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Five minutes // Being able to understand the difference between various types of mediums is very important. Understand what tools work best for different applications such as finer details and shading. This exercise is based around trying to draw a scientific illustration of the same object but using different mediums. The image was taken with a Sony ax6000 situated on a tripod. Some adjustments were needed in Photoshop too. This exercise was every interesting to see how hard it is to draw with tools such as whiteboard markers. The major challenge was trying to make sure that each photo was the same except the illustration and the selected tool was changing. Week 2: Scientific Illustration 
 
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Light The Flame // The motivation behind this image came from lighting matches to burn some material for another class. When I placed the used match stick down, it made a mark on the paper. That inspired me to experiment with this new medium. I have used charcoal before but not from a match stick. I wanted to recreate an image of the material I was using, a match stick. I added in a spot light to create emphasis on the image. It was really interesting using an unconventional medium. One of the hardest parts was shading and creating a shadow as the charcoal was very temperamental and wouldn’t blend easily.  Week 2: Scientific Illustration 
 
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Fluidity in a glass // I was holding a half full wine glass in my hand and sensed the movements and fluidity of the wine inside. I was captivated by this and wanted to capture this sense of elegance in a glass. I used a various range of graphite pencils to create this illustration. It was difficult for me as I haven’t had much practice with graphite pencils before and getting the right shading and fluidity was hard. It was a good challenge that pushed me outside my comfort zone. The image was captured through a Sony ax6000 digital camera and the exposure was altered with Photoshop.  Week 2: Scientific Illustration 
 
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Tweet tweet // I wanted to challenge the positive and negative space in illustrations as ‘traditional’ illustrations mainly focus on the object itself. I was inspired by my pet bird as I have always imagined what it would be like to be a bird. I used water colour in the background to emphasize the white space of the illustration. To create the negative space of the bird, I used wax to draw the image. As water colour doesn’t stay on wax, the bird stayed white. This illustration was different as I have never drawn with wax before and I tried a few different styles before the final one. Week 2: Scientific Illustration  
 
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Etching out life // I had tried many times to free hand draw parts of nature but found it very difficult to capture the finer details. I did some experimenting and found that etching over an object onto paper created beautiful details. I tried different types of pencils to see what one gave the best detail and found the heavier pencils such as 4B gave the greatest amount of depth and detail. I was surprised by the quality of the result.  Week 2: Scientific Illustration
 
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Enhanced with age // The beauty of a flower lives on even into old age. The transformation of a flower is a gradual and delicate process. Here, the transformation is seen as the brown spots start to envelop the while petals. The beauty of a flower even during the decay process is what triggered this image. The motivation was based around photographing something that wouldn’t be traditionally seen as something beautiful. Using the macro setting on my Sony ax6000 camera allowed the camera to focus on the flower, capturing every minor detail. The afternoon sunset resonating on the flower enhanced the photo. The hardest part was capturing the light which was on the flower before the sunset.  Week 3: Story Telling 
 
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Through the eyes // “He lost his eye sight unexpectedly and his whole world was seen through darkness. Through his sense of touch, he could sense and in vision the world around him. However, as the cars raced past, they all but a blur to him.” By adjusting the shutter speed on the Sony ax6000 camera, anything that was moving such as the lights from the cars became blurred and the surrounding environment remained still. The image was altered in Photoshop by cropping, adjusting the exposure, colour and contrast. It was a great experience testing out the shutter speeds and the different kinds of images produced. Week 3: Story Telling 
 
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Life in black // This moment was captured at night while exploring my university campus. I was intrigued by the radiating light coming from the corner and the shadow created on the ground. There was no special setting used on the camera. All the editing was done in Photoshop. By converting the image into black and white, it dramatically changed the mood in the image. Getting the right balance of colours within the black and white image was the hardest part. Making sure I captured and highlighted the desired zones.  Week 3: Photo Journalism 
 
