For this sets of photos, I placed the flash on the side of the figure to create some hardy shadows, composition wise, I used symmetry, and dominant eye.
I was drawn to this photo particularly as I was walking through each gallery, the contrast between the silhouetted figures and dawn at the background is what stopped me. Without any context, one can make out the setting of this photo. The endless field, the signature hat, and the horse really described south very well.
For the following 3 photo portraits, a light reflector is used to produce the light that is lacked in todays weather. Composition wise, I filled the frame with photo 3, all three photos are fairly symmetrical. the natural light isn’t very strong, hence, I used reflector to shine some light directly onto the model’s face to produce some shadows.
Fill in the frame is the main technique I used for the following photos, for the first two photos, I kept the figure in the middle of the frame and place behind a object to make the photo visually appealing and interesting, also creating an abstract frame using the surrounding. The last photo follows the same idea, however, I kept figure on the right 1/3 of the plane and behind the iron fence.
After browsing through the blog, I was particularly drawn to this photography, Thunderstorm brings rain to the Kansas Flint Hills by Jim Richardson. The composition of this photo is very interesting, symmetrical with rain coming in diagonally, the horizontal skyline and winding path at the foreground that is leading the vision up to the hill. It may seem there is not much happening in this photo, but the combination of lines paints a vivid scene, the trajectory of the cloud implying the thunderstorm dissipating, the sky is clearing slowly. What amazes me about this photo is not how highly skilled this photographer is, but rather the patience of this photographer. It is hard to take an amazing Landscape Photography, it requires patience and luck. Good timing, favorable weather, and geographical convenience, these are the definition of a good landscape photo, after all the preconditions are met, then a photographer can finally apply his\her skill and press the button.
This photo was taken by Hitler’s personal photographer, Heinrich Hoffmann at the Bückeberg Harvest Festival. This symmetrical photo captured Hitler at the center ground and cheering by his troops and people. The sole purpose of Hoffmann’s job is to staging Hitler’s growing pageant of power and choreographing the regime’s propaganda carnivals then selling them to the German public. What is striking about this photograph is how the media can be turned into a Propaganda Machine if it is controlled by authority. Media can be very manipulative and it plays a crucial part in feeding ideology to the general public, which also gave Hitler a chance to rise his power.