I decided instead of doing one big final post I would just do two big final posts because I am an inefficient worker like that but I didn’t realize how inefficient this is until I had already posted my other blog I’m on to number two. ūüėÄ I’m ecstatic. For my final I chose to do environment because we are always surrounded by nature. (and because I live in the woods so it would be convenient for me)¬†

I think this photo relates to environment in the obvious way (its in nature and we are  surrounded by trees) and also in a way that it is connecting the sky to the Earth by breaking through the horizon. As you may or may not know I really love sunset photography because you put anything in front of a sunset and it is suddenly a very good picture. So I usually try to include a sunset photo in my blogs. This picture is also showing a high depth oof field, you can see it stays in focus from the tree almost the way to the forest in the background.

Where the first picture represented the combination of two environments this one represents the separation of two. I feel like it would kind of be lying if I didn’t mention that I cleaned the sign off quite a lot and twisted the feather to a better angle so that I could see the broad side of it better and make it a more interesting photo. I don’t ever really know when to put a photo in black and white so I usually just kind of guess when I should do it and I’m never really sure if it looks better in black and white or in color but this picture had some very distracting colors in it so I just decided to put it in black and white and te more I look at it the more I like it like this.

I don’t know how to show a long shutter speed without showing movement in a picture so that’s what I did. I tied to keep her head better in focus than it is right now but it still turned out pretty well and I am fairly satisfied with this picture. This picture shows environment because Bella is still getting used to her new environment and every once in a while gets very visibly uncomfortable.¬†

This baseball she is chewing I have had for about eight years now and she utterly destroyed it in about 5 minutes (along with everything I give her to chew the next thing will have to be a piece of pig leather stretched around a ball of lead) But that is encouraging because that means she is getting used to her ENVIRONMENT now and is starting to feel more comfortable.

The moss growing on this rock lives in a hard ENVIRONMENT but it finds a way to struggle on and apparently thrive greatly on nothing but water and a rock to cling to. I found this rock interesting because of the way the grass looks like it was blown back by the rock as if it is some of a meteor (i know its not) which I felt made an interesting picture.

The exterior of this plant is protecting its tender buds in an enclosed ENVIRONMENT inside the safety of itself. The color of this fern I think is very pretty how it slightly switches shades from light green to almost a blue green. I also like the little fuzzies on the stalk and leaves of it they remind me of Oscar the Grouch.















The trail this worm had left was very inconsistent and strange but it had gone for about 25 feet before I had found it which Is fairly impressive considering how they move. Even though he was able to move quite a long distance it was obvious that worm was way out of it’s ENVIRONMENT and wasn’t going to live much longer unless I did something. Thankfully I had the brilliant to heroically not care even a little bit and go make a sandwich then take a nap. (successful¬†day for me)




























































This picture represents the warm and inhabitable ENVIRONMENT of the Earth and the cold barren dusty surface of the moon. And all of this is cleverly rolled into one photograph of pure concentrated awesomeness.























This pond is the only ENVIRONMENT these baby ducklings had ever known but as soon as they are old enough to fly they will travel thousands of miles every year to the same spots over and over again.


The ten best photos you have ever taken. Most people would talk about how they have no idea what photos to put and about how sentimental they are about all the memories. I honestly had trouble finding ten photos that I really enjoy. I decided that since this will be my last assignment post I will be throwing in some motivational  quips and cliche statements for my own amusement you may quote me at anytime in your life because I know you will be tempted to do so because these will be life changing statements that art teachers everywhere will someday put on their walls.

The only reason I would even consider putting this picture in my portfolio is because of the lighting on the back of the seagulls wings it has always intrigued me about the shape of a birds wings. After serious thought and meditation on this problem I have decided that rather then staring at this picture and wondering how wings work I googled and skipped thousands of years of philosophical debate and found out that wings wont work for us. Case closed.

Even though this photo was on my last post I felt you would enjoy looking at it again. YOU’RE WELCOME. This photo is absolutely one of my two favorite photos I’ve ever seen (yes I’m a little bit cocky) but I just love how there re mall veins in the flowers petals which makes me feel like it is more alive than flowers usually are. I don’t know what the little specks on the top of the flower are but they are absolutely not water I checked several times in utter disbelief. That mysterious substance however is one of my favorite parts of this photo I’m not sure why because it makes the flower look more impure but if it wasn’t there I would be one sad boy.

This man’s name is John Goodfrey he is a street performer, his bird is named smokey and is John’s best friend and partner. This man had only what he needed to get by without starving but he said “whining is for the dogs, and I don’t see four legs on me.” This man was genuinely happy with his life even though by society’s standards he would be considered a loser. Meeting him was one of the strangest experiences of my life so far. (There isn’t a whole lot to compare this to considering I’m still in high school but it was really weird) He would not accept money from anyone saying that begging was also for dogs. I think he was crazy but i prefer to think of him as more of a free soul that doesn’t need to live in society’s mainstream population. I think I might have overthought this one man’s role in life but I prefer to think of him that way.¬†

My favorite type of photography is anything to do with birds or the sun and its effect on the landscape and life. Because of this I tend to try to take a lot of sunset photos not to be cliche but I really do enjoy them. This photo to me is completely unparalleled in my collection of sunset photos. I took it while my dad, brother and I were hunting roosters in the paloose. I know it’s not incredibly difficult to do sunset photography ¬†but I don’t think that means you shouldn’t do it if it’s fun.

