Photo Fieldwork Syllabus

Advanced Digital Photography: Fieldwork Syllabus 2017
Deborah Small
dsmall@csusm.edu
Deborah’s Ethnobotany blog
Jeri Perez TA
perez270@cougars.csusm.edu
Jeri’s Blog
Jeri’s Website at 22slides

“A worthy subject is the most important discovery for artists—it’s the magnetic passion that burns at the core of their work, attracting or repelling us, and determining whether they will attempt to evoke what is deepest and highest in us.”
—Artist Alex Grey, in Zig Zag Zen

When you say the names of the  plants, you say the names of the gods.
—Ethnobotanist Timothy Plowman, quoted in One River.

Flexibility is of utmost importance in the class. Please note that this syllabus is PROVISIONAL: ALWAYs check your email and the syllabus BEFORE class, especially on days with FIELDTRIPS. If we cancel a field trip, we will meet in the classroom if the weather is overly challenging for us and/or our equipment.

The image below is a part of Alex Ingram’s WXNDER project: he’s a former CSUSM student: “Ultimately what began as a series about escapism became a direct reflection toward the opposite. Rather than absconding oneself, the shift to finding oneself became ever present allowing the journey to take on new meaning through deep reflection – contemplating man’s connectivity to the cosmos, the meaning of life, manhood, and returning to the natural land.”—Alex Ingram

alex ingram sendtoalex

Andrew Pandes: final project 2016

Fieldtrips:
1.
DSLR’s, tripods, diffusers, etc.
2. Snacks and water
3. Wear rugged and warm clothing that can get dirty: you will be on the ground.
4. Be Mindful: you’ll learn to identify poison oak and to walk mindfully. And to know what California smells like, a similar plant to the one that Reese Witherspoon/Cheryl Strayed stops along to trail to inhale in the film, Wild.
5. Do not wander off from our group. We will be creating a buddy system, where you are responsible for yourself, and your buddy, who will change from week to week.

WEEK 1 January 23
SIGN WAIVERS for field trips
Tentative Fieldtrip schedule:
we need to accommodate wildflowers if it’s a good spring

Week 2: Library CSUSM
Week 4: Feb 13 Double Peaks Park, return to class
Week 6: Feb 27 San Diego Botanic Garden; closes at 5 pm
Week 8: March 13Elfin Forest: check out water levels in creek
Week 11: April 3, San Elijo Lagoon
Week 13: April 17, Pechanga Great Oak

BLOGS:
Set up on class page: you must have a blog dedicated ONLY to this class. You may not combine this blog with another class’s. You can continue your blog from an earlier semester.

DISCUSS:
Introduce course requirements
Independent Study Opportunities
1. Art Exhibition assistant, Making Communities: Art and the Border: at UCSD, gathering plants and preparation during late January and February; installation February 23-24. A large multimedia exhibition highlighting the depth of border-related art practices.

2. SofA Photo Documentary Archive Projectfocuses on diversity in the arts as well as diversity reflected in the demographics of our student body. Help organize student photos from three different classes in a CSUSM BOX account and add to the  beautiful SofA website with photos organized by discipline: Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts, etc. This is a very important addition to our School of Arts, as it helps to promote collaboration across classrooms and images of diversity throughout the campus.

3. Funes Digital Arts Competition: direct & manage the competition as an Independent study for 3 units, or for the experience. APRIL 2016: Required for art majors: 3 winners receive $100.

Social Media Platforms: how to get your photo project seen: choose one for a class presentation: Blog, Website, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.

Website: create a photographic portfolio
example: Jeri Perez at 22slides

Final Book of Magic Hours Project in Magazine format: InDesign to Blurb
The Book of Hours were medieval illuminated manuscripts. Your Book of Magic Hours is all about the light, an illuminated photography books: when light is palpable, and/or backlighting renders everything luminous, magical.

Julieanne Kost photography
Begin Review of Lightroom CC: Julieanne Kost
Blog Posts: in class we will watch 
Quick Tip: Printing Multiple Images to a Single JPEG
For your homework, watch several to review, renew, and deepen your commitment and  your relationship with Lightroom!!

Art Wolfe: 10 Deadly Sins of Composition
Marc Muench: Technical Trinity

HOMEWORK:
POST: On your blog, post what you consider to be your best photographs to show next week: the ones where you were the most technically proficient, or the ones most emotionally meaningful (but not your beloved pooch or kittie); or ones that you consider a direction you’d like to take with your photography. (@10 photos)

WATCH and POST on your blog
Burtynsky’s Watermark
 (Rent on amazon: click on link, or FREE streaming on Netflix) and write about particular images: why are they so compelling: composition, etc.
It’s very important that you watch this film carefully. It sets the stage or understanding several of our fieldtrips to places that are part of our local Escondido Creek watershed, including Elfin Forest and San Elijo Lagoon.



WEEK 2 January 30
Waiver/Field Trip Policy
Field Trips Responsibilities

DISCUSS: Watermark and our Watershed
The Escondido Creek watershed is formed by the creek of the same name. Beginning at the upper headwaters in Bear Valley above Lake Wohlford, the creek flows more than 26 miles to meet the ocean at San Elijo Lagoon. It’s over 75-square mile watershed includes lands managed by or governed by many jurisdictions, including:

  • The City of Escondido
  • The City of Encinitas
  • The City of San Marcos
  • The City of Solana Beach
  • The County of San Diego
  • Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management
  • The Sovereign Nation of The San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Escondido Creek Watershed is part of the larger Carlsbad watershed

SCREEN: Our regional southern California watersheds.
KCET
Weaving Community: Weaving the World Together: Tima Lotah Link: How Native Peoples are Rediscovering Their Basketry Traditions, with Nicholas Hummingbird

BLOGS: We will look at your posts of your most meaningful photographs and your new landscape shots.

