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New Discovery

Although it had been cloudy and rainy during the weekdays, fortunately the sky cleared up on the weekend with some nice clouds, which gave me plenty opportunities to shoot. I shot three sequences over the weekend, in which I learned something new.

If you have read my previous blogs or seen my photos of Westtown, you might notice that all of them, except for the ones of people, were shot from a wider angle and from a distance. I have two lenses, but I usually use the wide-angle one so that more can fit into the frame and the photos look fuller and more dramatic. However, on Saturday, I discovered a different angle from which I can photograph the main building. Unlike what I usually do, which is to shoot from either boys end or girls end to include the whole building or most parts of it, I positioned a very small section of the building on the bottom of the frame and left the rest 2/3 for the sky. I thought it would be cool to try this new angle because the clouds were moving fast in different shapes and directions and the simple horizontal composition gave a sharp contrast between the red bricks and the blue sky.

Here is what it looks like:


The sequence turned out really well, so I might do a couple more close-ups like this one, especially with rooftops.

Here are the other two I shot on the South Lawn:

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This week I’m planning to work on the boys end, lower school and middle school.


Until next week,


Week 4 – Liz

This week’s blog post came a bit late because I was on a college visit in Los Angeles from Thursday to Monday. It was nice to get away from the freezing winter on the east coast for a few days, but I might have also missed some opportunities to photograph the beautiful snow. Hopefully I can catch up on some snow time-lapse this week before it melts away! 😀 Continue reading

All about the clouds (and people) -Liz

One thing I have been doing everyday this past week is checking the clouds. Every night I checked the weather on my phone, and every morning I stuck my head out of the window to look at the sky. I don’t think I have ever cared about clouds this much before in my life. Continue reading

Photography and Me– Liz

Before I introduce you to the time-lapse photography project I will be doing this spring, perhaps I should talk a little bit about my background and what has inspired me to do this project.

As an avid photographer, I cannot deny the influences my dad has had on me. Although his vocation is not a photographer, photography has been an inextricable part of his life. He would probably marry his cameras if he could. I would be amazed every time I looked at his photos from a family trip, a casual walk to the park, or a visit to an exhibit. After seeing more and more of his work, I gradually realized the beauty and power of photographs. Having always lived in this somewhat artsy atmosphere, I became interested in photography around fifth grade when my dad bought me my first digital camera.

This is one of the very first photos I took.

This is one of the very first photos I took.

Ever since I picked up the camera, I could not put it down. At first, I took pictures of random things at school without any knowledge of composition, light, angle or other professional photography skills. I simply took photos for enjoyment, and fortunately some of them turned out to be great and meet the basic standards of a good photograph. Well, I guess the talent runs in the family! After “goofing around” for a while, I started to take it more seriously and frequently went out with my dad to practice. On the weekends, we would drive around the city, looking for interesting objects and applying different skills to capture them. With my dad’s help in the past few years, I have successfully acquired the essential photography skills.

Taken in Tibet in July, 2014.

Taken in Tibet, July 2014.

A photo I took during Christmas break 2014.

Taken in Shanghai, January 2015.

My favorites lesson of this long-term “course” with my dad would definitely be our month-long trip to Tibet this past summer. During my time there, I grasped a new technique, time-lapse photography, which I will be using in my project. Although time-lapse requires a lot of time and effort—on some days my dad and I stood in the cold for hours just to get one or two good clips, it opened my eyes to a new field in photography. The beauty of time-lapse photography is that unlike a single photo, it captures changes, whether of clouds, light, or people. It gives the audience an unconventional experience.

(You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkADwaB43Jw)

After the trip, I became fascinated with time-lapse photography for the spectacular yet subtle feeling it conveys. I have practiced it a few more times at home since my return from Tibet. Now I am back at Westtown, and I certainly don’t want to waste the opportunity to share this beautiful 600-acre campus with others from my angle. I have already talked to my mentor and now have some spots in mind, with which I will start my project this week. Hopefully I will catch the transformation of Westtown from white to green.

Bruno Barbey once said, “Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.” With my project, I hope to show Westtown through this powerful unspoken language.