Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Round Three!

Wow, some seriously talented kids in this round of activities!  They make my job exciting and painless.

Sunset, P. Chavez

My Nightlight, M. Sandoval

Light, N. Lozano

Oh DEAR!!, C. Cantu

December's True Reflection, J. Garcia

Swimming with the Fishes, B. Lance

Hanging Musical Notes, M. Garza

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Mea Culpa!*

(*It IS a Catholic school, after all.)

I missed posting the last round of pictures from the previous class!  Today, we'll marvel over cycle 2's incredible work, and tomorrow you can see the great start cycle 3 is off to.

What's truly awesome about all these pictures is that I didn't have much to do with them -- the kids are finding their own "voice", if I can use that phrase in talking about a visual medium.  I tell them about basic principals (rule of thirds, patters, color, focus, etc.), offer suggestions and show them other work they might find interesting, but that's about it.  They are just this good on their own!

Yelow and Blue, by P. Chavez

Smile! by M. Garza

Brianna! by M. Garza

God Sent Creation, by S. Perez

Camera in the Picture! by S. Perez

Old... Not Yet! by L. Jaramillo

Virgin Mary, by L. Jaramillo

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Students with Vision

Recently, we finally worked out the logistics of getting the kids into the computer lab to use Picasa and edit their own photos.  As a result, they have much more time and can work with more images.  This week, we have fifteen images to share with you!

It's been truly thrilling for me as a teacher and someon who loves photography to not only see the kids' imaged SOTC (straight out of the camera), but to see their artisitc vision clarified with the aid of subtle digital manipulation.  We try to keep the editing simple, to help the pictures look better rather than no longer look like what they are.  They're doing a wonderful job balancing their use of effects to make great images.

Flying by Your Side
J Martinez

L Jaramillo

A Little Smile Here and There
J Martinez

White Horse
S Perez

S Perez

Pretty in Pink
M Garza

"Woof Woof," Said Bryan
M Garza

Along an Old Fence
M Garza

Full Vine of Grapes
S Perez

J Martinez

P Chavez

The Crows Are Out to Get You!
P Chavez

P Chavez

Tree Out of Feathers
L Jaramillo

L Jaramillo

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Weekly Photos = Explosion of Talent

Wow!  Some of these images are remarkable!  Sveral of our students are really taking off and have an eye for interesting shapes, good light, and details.

Enjoy this week's offerings!

Welome Back Flowers
by S. Perez

From a Different Angle
by M. Garza

In Between
by M. Garza

Coming for You
by P. Chavez

Shining Sun
by P. Chavez

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rotation 2's First Assignment: The Rule of Thirds

For our new crew of endeavoring photographers, we're back to basics: the rule of thirds.  This group has a lot of natural talent!

Sunset Palms, by P.Chavez

Purple Sundown, by L. Jaramillo

Flower and Fence, by M. Garza

Palm with Trees, by P. Chavez

Baby Brother, by L. Jaramillo

Pink Flowers, by M. Garza

Pink Flowers with Special Effects, by M. Garza and played around with by Photo Class

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rotaion 1's Last Week of Wonderful Work!! (Delayed - Sorry!)

This is the last batch of pictures from the first activities rotation of photo kids.  Some of them have a natural eye for great pictures, and they've all improved notably from the beginning of their time in photography.  Well done, kids!

The week's assignment was basically "Hit me with your best shot," which the students did!

Untitled, by Maria G.

Berries, by Maria G.

Flowers Up Close - a collaborative effort and experiment by the whole class

Teacher, by Francisco V.
(I'm a repeat subject, I know, but I'm a willing subject and they pick their own favorite to share and post.)

Dark Wizard, by Francisco V.

Friday, October 2, 2009

This Week's Theme: Portraits

A true portrait should today and a hundred years from today, be the testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was. – Philippe Halsman, borrowed from the great Steve McCurry's blog

Our mission this week was portraiture -- one of the most difficult types of photography to do well, and arguably the most compelling when sucessful.  How did we do?

The Eye, by Daniela B.

The Teach, by Gilbert S.

Day and Night, by Jocelyn M.

Volleyball, by Kelly S.

Brother, by Francisco V.

Sleeping, by Juliana D.

Bit of Mexico, by Jocelyn M.

Mom, by Maria G.

Gabby, by Bertha L.