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Food Photography – Thai

Yesterday my mom and I went to a Thai restaurant called The Magic Noodle Bowl. Knowing how nice they present thier food, I brought my camera with my new 50 mm, 1.8 lens. I used window lighting and available light. These are a few of the shots I got. We ordered steamed dumplings, pad thai, and lo mein with chicken. They also served soup.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157625746283610/show/

Thai Food_SBibb

Thai Food_SBibb

Thai Food_SBibb

Thai Food_SBibb

Thai Food_SBibb

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Emulate A Photographer

One of the last assignments in my Origins of Photography class was to emulate a photographer. We were told to choose three photos that we were interested in trying to emulate, and the teacher signed off on one or two of the photos. Once we knew which photo we were doing, it was our job to make a photograph as similar as possible to the original one.

One of the requirements was that we had to show a before and after- or if using a lot of Photoshop, we needed to show the unmanipulated photo. I chose a photo by Colin Anderson (http://colinanderson1.wordpress.com/), because I like his style and the science-fiction/adventure illustrations he has created appeals to the type of work I would like to be able to do.

His Original:

emulate a photographer photo

My Emulation:

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All of The Photos Used:

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The point of the assignment was to be able to carefully scrutinize a photograph to study lighting, poses, placement, color, and any number of things. In general, it was not expected that we would be able to perfectly replicate the photograph. And in any case, it is not meant to be an infringement on copyright, only a learning tool. The things that I learned in this process were how to previsualise, along with gaining a better understanding of digital painting in combination with photography.

First of all, I looked at each part of the image and decided how I would get the picture, or where. All of the images needed to be our own work. For the car, there is a hill overlooking a parking lot, which I wandered by several times until I found a car that looked close enough for my purposes. I took a few different shots of it from different angles to achieve the needed angle. For the model, I started her off in the basic pose, then slowly worked up to the actual photo in the picture. This turned out to be a really good exercise in direction, a skill I’m weak at.  It also turned out to be a learning point in Photoshop CS5, when I discovered that the puppet tool allows you to move the subject matter in a realistic fashion to obtain the final pose you need. I never did get the back leg quite right, however. One of my favorite things to play with was the fire- which was done using digital painting techniques and a Wacom tablet. Her armor is also made using digital painting, and the overall image underwent a number of layers with blending modes to try to achieve the finished image.

There are still a number of issues that I can see with the final image I created that keeps it from being at the level of Colin Anderson’s work. A lot of that comes from a need to practice more with Photoshop, and to learn more techniques that will finalize the image. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this assignment, as it forced me to test the boundaries of what I can do in an image while learning new Photoshop skills.

Photos posted with Colin Anderson’s permission.

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Fish Aren’t Cheap

When my pet Goldie died while I was in Kidnergarten, it seemed I would never have another fish. At the time, my parents weren’t sure what to do with it (I won Goldie at a fair when I was a Girlscout). We bought it a small bowl, a net, food, and filled the bowl with water. When he kept getting sicker, Mom replaced the water. Little did we know that tap water was the very thing killing that poor fish. He was buried in the backyard with a popsicle cross.

Later I got Patchis, my dog, then Misty, my cat. Of course, when I finally went to college, I couldn’t take them with me. Freshman year and part of Sophomore year I lived at the doorms without pets. Then Christmas Vacation came around and I went to the local Hallmarks. To my utter fascination, there were miniature self-sustained ecosystem that had two African Dwarf Frogs in them. The Hallmarks was going out of business, so everything was on sale. I did some research on these little aqauriums, and decided after a week that I would be returning to the dorms with two new pets.

I picked them up a week before school started again, and I’m happy to say they are still alive and well.

Then, later in the semester, I was at my fiance’s parent’s house. His mother, who loves fish, had a fish that had to be removed from the aquarium because of aggressive tendencies. “You want to take him home, right?” She pointed to the giant jar of water holding our soon-to-be new pet.

“Well…”

I wanted to keep him, and Isaac liked fish. But we already had Revan and T’seutey (From Star Wars and Avatar, respectively), and we didn’t have an aqurium. His mom pointed out that the fish needed to get a new home soon, and we could get a tank for fifteen dollars at Walmarts. She even handed us a dropper full of water-cleaning stuff, a bag of used gravel, and a partially used bottle of fish food.

Semi-reluctantly, we agreed. With one condition from Isaac, my fiance. “I want one of the shrimp to help keep the aquarium clean.” Plus, the ghost shrimp looked cool.

It was settled. We returned home that night, bought a new 1.5 gallon aquarium, a few plants, a couple gallons of spring water, and set up the tank. We dubbed our color-changing fish (Normally a blue-grey, black when angry, and white when scared or content- I haven’t figured out which yet) Malak, and the shrimp Gambit (From Star Wars and our recent fascination, X-Men).

Soon after, the shrimp died, and we went to the pet store to get new bottom feeders (after giving him a proper toilet burial). We got a new snail and two shrimp. We didn’t name the shrimp, for fear of them dieing on us, but the snail was named either Kreia or Dark Helmet. We never actually decided. Eventually the shrimp died, rather mysteriously since they vanished from the aquarium with no explanation (Malak got hungry?) and soon after, the snail followed. It took a while for us to realize he was dead, as research indicated they often liked to float. He was buried outside, and once we saw how dirty the water had gotten, we completely cleaned the tank, boiled the gravel, and recreated Malak’s home. We went and picked up a new snail, who was never named, and he acted much healthier.