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Irony of life // I was inspired to create a series that questions peoples thinking when it comes to nature especially the destructiveness that human can create. It is ironic that people destroy many parts of nature but only after the destruction do they realise how precious they were. Many museums set up exhibitions on plant life and animals that are extinct. However, many are only extinct because of our behaviour. I sketched out the design in my note pad and scanned in the images into illustrator. From there, I was able to add colour and bring the comic strip to life. I am really passionate about brining serious issues and concerns into the spotlight but with a humorous twist. It is a technique that many illustrators and journalist use. Week 3: Comic Strip 
 
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Time and space // As we gaze into the night sky, the concept of time can seem daunting. Our movements in relation to the time frame of space is miniscule. When put into context, our time on earth can be seen as nothing, but it can also put everything into perspective. The night sky inspired this shot but also this thought. Taking a second to admire the natural beauty around us. A second in relation to the time frame of space is nothing, so why don’t we take more seconds off? This image was captured with a cannon digital camera. The night setting was used to capture the glow of the moon. A tripod was also necessary to keep the camera still. Creating this image was highly enjoyable as I was able to try different settings on my camera I had never used before. Week 3: Story Telling
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Tick Tock // As technology grows stronger the use of watches disappears. Many people now disregard wearing a watch as they rely on their phone or other technology to tell the time. But for some, like myself, their watch has become a part of them. For me, I wear my watch every day. It has become a part of me so much so that I feel naked without it. The motivation behind this photograph was to capture the importance and significance of my watch.  I used my camera on my Samsung S5 to capture this and cropped the image in Photoshop. I used the rule of thirds to draw attention to the watch as well as a similar colour pallet background.  Week 4: Identity  
 
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The speed of creation // The use of 3D printers is growing every day, with access to this technology more readily available than ever before. The thought of creating an object in just minuets can now be realised. Having an interest and a minor in Industrial design, technology such as 3D printers are something that resinate with me. Seeing the technology grow to a point where people are able to produce products that they have design their self. I have my own 3D printer at home and I know that it won't be long until many households have their own too. The motion created in the image was produced by adjusting the shutter speed for a longer exposure. Allowing the moving parts to become blurred while the rest of the image remained still. The major difficulty when having the lens of the camera opened for a longer period is keeping the camera steady. Any slight movement would blur the whole image. Watching the printer was also captivating. Watching the unit move back a forth made me lose my sense of time as I was so focused on the object being created. Week 4: Identity
 
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Daily Bloom // This illustration is inspired by the hand cream which I use every day. I wanted to express how I feel every time I use it and especially the scent that fills the room. It reminds me of a fresh bunch of flowers pick from my garden. I did a scientific illustration of some flowers in my garden and overlayed the hand cream over the image. The image was captured through a Sony ax6000 digital camera and manipulated in Photoshop. Working with the shadows of the product was difficult. Many different lighting methods were used to eliminate the shadows. Overall it was a fun experience expressing my spirits through image.  Week 4: Identity 
 
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Movement through milk // I was inspired to create a series that reflected my personality and identity. An abstract series that represented me. I experimented with milk and food colouring and found this combination created beautiful movements and it was something that I could connect to. After moving the colours around with a skewer, they started to create their own movement and fluidity. I did have an image of what I wanted, but found once the colours started to move I had no control. Instead of trying to control the movement, it was best to let the colours move freely. This was taken on a Sony ax6000 digital camera and enhanced in Photoshop. I really enjoyed experimenting with this unique medium as it was a new experience and was thrilled about the results. Week 4: Identity 
 
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Persuasion through smell // I was on my way to class when I was stopped by an enchanting smell coming from one of the trees. I walk this path everyday but today I was persuaded to stop and take time to smell and appreciate the beauty of the tree. I wanted to highlight the contrast between the strong yellow of the tree and the vibrant blue of the sky. I used my Sony ax6000 camera and zoomed in to focus on the tree as well as blur out the background. I also tried to capture the bees which were on the tree but found it hard keeping them in focus because I didn’t have the right lenses. Week 4: Persuasion 
 
