Don Bartletti

The more I travel and the more I take photos, I find myself more and more wanting to be a photo journalist. I love taking pictures and I love telling the stories behind them. Tonight I attended a lecture given by 2003 Pulitzer finalist Don Bartletti. He has spent years documenting the immigration problems at the Mexican border. He has also documented the migration of Central American riding on freight trains escaping poverty situations. Many are youths in search of their parents that left them behind. This is captured in the book Bound to El Norte. I was really inspired by his talk and his pictures are stunning. They really capture what these people go through and the struggles of immigration. His pictures come to life because he is willing to live life with these people and experience what they go through.



l am really enjoying my photography class at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. For our next project, we are learning about aperture. A wider aperture causes the background to be more out of focus, and a smaller aperture yields a photo with more areas of the image in focus. A small f number is used for a larger apreture while a large f number is for a smaller one. Below are some side-by-side examples of photos I took experimenting with aperture.

Random photos experimenting with aperture

Time Shots

We played around more with shutter speed in my next assignment for ART142 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. This assignment was called time shots. Basically we experimented with both freezing the object in motion by a faster shutter speed or blurring the object by slowing down the shutter. The shutter speed is the valve that controls how long the light flows through the lens and onto the image sensor. The smaller the aperture, the longer it will take a given amount of light to flow through the funnel and the longer the required exposure will be. This was a fun assignment and it usually requires a trip-pod. I took some of these photos of the Valley Metro light rail around ASU campus.

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I’ve become quite the traveling photographer recently!


By increasing or decreasing your shutter speed on your camera, you can make a subject ‘freeze’ in motion or make it look blurry. For today’s class we had to freeze an object in motion but make the background blurry by following the subject as it is in motion. This is called panning. Two of my classmates from Chandler-Gilbert Community College rode a scooter back in forth as we practiced shooting.




I started a new class at Chandler-Gilbert Community College – ART142. This is an introduction to digital photography class. I have taken both of their black & white film classes and really enjoyed them. Last year for Christmas, I bought myself a Canon T3 camera on Black Friday. It’s probably one of the best purchases I have ever made. I’m looking forward to taking better quality pictures and learning some new skills with this class. For our first day of shooting we practiced taking pictures at different focal lengths. Above are some of the pictures I took around the beautiful campus.