RESERVE
a CAMERA and TRIPOD for next week’s field trip
DISCUSS: Fieldtrip safety issues: poison oak, rattlesnakes, hiking gear, sunscreen, hat, proper shoes

Buddy system: do NOT wander away from the group

DOUBLE PEAK PARK: role of scouting in photography: a first pass: go to look, listen, wander . . .

BLOGS:
Fieldtrips as our modern ceremonial exchange of information:
Post re: Joshua Tree: Desolation Tango, Deanne Stillman, excerpt

SCREEN:
Art Wolfe: Favorite Composition

HOMEWORK:
1. WATCH and POST re
 Chasing Ice: free on streaming Netflix; $2.99 on Amazon
Environmental photographer James Balog deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a record of the world’s changing glaciers, compressing years into seconds to illustrate how these ice mountains are disappearing at a breathtaking rate.

2. SHOOT a series of landscape photographs inspired by the work of Edward Burtynsky, James Balog, or Art Wolfe. Edit and enhance in Lightroom/and or Photoshop and post on our blog by next week’s class. In your post, please let us know what aspect of the artist you have chosen has inspired you.This is to get you prepared for our outdoor photoshoot next week.

3. WATCHLightroom tutorials Panorama and HDR



WEEK 3 February 06 
Rain CANCELLED: Fieldtrip
Meet in class and Kellogg Library: Post best photos to your blog
SHARE: Landscape Series inspired by Edward Burtynsky, James Balog, or Art Wolfe: a series of @10 edited and enhanced photos
DISCUSS: Catalog set-up in Lightroom

HOMEWORK:
MOPA: Go to the MOPA exhibition in Balboa Park to see the Prix Pictet exhibition.Take a SELFIE in the Lobby and post to your blog. You will be writing a one page (250 words) post on your chosen artist from the exhibition.

WRITE
: One-page post (@250 words) about your chosen photographer at MOPA

SHOOT & POST
: Series of photos inspired by your chosen artist: will help prep for Double Peak Park shoot. Post a series of 8-12 photos on your blog

MOPA EXHIBITIONS
Artists include:
Valérie Belin
Ilit Azoulay
Matthew Brandt
Maxim Dondyuk
Alixandra Fazzina
Ori Gersht
John Gossage
Pieter Hugo
Gideon Mendel
Sophie Ristelhueber
Brent Stirton
Yang Yongliang

BRING DSLR cameras and tripods, reflectors, diffusers, snacks
 next week for our field trip to Double Peak Park. MEET as close to 2:30pm as you can get there. We will stay until sundown and then return to CSUSM.

Tutorial assistance: CAMERAS
: How to learn your camera: the quickstart guides are terrific, and very helpful; also google youtube videos
Canon quickstart guides and manuals
Canon T5i: quickstart guide
full-length canon manual
Canon T3i quickstart quide



WEEK 4 February 13:
Double Peak Park shoot: meet as close to 2:30 as you can

HOMEWORK:
1. EDIT and enhance photos from Double Peak Park. Post at least 8-10 on your blog. After editing your photos, please post reflect about what you learned, what you might do differently, etc.

2. SHOOT and Post a series of Landscape photographs. Go to a local park, preserve, or lagoon for your shoot. You can research/google your area; for example, if you live in Murrieta or Temecula, you can go to the Santa Rosa Plateau Preserve. If you live south of school, visit Torrey Pines State Natural Preserve. If you live near Fallbrook, go to Los Jilgueros Preserve. If you live near CSUSM, visit Daley Ranch, Discovery Lake, Felicitas Park in Escondido, etc. These are just suggestions. There are many more places. Make sure to shoot some wide angle shots to encompass the landscape, as well as more intimate shots.

Try to figure out what plant communities are present: sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, riparian, marsh, etc. Again, think about Burtynsky, Art Wolfe, the photographers in the Prix Pictet exhibition, the juncus fields in the Weaving Community video with Tima Link that we watched in class . . .

Edit and enhance in Lightroom/and or Photoshop and post on our blog by next week’s class.

3. Photos from your photo shoot inspired by your Prix Pictet photographer should be edited, enhanced, and posted on your blog. Your 250 word write-up on your one chosen photographer should also be posted as well. This was actually due Monday, Feb 13.



WEEK 5 February 20
CLASS: we will REVIEW WORK from your 3 Photo Shoots:

1. Prix Pictet Photo Shoot: homework from 02-06-17
2. Double Peak Park Photo Shoot on 02- 13-17
3. Series of Landscape Photo Shoot: homework due tonight (see above)

SCREEN:
Landscape photographer Ansel Adams: excerpts: Making a Photograph, Art & Propaganda,Moonrise Sunrise, The American Earth

Art critic John Szarkowski wrote: Ansel Adams attuned himself more precisely than any photographer before him to a visual understanding of the specific quality of the light that fell on a specific place at a specific moment. For Adams the natural landscape is not a fixed and solid sculpture but an insubstantial image, as transient as the light that continually redefines it. This sensibility to the specificity of light was the motive that forced Adams to develop his legendary photographic technique.

