Better late than never.

So I am late posting these photos, but they were all taken from last Saturday and this past Wednesday.  As I had mentioned in class Friday, I was not sure if they were good features or not.  However now I am opening up to them a little bit and I hope you like them as well.

I photographed this from at the Bristol Wharf Saturday afternoon.  It is located along the Delaware River and the trees that you see are on the Jersey side.  I was not sure if it could be considered a feature, but yesterday you said that something like this could work.  It is probably my favorite that I shoot this week.  I

I photographed this at the Bristol Wharf Saturday afternoon. It is located along the Delaware River and the trees that you see are on the Jersey side. I was not sure if it could be considered a feature, but yesterday Dave said that something like this could work. It is probably my favorite that I shot this week.

This was also shot at the Bristol Wharf. I was aiming for a silhouette, but this is what I ended up with and I like it. I wish the couple had been snuggling or kissing, but unfortunately they were not. This photograph made me feel like a straight up creeper.

This was also shot at the Bristol Wharf. I was aiming for a silhouette, but this is what I ended up with and I like it. I wish the couple had been snuggling or kissing, but unfortunately they were not.

This was a photograph that I took at the Doo Wop.  I did not get there name's but this old couple was so adorable.  I am not really happy with the lighting and it seems a bit grainy because it was getting dark.  However I thought that I caught a could frame and I love their posture.  It is just darn cute.

This was a photograph that I took at the Doo Wop. I did not get there names but this old couple was so adorable. I am not really happy with the lighting. It seems a bit grainy because it was getting dark. I had my ISO all the way up to 1600 and it still came out grainy...argh! However I thought that I caught a good frame and I love their posture. It is just so darn cute.

Same scenario as the photograph above, except that I wanted to get the stage and the band in. Of course they were dancing to a slow song and you can clearly see that, which makes me happy.

Same scenario as the photograph above, except that I wanted to get the stage and the band in. Of course they were dancing to a slow song and you can clearly see that, which makes me very pleased.

On Wednesday I found this group of people dancing in Love Park.  I went over and began shooting.  After a half and hour the lady in the very front came up to me and asked if I worked for a paper.  Of course I told her no and that I was a Photojournalism student at student.  Her name was Joette Wood-Patrick and she was the dance instructor for JO-ET-TICS Line Dancing.  Of course that is a pun on her name, but she told me that she does this one Wednesday each month.  I got some really good photos of her instructing, but I think this one gives you more of a view of what was happening.

On Wednesday I found this group of people dancing in Love Park. I went over and began shooting. After a half and hour the lady in the very front came up to me and asked if I worked for a paper. Of course I told her no and that I was a Photojournalism student at Temple. Her name was Joette Wood-Patrick and she was the dance instructor for JO-ET-TICS Line Dancing. Of course that is a pun on her name, but she told me that she does this one Wednesday each month. I got some really good photos of her instructing, but I think this one gives you more of a view of what was happening.

So I am not the biggest fan of this photograph, but it reminded me of Dave's photograph of the EMT worker relaxing in Fairmount Park.  They are Bristol firefighters and what they are doing is legal...meaning they were supposed to be there.  It was funny because when I was taking this the firefighters were giving me the weirdest looks.

So I am not the biggest fan of this photograph, but it reminded me of Dave's photo of the EMT worker relaxing in Fairmount Park. They are Bristol firefighters and what they are doing is legal...meaning they were supposed to be there. It was funny because when I was taking this the firefighters were giving me the weirdest looks.

Feeling like a creeper.

Yesterday I accompanied my parents to a local Doo-Whop concert in hopes of finding some feature photos.  Unfortunately I did not get really anything.  I was tempted to take some photos, but then I would just feel like a creeper everytime I was doing it.  I guess I did not want to ruin anyone’s fun and thought me coming up for their names would freak them out.  I hope I can pump up my game later this week and find some good features. Wish me good luck… =/

Okay so I lied, I did take photos at the show that I liked.  I was not sure if they could be features, but now I think they could be.  However I did not lie about feeling like a creeper.

Assignment #2: Portraits.

For this assignment I had planned on taking some awesome portraits at my father’s Civil War reenactment at Cold Springs in Cape May County, New Jersey.  Unfortunately I kind of broke my camera, but too make a long story short, I had to wait till I got it fixed…which was on Monday.

So I settled on photographing a few people I knew, except for the dog photograph.    I know it maybe wrong, but I assumed that if I were given the same assignment by a newspaper I would still photograph these portraits the same way.

Once again the weather was horrible for the last half of the week, so a few of my photos are tad bit grainy due to the lack of light.  I was hoping to use my flashes, but I forgot them every time I went out to shoot.

