Professor Michals

Author: Guen Fung

Final Project Statement – Guen Fung

Topic: What is it about? What genre of photography interests you and would you like to explore: street photography, food photography, portrait photography

What purpose will it serve in your portfolio? Do you want to highlight your

conceptual thinking, your design sense, your lighting skills

I am interested in street photography, but I want to explore it in the area that I am familiar with since I was young, and this would be Chinatown in Manhattan. How this can serve in my portfolio is getting a feel of photography in my motion graphics. This helps me to highlight my conceptual thinking skills of when to put in a footage or not and how to edit it to look good / feels right in After Effects or Premiere Pro.

Subject Matter: Literally what will you shoot?

Street photography, stores such as a fish market.

Style: What will it look like? How will you use photographic style to communicate

emotion and point of view? Find at least one example and include at least one

image with your description.

I want the mood to be uplifting, so the point of view should be open minded and showing community. The photo below shows how it is home as Chinatown for many people, it has both English and Chinese signs which brings it to life.

Chinatown, Manhattan Bridge and Lower East Side Tour | Shoot New York City

Lighting: how will you light your project? This may be daylight.

I would be using daylight for my photography.

HW 8 – Photographic Style – Guen Fung

Identify the lighting style used including the angle of view, lighting pattern: Rembrandt, split, butterfly light, broad or shot light. How much fill is used to brighten the shadows? How is a background light used to separate the subject from the background? What is the palette? How tight is the framing? What is the angle of view?

  • Lighting Pattern: Rembrandt Light
  • How much fill is used to brighten the shadows? â€“ The fill is a soft gentle fill that helps brighten some shadows, but other example like on Leo’s, the shadow is a lot harsher.
  • How is a background light used to separate the subject from the background? â€“ The background light is allowing the hair in the back to show their colors, opposed to a darker color of the hair.
  • What is the palette? â€“ Gray to white colors.
  • How tight is the framing? â€“ Medium close up.
  • What is the angle of view? â€“ Eye level to the models.

Homework 1 – Composition

The photography I chose is “Compton Cowboys” by Christopher Gregory-Rivera. This is work about cowboys in Compton, capturing the moments in their lives and their work. The photo I chose is attached below. I chose this photo as I found the composition to be interesting with the water and the beauty of the horse. As well as capturing the surrounding details of the area, including a tropical tree on the right side of the composition. What makes this photo really interesting to me is that the fact that I don’t get to see many horses here in NYC. While there are horses on the streets near Central Park, the aspect of keeping a horse out of the city is something unique to me. Gregory Rivera shows the delight of the horse and the woman (who I assume is a cowboy in this region) as a good caretaker for this horse.

At first glance for me, I can see the contrast from light and dark. Mainly on the horse, but also some of the details of the trees. The darker color on the leaves compared to the bright sky or the lighter color of the tree trunk. Another element that can be seen is the rules of third. On the left side is a woman with a hose spraying water onto a horse. On the right side it is part of the horse and the tropical tree. While in the middle of photo is the horse, but it isn’t centered. This makes the composition into sections to look more dramatic with each piece having action going on. Lastly the frame within frame could be seen in this photograph. The usage of the pen is a dividing aspect to the woman and the horse. While the background of the photograph is the neighborhood of Compton in LA.

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