The world is going to pieces and people like Adams and Weston are photographing rocks!, Cartier-Bresson

SCREEN
Tending the Wild:
excerpt until 11:00

DISCUSS
: technical aspects of San Diego Botanic Garden shoot; plant communities

HOMEWORK:
SHOOT & POST
Shooting for the Magic Light @ 5-6 pm, loosely inspired by Ansel Adams.
Shoot 2 different evenings, or mornings, but always, your shots are about light.
Get there early to scout what you want to shoot, where you want to shoot . . .

FIELDTRIP: 
San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas



WEEK 6 February 27 FIELDTRIP & CLASS CANCELLED 
AT HOME this week in lieu of class
:
WATCH
1. Richard Misrach: hugely important and compelling socio-political-cultural landscapes: Border Cantos, with Guillermo Galindo, musician/composer.
Landscape and social justice: “shifting environmental and political landscapes of the American West”
Watch: start at 1:58 to 50:00

POST: a significant blog post about Misrach and Border Cantos: I’m mostly interested in hearing your reactions to the work, and not a summary of what you saw.

What is the difference between a landscape and a cultural landscape? What is different about the goals of the photographer. Landscape as hero, or landscape as actor in a relationship? Or acted upon?

2. Camille Seaman: watch these very short video clips:
POST: on her relationship to the environment and nature, especially in the Polar Ice video
Polar Ice
Storm Chaser

3. Jack Dykinga: check out his photos of Southwest/California & Mexico. You do not need to write a post.
California
Mexico

HOMEWORK: as we missed our fieldtrip, go to the San Diego Botanic Garden, Encinitas, on your own. Think about what you are trying to achieve with your shots, and when to shoot for shallow or deep depth of field. Think about what lenses you want to bring with you.

San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Dr,
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-3036
Open 9-5 pm.

map of the GARDEN

Check out the WATERFALL and waterfall pond area, and the bamboo area and pond: These are spectacular, and especially after these RAINS!!

Downside is that it costs $10 for students
The garden should be stunning right now. Tons of blooms.

Make sure to google the location: it’s a pretty easy drive from school, 20-25 minutes or so.

There are bathrooms there.

EDIT & POST and enhance photos from San Diego Botanic Garden: Try editing and enhancing some of your images in Black & White. Please write about what you tried to achieve with your photos, and what  you learned.



WEEK 7 March 6
VIEW: your San Diego Botanic Garden Blog Posts
DISCUSS & VIEW: your Richard Misrach Post and Camille Seaman (See February 27 above for your assignment in lieu of class meeting)
His knowledge of the landscape he shoots (research), gathering artifacts of migration. Compare with a Prix Pictet artist.

Richard Misrach: his larger body of work
Misrach Petrochemical America: cultural landscapes

SCREEN: Frans Lanting: Looking for Light: scouting / shooting: short video
SHARE: Making Communities: Art on the Borden Exhibition at UCSD

DISCUSS: next week’s ELFIN FOREST watershed and native plant communities
Focus of fieldtrip, technically, is using slow shutter speeds to capture the creek as a smooth flowing creek. TRIPODS a must.

The Escondido Creek Watershed: If you were to follow a raindrop from the mountains to the ocean, you would be following the raindrop through a watershed. A watershed is the area of land and water bodies that collect rainwater. A watershed includes the mountains, valleys, and flatlands, as well as water flowing above ground and underground (groundwater) in creeks, rivers, and aquifers. Most watersheds eventually end at the coast, often at an estuary open to the ocean. Flowing water connects all of the communities in a watershed, and what happens upstream affects those living downstream.

The Escondido Creek watershed starts in Bear Valley above Lake Wohlford and stretches 26 miles through the City of Escondido, past Elfin Forest to Cardiff, and through the San Elijo Lagoon to the Pacific Ocean. Additional communities it touches are Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach, and lands of The San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay Indians. The Escondido Creek watershed covers approximately 54,112 acres in northern San Diego County.

The waters of Escondido Creek reach the coast at Cardiff and flow into the San Elijo Lagoon, a very important natural environment in the Escondido Creek watershed. The San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve covers nearly 1,000 acres that include wetland and upland habitats. The wetlands are some of San Diego’s most diverse and of the few remaining along the CA coast. Here, fresh water meets seawater in a body of water called an estuary. An estuary is partially enclosed and receives fresh water from rainfall and runoff and salt water from tidal flow. This mingling of waters, along with the organisms living here, produces an area high in nutrients.

FILM: At 5:20 pm, we will go as a class to ARTS 240 for a screening of Standing Rock, by filmmaker Michelle Latimer, a Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator who grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The first two episodes showcase the struggles faced by Native youth and #NoDAPL water protectors at the front lines of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

HOMEWORK
VISIT
: a Park or Lagoon you have not yet been to: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, (Santa Rosa Plateau wildflowers) in Murrieta, Daley Ranch in Escondido, Felicita Park further south in Escondido, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve towards La Jolla, etc. Discuss other possibilities, as well as longer range areas: Palomar Mountain, Anza Borrego . . . Think about some of the landscape shots of Misrach (minus the fence) or Seaman (minus the icebergs).

Once again, focus on landscape shots and take a tripod. Try to shoot some really sharp (small aperture) wide angle landscape shots. What plant communities are you shooting. If you go with friends, you can incorporate some of them into your shots.

• Also, lay down on your back to photograph through tree branches, etc, and use the bridge of your nose as your “tripod.” The try lying down on your stomach, and using your elbows as your “tripod” . . .

