1) This image is titled “Love” by Elinor Carucci.   This image is featured in her Mother collection.

2) This image shows a mother smiling and holding her smiling child close.

3) This is a color image, though the use of color is limited to skin tones and a dark background creating a tonal image. The lighting illuminates the faces of the subjects but does not illuminate the background, focusing attention on to the subjects. It appears to be taken indoors under artificial light shown onto the subjects.

4) This is a simple composition, with the subjects dramatically close. The lighter tones of the mother and daughter’s toothy smiles bring attention to the moment of joy that they are sharing. The mother’s face is positioned directly over that of the daughter enhancing the sense of closeness between them. The diagonal lines on the mother’s neck and the tilted positioning of the subjects’ heads draw the eye towards the shared smiles. The closed eyes and naked skin tones bring attention back to the smiles.

5) This image makes me feel happy; reminding me of joyful moments I have shared with loved ones.

6) The simplicity of this picture and its reflection of the relationship between the mother and daughter drew me to this image. It communicates spontaneity and delight in each other’s company. It is a beautiful image.

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Freckles Monika Manowska

1) “Freckles” by Monika Manowska.   This image won first place in the People category of the 4th Annual Black and White Spider Awards.

2) The image depicts a young girl with braids and freckles.

3) The image is a black and white portrait. Soft lighting illuminates the subject’s face and brings out her rounded cheeks and dimples.   There is a subtle warm tone to the black and white image creating warmth to the smile.

4) The close-up perspective of the subject’s face creates a sense of symmetry. The image is balanced with the center of the subject’s face placed in the center of the image. The eye sees two approximate circles left and right in the roundness of the girl’s cheeks, drawing the eye to concentrate on these areas. The triangular shape created by her cheeks and chin adds a dynamic interest to the image. The photographer’s use of shallow depth of field focuses attention on the subject’s face, allowing distractors of hair and background to fade. The girl’s slightly upturned face enhances the sense of depth and creates the feel of an adult looking down at the child’s happy face, sharing a moment of joy.

5) This image offers a feeling of joy. The child’s innocent face and twinkling eyes remind me of sharing happy moments with my children.

6) I was attracted to this image because the photographer adeptly reflects the personality of her subject, successfully capturing a moment of shared joy. The lighting and composition of the image transform the otherwise frequently viewed portrait form into something unique and engaging.

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Fork with Peppers

Fork with Peppers3 1) “Fork with Peppers”, 2006. Jim Scherer,  Also published in A Short Course in Digital Photography on page 105 .

2) The image is of a fork and circular pepper slices against a white plate. Small white seeds cling to the peppers and fork.

3) “Fork with Peppers” is a close-up color image with limited use of the color pallet to draw attention to the red pepper slices. The peppers glisten slightly and a shadow is visible on the plate, possibly speaking to the use of a direct flash or bright sunlight.

4) The image is non-symmetrical, looking down from above. Red pepper slices are central in the image, with the fork angled towards the right creating balance to the curve of the plate. The fork appears suspended off of the plate, as if interrupted in mid-bite. The image is uncluttered, allowing the red peppers to stand out against the negative space of the white plate. Shallow depth of field isolates the two slices of pepper in the center of the fork, highlighting the subtle curves of the peel and pepper veins. The white seeds add to the visual interest and impart feeling of freshness to the peppers.

5) The image makes me feel hungry! I can taste the crunch of the peppers. The photographer does a fantastic job of visually depicting the taste of the peppers in this image through his use of composition and lighting.

6) I chose this image because I love food!  I appreciate the photographer’s talent in taking the mundane experience of eating and visually transforming it into a culinary experience. His work brings back joyful memories of delightful tastes. I enjoyed poking through the photographer’s blog and Facebook page! He is generous with sharing his photography experience!

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Bear’s Den Falls

Bear's Den Falls

1) John Davenport,

2) This photograph shows a waterfall, rocks, water and trees at Bear’s Den Falls, in New Salem, Massachusetts. The waterfall is set back against the tree line, framed by a rock face.

3) This image is color nature scene with dramatic lighting, moderate contrast, and considerable depth of field. The photograph is visually complex and the perspective appears somewhat expanded by a wider angle of view. While the waterfall plays a focal role in the image, the water, stones, and to some extent trees, also present visually interesting components, limiting the perception of negative space.

4) The photographer framed the waterfall in the back of the image, using the flow of the water and positioning of the primary light source to bring the viewer’s eye into the image and emphasize texture. The rounded curves within the waterfall are reflected within the texture of the rock face to the right of the waterfall and in the largest boulder at the bottom of the photograph, imparting a sense of balance. The ground level perspective adds a feeling of depth looking towards the waterfall and the soft diffused light and warm color of the image creates an inviting almost magical feel. The low ISO 100 provides image sharpness, accurately defining small and large features in the rocks and leaves. The polarizing filter removes reflection allowing the viewer to see rocks below the surface of the water and subtle variations in the color within the rock face. The photographer’s use of a small F14 aperture creates strong depth of field and showcases the detail in the water and rocks in the foreground as well as in the rock face and trees in the back of the image. The slow 4-second shutter speed creates drama in the movement of the waterfall and allows the photographer to rely on natural light despite the small aperture.

