Assignment 9: Depth of Field

This weekend, my mother came to visit me, and I had the opportunity to use her as my model for this assignment. I had a lot of trouble trying to show depth of field on my point-and-shoot, so this was the best I ended up with, after what were  hundreds of photos.

Vicki Tyler enjoys her morning hot tea in her daughter's home in Fort Worth, Texas while visiting her on March 25, 2013. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Vicki Tyler enjoys her morning hot tea in her daughter’s home in Fort Worth, Texas while visiting her on March 25, 2013. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Now this photo isn’t completely sharp, because I was trying to get SOMETHING out of focus and something into focus, but to no avail. Here are other shots of my mother though:

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(TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

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(TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

(TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

(TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

I followed Professor Hart’s advice in taking pictures of my mother because it is rare when I take a photo of her, partly because we are not exactly a photo-taking family and partly because she’s usually the one behind the camera. I’m pretty excited just to have these photos of her now, and I plan to use her as my photo model next time I see her.

I took advantage of the morning window light in my house, which I thought made her skin tones look great and the colors soft. I had planned on taking photos outside, but since it was frigidly cold, we stayed inside to take photos.

I had my ISO on 100, which was definitely ideal for the window light.

Although I’m not thrilled with how my depth of field assignment turned out, I am glad to have photos of my mother!

Assignment 8: Spring Break Photo Story

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The Corpus Christi Bay is the berth for more than 100 boats. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Over Spring Break I went to Corpus Christi, Texas (Portland, more specifically) to visit with my friend’s family and go to the beach. The photo story I’ve chosen is to do a series on Corpus Christi landmarks. The first photo is of the Corpus Christi Bay. I had trouble trying to select a photo that would represent Corpus in its wider view. I thought the bay would be a good representation.

 

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Corpus Christi has a snow cone stand on practically every corner. Here, people line up for a frozen treat on March 15, 2013 in Corpus Christi, Texas. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Shoreline is one of the main roads in downtown Corpus. there is a giant walkway where people will stroll and look at the water. Wheels of all kinds are everywhere between all the bikes, trikes, skateboards, strollers and even unicycles cluttering the sidewalk. Corpus, unlike Fort Worth, has hardly any fro-yo shops. Instead, there are snow cone stands everywhere. Walgreens on every corner? False. In Corpus, it’s snow cone stands.

 

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Tourists take photos on March 15, 2013 in Corpus Christi, Texas in front of the statue of Selena, a tejano singer murdered in Corpus Christi in 1995 by the president of her fan club. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Selena was really only made famous to Corpus when the movie about her life was made starring Jennifer Lopez. She isn’t really the icon that media claims her to be, but there is a Selena memorial on Shoreline. And people are there 24/7.

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Corpus Christi, Texas–Below the statue of Selena is a mosaic wall mural created by children who were fans of the Tejano singer. White roses have become a symbol of Selena in Corpus. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Corpus has always been known as the source for Whataburger fame. One Whataburger location downtown boasts two stories--the only one of its kind in the nation. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Corpus has always been known as the source for Whataburger fame. One Whataburger location downtown boasts two stories–the only one of its kind in the nation. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

This was one of my favorite places in Corpus. As a non-Texan, Whataburger has always been an interesting Texan novelty for me. So seeing one of the first whataburgers that just happens to be two stories was cool for me, as cheesy as it sounds. My goal for this photo story was to take photos of the weird Corpus landmarks, so this had to be included.

 

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The Texas Surf Museum is located in Corpus Christi, Texas. It hosts surfboards and surf history about famous Texas surfers, including Jocko Taylor who died in 2012. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

 

Surfboards line the walls of the Texas Surf Museum in Corpus Christi,Texas on March 15, 2013. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Surfboards line the walls of the Texas Surf Museum in Corpus Christi,Texas on March 15, 2013. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

 

The neat thing about the Texas Surf Museum is that Hillary, my friend from Corpus, knows some of the commemorated surfers. Jocko Taylor helped teach her brother to surf and shape boards. It was really interesting to hear all these stories about Jocko and then see him in a museum.

The biggest issue I had with these photos was getting people in them. Especially people’s faces. Next time I’m traveling, I’ll definitely stop people and ask to take photos of them.

 

 

Assignment 7: Fill-Flash Photo

Molly Jones, a senior English major at Texas Christian University, waits outside of TCU's Moudy building before her sports journalism class on March 3, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

Molly Jones, a senior English major at Texas Christian University, waits outside of TCU’s Moudy building before her sports journalism class on March 4, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (TCU Photo/Alex Tyler)

For this assignment, we were supposed to use the flash properly to make illuminate the photo rather than wash people out with an insanely bright flash. I asked my friend Molly to model for me and photographed her around 6:15 p.m. outside of Moudy. I think I waited a little too late on the sunset, since it’s almost too dark to notice it in the background. I found it difficult figuring out how close or far away I needed to be from her to keep the flash from darkening the background too much. This photo was definitely the best one I made, and I think I need more practice with fill-flash before I try it for TCU 360 or another publication. I may even need to go to Professor Hart’s lighting workshop.