POST: Edit/Enhance and Post your Series: for assistance with edit and enhance part, see Kost’s videos: scroll down until you come to the cool stuff that’s in the Develop module for editing and enhancing.
Julieanne Kost Lightroom CC videos

BRING: DSLR cameras, lenses, and TRIPODS, reflectors, diffusers, SNACKS.  We will meet at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center at 8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido, CA 92029 at 3 pm. We’ll stay until the end of class.



WEEK 8 March 13
FIELDTRIPElfin Forest Interpretive Center at 8833 Harmony Grove Rd, Escondido, CA 92029
BRING: DSLR cameras, lenses, and TRIPODS, reflectors, diffusers, SNACKS. We will meet at 3 pm and stay until the end of class. First, we’ll go on a class ethnobotany walk together along the creek.
8833 Harmony Grove Rd
Escondido, CA 92029

HOMEWORK:
1. EDIT AND ENHANCE photos from Elfin Forest Field Trip for Presentation, as well as your photo series inspired by your chosen Annenberg photographer: Be prepared to talk about your photographer
2. POST
 your edited and Enhanced Photos to your blogs



WEEK 9 March 20 SPRING BREAK
1. SHOOT
landscape of your choice that you’re intrigued by: the break might be the time you can venture out a bit further: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta, Daley Ranch in Escondido, Felicita Park further south in Escondido, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve towards La Jolla,Los Jilgueros Preserve in Fallbrook, Palomar Mountain State Park, Anza Borrego Desert State Park near Borrego Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, etc.

Do some research and find a place that interests you.1. FINAL PROJECT: Work on your Final Project editing, enhancing, and organizing images from the class fieldtrips and from your homework fieldtrips.

2. POST
 photos from Elfin Forest: hopefully, you’ll have a long exposure photo to share. If not, you can work on long exposures over the break for your Final Book Project. Or if you were unable to stay for the entire class time, return to Elfin Forest between 6-7 for some long exposure shots as the sun goes down. I’ve seen some students’ photos, and they are stunning!

3. Edit, Enhance, and Organize photos from all fieldtrips, class and your own, for final book and/or website project



WEEK 10 March 27
CLASS: Guest Tima Link: she’ll do a presentation on graphic design photographic stereotypes of American Indians, and also give a critique of your Elfin Forest photos, or of your new shoot taken during the break, if you prefer
VIEW
1.Photos from Elfin Forest Fieldtrip posted on your blog
2.Photos from your Over-the-Break homework assignment

“A worthy subject is the most important discovery for artists—it’s the magnetic passion that burns at the core of their work, attracting or repelling us, and determining whether they will attempt to evoke what is deepest and highest in us.”
—Artist Alex Grey, in Zig Zag Zen

HOMEWORK:
Instead of a shoot this week, I’d like you to do some research, and write about what you’ve found compelling about the Escondido Creek Watershed and San Elijo Lagoon on your blog.
RESEARCH for San Elijo Lagoon trip: endpoint for Escondido Creek Watershed
There’s a lot of information on the San Elijo Lagoon Naturalist area of their website, in particular their Naturalist Reference Manual
In the manual, there is
Section 2: Plants
Section 3: Birds
Section 4: Wildlife
Section 5: Native People

ASSIGNMENT: Please choose one area to research in depth, and everyone should download Common Plants from Section 2, the  Plant Area so you will have a better idea of what you are photographing.
You can pick a few plants that sound interesting, then Google the plant under Images to see what they look like; for example, many of you photographed mulefat at Elfin Forest, but didn’t know the name of the plant. It is also at the lagoon. I can help you as well during our fieldtrip.
You will post about your research along with your photographs you take on April 3 at the Lagoon. How did your research inform your photography?

San Elijo Lagoon:
Nature Center: a new green building made of recycled materials
Trails at San Elijo Lagoon

If you were to follow a raindrop from the mountains to the ocean, you would be following the raindrop through a watershed. A watershed is the area of land and water bodies that collect rainwater. A watershed includes the mountains, valleys, and flatlands, as well as water flowing above ground and underground (groundwater) in creeks, rivers, and aquifers. Most watersheds eventually end at the coast, often at an estuary open to the ocean. Flowing water connects all of the communities in a watershed, and what happens upstream affects those living downstream.

The Escondido Creek watershed starts in Bear Valley above Lake Wohlford and stretches 26 miles through the City of Escondido, past Elfin Forest to Cardiff, and through the San Elijo Lagoon to the Pacific Ocean. Additional communities it touches are Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Solana Beach, and lands of The San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay Indians. The Escondido Creek watershed covers approximately 54,112 acres in northern San Diego County.

The waters of Escondido Creek reach the coast at Cardiff and flow into the San Elijo Lagoon, a very important natural environment in the Escondido Creek watershed. The San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve covers nearly 1,000 acres that include wetland and upland habitats. The wetlands are some of San Diego’s most diverse and of the few remaining along the CA coast. Here, fresh water meets seawater in a body of water called an estuary. An estuary is partially enclosed and receives fresh water from rainfall and runoff and salt water from tidal flow. This mingling of waters, along with the organisms living here, produces an area high in nutrients.