I took this photo a few years ago at a plantation in South Carolina. It has always been one of my favorite photos because of the bright pink bush and how contrasting it is against the greens and browns of the trees. The plantation we were visiting had the most fantastic garden I have ever seen. It was so brilliant and vibrant that to geet this much color in this photo all I did was adjust the levels and hit save. There was a path going through the “Better” parts of the gardens but this pond was in a far back corner tucked away and was not considered one of those “better” spots. That fact was absolutely mind numbing for me because I thought it was the most beautiful scene I had ever come across.

This little green boat has been on this dock since 2009 according to the tax stickers and it sure shows its age well. When i took this photo we were bass fishing in a little boat that we had found and fixed up that was very similar to this one except it was white(and we pay our taxes) but being in that small of a boat helped me to see it from a different angle and get the right shot which could only be taken from a low angle like this or it would just look like a crappy boat on a crappy dock with a little bit of tax evasion thrown in the midst.

As I said I love to take photos of the sun and its effect on life and this picture is the perfect example of that because you can literally see the suns rays reaching out and touching the plant that without the sun would die and fade away. The plant is lit up with the light from the sun and I kind of think that the plant is being sort of purified by the suns touch.

Every year in the springtime we get about 20 different hummingbirds on the back porch at the same time for about 3 or 4 weeks and every year they allude my camera but finally this year i got a fast enough shutter speed to catch one of their wings still and be able to see details in its feathers. This is absolutely the most difficult photo I have ever taken. If you want to know what I went through to get this shot just watch the planet Earth where the guy is filming the mating dance of the birds of paradise and then you will understand what I went through to see this little guys wings.

Of the ten photos I am putting in my portfolio this one is probably my least favorite but it is still awesome. (that just shows you how awesome the others are) I took this photo one of the first days of school this year with Austin Chadderdon. I gave him a cowboy hat and a satchel and said “be Indiana Jones” ten minutes later he was still insistent that Indiana Jones would be coyly looking over his shoulder and I said absolutely not Indie is a shoulders forward man over the shoulder is for girls. He is a stubborn guy so I just took the picture and Indie might not be a girlie over the shoulder guy but Austin sure is.

I like this photo purely as a metaphor. It is a spinner from the game of Life. It is showing motion which in my strange backwards thought processes I managed to think of at a sign to slow down in life and don’t let things blur past you because in the end it doesn’t matter which retirement home you’re in as long as you are satisfied with your life. To me that is very, very scary because it already seems like life is going way too fast and the more I ¬†try to slow it down and smell the roses I’m stuck writing some blog ¬†as fast as I can so that I can go and study for some math test so that I can go get some job and some house and some car and some smiles but knowing I was supposed to do something more fun. If everyone just saves up for the future then the future is gonna come and their not gonna know how to spend ¬†all their hard earnings. I definitely not going to have that problem so no worries there.

Last week a stray dog showed up on our back porch and decided to stay. So we now have a new dog and she likes me more than pork so that’s pretty exciting. ¬†She has been helping me go out and take pictures for a few days now and she sure is a “big help.” We just wanna show people how neat nature is, that’s why Bella and I went for a neature walk.

motion blur

The hardest part of this assignment wasn’t finding something to photograph, but it was more finding the right shutter speed to capture as much movement as I could without it fading and being too hard to see. It was also difficult to get the subject of the picture to do what you want when you want. I was trying to get my dog to look like it had a ghostly trail behind it but now its more like a ghost dog.

color schemes

When this assignment was assigned I was still completely unable to walk, let alone go searching for a whole bunch of color schemes. So I decided I was going to have to make some right there on the couch. My mom is an avid sewer so we used her fabrics and patterns to get this done.

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Hunting expedition

This weekend I went bird hunting and trap shooting with my brother, my dad and our family friend Brad. My leg was still pretty bum so I rode in a golf cart during the trap shoot but was mercilessly forced to walk in excess of a mile for 6 roosters and 8 chuckers. Not entirely sure that was worth it for the birds. I was hoping to get some pictures of the barrel flame but the lighting was too dark and cloudy to get a shutter speed fast enough. But here is what I did get


This assignment I was going to do a picture of a rock climber going up an enormous mushroom but it turns out I don’t have any rock climbing equipment so I made a massive dog looking at a little dog through a window. It was surprisingly difficult for me to get the masking right on the window sections

a little bit of frost

There was fog last night and it froze and now its frost so I decided to take pictures of it. I didn’t think that it was very likely that I was going to get any good pictures out of it until i saw that there was light reflecting off of some of the frost which was contrasting with the background fairly well. I then tried to find this as many times as I could and still make it look nice.

chicken week

My neighbors have of chickens that they just let roam around and I think they are a really cool animal to watch so this week has chickens… and JaxonI like how intensely the chicken is string at the camera its almost as if he’s trying to start a fight.wI thought I would be able to easily photograph these chickens but it turns out chickens aren’t too intent on doing anything interesting so I probably took 100 photos of the exact same thing. So I took some photos in the studio. I don’t like taking photos in the studio at all I think it just takes away all artistic thinking of the photo but I need to learn how to use it well so why not.I don’t plan on doing a lot of studio shooting but when ideas aren’t really flying around there is always my fallback photos.

Summer times

this was one of my favorite photos of the summer I wish the lady’s hand wasn’t there but this was more a sneakshot than anything so I didn’t really have any say in the matter.¬†

In this one I was trying to get a sense of movement because he was on a swing but he couldn’t keep his feet still so they are a bit blurry which I don’t like. ¬†I feel there is something else I could do to make this shot look better but for the life of me I can’t figure out what to do

same bird but there is no more innocent youth just creep with a bird I don’t have a lot of complaints about this photo except for the people in the background which I don’t mind ¬†

i said we should blend in so he then decides to sit next to some people drinking and talking and just sat resolutely still until they noticed hilarious