David Hockney is an English painter, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. He is an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s and is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. In the 1980s, Hockney began to produce photo collages, also known as "joiners". At first, he used Polaroid prints and subsequently 35mm. commercially processed color prints. Hockney arranged the numerous photos to create a complete, composite image
To create the Hockney-like composites, I first took a series of pictures of one, complete scene, each photo containing a different portion of the whole scene. For example: take a picture of the top corner of the scene and work your way across until you have taken pictures of enough segments to create the composite. Then all you have to do is crop/ scale each picture and move/ align them to create a complete composition.
I chose to emulate Time magazine because the magazine content matched best with what I wanted to do - a political magazine. Time magazine has had many political covers in the past. I specifically recreated Time magazine's cover of Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show. To emulate the magazine cover, I used the same font for the title and tried as best I could to match the side note font. I also used a similar background color and recreated the iconic red boarder. The set up of where everything is placed on the cover is identical to the Trevor Noah Time cover. I used the exact same font for the title to make the cover look as authentic as possible. I couldn't find the exact match of font for the side text, so I just used the font that closely resembled the Trevor Noah Cover font.
For the set up, I used a solid grey background. The subject stood in front of the background while they were illuminated with either light reflectors or a light wand. To take the pictures, we used a strobe light with a soft box attached to lessen the harsh light.
A strobe light is a very bright flash of light that goes off when the photographer takes the photo. A modeling light is light that shows the photographer how harsh/ soft the light is on the subject.
The image was taken at the Duck Pond in Vista. The compositional rule present in the image is symmetry. In each half of the picture, there is a ladybug on a plant bushel. The camera used to take the photo was a Nikon D5300 with an 18-140mm lens. The photo was a spontaneous shot. I saw the ladybugs on the plant and decided to take a quick shot. The camera naturally blurred out the background and just focused on the two ladybugs on the plant. All I did to create the image was edit the brightness in iPhoto. The photograph is in the “color division” because of the bright and spring-like colors. There is a dominant green color throughout the entire image, created by the plant and background shrubs. The ladybugs and little yellow flowers on the plant add a bright pop of color and act as a contrast to the green background.
Black & White Toned Presets
The Ocean - by Victoria Hughes
Upon the crest of a wave I see
hidden memories held within.
New ones created, from every bough
on every ship, that travels bound
for some new pasture.
Such hope and yet such loss,
is the ocean's promise.
It's force men think can be tamed.
Yet that is what the ocean
wants you to believe.
It can bite and snap,
or it can be calm and cool.
A million promises made,
and broken upon it's shores.
A billion memories made
and broken, lying on it's floors.
The ocean is nature's untamable force.
To create the complete image, I first blended the images of the cloud-filled sky and the ocean together at the horizon line by clicking on the small box icon in the bottom right corner of Photoshop, using gradient tool and selecting the third gradient option, then lining up the sky and clouds to the horizon line, and slightly dragging up at the horizontal line. I then merged the layers. Then, I created the sunset shell in a separate page in Photoshop by using layer mask on the sunset and shell images and using the paint brush tool to erase away the excess image. I then selected it and moved it to the background (ocean) image. I then used the scale tool to make the shell the appropriate size. Again, I merged the layers. I used the quick select tool to select the birds and used the move tool to place them on the ocean image. I then adjusted the size of the birds and merged all of the layers together to create the final photo.