Estuaries are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world with a multitude of habitats and a great variety of species. The Reserve is home to more than 735 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, spiders, insects, plants, algae, and other organisms that live here year-round or visit seasonally. It’s a resting spot for migrating birds traveling the Pacific Flyway and a nursery area for a variety of young birds, fishes, and invertebrates. There are seven distinct habitats in and around the Reserve. They vary based on the availability of water and how fresh or salty it is. As with Elfin Forest, there’s chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and riparian habitats. Salt marshes are the area of the Reserve that’s most affected by ocean tides.  (from the San Elijo Lagoon website)

San Elijo Lagoon Fieldtrip: Bring cameras for field trip. Bring food, and dress warmly to stay until end of class. We will not return to CSUSM.Meet at the Nature Center by 3:00

Trails mapThere are large maps available at the Nature Center for you to take with you, or you can print your own.

You must post the results of your research by NOON on Monday, April 3!!!



WEEK 11 April 3
FIELD TRIP: San Elijo Lagoon, Encinitas: Meet at the Nature Center by 3:00.
ADDRESS
2710 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
PHONE
(760) 634-3026
If you get there early, go into the Interpretive Center. When we split up, please walk the trails with someone else from the class. Remember to bring your DSLR’s, warm clothes, etc.

Trails map 
There are large maps available at the Nature Center for you to take with you, or you can print your own. My cell is 760-468-5048.

HOMEWORK:
1. POST: You will post about your research re San Elijo Lagoon along with your photographs. How did your research inform your photography?

2. ORGANIZE: select best from class fieldtrips and weekly assignment to upload to your website, which you will create in class next week using 22 Slides or Format. I’d suggest using collections, or make sure you’ve starred your best images that you want to use on your website.

You probably have already done a lot of this, as you may select images you’ve already selected for your blog. Remember, this is your portfolio website: use your best!
Of course, your website can be used with your other photos, videos, etc, but we will start with your photos from the  class fieldtrip and fieldtrip homework.

3. SHOOT: a MAGIC HOUR SHOOT in a landscape of your choice, with or without people in the shots. Photos MUST be shot during MAGIC HOUR.



WEEK 11 April 10
VIEW:
Everyone will present their PHOTOS and RESEARCH from San Elijo Lagoon. Luke will read his research comments about the Lagoon.

VIEW: Chia Cafe Collective’s book, forthcoming with Heyday Press, in preparation with Native Foods Cooking class with guests: Purepecha cultural educator Abe Sanchez and Tongva cultural educator Craig Torres on April 24:
Cooking the Native Way: Cooking • Culture • Community

CREATEPortfolio Website: Please make sure you’re organized in Lightroom and READY TO GO: you’ll be exporting your photos as 144 dpi jpgs for maximum resolution on hi-end monitors.
Jeri Perez will demo/tutorial 22 Slides Porfolio Website
Deborah will demo/tutorial Format Portfolio Website
format
22slides

22slides: SofA Photo Archive
22slides: Jeri Perez

22slides: Briana Flores website

22slides: Gavin Hedges portfolio

Format: Deborah Small
Format: Cera Hensley + text
Format: Cera Hensley: Shades of Spring: continuous panorama
Format Cera Hensley: Product Photography panos

Format: William Widmer: text/captions example

Format: Olga Ingurazia

Format: Haruka Sakaguchi
Format: Haruka Sakaguchi: text/photo diaryJanine Jorge blog

Format: Amanda Rowan

Format: Janine Lagrimas website


We will be creating a class collaborative area on the Chia Cafe Collective’s Photographic Portfolio Website with the best of your images using the landscapes shot during class fieldtrips and from your fieldwork shoots that are part of your homework each week.

Chia Cafe Collective Facebook page

CREATE: a  FUNES submissions collection in Lightroom for images that you might submit for the contest: load your 9 best images today into a collection, and post on your blog: we will help you choose . . . your best 3.

HOMEWORK
Wikipedia: Oldest Trees in the World
The Heart of the Oak

The Great Oak

The Great Oak is the largest natural-growing, indigenous coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia ) wi’aashal tree in the United States and is estimated to be anywhere from 850 to 1,500 years old, making it one of the oldest oak trees in the world. The tree has been used by countless generations as a gathering place. The Great Oak area, Wi’aasha, is home to numerous culturally sensitive, historical and archaeological sites, including tribal interment sites from time immemorial.

The ancient Great Oak is a living, growing entity. An environmental wonder that continues to branch out, its roots continue to expand to keep it standing. When approaching the tree from a distance, what appear to be smaller trees around a larger tree are really the whole tree’s heavy spreading beams laying on the ground and rising up again in a circle of growth. The dark foliage has provided countless generations with welcome shade from the hot summer sun. In the center is the massive trunk, which is 20 feet around. Each branch, larger than most live oak trunks, rises up 96 feet, comes down to rest on the ground, and then rises up again to form the outer canopy. For all those fortunate enough to see it, the Great Oak truly is an impressive sight.



WEEK 13 April 17
Fieldtrip: Pechanga Reservation’s GREAT OAK TREE, Cultural Center and Village Site
Meet by 3:20 at the gas station right past the Pechanga Casino. Park behind the gas station in the Pechanga parking lots. There’s a pretty good Mexican take-out in the gas station, and plenty of snacks, water, etc., so get there early if you want to eat . . .
Bring DSLR cameras, etc . . .

HOMEWORK:
1. POST edited and enhanced images from Pechanga Fieldtrip, with a written reflection about the field trip
2. FINAL PROJECT: continue working  on Website Portfolio: add photos from Pechanga
3. In preparation for next week’s guests:
READ:
“What Happens When Native People Lose Their Traditional Foods?” by Deborah Small on the KCET website
VIEW:
Decolonizing the Diet,
on the KCET website: with Chia Cafe Collective members Craig Torres, Barbara Drake, and Lorene Sisquoc, among others.



