VSAR440: Chasing Ice

I have seen many documentaries, but no documentary shocked me like Chasing Ice.

Before I watch this documentary I always thought it was a story about a photographer shooting a beautiful iceberg. But after reading this documentary I was silent, and it made me reflect on our human behavior and our planet. I’ve been less concerned with global warming and ice melting before, but after reading the documentary I volunteered to search for more related reports on James Balog’s work. In my mind, I used to think that the photographer photographed the model in the studio. Then they do promotional design for the company. However, I got another value as a photographer from James Balog. Photographers are also professions that can contribute to human society and the environment. Most importantly, James Balog dedicated his life to awakening people’s attention to global warming, and of course his two knees.

James Balog and his team used government grants to accomplish a seemingly unfinished mission that was difficult and complex. In a variety of steep icebergs to install a total of 12 cameras for taking photos continuously. They encountered a lot of technical problems, but the biggest problem may be that he had done four operations of the knee. Their dedication is worth it. I was shocked when the documentary broadcast the results of their filming. They use continuous photos to play, perhaps thousands of photos in a few seconds seconds to finish, and we see is an iceberg 6 months of change. What I see is how an iceberg disappears. The ice that we usually do not seem to move on actually disappears a little bit. Another fragment that shocked me was the collapse of the iceberg. When he told me that the iceberg collapsed larger than Manhattan, I could not believe it, but the video was real.

This documentary did not teach me the skill of photographing icebergs, but let me rediscover the profession of photographers. The documentary shows many of the iceberg photos taken by James Balog. But what James means to shoot these beautiful icebergs is to tell people that we are losing that beauty. I am highly likely to become a commercial photographer in the future, but I will keep James’ thoughts in my heart and maybe I will do something similar for the benefit of human society in the future.




Earlier this month, my friends and I went to MOPA. It wasn’t the first time I went to MOPA, but it felt different. Every time there is a different new feeling, this feeling cannot be described by words. Perhaps my understanding of the art of photography has been deeper. When I used to see pictures of these artists I was just amused and didn’t have much thought. Now seeing these pictures, I think about the story behind the photo and the story behind the author, analyzing the feelings that the work wants to express.

In MOPA youth exhibition area, there is a reflection of China’s one hundred change works successfully attracted me, it is clear to show the feudal period of China, the period of the republic of China and the new period China in one photo. The method is clever, and the element of luck is in it, because finding such a perfect Angle is not a simple thing. I believe that the author must have spent a great deal of time looking for the best place to shoot this work. I also mentioned this in my final paper, which requires patient searching and discovery of a good photograph.

In the main exhibition area, a collection of works showing the theme of maternal love has attracted me, and the author seems to be photographing the mother and daughter, but it actually takes a lot of thought to the composition of the photos. At last, in the post-processing, the author USES high light and shadow to highlight the subject of the photograph, giving the viewer a seemingly dull feeling, but unconsciously inspires the viewer’s reflection.

To be honest, I really like photography. I may be a photographer who was delayed by the examination-oriented education in China. This exhibition tour gave me a lot of thought I had never thought of before, for example, I saw a few naked Mexican men in the exhibition hall. I cannot analyze what the photos want to express, which requires that I need to understand the history behind the photos. Therefore, in the future study, I not only need to learn the professional method of photographing, but also pay attention to the historical and social developments, and then establish a set of my own analysis mode.

Photography has always been my hobby. I will continue to walk down the path of photography, no matter what difficulties I meet. I hope I can try hard to improve myself as I said above.


Here are some photos.












1.what is street photograph?

streets photography is taking the photos by people, a place or a location. It’s a unplanned    photography. It reflects the real situation in some place.

2. explain what aperture and shutter are?

it’s about the F-stop. the bigger the F, the small the image you get.

More time the shutter need to spend, the more unclear the image you get.

3. Name the different between PSD file and Raw file.

Psd file is used in photoshop, which has been designed .

RAW file is used in camera. It is linked with some apps, such as Lightroom, which help the RAW file turns to a file which could be accepted by most programs.

4. In the Lightroom, library, one word for the information in the library.

5. in develop model, name six tools.

red eyes.

ok, I don’t know all of their name, but I know how to use them.

6. in lightroom, what does the histogram do?

histogram is a good tool which can help you to adjust the exposure and tone. Using by dragging the line up or down.

7. Name three ways to change your photos to black and white.

a. use the Contract tool, change it to the gray.

b. in general adjustment , change the white to the super right.


8. when you take photos, three ??????


Photo Booth Project

I went to Double Peak Park next to the school to be my Photo Booth Project at 4pm on October 27th. The whole process took me two hours. I thought I could finish it soon, but it got dark before I left. The residents here are more friendly than I can imagine. They are willing to be photographed by me, with children, old people, lovers, families. People of different RACES, mexicans, Japanese, etc. I showed them my identity, and then they started talking to me in a friendly way. I remember a white-haired old man who talked with me the longest, and he said that his son would come here every evening when he was twelve. There was a house, and there was a tree next to it, and that tree was still there. There was a Mexican guy who was filmed by me and asked me to teach him to take photos with his cell phone. There was also a mother and son, who said her son was determined to become a firefighter.It was an interesting experience, and I enjoyed it.

The Video Record Link: https://1drv.ms/v/s!An6iq5S0sUpDoVBGkUEI0Bhrzrh0