Chasing Ice

Chasing Ice is an interesting movie, James Balog showcases what is going on with the Greenland using special cameras that are timed using an intervalometer so he can timelapse the entire country of Greenland while also persuading the belife that Climate change is real and what not. I find this film very interesting as even though I am somewhat neutral on this issue, the film uses amazing job of using imagery with bold and telling you why this is a big issue. It is shocking to see really nasty stuff underneath the ice in Greenland and why our glaciers are getting smaller and smaller. This has a profound effect on our coastline as the shrinking glaciers could cause our sea levels to rise and that is a bad thing in our society as it could sink cities such as Shanghai or even parts of California, or New York City. This film also predicts that there could be a mass extinction of animals which is sad, as those animals could help diversify our ecosystems and could be a necessary part of them. Balog is someone who really wants to solve this problem of global warming and to save our nature. He also gets hurt in this movie, but still manages to soldier on to see why our glaciers are shrinking. His words are very powerful and it really does reconsider my climate change view. I do think it is false to a degree, it justs sounds so traumatic and what not. In the end I really enjoyed this movie.

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In Class Library Shoot

Today, I took some photos for my advanced Photography Class at California State University San Marcos. I used a 50D and a loaner camera (T2i) to take some great shots in both Black and White and Color. I used Adobe Lightroom 2015.8 to edit my photos, and I really seem to like the program. I took the actual photos in the Library at California State University San Marcos. This was due to the weather which forced us to not go on a fieldtrip. While my cameras were grainy, I had a blast photographing the library. The library has areas that allow for very high production value, as the stairs can really get a lot of nice lighting. While I would like to see better weather, the photoshoot was mainly as success. I wished my card reader was not acting up as it corrupted some images, but I still had enough images, to do a proper photoshoot. The photo below is of a class mate Han as she would like to be called. I cropped the image, as I did not want everything in that image, and felt it would be better to just simply crop it. I do think that the photo shoot had some other faults that I should have probably gotten another shot of the rain as it would make it rather nice to see. The photos you see are my favorite photos that I have taken in the class. My favorite so far is the Black and white of the Light flashing from the Metal shade. I like this photo, because it can really  transform from a really nice photo, to something that is rather extraordinary, or even rather creepy or dark as you think I had shot that at night or something like that.

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Class is going good so far, I really like Deborah Small as a professor and her mindset is a little different than Nancy, but I love the fact that this class allows for a lot of freedom as you can do whatever you want. I think that the Cal State library is an awesome place to photograph images, and I would love to shoot some more. In the end, I enjoyed this photoshoot.

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.