Campus Collection: Night Views

06-26-2017

Peak Views

Light Up the Night Sky

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Campus Collection no. 2

This is the result of carrying around my camera everywhere as I go to class and explore the city.

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Mid-Summer Leaves – After a productive lecture session, I walked out to see the cheerful sunlight in quad. And yes, I am in fact doing school in the summer, haha. Here on campus, it has been at least 28°C everyday..or at least it feels like it. For this photograph, I stood under a shaded tree to capture the quiet mid-summer mood. I think the little holes in the leaves make it interestingly imperfect.

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Van Vliet Complex – Even though you can’t see the actual building, I really like the effect of this shot. The Van Vliet Complex is the main recreation center on campus. It is the cone shaped building attached to the Butterdome. These two buildings are photographed together quite often (I’ll photograph that some other time to show you), but I wanted to see if I could capture it from a different perspective. It was successful! I even manged to capture some huge sunspots too!

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Mackinnon Ravine – My fellow execs and I went down to the river valley for team bonding last week! I manage to capture this shot as we were walking back up the hill (very close to the water). We were planning on picking berries here too, but they were nowhere to be found! We had a great time nonetheless though.

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Cafe Mosaics – This is my favourite vegan place to grab a nice meal after a draining midterm. [bokeh + street photography = new obsession]

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Urban Street Art: #BarnE – I love that Cafe Mosaics features and supports upcoming artists.

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Photography 12: My Exhibition

THEME: A BOKEH STORY

~10 image exhibit(ion)~

I feel that this collection of photos reflects my style as a photographer well. The moods portrayed from the delicate shots to the urban photos all achieve a certain effect while incorporating bokeh as a main element. For my watermark, I had an idea one day to shoot a “treeline”. One of the things I really enjoy shooting are cityscapes and citylines, but since I live in Prince George, it is impossible to shoot city buildings because they are non-existent. I figured that trees would better represent this city and I could make it imitate a city line silhouette.

Bokeh is something that really intrigued me as an aspiring photographer. There are so many applications for it as I learned it doesn’t always have to be created from conventional out of focus lights. For this exhibition, I decided to focus my theme mostly around bokeh and other creative uses of light such as star flares and spotlighting with low key conditions. Bokeh really softens backgrounds and brings out the foreground, often adding a nice framing effect. Some of the photos I chose are completely out of focus, creating strong bokeh light rings against a dark background. I like the look of this, as it gives a sense of mystery.

I decided to somehow incorporate polaroid frames into my display. For my final project, I chose six photos that would work cropped to square dimensions and placed a polaroid border on them. These would be the supporting photos that would frame my four main images. The first four have a delicate, girly theme; the following photo of general bokeh+lens connects my two styles together. The last five highlight an urban city mood.

I have to say, these are not my best/favourite photos of all time, but I focused on portraying my style as a photographer through the theme and moods.

Over the course of the years, I would say I have grown and become more aware of my photographic styles and habits. I can’t believe it was three years ago that I picked up that first Rebel T3 DSLR and started shooting paper bags in the back of the classroom. It will be hard leaving this class.

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CURIOUS                                         OUT OF FOCUS

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IN THE CITY                                   ON TAP

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