Yellowstone National Park

The Idaho State University Visual Communication trip to Yellowstone National Park was great. We got to stay at the Research and Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, which made a great base camp. The group was mostly made up of Dr. Terry Ownby’s photography students, and Dr. Judy Morris’ video students. The combination of these two groups was great for me since I participated in both programs while working on my undergraduate degree. We set out for the park each morning and shot the geothermal features as well as any wildlife that we encountered. I got a ton of photos and some video. We saw several bison, deer, elk, and a black bear. We also witnessed a raven unzip and steal items from the saddle bags on a BMW motorcycle in the parking lot at the Yellowstone Lodge.

I made a return trip to get some night shots, and I have to say it is a completely different experience. The geysers make horrific hissing and growling sounds when there are no tourists around to drown them out, and you can feel the ground rumble under your feet when you have the boardwalk to yourself. I would recommend you try some night hiking in the park if you dare!

Here are my favorite shots from the trip. They are in random order, so browse through them full screen by clicking on one. I will post a random video or two later on after I finish editing the clips.

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Advanced Photo Media Portfolio

This project was a lot of fun. I set out with the idea to reveal a secret history in the landscape. The hidden world only existed as a series of personal connections and memories associated with the land. With the help of modern technology I was able to uncover these places and create a visual representation to share. I hope you enjoy the body of work that is the result of 2 months of focus.

Truth be told I came up with this idea to make beautiful landscape photos, and then to augment them with unique CG assets. I generated these assets using hard edge modelling and photogrammetry. I textured the assets by taking photos on location and extracting diffuse, specular, normal, displacement, ambient occlusion, grunge, and crack maps from them. I also made procedural textures when there was no reference available in the field.

Finding Themes Assignment

For this assignment we had to look through our archives and find a universal theme in our previous work. Then, take a weekend and shoot 15 shots specifically planned out to represent or comment on the chosen theme. It was hard to look at my photos through this filter at first, but I eventually started to see a theme emerging. The theme was isolation. I decided to shoot the assignment in the Idaho desert where I go to seek isolation. The following shots are some of my favorites from the weekend shoot.

Moab Photos

Here are some photos from my spring break. We went down to the desert and I had a blast shooting everything in sight. Here are some of my favorite shots.

City of Rocks

I went out to City of Rocks in Malta, Idaho. This area is known for majestic granite forms and pioneer history. This area was a landmark along the Oregon Trail. I had a blast climbing up the building sized boulders to get a unique vantage point on the moon rise and sunset. Once the sun went down it was time to set up at Castle Rock to shoot astro-panoramas. It was great connecting to the history of this area and spending time exploring the unique geography.

Assignment 3

These are my deadpan landscapes. I am no purist, and I wanted to capture the emotion and the sense of place present in each location. Sometimes this goal required me to deviate from the typical deadpan rule book and style guide. I really enjoyed shooting these photos, but it was a sacrifice converting them to black and white. I love the way the series turned out in black and white, but I will post the full color versions in another post if you wish to view them too. The colors in these skies are worth a look.