has meaning. Emotionally you really feel for the chameleon as you might see a lizard being scared as wild animals like small lizards tend to run away from humans as they see them as some kind of a predator. The other final part of what makes this a meaningful image, is that you cannot tell if it was a candid or well thought out. However, i feel that this image is very well thought out and shot well.

The next meaningful image is actually the one with the Chinese boat that covers the lighthouse. Why I think it is rather meaningful, is that it shows how people live their life in Vietnam. The boat is so artistically placed as the lighthouse can really cause a significant distraction as your eyes simply focus on the lighthouse and not the boat. The boat is a very traditional boat used in the area as you can . Though the photo does tie in with the rocky background. The rocks in the water is a relatively nice background. I think the photo is a bit  dark and I think he was going for a dark sort of look in the fog. This adds meaning, as you would normally photograph something like this when the sun is out. It also adds a bit of mystery as you do not really see the people who are operating the boat. I like photos that have a bit of mystery to them as you have to keep guessing who or what are they doing.

In the end, both photos are meaningful!

My Adventures in Downtown SD

 

Here is my book, and I had a lot of fun making it. I am still new at making nice books, but I hope to use Blurb more in the future to make even better books. Making this book was a lot of fun, as I could take some photos and turn them into black and white to make them even more powerful and add some basic text. I try to describe each photo with a basic description and I think I did a great job. I found the Blurb interface in Id (Indesign CC 2017) to be very easy and I am glad that they supported the 2017 version (latest version) on my laptop so I did not have to worry about compatibility. I do eventually want to publish even more books and maybe use even better paper. I really ought to thank Nancy my professor for letting me be creative and making this wonderful book, as without her, I could not have made it.

What I liked about it is the ease of making a book, and that I have used Id before so it is not an issue for me. Blurb has so many options in regards to size and even paper, but I chose the cheapest option so I could save some money, but next time I want to use even better paper and push myself some more.

I did not have any real dislikes in this project, other than getting all the photos in design to work right, but I got around it. Some of my photos could have been taken better, but I should have probably spent more time and not forgotten my memory card the first time I started to make my project.

I got out a lot of this project in making this book. I got to learn more about blurb and how to make books. I feel satisfied and confident that I can make books going forward to maybe even make money and possibly sell them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Perhaps, I have found my niche (though that is for me to find out and debate about it). In the end I had fun in this book.

Touching Strangers Blog Post

I found Touching Strangers by Richard Renaldi to be very fascinating in how we can take pictures of others and how we interact with each other. Here is a guy who takes portraits of others, but pair with people that you would never think would work, but somehow it does. I liked how Renaldi can take the streets and can transform photos like it. I would consider him a good street photographer, as he can take pictures in the urban environment, but also he takes the time to also setup his own make shift studio in the basketball court. I thought the old woman was very inspiring as she was able to be photographed along with the guy who had not had his picture taken in years. I thought that was special. I contribute Renaldi’s energy paramount in this project. I do wonder if he just likes working with people first, and a photographer second.

This video kind of inspires me to do my photobooth and potentially do it with strangers as opposed to just random people, having people you would never expect to be in a photograph. I still have to find a good location to do it!

I did not dislike much if any of this video. I did think it was weird to pair others at first, but it is one of those things that has to grow on you, and watching the video made it so I could grow to it. I am not sure if this could only work in areas other than the street, or in a studio.

In the end, I really enjoyed Touching strangers!

 

Lighting in the CSUSM Studio

Did a bunch of photos in the CSUSM studio in the Kellogg Library and decided to take some good photographs of the students. I really enjoyed this assignment, though I did think there were too many people making it hard to get a good view. I think this is inspiring me to go into a studio and take some good photos of other people. I want to this assignment again which is rather shocking considering that nobody wants to do something like that more than once. The people there were nice, and the lighting did however make it harder to get a good shot due to the ISO and aperture causing a low shutter speed that made for blurry shots even with IS.

I tried to get shots with rembrandt lighting, frontal lighting, butterfly lighting and a side view. This is what my professor Nancy diBenedetto asked us to do. While I mightnot have been able to get a good shots because of this, I worked hard and did my best of what I was able to do.