WEEK 14 April 24
We’ll meet in ARTS 346 for the Native Foods Demo, and then afterwards, go to the classroom for a lecture/slideshow from our guests,
and upload 3 Funes Competition Photos. You should be prepared to do this before class.

GUESTS: Chia Cafe Collective members: Craig Torres, Tongva elder & Abe Sanchez, Purepecha elder: they will demo Native foods for health and well-being. We will make smoothies and teas in Arts 346 using plant materials we will bring, as well as gathered from CSUSM’s ethnobotany garden (with the permission of Mike Wilken, faculty in charge of the ethnobotany garden).

FUNES DIGITAL ARTS COMPETITION 2017  DIRECTIONS: READ THIS CAREFULLY
The Funes competition counts  for 10% of your grade, please do this correctly or this can lower your grade. If you have any questions, I am in office hours from 2:30-5 Tuesday, ARTS 331

MAKE SURE YOU FOLLOW DIRECTIONS ABOVE
REDUCE NOISE in your images
EXPORT images as 300 dpi jpegs
SCALE them appropriately: one image that was uploaded is 2″ x 4″under

Below is from the submission portal
Files should be 300 dpi and named in the following format:
ex. Title_Lastname_Firstname.jpg

* The description field should be filled out in the following format:
ex. Lastname_Firstname
Canvas size: for example 8 x 12in, or 12 x 18

UPLOAD
: 3 images to the Submission Portal for the
Funes Digital Arts Competition: https://funes.csusm.edu
POST: Also, remember to post on your 9 (or so) most compelling images on your blogs from the past year, from which you chose the 3 to submit to the competition. YOu can add these to an OVERVIEW section on your website

Upload athttps://funes.csusm.edu
Size of longest side must not exceed 24 inches. You will enter the size of your image in the submission portal’s description box when you upload; for example. 16 x 24;   12 x 18;    24 x 24
Submission format: 300 dpi high resolution jpeg.

HOMEWORK:
1. POST: a one page equivalent in Word, or 250 words, reflection
on what you learned  that you might remember six months from now from reading,“What Happens When Native People Lose Their Traditional Foods?”; video: Decolonizing the Diet, on the KCET website: and the lecture/demo by Craig Torres & Abe Sanchez; in other words, the take-away for you from all of this material focusing on traditional knowledge and traditional foods in the 21st century.

2. SHOOT 
to add to your Website Photography Portfolio: This shoot can include people, or not, your choice: again, think about the LIGHT, and time of day of your shoot
a. You can enhance a landscape shoot which you’ve already shot and want to add or improve your images for you website portfolio and blog
b. OR, you can choose a new location to add to your website portfolio and blog

3. WORK/PRESENTATION: Website Portfolio:
a. Add an About page, a Contact info page, and an Overview page:
See Jeri’s Website Portfolio as an example at 22slides
b. You will be presenting your website-in-progress next week for suggestions to enhance it from the class for the final.
c. All fieldtrips, including those in class and those done as homework assignments, should be part of your website.



WEEK 15 May 1
It is mandatory that you attend class tonight!
CLASS:
1, ADD: your website on our class blog, which we will do in class tonight, and of course still continue to work on your website.
2. PRESENT: work-in progress on Photography Portfolio Website:
 what can you do to enhance the viewer’s experience of your website. What needs to be emphasized; edited; additions.
3. SHARE: your latest photo shoot for your website and blog

HOMEWORK:
Finish all Blog entries
Complete Digital Photography Porfolio



WEEK 16 May 8 All Final Projects Due
3PM
Funes Digital Arts Competition in ARTS 239 classroom:
I will present a slideshow of all the submissions, and Carolyn Funes and other faculty members and students will be attending
at 4 PM:
PRESENT:
your completed BLOGS! No late blog posts!
VIEW: Website Photography Portfolio presentations. 



NOTES

Videos
KCET
Weaving Community: Tima Lotah Link: How Native Peoples are Rediscovering Their Basketry Traditions, with Nicholas Hummingbird

Gathering Medicine: Kat High, Richard Bugbee & Sage LaPena

Decolonizing the Diet: Lois Connor, Barbara Drake, Lorene Sisquoc, & Craig Torres

Mac Stone: Endangered Everglades

So my job, then, is to use photography as a communication tool, to help bridge the gap between the science and the aesthetics, to get people talking, to get them thinking, and to hopefully, ultimately, get them caring.—Mac Stone

Post re: Robert Adams: landscape photographer
“His refined black-and-white photographs document scenes of the American West of the past four decades, revealing the impact of human activity on the last vestiges of wilderness and open space. Although often devoid of human subjects, or sparsely populated, Adams’s photographs capture the physical traces of human life: a garbage-strewn roadside, a clear-cut forest, a half-built house.

An underlying tension in Adams’s body of work is the contradiction between landscapes visibly transformed or scarred by human presence and the inherent beauty of light and land rendered by the camera. Adams’s complex photographs expose the hollowness of the 19th Century American doctrine of Manifest Destiny, expressing somber indignation at the idea (still alive in the 21st Century) that the West represents an unlimited natural resource for human consumption. But his work also conveys hope that change can be effected, and it speaks with joy of what remains glorious in the West.”

Post re: An-My Lê landscape photographer

“An-My Le was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1960. Lê fled Vietnam with her family as a teenager in 1975, the final year of the war, eventually settling in the United States as a political refugee. Her photographs and films examine the impact, consequences, and representation of war.

