Sunday, 26 September 2010

Assignment 3 Complete

I finished Assignment 3 and posted it off last Thursday, I have just got around to posting them elsewhere on the web. If anyone wanted to see them they are available here.

Looking forward to my tutors comments. Onwards to lighting, looks interesting but a much bigger section than Colours!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Moving On

Section 3 'Colours' seemed to be quite easy and quick for me and I can now concentrate on the Assessment and getting back on track with the course. I have a few ideas for the Assessment but have just realised that it is 16 images, a lot more that previous assessments.

Jesse, my tutor, has also asked me to look at others' work and gave me a couple of artists to look at. After some minor researching I was immediately drawn to Gregory Crewdson and his book Beneath the Roses.
Beneath the Roses

I have gone through different phases when looking at this work from .....'Is it real, how did he do that.....' to 'Ok now I have some idea but I will never be able to create anything like this ......' to ' .... just thinking and admiring'

There is a great interview of Crewson on You Tube see link below.

For a photographer that doesn't press the shutter he is simple unique. Yes he has a huge crew, with the best in lighting and imagery and post production but the thoughts and ideas come from one man and transforming what is in his head to almost unreal images is fantastic. Taking over complete streets or even towns in the US or even creating sets specifically for one photograph he produces truly artistic photographs.

He describes his work as a still from a movie, with an obvious styling of the 1950 - 1970 era of small town America. This is mainly denoted in the cars used in the streets, signage and props in the sets that are created.

For me the admiration is in the interest that each picture draws the viewer to. The lighting is quite remarkable, most of the shots are taken in dimly lit areas but brought to life with very precise lighting to emphasise what he wants you to concentrate on.

I cannot scan the images as the book is too big but the quality is amazing, I will certainly buy another once I have digested this one....... but it might take a while. I wonder if he needs a gofor?

Exercise: Colours into Tones in B&W

In this the last exercise of 'Colours' we are tasked with taking a single image and processing the image into black and white whilst adjusting the levels of Red, Blue, Yellow and Green to see how the effects can emphasise different areas of the image. The image should consist of still life objects that are Yellow, Green, Red and Blue with a back ground neutral grey card; the grey card should appear roughly the same within in each image.

I shot my image in RAW and used the grey scale converter and sliders within the raw converter to achieve the following results from the following colour image, followed by the natural Grey conversion.

First up is a simulation of a Red Filter, here a Red filter will filter or allow mainly red light to pass hence the 'red' in this image is a lot brighter and all the other colours are less intense.

Second is the simulation of the Yellow filter, interestingly the Green block also appears more intense because Green is made up from Yellow and Blue, the Blue and Red blocks appear very dark.

Next up was the Green filter, the green block here appears to be no lighter than the previous conversion, probably because I also lowered the level of yellow as can be seen when comparing the last two images.

Finally the blue filter was applied showing an intense blue block with all other blocks looking dark.

I have played with colours previously in this manner when converting to Black & White, but this time around I can now see the effects on all colours and after reading the course notes have a better understand of colour and why!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Exercise: Colour Relationships

In this exercise we are asked to explore the relationship between primary and secondary colours by taking photographic images of a primary colour and its opposite secondary colour in the following ratios:

RED/GREEN [  1:1  ]
ORANGE/BLUE [  1:2  ]

We are then invited to take an additional three or four images of colour combinations that we like and make comments.

The first image was taken directly above a red flower. I used a shallow depth of field to blur out the background foliage to concentrate on the flower and give a more even green background, approximately in the 1:1 ratios

The second image was a bit of a find along Brighton Sea front (in fact I found two). I cropped the image a little tighter which probably reduced the ratio of 1:2 in favour of orange but think that the image works well.

The final image again was of a flower that I found had bright yellow centre and a fringe of violet. This was my least favourite of the images and the one I struggled with. I already have an idea for a still life that I will probably keep for the Assessment.

For my final 3 images I chose colours that seemed to complement each other. The first was of bright violet flowers in a pink clay bed. I think that the two colours warm up the image nicely, it was also take late in the evening when the sun was low which also added some warm to the image 

My next image was taken of a pair of brightly colour flip flops. The purple and orange are completely contrasting and I like the ratios as the orange is far heavier that the purple as there is less of it the balance seems to work.

For my final image I again showed colours that are around a third apart on the colour wheel, in this case blue and yellow. Again I like the proportions of the colours and think that they contrast well.