A week ago, our snail started showing signs of sickness. Despite changing the water (and realizing the algae was picking up) he passed on. We burried him outside, as well. Befuddled at the inability to keep the smaller creatures, we went to the pet store looking for advice and a new snail. We wound up with a small brown algae eater instead, and the plan to buy a larger tank once we found out the smaller tank’s pH levels were probably too variable.

The new fish didn’t last a day.

Frustrated, I went to Walmarts and checked out the prices of their tanks. We needed something bigger, a system that was more stable. I picked up the gallons of water (5 gallons, $5.00), and presented our option to Isaac. We both decided to go with the five gallon tank ($30.00), picked up the rest of the water, came home, and cleaned the gravel. We began setting up the aquarium, only to realize we needed more gravel. So back to walmarts we went, picking up a 5 pound bag of gravel, a set of glass beads for decoration (they also make great minions for table-top role-play)  and a mini bridge for decoration. We transplanted Malak’s old fake plants and found one unused one to put in the new aqaurium. We let it run for a day. Then we picked up the replacement brown algae eater and four ghost shrimp, and floated them in the tank. Finally we released them. After adjusting the filter, everyone swam happily.

So far, they are still alive, thankfully. On the downside- $50.00 to fully replace the tank and get new fish- and we still need to get a new snail. So parents be warned- little kids who get free fish at fairs? It’s not free. And the sons who get a free fish from their mother?

Fish aren’t cheap.

But they are cool.

Below is pictures from the new aquarium:

Fish Tank - Stephanie Bibb

Fish Tank - Stephanie Bibb

Fish Tank - Stephanie Bibb

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Advanced Digital Imaging – Spring 2010

Last semester I took Advanced Digital Imaging along with Creative Photography. Somehow I neglected to ever actually post any of the images I created on Flickr or WordPress, so, since I’m due to make another blog post this week, here are images that I edited or created during Advanced Digital Imaging with Wilson Hurst. (You can see more pictures on my Flickr account).

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157624408578277/show/

Advanced Digital Imaging - Stephanie Bibb

Advanced Digital Imaging - Stephanie Bibb

Advanced Digital Imaging - Stephanie Bibb

Advanced Digital Imaging - Stephanie Bibb

Advanced Digital Imaging - Stephanie Bibb

Advanced Digital Imaging - Stephanie Bibb

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Creative Photography – Texturing Part 2

These are more photo manipulations I did to practice creative photography and texturing with Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

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Photography – Sometimes The Basics Are Better

Though I mostly like to play with digital manipulation, it can be a good idea to experiment with other forms of photography as well as have a focus. I often take random (or not so random) pictures with whichever camera I have available, usually of food (the lastest meal or desert) or of flowers, a cool sky, or a neat scene while I’m taking a trip. Though these are often taken on-the-spot, the will most likely turn into a texture or become an object of a digital manipulation. These are a few pictures I recently took that I only did Lightroom edits to. The idea is to practice looking for the elements of a good photograph- which translates into the elements of a good digitally manipulated photograph. Some of the pictures in this set (more on Flickr) are from the Legends Mall in Kansas City, Kansas.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157624278627267/show/

Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Photography - Stephanie Bibb

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Creative Photography – Texturing

This is a set of photography I decided to do based on playing with texturing and combining multiples photos rather than being based on the Another Day series. I used Photoshop CS4 and Bridge for these. My fiance posed as the model in some of them.

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157624378060172/show/

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

Creative Photography - Stephanie Bibb

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Editorial Assignment 6 – Jewelery

These are jewelery photos I took for my friend Kell. She was needing photos for her Etsy site, as she crafts together the beads to make jewelery. Due to the editorial nature, I planned to use them for my last Editorial Assignment. I used a make-shift "EZ-Cube" made from toilet paper rolls and waxed paper with two Alienbee lights set up on either side. In some of the photos a Lowel movie light is involved, and in other, light was shined into the box with the jewelery sat on top. My fiance helped come up with background ideas and the sets for the elemental backgrounds and the candy background. Most post-processing was done in Lightroom 2.0 and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623815957649/show/

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Jewlery - Stephanie Bibb

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Editorial Assignment 5 – Fashion/Portrait

These are pictures of my fiance that I took for my editorial class. The idea is fashion, particularly of more formal wear. No flashes, but an occasional reflector was used. Retouching was done in Photoshop.

Flickr Slideshow:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623773499127/show/

Editorial Fashion - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Fashion - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Fashion - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Fashion - Stephanie Bibb

Editorial Fashion - Stephanie Bibb

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Family Portraits

These are some of the  family pictures I took for my cousin during Spring Break. I thought I’d post a few of them for her on Flickr to see while I’m still in the process of editing them.

Flickr Slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbibb/sets/72157623708931581/show/

Family Portraits - Stephanie Bibb

Family Portraits - Stephanie Bibb

Family Portraits - Stephanie Bibb

Family Portraits - Stephanie Bibb

Family Portraits - Stephanie Bibb

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