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Going on a Trip

We’re going on a trip, in my favorite rocketship, zooming through the sky – Little Einsteins!! 

I can’t help but sing this song in my head as a yellow vehicle passes by. This picture was taken one busy SJSU morning and the vehicle happened to pass by. One of my photo assignments required me to take a picture of a moving object using a technique known as panning. Panning is when the camera is following a subject as it moves and capturing it at a shutter fast enough to make it seem like the background is moving rather than the subject. This was the result of that technique on the rocketship passing by.

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Cup of Sunshine

This was a picture I worked on for quite a bit of time. More time than usual to be more precise. The cups at Philz were different for a limited time and it seems like the world was going bonkers over these new cups. I decided to put them against a lighter background to bring out the colors some more. Again I used more rule of thirds by lining up the board and the cup along the first vertical line. Also the cup is framed by the bars or rails or whatever they’re called. I used a brush to brighten up only the board and the cup as to make it seem like they glow a special kind of way because Philz is a special kind of brew.

ΑΚΩ

This brotherhood has given me so much ever since I decided to join. Strength, Loyalty, Pride, Wisdom, and Courage all wrapped up into one family. This picture was taken at our annual Brosgiving at Harrys Hofbrau. Nothing better than a bunch of brothers bonding over attractive manly food. My use of the rule of thirds is evident. I also added a bit of grain to the picture to give it a sort of old school feel. When it comes to pictures of text, people are drawn to it no matter what because it is something to read.

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Yellow Bull

I had not had a single drop of energy drink exiting high school. I believed that drinking energy drinks was bad for my liver and my entire wellbeing. During my very first round of finals, I found myself lacking energy and wanted something to turn it up a notch. At the time, the Warriors came off their best run in the playoffs since 2007 after upsetting the 3rd ranked Denver Nuggets as the number 6 seed and then losing to San Antonio in the next round. I saw a Harrison Barnes commercial and he was sponsoring Red Bulls and thought to myself, “If Harrison Barnes can endorse Red Bull, I can drink Red Bull.” And the beginning of Red Bulls was born in my life. This picture tried to capture the beauty of the first kind of Red Bull I had ever had in my life. I like the contrasting dividing line across the picture diagonally. The light reflecting off the top of the can is perfect. Making Red Bull perfect. Perfect.

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Lit

7-11 is one of the most lit places and always has been ever since my first year of college. They have provided the best taquitos, my Hawaiian chips, my Red Bull, and basically everything I’ve ever needed to live off of during the hours of 10pm and 2am. This picture captures the late night beauty of 7-11. Only people who turn this place into their place of “last minute overpriced snacks but I really need them” would understand. I love the lines and the clarity of the store. It reminds me of those college movies where the minors are about to try and purchase alcohol with a fake ID for the first time.

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X Marks the Spot

This picture was framed beautifully…if I do say so myself. The palm trees guide viewers to a focal point which is towards the middle of the photo. The leading lines of the pathways intersect at one point bringing the focus of viewers to one point. The leading lines form an “x” and I think it is pretty natural for people to be drawn to the center of an “x” because “x marks the spot.”The tones of the green and blue are light because I took out the true whites and true blacks with the tone curve. This gives the picture a much softer feel and brighter mood.

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Everyone is a spaRTan

Retweet. Retweet. Retweet. Social media has infected everyone’s lives one way or another. There is no way of escaping it. SJSU has a huge number of Twitter users enrolled academically but what makes it such a huge deal? Access to pointless rants? Cute puppy videos? Pictures of Kermit the Frog that always repave the internet? This picture captures the famous letter RT which in Twitter terms is “retweet” meaning repost. As a spartan, I am guilty of social media overuse and am trying to discipline myself from using it in preparation for finals. I need to be more of a Spartan rather than a spaRTan so I can Spartan on to success. #cheesy #rt

Joe or Philz?

Nothing like a good cup of Joe to wake you up in the morning. Am I right? Or how about a good cup of Philz? Ever since my first year of college, Philz probably has a majority of the money I have spent throughout all 3 of my collegiate years. Philz holds the heart of many, stealing the hearts of Starbucks lovers across the nation one Mint Mojito at a time. For SJSU students, Philz is a staple necessity and consistently has a line out the door during any day of the academic year besides Finals. This shot centers the cup of Philz in front of an unoccupied chair. There truly is nothing like hand-brewed hot or iced cups of coffee in the morning or night time to keep students grounded.

Campus Puppy

This puppy (that isn’t even a puppy because it’s just a super-old small dog) has been seen almost every single day strolling the SJSU campus. This puppy, whose name I never got the chance to get, may be seen following its owner (whose name I also was not able to get) using it’s cute little steps. I had the chance to take this in the San Antonio plaza as the puppy strolled a little ways from its owner. It paused and I took the chance to get in front of it and snap a couple of shots. This shot is special because I seemed to catch it smile a little bit. My use of the rule of thirds is very evident by placing the pup at the intersection near the bottom right section. The picture originally did not use any true black but my photography teacher saw the photo as a little “muddy” so the true blacks came back by flattening the tone curve and this was the result of that. The face comes out clearer and the whiteness really brings out the pup’s face as it smiles for the camera.

Resurgence of Triton

I started taking pictures in high school and became one of those kids who carried their camera around almost every single day. Taking pictures became my way of trying to expand my creative mind because creative was and still is all I want to be. Ever since college started, my time-management was horrible and I couldn’t find the time to take pictures as much as I wanted to. Here I am in my third-year of college without a major still but taking steps to get back on track and do what I love. I decided to take a beginning photography class because as advanced as I was in terms of experience, I can never know what I do not know. With the first few months of the semester, I have regained a little of my creative touch and seen improvements in my composition and thinking process. Right here is a photograph I’m actually proud of taking and editing. It isn’t much but simplicity could be complex. Pictured are a couple of gifts from people closest to me and each item is related to an islander culture. It took a few simple fixes but it has been very long since the last time I created something I liked. No title but all I feel is accomplished and on the right path.