Overall I think that these portraits are pretty good, but probably not the best I have taken.  Its odd because I love doing portraits.  You could say it is one of my favorite things to photograph.

Portrait using dramatic light: This is my boyfriend Dave and I photographed this at the Neshimany State Park. No it is not the Jersey beach, but it is the Delaware River. The sun was just setting which is exactly what I was going for this dramatic light source.

Portrait using dramatic light: This is my boyfriend Dave and I photographed this at the Neshimany State Park. No it is not the Jersey beach, but it is the Delaware River. The sun was just setting which is exactly what I was going for this dramatic light source.

Portrait outside with shallow depth of field.  Patrick Sicilia was using some of the dripping rain water as means to wash his hands.  This photograph is a tad bit grainy, but I think it works for the assignment.  It was raining pretty bad.

Portrait outside with shallow depth of field. Patrick Sicilia was using some of the dripping rain water as means to wash his hands. This photograph is a tad bit grainy, but I think it works for the assignment. It was raining pretty bad.

Portrait using triangular composition.  Maya, two-year old bull dog, was out for a walk with her owner Eric.  He told me that Maya had been rescued by by his family and him.  Since she has been with the family, Maya has gained nearly 40 pounds!  The girl in the photograph was just stopping to give Maya some attention.

Portrait using triangular composition. Maya, two-year old bull dog, was out for a walk with her owner Eric. He told me that Maya had been rescued by by his family and him. Since she has been with the family, Maya has gained nearly 40 pounds! The girl in the photograph was just stopping to give Maya some attention.

Telephoto portrait using window light or one light source. So this is a friend of a friend and her name is Jennifer Kristen.  I am pretty satisfied by how this one came out.  I used an incandesent light and held it above the right side of her face.  I wanted the deep shadows and for her eyes to pop...so its a success!

Telephoto portrait using window light or one light source. So this is a friend of a friend and her name is Jennifer Kristen. I am pretty satisfied by how this one came out. I used an incandesent light and held it above the right side of her face. I wanted the deep shadows and for her eyes to pop...so its a success!

Portrait that breaks the rules.  Okay so I am not too thrilled about this photograph.  I was trying to get Rena to become a silhoutte and I was unsuccessful.  I have done silhouttes with my film camera, but for some reason I am not that great at doing it with digital.

Portrait that breaks the rules. Okay so I am not too thrilled about this photograph. I was trying to get Rena to become a silhoutte and I was unsuccessful. I have done silhouttes with my film camera, but for some reason I am not that great at doing it with digital.

Assignment #1: Strangers

Unfortunately I had went away with my family last weekend,  so I did not witness any awesome events like the Philadelphia Bike Ride.  However I did make two trips to the city during the week to stalk, I mean photograph some strangers.

Photographing strangers always seems to be a little bit of an issue for me.  I find myself searching for non-posed photographs.  When I sit and wait for the right moment, people always seem to think they are about to ruin my photo by walking through my path.  It’s quite annoying, but I try to ignore it, but for several of the shots I was trying to take this happened more than once.

Overall I was quite pleased with my final photographs, which I thought were not too shabby considering the time constraints I had with them.  Yeah…the weather was kind of bad this week, so I was waiting for some sunlight that never came.  I settled for a few rays on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.  So yeah I hope you like what you see!

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This was the first photograph that I took for this assignment. I wish the man was closer to the poles, but then again this could be my creeper from across the street shot. Success!

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The above three photographs were taken in Rittenhouse Square on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. The first photograph is the one I like the most, but I decided by posting all three it would help explain what I witnessed. As you may or may not know, Rittenhouse Square is a popular place for musicians to play outside in Philadelphia. While I was photographing this flute player, a Police Officer gave him a ticket for soliciting. I was disgusted by how this officer treated this old man, but I kept shooting.

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This photograph was taken shortly after the above one in Rittenhouse Square. I found it ironic that this man and his other friend were also "solicting", but the Police Officer did not give them a ticket.

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These two guys were just sitting on a ledge by Love Park with a few other friends. I took several shots of them as well as their other two friends. However I thought that their two different expressions went well together in this photograph. But as I am typing this I am realizing that I cut off their hands.

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While I was out looking for strangers to photograph, I stumbled on some free stuff. Yes...FREE! This group of people were giving out free SOY JOY nutrition bars. After I recieved my free samples, I decided to photograph the group handing out the bars to people on the street.

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Then I took a few of them unpacking the bars from the SOY JOY truck.

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And even a few happy passerbys smiled for my camera.