Whether in color or black-and-white, her pictures frame a tension between the natural landscape and its violent transformation into battlefields. Suspended between the formal traditions of documentary and staged photography, Lê’s work explores the disjunction between wars as historical events and the ubiquitous representation of war in contemporary entertainment, politics, and collective consciousness”


Films:
Chasing Ice: James Balog: amazon rental
Sebastiao Salgado
Chased by the Light: Jim Brandenburg
Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film, PBS
Edward Burtynsky: Watermark and Manufactured Landscapes:  amazon rental
Sally Mann: What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann: amazon rental and prime
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens: amazon rental
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning: amazon rental
Pedro E. Guerrero: amazon rental
Get the Picture: John Morris: amazon rental and prime
War Photographer: James Nachtwey
1000 Times Good Night: fictional account of female photojournalist during war

Ash Thorp: CSUSM graduate: Ender’s game, etc: guest may come to CSUSM
Study contemporary photographers who explore the global  “industrial sublime,” as well as photographers who explore are regional ecosystems in California and Baja
Wild, the movie

BJornson: experimental nature
David Maisel: aerial/industrial sublime

This field trip is REQUIRED for everyone. LEAVE EXTRA TIME for driving, as there is construction on Pechanga Parkway.

We will meet at the Pechanga Service Station, which is just beyond the Pechanga Casino.
45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592
(please google for directions)

Everyone needs to be there by 3:40 PM at the latest. We will be getting on a Pechanga bus then. There is a good Mexican take-out restaurant at the gas station if you get there early. Inexpensive too. You can park in the parking lot behind the gas station, or any of the Casino parking lots, but park close to the gas station.

They will then have a small bus for us to visit the Great Oak and the Cove, where there’s a pond and traditional village structures: a giant acorn granary, cedar bark house, ramada, sweat. It’s really beautiful, set against the mountains.

Bring your charged DSLR cameras, tripods, etc. This will be a great photo shoot day.

Please remember we are guests of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. They are a sovereign nation. There is no public access unless you are invited onto the reservation. This is a great honor and privilege for us, as well as a great photo opportunity!

Please bring warm clothes. We’ll probably be outside until around 6:30 pm.

Photographer David duChemin: The next step on your photographic journey: to make photographs that are much more powerful.

The most powerful photograph is the one that connects with both the heart and mind of the reader. It’s the image that our imaginations keep returning to, and keep asking questions about; the image that stirs something in our emotions. That captivation is what prolongs our experience of the photograph, it’s what grabs our souls and won’t let go. It’s more human.

And more than ever we need photographs that are deeply human, empathetic, insightful . . . We can push past the size of our photographs and create depth. Not bit depth. Emotional depth. Depth of connection. Those will be the images to which we cling, the images that resonate with us and stick.

Once you’ve got your exposure figured out, and can competently focus an image, two things the camera is getting very good at doing, the only thing left is to create something that connects. That’s the human task, the part that requires creativity, soul, and something to say.

We do that with composition, with color, with our choice of moments, and we do it with storytelling.

Human beings are storytelling creatures. We find meaning there, we find hope. It’s how we change minds and stir hearts to action. And knowing how to use your camera won’t help you with this. This part of the photographic journey is done with the heart and the imagination, because it’s the heart and the imagination to which we speak.

We have always, and will always, hunger for stories. That hunger is hard-wired into us. You couldn’t stop it if you tried.

For the photographer wanting to find deeper relevance and connection to her audience, there are ways to do that powerfully, and one of those is storytelling. The more human, the more honest and vulnerable the better.

What story does your work tell? With what bigger story do you feed your audience – on gallery walls, your portfolio, or your Instagram feed? How could you tighten that story, edit it, reduce it to its most powerful elements? How can we make it a little more universal and a little less about ourselves? These are important questions.

Book Proposal
1. Create Book Project Proposal (minimum one page: 250 words) and post on your blog with accompanying photos by shooting a series of images that will help you to present your proposal.
Here are some guidelines: please make sure to answer #2
a. Describe the proposed book project: What is the story that you want to tell through your photographs, the general theme/focus of your project. What is the potential format (size) and anticipated length:
check out blurb.com for choices
b. Relevance of your project to your own life. Why have you chosen to your particular subject for your book project. How will you tell your story to make it compelling, memorable
c. How do you plan to find other artists who might help inspire your project, conceptually, aesthetically, technically.
d. How might research enhance your project
e. How will your book project enhance your learning and growth.
f. What do you anticipate you will learn from creating this project.
g. How will you disseminate your project: how will you promote your project once it is completed
h. What do you want your viewer/reader to remember a year after looking at your book project.
i. Alternative final formats:
Exhibition of a series of prints
 and/or photos & text panels
Multimedia project with voice-over, sound, music
Large-scale projection in/outdoors

SHOOT & POST: Shoot some landscape shots in a park nearby you home, inspired by Burtynsky. You may have to google your park. Use a tripod. Have an intention for your shots: I want to try . . .
Get up early, or stay out late to get that great light. POST these to your blogs.

SHOOT & POST: Shoot some landscape shots in a park nearby you home, inspired by Burtynsky. You may have to google your park. Use a tripod. Have an intention for your shots: I want to try . . .
Get up early, or stay out late to get that great light. POST these to your blogs.

