For our second project we once again focused around the media type photography. Within the brief there were three separate tasks, the first being to create a joiner image in the style of David Hockney, the second and third tasks involve taking creative images while using long and short exposure times. The brief further stated that we should focus our images around the visual theme of ‘cycle’. I did however, find it challenging to focus all these images around this specific theme.
Some research that gave me great inspiration and help when making my joiner image was looking at David Hockney’s, website, http://www.hockneypictures.com/works_photos.php. One of the main things his work made me realise was the more images the better. When you gather more images you gain the ability to combine the photos to create a more realistic overall image. There were other pointers in his work such as not cropping the photos when editing, his work shows that alignment is a far more important aspect when creating an authentic joiner image.
The first image I produced was a joiner image. It was when making this image that I struggled to stick to the visual theme of ‘cycle’. The main reason for this was due to the issue of not being able to source images that both related to the theme ‘cycle’ and also the image type. When out on location I felt my lack of experience in making joiner images hindered my photography’s eye. As a result of this I knew I would have to scrap the visual theme in order to source a joiner image. One idea that first came to mind was to use my pin board in my apartment. The advantages of using the pin board are that I can get as close to the board as I want and need to. Having such great flexibility meant that I could take more images than needed and therefore be able to experiment when editing.
When discussing the brief in our seminar it was stated that we could add to this task by doing a time-lapse. Time-lapses are something that I find very intriguing, they have the ability to distort time by compacting a couple of hours into just a few minutes. The best way I figured to stick to the theme ‘cycle’ was to focus my time-lapse around the environment. The environment is a contest cycle, for example summer, autumn and winter and the water cycle. The water cycle links directly into my time-lapse which focuses around the contested movement of clouds. Being a cloudy day, my time-lapse does a great job of showing the long movement of clouds in a short period of time. I further feel that audiences will be really intrigued by this time-lapse as it will make them realise just how much the world evolves and moves around them.
Parts two and three of the brief involved taking long and short exposure images. In previous photography tasks I had been using an app on my Ipad, high quality exposure images though, require technology more enhanced than my Ipad. To capture more professional quality images I teamed up with a fellow seminar member, Tim, who had a Canon 550d. Just like the time-lapse video our exposure images had to evolve around the theme ‘cycle’. I decided to carry on using the contest cycle of the environment, and there was no better place that the beach. The beach shows one of the best environment cycles as a result of the tide coming in and out.
I feel that these two images above really capture the essence of the short exposure. As I learnt went doing the alphabet task, a huge part of photography is being in the right place at the right time. Luckily for me and Tim a couple of pesky seagulls were intrigued when we starting throwing pebbles into the sea. We realised that if we could capture them flying then it would create a great effect of their wings in mid flap. Short exposure captures further things that the eye possibly couldn’t, for example the splash of the sea from a wave. One of the great things about the seaside is that it brings out your inner child. The best example of this being skimming stones. While doing research I remembered how short exposure captures the smaller splashes in the movement of water. With the two of these combined, I feel that the short exposure has done an amazing job of capturing the split second that the pebble collides with the sea. For me the minute splashes are a great way of showing how the human eye can miss a huge amount of activity.
One of the things that hindered me and Tim the most was the weather. This disadvantage is best shown in the two images above, the image on the left being the unedited version. The image still clearly shows the short exposure of the splash of water, but lacks any depth in colour. When editing, it was only until I changed aspects like contrast, saturation, definition and highlights that the image gained quality and also colour.
For our next set of images we focused around the long exposure concept of motion blur. The concept of motion blur is one that is far simpler than short exposure. With short exposure you may have to be more persistent and wait for the perfect moment, but with motion blur you have to simply fiddle around with the camera settings until you find the perfect effect. With my two examples it was a case of the camera being in a fixed position and then myself running across the pan. I feel that they have both worked very well, especially in the bottom example, the effect of me stretching across the whole frame gives it a very abstract look.
Due to slight constraints this task has frustrated me. One of these constraints being the weather, mother-nature was against us for the whole week, any shoot on location was always going to hinder the quality of our photos. I further feel that the theme ‘cycle’ limited our field of view. Butting these aside though this task has fuelled my passion to carry this task further as I defiantly would like to work around a theme of cars, sport and night-time
Coming into this project I had previously not had much experience with any of these three tasks. Having now finished these tasks, I feel I have gained more experience, technical know-how and most encouragingly more passion.
Hockney, D., 1986. Pearblossom Highway [online]. Available at http://www.hockneypictures.com/works_photos.php. [13th October 2014]