Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Exercise: The relationship between points

This exercise continues to explore points in an image but this time for two points. The relationship between points is the key to this type of image, this could be in terms of size, distance and how the eye moves between the two and is perhaps drawn to one point in particular. 

I found this exercise a lot harder to find such compositions, the first goes back to my pill boxes. As I said in my previous post there were lots of them, so I lined up one in the background for my first image.

I think this works better with two pill boxes than one. The tree line also interferes a little but it is much more obvious in this picture that there is depth between the two and the space is also demonstrated.

Not sure where I was going with this one, I was walking across a field to look at what I thought may have been an opportunity and when walking over a mass of dandelions I thought of the two points. They certainly are that and I tried to pick one bigger than the other, but what a boring shot. It may have been better if I got down real low with a wider aperture. But with that said I think the eye is drawn between the two flowers with more emphasis on the larger one.

My final shot is around the two natural points we all have, our eyes. The notes referred to this type of shot so I gave it a go with a large zoom lens. This is the best of my images for this exercise, personally I am flicking between both eyes, which I guess results in the image being unresolved but it does work, the left eye is also in less shadow and is more in focus than the right which gives it a slight lead. 

Exercise: Positioning a point

This exercise starts to explore points in an image. A point being a focal point, generally on an even or plain background.

We are asked to take three photograph of a point placed in different positions in the frame and to comment on them. I took a field where there are quite a few pill boxes from WWII. Not sure why there are so many, there is a waterworks nearby perhaps that is why?

The first image is central to the shot (horizontally at least). This is quite boring in comparison and is my least liked shot.

The second of the same shot is better, it is off centre and shows a little more the fact that it is in a big open space.

I don't particularly like the final image and this looks like it hasn't been framed at all well.

I think I also missed the trick here or moving the pill box vertically as well as horizontally, the following was a crop from another photo I took from a different angle which looks more pleasing, perhaps because of perspective and the distant tree line.

Assignment 1 Completed with Feedback

It has been a while now since I made my last post on this blog, but I have not been entirely idle. My First Assessment has been sent off to my tutor and I was surprised to see it come back so soon. Overall I was very pleased with the comments received. Although I had not realised it at the time my tutor picked up on certain images that I had thought about for a while with some great comments. Other images, which were perfectly good but with less thought,  were also commented on in comparison.  I therefore need to think more about the image beforehand - this may slow me down though!

Looking forward to the next module now, and will upload the first couple of exercises tonight...

Saturday, 3 April 2010

Assignment 1: Nearly there

Last Thursday I spent the day in London with my camera and tripod. I went with lots of ideas and high expectations of taking the final photographs for assignment one. I started on London Bridge in the rush hour and soon lost my inhibitions of taking photos of people in public, a big step forward.

The camera starting playing up by lunch time and I thought I had drained the batteries, this really ticked me off. However after playing with it I found the fix and carried on.

On the train on the way home I looked at what I have taken and was a little disappointed. With high expectations I thought that I would not have enough good pics to submit for the assignment. However I was surprised when I loaded them up on the computer that not all of them were that bad, and I managed to get the full complement of 8 pairs along with a few pics I had taken earlier in the month specifically for the project.

Tonight I have spent 3 hours just cropping, framing, naming and printing the photo's on to A4 glossy paper and I am really pleased.

It is interesting that when I look at the photos I have chosen there is a lot of the elements I have learned through this exercise. Perhaps subconsciously I have learned more than I thought.

Tomorrow or Monday I will work on the accompanying text for the Assignment and get it sent off. For the next chapter I will not underestimate the amount of work required.