These beautiful tigers call Carolina Tiger Rescue their home. There are also African Lions, Mountain Lions, Servals, Ocelots, Caracals, and other big cats that reside at the rescue. Most of these majestic animals were privately owned before being surrendered or taken away from their owners. In many of the states it is legal to buy/own a tiger, and there are now more privately owned tigers than the 3,000 that are estimated to still exist in the wild. When the adorable cubs grow into massive cats with massive appetites and a tendency to be wild, they are disposed of. Luckily, there are places like Carolina Tiger Rescue to give them a second chance at living as freely as they can. These are not house pets, and deserve our respect.
Today in Digital Imaging we had more fun learning how to be creative with panoramas. We learned how to do 360 Panoramas which were a lot of fun. I have actually loved the things we have learned the last few weeks. I really enjoyed this and look forward to doing some more panoramas and 360 panoramas on my own.
After much thought due to family circumstances, I have decided it was best for me to take a step back from my photography classes and resume next fall. I have decided to start working on my Associate in Science Degree as I can do some online classes for those and do a double major. I will miss seeing my classmates and instructors but think this is the best decision for me at this time.
I went to the zoo to shoot some photos to practice panoramas. It consists of taking a series of photos by keeping them level across, and having about one third of the previous photo in the next one. Then after toning the photos, you run them through a program in Photoshop that merges them together to create one photo. The one I did today was six photos put together. I’m really looking forward to going to the mountains Thursday, and shooting some of Linville Gorge for my major assignment. This is something that I can see myself using often with landscape and wildlife photos.
My daughter and I drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend to spend some time in the mountains. I love the NC mountains and have missed spending time here. A few years ago, I spent every weekend driving and hiking these beautiful mountains. School and work haven’t given me a lot of free time lately, but making more time to be out in nature and doing what I love. We hiked up to Rough Ridge which lies along the Tanawha trail and has beautiful views especially of Grandfather Mountain. We also stopped at Price Lake on the drive up. The lake looked so peaceful as the last of the mist cleared away.
I was kind of excited about doing a creative composite but also skeptical on how well mine would turn out. With many things going on this past month, I’ve not felt very creative or even the passion to photograph that I normally do. Deciding that I needed to make a few changes in my classes until I get through some of these things, I was still worried that I could come up with something creative to make a composite of. Taking a short trip to SC for a family issue, I found time to go out in nature and just have fun shooting animals, birds, and nature. I am posting a few photos that I took and although I don’t think they will be in my final creative composite, they are what helped me to really start thinking about what I did want to shoot and the story that I want to tell, so now I am actually very excited about this assignment.
This week, we started learning how to do Composites in Photoshop. We began by taking some photos of backgrounds of brick walls, hallways, ivy walls, and other things. Then we went into the studio and took three portrait photos of different classmates under different light sources. We then learned how to take just the outline of the person and layer into on top of the background to create one photo of the person and background. These were really fun to do and I’m sure with more practice I will get better at them. Although being in Photojournalism, we aren’t allowed to manipulate photos, this could be a very creative and fun thing to do in my spare time.