Three out of the four pictures involve nature however each picture gives a different message. They each tell that the I love nature and the outdoors, especially the beach. However, the open composition captures the ocean, the beach and the forest all in equal amounts providing unity. The fact that all elements are leading off the page shows how the beach is never ending nor is my love for the beach. The thirds composition photo is still a beach but it is strait on and puts most of the focus on the “Costa Rica” written in the sand making it known that I am not home and enjoy traveling. The symmetrical photo has so many different things in it but the focus is all on the waterfall as that is what I wanted to capture. I love waterfalls and the water is so contrasting from the rest that is what the eye goes to especially having taken it strait on. The two coffee pictures suggest I love coffee no matter where it is. I love trying coffee in different places to experiment the different tastes and it is clear from the surroundings of the coffee. The edited one looks much more dramatic with a black and white background and the way it is set up. The way a picture is taken, strait on, angled, equal elements, etc., tells a lot about what the photographer is trying to capture and focus on or what they like best personally.

OSU Identity with Photo Basics

The picture with the different exposure was taken from the top of the Thompson library. It shows the oval in two different lights. The overexposed copy gives it more of a friendly and welcoming feel as it gives the idea that it was really sunny that day. The underexposed copy makes it feel dark and gloomy and definitely not as welcoming of a place. One lighting makes people want to be there in that setting and the darker lighting does not have that appealing feel.

The picture of the stadium has two different temperature edits to it. Personally, I like the original picture the best as it feels more real but I do like warmer temperature pictures more than a cooler temperature. A warmer look to the picture makes it feel cozy and comforting while the cool colored edit to it makes it feel distant. Both completely change the feel of the photograph.

The shared collective identity at OSU means family to me. Everyone here has something in common and that something is such a big part of our lives. Being a buckeye is something that changes everyones’ lives. I chose these specific pictures because everyone part of this family and identity knows what the oval or the horseshoe is. Even if someone were to mention it off campus a Buckeye would know exactly what they were talking about.

The OSU community has made me realize that I can be whoever I want to be and still feel connected with everyone else and a part of a family. It has encouraged me to be more of who I am and inspired me to be outgoing and passionate about whatever I am individually interested in.

Amazon Website Critique

Amazon Website

Don’t get me wrong, I love Amazon. I think the whole idea of it is amazing- it offers pretty much anything and everything you can think of in all sorts of colors, sizes, brands. They are a great company but I think their website could be improved. I do like how the items you are shopping for are in an area with a lot of white space. That makes it very easy to see each option. However, all of the space around the items is very cluttered and busy. There are so many words, options, links, ads, tabs, and more. It is very overwhelming, especially to someone who is new to the site. While most of the information may be helpful, it is distracting and sometimes exhausting to look at. There are ratings of each item, a “customers who viewed this item also viewed…” section, a suggested items section, a sponsored links section and more. It is very easy to get lost on that website and hard to get back to something you found before you accidentally clicked on something else.

I think Amazon is a great company and because it is such a big company, I am sure that is why their website has so much content. There really is no way around it but their website could definitely have less stuff.