SHOOT a series of panos, HDR’s, and portraits in the landscape at the Oceanside Pier, or somewhere comparable. If you live in OB, the OB Pier is fine. Think about your chosen Prix Pictet photographer

Book Project Magazine Format
Blurb:
Refueled magazine Issue 14
Refueled magazine Issue 13
What Liberty Ate magazine
Gabriela Iancu
Online Magazine Site for layout ideas

Book Project Magazine Format
Blurb:
Refueled magazine Issue 14
Refueled magazine Issue 13
What Liberty Ate magazine
Gabriela Iancu
Online Magazine Site for layout ideas

DISCUSS: HDR & auto-exposure bracketing in aperture priority
lynda.com: Up and Running with the Canon Rebel T4i and T5i
DISCUSS:
pre-visualization technique
“Making Chasing Ice”: Jeff Orlowski: DVD short film
perseverance, comfort zones, calculated risks
James Balog and Changing Forests series

“A worthy subject is the most important discovery for artists—it’s the magnetic passion that burns at the core of their work, attracting or repelling us, and determining whether they will attempt to evoke what is deepest and highest in us.”
—Artist Alex Grey, in Zig Zag Zen

It isn’t just the desire to climb mountains and hang off cliffs. [James Balog] has the ability to capture it in a way and communicate it.

Observing it and knowing it is one thing.
Sharing it, and sharing it effectively, can change the world.
—Sylvia Earle

SCREEN:
Relationship to Place in San Diego County: firescapes, wildlands, wetlands, wastelands, urban development, urban decay, urban-wild interfaces.
Gathering Medicine: Kat High, Richard Bugbee & Sage LaPena

Decolonizing the Diet: Lois Connor, Barbara Drake, Lorene Sisquoc, & Craig Torres

Mac Stone: Endangered Everglades

So my job, then, is to use photography as a communication tool, to help bridge the gap between the science and the aesthetics, to get people talking, to get them thinking, and to hopefully, ultimately, get them caring.—Mac Stone

Alex Boyd: the Scottish landscape: website
Alex Boyd: short video
Alex Boyd: inspiration: painter Caspar David Friedrich

TECHNICAL STUFF Lightroom
Converting Photos to B & W
Virtual Copies
Adding Color Toning
Adding Cross Processing
Selective Coloring
Radial and Graduated Filters
SILVER EFEX PRO

3. Bring DSLR cameras, lenses, and tripods, reflectors, diffusers, SNACKS next week for our second FIELDTRIP to the San Diego Botanic Garden. DRESS WARMLY. We will meet as close to 2:30 pm as you can get there.

San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Dr,
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-3036

Fieldtrip to San Diego Botanic Gardens

Annenberg Space for Photography: choose a photographer to research from this site to inspire you for next week’s shoot nspired by the work of the photographer you research at the Annenberg Space for Photography. 

Annenberg Space for Photography: choose a photographer to research from this site to inspire you for next week’s shoot nspired by the work of the photographer you research at the Annenberg Space for Photography. 

b. We’ll also look at your series of photographs inspired by the work of your photographer chosen from the Annenberg Space for Photography: you will speak about the relationship between what you learned from your photographer and your series of photos.

ONLINE MENTOR a second online mentor. This person can be from the:
Annenberg Space for Photography
Fahey/Klein Gallery photographers
or a photographer of your choosing who will guide you with your Final Project.
Please write a post about your chosen photographer: how they might help you on your project.

ONLINE MENTOR a second online mentor. This person can be from the:
Annenberg Space for Photography
Fahey/Klein Gallery photographers
or a photographer of your choosing who will guide you with your Final Project.
Please write a post about your chosen photographer: how they might help you on your project.

1. entries for Funes Digital Arts Competition, with 3 prize winners ($100 each) and online submissions

BLURB: And by next week’s class, you also must add your book to your blog as a blurb slideshow:
SHOW ALL PAGES directions below:
To add your books to your blogs as a blurb slideshow: I will demonstrate this in class tonight.
Directions
Go to book in blurb: go to: my dashboard
Set book up for sale: click Sell My Book
Click Get Started
Fill in Book Details
Click Save and Continue
Fill in Sell & Distribute
Click Save

 Click Promote
Under Post your book preview On your website or blog
Embed site
Click Copy button for Blogger or WordPress

Return to WordPress site and Create New Post

Change tab from Visual to HTML on top line under Title

Paste into the field CMD+V (this is what you COPYied from Blurb
Post as normal

BLOG POSTS for the Semester:
Week 2
Post a series of landscape photographs inspired by the work of Seth Boyd, Art Wolfe, or Edward Burtynsky and or Robert Adams post
10 Deadly Sins of Composition Post Art Wolfe Post
Week 3
Fieldtrip: Double Peaks post
Week 4
Chasing Ice video post
Oceanside Pier post
Week 5
Annenberg Photographer inspired landscape post
San Diego Botanic Garden post
Week 6
Flor Garduño exhibition post: include selfie or scan receipt
Black & White photo post inspired by Garduño exhibition
Week 7
Book Project Proposal with First Series of photos to accompany Final Project Proposal
Art Wolfe’s The Human Canvas Post
Jim Brandenburg and Chasing the Light video Post
Second Photographer Inspiration Post
Week 8
Elfin Forest post: stressed long exposures, among other technical details
Week 9 Spring Break
Second Series of photos for Final Project
Week 10
Continue work on Final Project
Week 11
San Elijo Lagoon post
Week 12
Work on Final Project
Week 13
Pechanga Fieldtrip post
Funes Competition: 9-10 compelling images post
Week 14
Funes Competition submission post 3 images
Week 15
Week 16
Final Book Project or Website Portfolio Post