5) The image creates a feeling of peacefulness as well as mystery of what may be found beyond the waterfall. It is a visually exciting image reflecting a serene location, conveying a yin and yang balance to the visual experience.

6) I chose this image because the natural scene is simple and reminds me of somewhere I would like to be, accompanied by a good book, insect repellent and my smartphone!  I enjoyed watching the brief video describing the photographer’s composition process and found it helpful in considering various composition options in nature photography.

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Child and Tree

Child and Tree 1) Radhika Chalasani, Sudan Famine,

2) This is an image of a naked child standing next to an oddly shaped tree with a basket, plastic bag and other items suspended in the branches. The background depicts dry earth and scattered trees.

3) The image is a black and white photojournalist image. Shallow depth of field draws the eye to the main subjects, the child and the tree. Natural lighting provides minimal contrast between the sky and the landscape while bringing attention to the darker tones of the main subjects and highlighting the details in the tree and the child’s malnourished body.

4) The main subjects are roughly centered in the image, weighted towards the right. The shallow depth of field provides some interest to the negative space but brings the viewer’s eye directly to the child and the tree.   The lines of the child and tree are unexpected and hauntingly similar, causing the viewer to pause and draw both comparison and distinction between the starving child and the withered tree. The child’s stance draws attention to the bones protruding in his malnourished body. His expression is contemplative, looking off into the distance as if in wait. The objects contained in the tree are also unexpected raising the question as to why belongings are stored thusly, as if to protect prized possessions from animal pillaging. Might it be food? Does the child lack a home as well as clothing?   Is he traveling in search of survival?

5) This is a strongly emotional photograph. The image is haunting, creating a sense of forgottenness, both in the landscape and the lives of the people suffering in Sudan. It creates a desire to protect this child, from the world in which he lives.

6) This image stands out in the powerful emotion it evokes. The photographer captured this child’s desperate story in a single image, conveying to the world the suffering he is experiencing in the famine sweeping Sudan.   I applaud the photographer’s contribution in bringing awareness to the desperate need of our fellow man.

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Jiwe la kulia

Jiwe la kulia


 Crying Stone of Ilesi

1) State the photographer and where the image was found. This photograph is titled “CryingStone” by KilaKabila – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

2) Describe the image chosen in terms of content (what is the image about-a whale jumping into the air, etc.). This photograph shows Jiwe la kulia, the Crying Stone of Ilesi, a natural landmark in Kakamega, Kenya. The name is pronounced (jē-wĕ lŏ kū-lē-ŭ) or in the local language of Ki-Luhya, ikhongo murui (ē-khōn-gŏ mū-rū-ē) meaning “large head”.

3) Describe in detail the type of photograph in detail (all black-and-white, close-up, dramatic lighting, etc.). This is a landscape image in outdoor lighting, depicting a natural landmark in Kakamega, Kenya. The photograph is taken in color, with balanced lighting and moderate contrast between the shadows and highlighted areas, with texture emphasized. Much detail can be seen in the foliage and stone outcropping reflecting great depth of field. The perspective appears to be normal, as how the eye would see if standing a short distance from the stone.

4) Describe the composition – How are the elements in the image designed? The subject of the photograph, the large stone, is positioned slightly off center against the blue sky, balancing the weight of the stone on the left side of the photograph with the weightlessness of the sky on the right side. The angle of the white clouds draws the eye towards the subject, while the details in the landscape contrast against the clear blue of the sky. The low viewpoint brings attention to the location of the stone, which sits on a hill away from the road like a sentinel overlooking the land.  Framing the clouds on both sides of the stone enhances the impression of size and volume. A smaller stone sits atop the larger stone, reminiscent of a head, as noted by the keen photographer’s rotated view of the stone. Smaller stones and a tree to the right of the main subject further enhance the sense of Jiwe la kulia’s impressive size. The photographer angled the image to emphasize the water and darkened stripe running down the face of the stone creating a geometrical contrast to the angle of the clouds and highlighting the legend that the stone weeps.

5) How does the image make you feel? The photograph evokes feelings of loneliness, peace, and the majesty of nature.   The clear blue of the sky reflects the purity of the open countryside on which Jiwe la kulia sits. The angle of the clouds echoes the movement of time passing by the unchanging stone.

6) Why did you choose this image? I chose this photography because of the peacefulness reflected in the image. The photographer conveyed the feeling I felt when seeing this landmark in person as a child. I would like to be able to do this, effectively to reflect feelings evoked in a viewing experience through photography.

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