Double Exposures

Have you ever seen an image that just seems otherworldly? Where you can just look at it over and over? The first thing that comes to mind for me are surreal images but what also comes to mind are double exposures. There are a few different ways to do this, there’s the in camera way and the Photoshop way. Lots of people that shoot film enjoy shooting double exposures. The way to do is after taking one photo, wind back the film so your next image will be on top. The photoshop way is combining the two images and changing opacities and blending modes.

I really want to try this for my final project in my alternative processes class. I think I want to play off of a mother nature theme by overlaying an image of a friend with trees. I’d have to learn how to do it through photoshop but first I need some inspiration.

The shapes of the subjects’ bodies create some of the most beautiful compositions. I want to use these images mixed with different colors to help emphasize the mother nature aspect. I want to use cyanotype for blue and Van Dyke for brown. I’d love to also do a green one but that process is way more complicated so I may not be able to. To see how these would come out you can see a few examples here.

Have you ever tried multiple exposures?

All about family

Why does it have to be Monday? My weekend was filled with relaxation and a small dose of partying. Sometimes it’s good to destress from schoolwork by going out with the girls. But other times the only thing you need is family. Last weekend (not yesterday) I went to a cookout at my grandparent’s house. We usually go to Skyline Drive to see the leaves change but it was really cold and we knew that going into the mountains probably wasn’t a good idea. I was fine with it because it meant lots and lots of food.

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Cousins! Under 20 years old

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Cousins! 20+ years old. (FINALLY MADE IT)

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Look at little ZaNiyah!

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That’s my big cousin Kayla. Love her to death :)

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Dad and grandfather, aren’t they cute? *gag* lol

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My grandfather with all of his granddaughters. Words can’t express how happy he was

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And the huge family portrait (minus me). There’s a lot of us and this is just from our little section. I doubt we’d be able to fit our entire family in one picture. It’s been forever since all of us were together at one time so it made my grandparents happier than ever.

When was the last time your whole family was together?

PS: I used a D7100 from school and I’m in LOOVVEEE. Christmas present???

First real shoot with strobes

Oh hey! Today I had critique in my studio photography class. I think everyone’s project came out great which is nice because we all had great things to say about everyone’s work. Positive things and constructive criticism. Our professor was mainly focused on how well we lit our subjects instead of the poses or subjects. Before the critique I showed my models their images and they loved them! I hope you do too :)

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We had to reveal something about our subjects. My first model is from Ghana so I asked her to wear her traditional clothing, I loved how they brought a pop of color to the image. My second model is obsessed with cheetah print so I had to have her pose with it. The class was amazed that the cloth she was using as a shawl was actually a snuggie.

Not bad for a first try right?

How could you Redken?

Ever since my freshman year of college I’ve been trying to take better care of my hair. I’ve gone through multiple brands of shampoo/conditioners and mousses just so my hair is manageable and healthy. Right before I left home for my first semester I hit a goldmine.

This product is like hair MAGIC. Every morning I wet my hair and ran a small portion of it through and let it air dry. It came out absolutely flawless, my ringlets were perfect spirals and there was no frizz in sight. I let it grow out and even if I tossed it every which way and slept on it, it was still picture perfect. Now the heartbreaking part… it was discontinued.

One day I just noticed that I couldn’t find it anymore. They still had curly hair products but not this exact product. I’ve tried a couple things from their line but it was never the same. My best friend would send me Redken discounts all the time but I knew that if they didn’t have this I don’t want anything.

Apparently they changed their formula and from the reviews I read… it’s horrible. We’re all so mad that they would change such a consistent and reliable formula. People want it so bad that it’s selling on Amazon and ebay for $70!!! I feel so betrayed.

Redken… how could you?

Vincent Cianni

For my documentary class we had to present about a photographer. We ended up picking it out of a bag so it would be random, my partner and I got Vincent Cianni. I love his documentary work, he did series on Gays in the Military, HIV/AIDS, Berlin when the wall was being dismantled and a group of teens in New York during the 90s.

The only thing that didn’t go so well was we guessed that he is very private with him personal life so we weren’t able to find any information about him besides where he went to school. Like not even his birthday. Despite the lack of info we were able to show his books and talk about the other series. Here are some of my favorites.

Gays in the Military

HIV/AIDS

We Skate Hardcore

Berlin

I think he’s a wonderful documentary photographer that really captured the struggles of whatever was going on at the time. He now teaches at Parsons in NY.

For more of his images you can see his website here.

Studio Portraiture

In light of my photo shoot tomorrow I wanted to show you some images I found on pinterest that gave me some inspiration. I’m horrible at studio lighting so I’m hoping mine come out at least half as beautiful as these.

As you can tell I’m a huge fan of dramatic lighting. To me it gives it that oomph that makes it stunning.

Follow my portraiture pinterest board for more inspo :D

Homecoming 2014

To be honest, Homecoming at my school is pretty lame. For the most part there are little flags and balloons but I wouldn’t say there’s a lot of school spirit. I think it’s because there’s no football team meaning no big game, I think they should wait until the spring since we have a basketball team but oh well.

My school realized this so this year they had a mini carnival. Unfortunately it was on a pretty gloomy day but enough people went for it to be not a waste. There were actual rides meaning I was there. I went with my roommate and her boyfriend so it would look like I had friends lol.

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That bungee thing was crazy. It taught us to never skip leg day.