photo narrative2

photo narrative2 - the actual basketball shot, which I...

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From Downtown ! (Name removed) Humanities 1301 WC2 Spring 09
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(Name removed) From Downtown…! Critical Commentary The inspiration for a photo narrative on a basketball shot came to me because of March Madness (NCAA Basketball Tournament), which is going on right now. I thought that the projectile motion of a basketball would be an interesting photographic composition. As I was focusing on the motion of the ball, I needed to video tape the shot and then take snapshots from the video to get the best pictures. To achieve my desired shot, I would simply have one of my little brothers shoot into one of our mini basketball hoops (and make it). One issue that presented itself immediately was the lighting; the window in the middle of the room was causing the camera to auto-adjust the lighting, which resulted in a darker picture, however, all I had to do was close the blinds and all was well. Also, at first, I decided to have my brother visible in the video, after some trial and error, I concluded that having him visible would draw attention away from
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Unformatted text preview: the actual basketball shot, which I wanted to be the main focal point. After some after some tweaks in the placement of the camera (and of my little brother), he was removed from sight and now the only thing to focus on was the basketball shot. One aspect that I was interested in observing was the way that the ball entered the hoop, would it hit the backboard first? Would it hit the rim first? Or, would it be nothing but net? Of the 22 snapshots I extracted from the video, I had to keep in mind that I wanted to convey a sense of fluid motion, so I needed to choose photos that clearly highlighted the smooth motion of the ball and avoid sequences that produced a unnatural jerky motion. As the main focus was the ball moving through the picture, I concentrated on making the trajectory of the ball as fluid and natural as possible, which entailed filming the shot over again (many times), and picking and choosing only the images that conveyed a natural motion of the ball....
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2009 for the course HUMA 1301 taught by Professor Boyd during the Fall '08 term at Collin College.

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