Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Paco the Prickly Pear

A lone baby prickly pear cactus grows in a field of rocks just as summer is turning to fall, in Tucson.

I found this cute little guy hidden behind a brick wall halfway up the steps to the Tucson building.  I love how green the cactus came out, it really makes it pop.  The different color rocks in the background give the picture more color and interest. 

Just for fun!

Here are some of my more artistic photos that I took during our outing, although they look neat, they were not suited for the assignment but I wanted to post them anyways.  Everyone who knows me, knows I love color and these pictures gave me incredible color.  I did not even try to get such neat pictures, it just happened!

Please take note of the stamen of the flower, it's very sharply focused, it looks awesome!

Just how cool is this picture, nothing describes it but utterly cool.

This one isn't in focus, but the colors are stunning!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Sophomores Meg Livingston and Andrew McGill laugh about life in front of the Tortolita building after getting out of Wednesday's math class at Pima Community College West Campus.  They just met each other at the beginning of the semester.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Composition and Lines

I chose this photo because I love the diagonal lines of the plant.  The leaves form a fan-like shape and getting at a unique angle gave me an incredible example of line composition.  I learned that getting really close to the plant made a world of difference when trying to showcase the lines in this photo.  I really like that the background is out of focus so the eye is automatically directed to the diagonal lines of the plant.  I like how green the leaves are because it really makes the plant pop.  I also like that not only do you see the lines formed by the outlines of each leaf but also the white center of each leaf creates another scope of lines.  
This photo showcases incredible vertical and diagonal lines.  The contrast in this picture makes each feature of the saguaro show.  Again, I like that I got so close to the cactus in order to get detailed lines and a more artistic photo to show line composition.  I feel like this picture is very pleasing to the eye and something about how the green and the black interact makes it an amazing photo. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 1, 2010


This picture is my close picture.  It captures the logo of Pima Community College but with an angle. 

I really like this picture because the woman is reading in front of the Pima sign.  She is comfortable. She is focused. She is calm.  It displays a good way to use time between classes.  I like that the logo is the focal point of this picture and that the sign says "Welcome to West Campus."  I chose to shoot the picture from this angle because the Pima is the largest part of the sign.  The lighting from the right is not the best and next time I will try to be more creative in how I take the picture to make the light work for me a little bit better.

This picture is my favorite of the three because it really captures the essence of Pima.  A bunch of students gathered in front of the school, looking as if they just got out of class.  They look to be socializing before they go home or wherever else they need to go for the day.  I like the lighting in this picture because it highlights the Pima sign and the group of people are below in a shadow, but none-the-less they are part of the picture.  To me, this is a picture that showcases the epitome of Pima Community College.