This gallery features photographs taken by Calgary Journal reporters whose objective was to take photos that impact viewers. These photographs are meant to communicate an idea or have an interesting point of view. Each photograph will explain the techniques that the photographer used while taking the shot.
Published November 16, 2014
Lost In the Light.
Photograph of Michelle Ingram's hand taken Oct. 30, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. at home. The photo represents impact because it's quite an unusual photo. I think it has a hidden message that could be interpreted differently by anybody. My lamp was the sole source of light and the rest of the room was dark, so I could capture a small lit area. The techinicalities are f/9.5, ISO-3200, no flash, 1/6 sec. exposure, 20 mm focal length, 3.625 max aperture.
Photo by Courtney Ingram
All we are Saying
This Photo was taken with a 30 second exposure, f/22, ISO 100 on Nov. 2, 2014 at 9:27 a.m. at the Calgary peace bridge. This photo represents impact because "peace" is the word and idea that the bridge represents, and I'm not sure how many people really think about that. This photo was taken using a "light painting" technique. With the long exposure I used, it gave me time to walk into the frame with my flashlight, write the word in the air turning off the flashlight between letters and leave the frame. Because I am almost constantly moving, the camera does not see me move through the frame.
Photo by Mason Benning
The subject of my photo is Kimberley Illot and the photo was taken Nov. 2, 2014 at roughly 9 p.m. This was shot with a Nikon D3100 at an ISO setting of 400, shutter speed of 1/50, and aperture of f3.5. Illot embodies the assignment based on her athletisicm and artistry. The photograph was shot from a medium to low angle. In processing I adjusted the curves and brightness of the photograph.
Photo by Sarah Allen
Drewitz Dance Productions
The photo was taken with a Canon ESO REBEL, with settings 1/125 sec; f/4.0; ISO 400; Manual. I was a dancer for ten years. Dance has always been an important part of my life. I have a passion for dance; whether I'm watching or participating it brings me joy and excitement. After observing the many positions the dancers demonstrated I asked the dancers to pose in a staggered formation. The angle of the camera was very important, getting low where I could capture the dancers' shoes straight on creating the pattern of the balanced feet.
Photo by Breanne Kramer
This photo was taken in the early hours of the morning on Nov. 5, 2014. Staring at the illuminated clock face on my bedside table is something I frequently do when I can't sleep, so it seemed logical to incorporate it into this assignment. I took many timed exposure shots (from 5-30 seconds) of the clock while I moved the hands from behind to make them look faded and in motion, but they didn't turn out the way I hoped. Instead of moving the hands, I began to move the clock. I tried sliding it forward and backward in front of the lens, changed the angle of the clock multiple times in the same shot, and even zoomed in and out. The movements looked very choppy on the longer exposure times, so dialed it down to 2 seconds and quickly slid the clock across the table. I took three or four and decided on this one because its 'comet tail' effect looked the best. Time is a universal concept, and clocks a universal symbol of time, so there is no regional or situational context to be aware of in order to draw inferences from the clock photo.
Photo by Jasper McGregor
This photo was taken at an abandoned barn south of Calgary, on Oct. 31, 2014. The photo represents an impact photograph because it shows two different images at one time, just as there are two sides to a story. Kaycee Boe and Abby LaRocque are depicted in the photo. I used my Cannon 70D camera, on multiple exposures to get this shot. The ISO was 400, f-stop was 3.5, and the shutter speed was 1/2000.
Photo by Kendra Crighton
This photograph was taken on Nov. 3, 2014 at around 9 p.m. My friend and I experimented with glow sticks. I needed to take the picture in a completely dark room to get the result I wanted. The ISO (200) and the aperture (5.6) settings were low, so I focused on the shutter speed, using the BULB function on my camera to get the proper exposure. Although, this photo does not have much impact value, it was fun seeing what we could create with just glow sticks. We just let our inner child take over and played around a bit.
Photo by Kiah Lucero
A girl in white looks down at her own reflection in the surrounding winter. Instead of being consumed by the lonely cold, she has become a part of it, she blends in. More simply, this is a commentary on what it's like to live in a cold climate. Winter months are long, cold and melancholy. However, life must go on and we have to learn to endure it - become "part" of it.
Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker
(Left) Lost in Time
This photo was taken of Hanna Unruh Nov. 3, 2014 at 6:40 p.m. at the corner of 7 Ave SW & 4 St. SW in downtown Calgary. We live in a world defined by time, where life moves fast and it can pass you by before you even blink. Change happens quickly, but sometimes as much as things change, the more they stay the same. I used ISO 400 with an f-stop of 4.0 and a shutter speed of 1/10 sec. to blur the C-Train passing by. A tripod helped keep things sharp in the dark.
Photo by Jordan Dahl
(Center) Taking Up Space
This photograph was taken on Oct. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. on a chilly night in Downtown Calgary. I wanted the photograph to represent the idea of being alone in a big city. The impact loneliness has on people can often make them feel like just a number within a population, or a ghost walking through the street. I used darker shades on the girl to illuminate focus on the colour in the background and make her blend into the wall. My camera settings were set at an iSO 6500, f/4.5, 1/20.
Photo by Abby LaRocque
This photo was taken Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The camera techniques were an ISO of 400, 40 mm, f/4.5 and shutter speed of 1/30. In this photo I used my brother, William Eason. I got him to stand in the doorframe of a dark room, next to the window in a basement with the blinds fully open. All lights in the room were off. I believe this photo represents impact in the way it gets the viewer to think about the juxtaposing images: the suit and the gas mask. I wanted my image to represent corporate poison in a capitalist world.
Photo by Polly Eason