Hi! My name is Ari Kopacz and i'm a Senior of 2010 attending the best, West to be exact. This is my portfolio of my better work in Photography class. To be honest, I believe that I haven't taken any groundbreaking, super awesome photos yet. But I have taken some pretty decent ones that look pretty nice at least. :)

Aperture
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This photo really grabbed my eye with its very vivid colors of red and the soft green. I think the colors compliment each other very well and the focus of the photograph is very clear. It shows aperture by having the subject of the photo in the background out of focus. I chose this photo for aperture because the subject is very interesting and the background is a mosaic of colors that remind me of plants and the autumn. The subject is actually a plant called Mat Vetch, an invasive species that actually wraps the ends of its arms to other plants, stripping them of sunlight and nutrients. It was as if someone had tied the plant with a knot and it was very hard to pull them apart. If you happen to see this plant, you should pull it up from the ground and help our native species survive.

Shutter Speed
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Although this isn't an awesome photo in any way, I believe it to show shutter speed pretty well and what you can do with it. There is a major merger at the bottom of the photo, but the photo still manages to show what a really fast shutter speed does to fast moving subjects. Even though it doesn't follow the no merger rule, I still think that this photo is awesome. By using a fast shutter speed, it freezes the action of the subject like this water falling really fast.

Rule of Thirds
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Rule of thirds is a rule that makes a photo more interesting by placing it on a third of the photo. It's been proven that your eye naturally looks at these intersecting lines first before the middle. So by placing it on the intersecting line, it would be the first thing the person usually sees. Although showing the rule, there are a lot of weird mergers in this photo. I actually don't even know what I took a picture of. However, even though they are mergers, I like the lights on the wall, it makes it more interesting to me.

FOV
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FOV stands for Field of View and also is a photograph enhancement rule. You change the photograph by showing how much you're including in the photograph and what is in focus. Here, you can see the subject is the green leaf in the middle as everything else is out of focus and it is the only one in focus. For this assignment, we shot three shots, zoomed in and then each shot zooming out.
Mergers
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Mergers are an important rule to know. They are annoyances in the photo that distract your eye from the main subject. They're usually out of place, often unintended, and hurt the photograph as a whole. This photo shows that the sign is growing out of my subjects head. The line on the right also is very distracting as it is on the third of the photograph. The shadows from two people also appear in the photo at the bottom, touching the subject and creating mergers..

POV
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POV is a technique that shows relation between photos. It changes the perspective of a photo, even though the subject might in all three photos. By changing the POV, you can severely impact the message the photo is emanating. For example, taking a picture of the Taj Mahal as visitor, very majestic and beautiful. However, taking a picture with shanty towns in the foreground and the Taj Mahal in the background might say that the POV is from a poverty stricken individual looking at the Taj Mahal.

Landscape
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Landscape is a genre that focuses on the natural world around us. Mountains and plant life may qualify for a Landscape type photo. If the subject is a man made object, it will not be counted as a Landscape photo. This was a really fun project to do as it is wintertime and sunlight is scarce so a tripod is necessary. I love photos that show the natural beauty of our world and although you can't really see the mountains, you can see a silhouette and the sky is interesting enough that it sort of works.