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Deeper shadows // This image was produced during the tutorial when we were able to experiment with lighting. Out of all the images produced, this one caught my eye because of the use of affective lighting. The intense and direct lighting creates sharp shadows on the model’s face, giving a dramatic effect and adding interest and texture to her face. Also with the direction of the light coming from the bottom left hand corner, it doesn’t create any shadows or interest to the background so all the focus in drawn towards the model. Being able to position the lighting in the exact point and to capture the right moment was very difficult. Although I did have a lot of fun experimenting with the different light positions especially when we were able to move the light around freely by hand. Week 5: Lighting 
 
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As the sun goes down // I was inspired to create my own filters using my camera to enhance the overall mood and feeling of my images. I experimented with different colours and types of fabrics. I found that using a sheer coloured fabric still aloud the image to come through but distorted it slightly. It emphasised the sun rays and also brightened the overall colours. I really enjoyed experimenting with the different types of fabrics and hope to try this same technique on different subjects. Week 5: Lighting 
 
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The inner mind // When asked to take a self-portrait, I wanted to capture not only what people see but also my inner thinking. I created a double exposure portrait. Instead of the traditional with a disposable camera, I took two images and manipulated them on Photoshop. One side profile shot and an image I took while in my local forest. I adjusted the exposure and brightened the colours to enhance the forest when overlayed on the black and white portrait. I did have a lot of difficulties with this image. It was manly trial and error as well as online tutorials that helped. If I was to do this image again, I would use direct lighting on the side of my face to create to contrast between the light and dark areas. Week 5: Portraits 
 
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Another day to face // I wanted to capture my emotions over one week. During this week, I have 4 assignments due as well as trying to juggle my day to day life. I also had some personal difficulties as we found out my bird had cancer. The week was emotional, physical and mentally draining. I felt the best way to capture my emotions was through drawings and I used the continuous lines technique. I scanned the image in and manipulated and joined them together on photoshop. I really enjoyed this experience as I was able to really reflect on the day/ week and understand exactly how I felt.  Week 5: Portrait
 
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Lace on lace // I wanted to create a soft portrait with the lace and natural light. I have used lace patterns before and loved the patterns created when used as a stencil. As the sun started to set, the light produced started to become softer and was perfect with the lace. As well, there was no need to defuse the light as the light would not have been strong enough to cast a shadow on the model. This light created a beauty shot. I directed the model to stand next to the lace on an angle so the lace covered only half of her face and give more depth to the image. I really enjoyed photographing with lace and working with the shadows created. The light was challenging as there was only a small opportunity of time to get the right shot before the sun went down. Week 5: portraits   
 
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The beam // I created my own filters again using purple sheer fabric when photographing in the forest. From previous experimentations, I found that the light was distorted and sharpened when a sheer fabric is used over the lenses. Natural lighting was used in this shot which created a strong beam of light next to the model. The shot was taken around the golden hour between 4pm and 5pm hence the angle and height of the light source. I found that using the different types of filters also created a mysterious and dynamic sense. I really enjoyed experimenting with the different types of fabrics and lighting angles. One major challenge was to create the sharp beam in the right spot. There were many photos that created the same sense, but none were as striking as this one. Week 5: Portraits 
 
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With one movement // The minimalistic movement is popular right now especially in the design world. I love the style as it cuts out all unnecessary information and focuses on one part/ aspect. In this image, the movement and texture on the paint is highlighted. Even though the paint and the paper are the same colour, the shadow creates depth and separates the two. There was no special lighting for this image however when taking the image, the shadow created by the camera was an issue. This image was captured on a Sony ax6000 camera. Even though it was just standard paint used, minimalistic style focuses on the texture and movement. Week 6: Texture  
 
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Straight line // When you are in an environment so much you forget all the hidden details. I spend so much time at university that I start to consider it my second home. I walk through the same corridor almost every day and have never stopped to admire the contrast between the concrete ceiling and the hanging light. The texture of the cold concrete against the stark white light is what stood out to me. It is a simple image that captures the feel of the place, cold and stark and even sometimes the mood of myself. This image was taken on a standard Samsung S5 camera. Week 6: Texture 
 
