After Dark

These images are from Canal Park in Columbia, SC, after the sun has gone down. They come from a photo project I did on Canal Park, but were not used in the final project due to under-exposure.  The contrast found when shooting at night is nice to notice though, and I like the overall tone that the dark gave the images. I tried to capture the old-industrial side to the canal and the errie essence of the solitude when the park is empty.

The Written Word

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These are photos I took of several pages from the books of Johanna Drucker. She is an amazing book artist and scholar who has researched the written word from its origin in history all the way through its use in culture today. Her books shown here, The Alphabetic Labrynth and Figuring the Word, are filled with insights about how we communicate visually with language. As a visual communications major, I found her work to be valuable in understanding the written language in its visual form. Her approach at times is almost mathematical and explains how language has evolved through its written form over centuries of human use. In her later work, she evaluates the digital humanities and how it has impacted writing today. From typography to logos to graphics, the lines between art and writing have intertwined to create new forms of story-telling. Huge potential can be found in such concepts of writing as language evolves.

Soda City Market

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On Saturday afternoons in the heart of Columbia, SC, Soda City Market is a place where people from all over the southeast come to buy and sell fresh produce and home-made goods. While here, folks can grab a bite to eat made to order and enjoy live street performances as they explore one-of-a-kind crafts from various local vendors.

Environmental Portrait

For my next assignment, I will be shooting an environmental portrait that will portray the new south. As a southerner, I am excited about this assignment’s theme. Personally I love fishing and camping, which are classically southern pastimes. I plan to go to the river and photograph a subject fishing, canoeing, and enjoying the outdoors. I may even go to Congaree National Park to photograph some great southern wetlands camping. I will use fill flash to combat the shadows in my subjects face. If shooting camping at night, strobe will definitely play a huge role in illuminating the scene. I would love to capture the warmth of a campfire, which will provide great mood lighting. I look forward to finding out what kind of scenes I will find!

Slam-Dunk

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In my photography class we are discussing sports, and this photo came to mind. This is my friend Stan. I shot this photo in the backyard of my old house off Broad River Rd. in Columbia, SC. This is one of my favorite photos because not only does it stop motion to capture the exact moment of his shot, but it also shows the emotion and energy behind his slam-dunk. I used a basic point-and-shoot camera to shoot this image, so I had little control over the exposure. Since it was shot at night, the original photo was so dark that I could not tell whether I had got a good shot or not. Instead of trashing it, I uploaded it to Photoshop and brightened it quite a bit. I am glad I did because it turned out to be one of my favorites!

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This is an image of a rose taken on the yard at my parents house in Lexington, SC. This rose has special meaning to my family, because this rose bush was transplanted from my grandmother’s home in Charleston after her passing. She was an avid gardener and roses were her specialty, having won many awards for them as well.

I especially like the composition of this image. Exposure plays a definite role in the photo. The rose itself appears illuminated while the stem and leaves fade into the background. Also, the focus is drawn again to the rose petals through their sharp, crisp edges. The individual pieces of pine straw are seen directly beneath the rose bud, also in sharp focus, giving an interesting texture to the image. I enjoy the shallow depth of field, which can be seen both in the bottom and top of the photo.

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My name is Jenn Drozd. I am studying visual communications at USC, with a minor in graphic design. I have a Sony digital camera, although I tend to use it more for its HD Video capabilities. I actually use my iPhone most often to take pictures now, since first getting the new phone a couple months ago. The iPhone’s built-in camera is readily available, has a built in flash, zoom, exposure, and focus setting abilities. It generally takes great pictures and has access to various photo-editing apps. I am fluent with Photoshop and professional photography equipment.

Photography is a dominant tool with which we use to visually communicate, and thus, plays an important role in visual communication study and practice. Just as with any visual artform, photographs can convey a visual stimulus to the viewer, who receives the message and is left with some sort of impression. Therefore, by definition, photographs may fulfill the the criteria as a medium for communication. I have always enjoyed photography, and continue to appreciate the unique value photographs have to offer the world. I look forward to learning more about communicating with photography in our Photo-Visual Communication class this semester!

Garden – Coleus

In this post, I would like to take a look at some more colorful parts of the garden, during the day-time with great sunlight, such as the various leaves of coleus plants. As you can see, minor camera adjustments can make quite a difference in appearance of the final photo, particularly in exposure. Although a slightly under-exposed image may contain rich details and tantalizing shadows, over-exposure can have a glowing effect of its own. Here, I rather like the bright glow of the over-exposed images, which communicates the glare and absorption of a bright sun rays upon the plants.

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