10th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
First Place, Manipulated Images
By Matt Farrell
About Matt Farrell
To capture this basketball hoop, Matt Farrell went to Palo Verde
Elementary School late at night with a wide-angle lens.
Click on photo for larger image.
"I had to use a tripod and a special shutter release mechanism
because the exposure was about 30 seconds," he said. "It's
taken from about two feet off the ground from behind the basket
on the baseline of the court."
But this picture is the product of further labors as well. Farrell
scanned the black-and-white photo into the computer and used Adobe
Photoshop to edit out the stars and brighten the net. Then he
colored the pole and hoop red.
"It is red in reality. It's actually orange but close enough,"
Farrell took the photo for an assignment in his advanced photography
class at Paly. The task was to choose a poem and pick photos for
illustrative purposes. "The poem had some mention of a school,"
he said. "I figured basketball hoops, why not."
Farrell likes the way the photo provides an unusual perspective
on a basketball hoop. "Here's how I think about it: If you're
playing basketball and you get all tired and you lose oxygen to
the brain, colors start looking differently. So I would imagine
someone running up to the basket and scoring and then bending
over and looking up at the basket. It has an almost blacking-out
feeling to it. It has more vibrant colors because of the red.
So it's kind of surreal."
Before he started taking photography this semester, Farrell wasn't
thinking about pursuing photography as a career, but now that
he won this award and the department award, he's looking for a
college that has a good photography and art department.
"I don't know about doing photography professionally,"
he said, "but I want to continue in college."
-- Katharine Miller