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Through the glass // This image was inspired while on a site visit. As I looked up, I noticed the strong contrast between the black frame of the window and the building on the other side of the road with greenery. The windows itself has repetition and patterns as well. The black window frames the building and greenery. This image was difficult to capture due to the large scale and height of window. The image was altered in the photoshop using the perspective tool. Week 6: Pattern 
 
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The art of illusion // When seen in a large pattern and viewed from far away, it may seem like a simple pattern, but as you look closer, the pattern is made up of food. Beetroot leaves, mint leaves and half a lemon. I was motivated to create a pattern made from unusual material and was drawn towards food. Food is not conventionally used in this kind of work. I wanted this pattern to be seen as simple but with a twist as you look closer. Artificial LED lighting was used as natural lighting created too many shadows. I really enjoyed using food to create patterns due to the different textures and colours. Week 6: Patterns 
 
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Decay with time // I was inspired to take this photo when I was at university and noticed the original brickwork cracking through the once white paint. The texture of the two surfaces enticed me closer and triggered my impulse. The original image was much lighter with little distress. I changed the exposure, levels and brightness and contrast on Photoshop to deepen the texture. Getting the right balance between all the settings in Photoshop was a challenge as it could easily go too far and take away from the original texture. Week 6: Texture  
 
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Wish upon a dream // I was motivated to take an image that captures the precious and delicacy of a moment. A dandelion is so delicate and can be gone with just a slight breeze. Using my Sony ax6000 camera with the macro setting, I was able to get close enough to capture the individual petals on the top. I also experimented with the aperture setting to be able to blur out the background. No diffuser was needed as the afternoon sun produced a soft glow on the dandelion. This image works as the dandelion is in focus and the background is blurred but still has interest with the texture created through the colours. Week 7: Macro  
 
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A slither of fruit // I was intrigued by the detail inside food and in particular, fruits. I wanted to highlight the detail which can only be seen on a macro level. I learnt about backlighting object in class and how this exposes the detail but also to give the object emphasis. By cutting the fruit into thin sliced and backlighting them, I was able to achieve this macro level of detail. As well, a sheet of trace paper was placed over the light source to defuse the harsh light. Trying to capture the light as well as getting the right angle of the fruit was the hardest part. There were a lot of experimentation regarding the lighting. Week 7: Macro 
 
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Drawing with bubbles // I came across this idea accidentally as I had dropped something into my glass of soda water. I was surprised by the reaction of the bubbles and started to wonder what would happen to objects found around the home when dropped into soda water. I started to experiment and loved the vibrant colours of the pencil with the bubbles. I set up a continuous background as well as a direct light. I found the direct light was too hard so I placed trace paper in front to defuse the light. I highly enjoyed this as I was able to experiment with different objects and each object had a slightly different outcome. I used the standard lens on a Sony ax6000 camera. Week 7: Macro 
 
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Under the maple tree // I wanted to create an abstraction piece by using smaller objects to recreate a scene found in everyday life. Using smaller objects that are associated with a real life object created a realistic scenario which most people can relate to. I found it very humorous creating this piece. I found this technique of abstraction really interesting and enjoyed creating this piece. Getting the perspective between the Lego people and the broccoli was sometimes difficult as well as getting the shadowing right too. Week 7: Abstraction 
 
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One long walk // This image expands upon the last image in regards to abstraction. I wanted to experiment with other scenarios using Lego. This image gives the illusion that the Lego man is walking along a normal path however, that path is actually a tennis ball. I took the photos separately and merged the two together in Photoshop. The scale of the Lego man and tennis ball is also manipulated in Photoshop. The lighting of these two images were difficult due to the images taken separately. Making sure the light source was coming from the same direction was very important. I highly enjoyed creating these types of images as it uses everyday scenarios in a miniature and abstract form. Week 7: Abstraction  
 
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