Friday, 26 November 2010

Assignment 1

Contrasts - 17 photographs

This assignment involves taking 8 pairs of images which reflect visual contrasts and aim to show the essential differences. The exercise is based on the theory of composition put forward by Johannes Itten in the 1920's at the Bauhaus in Germany and was originally intended as an art exercise but has been adapted for photography.

The 8 pairs of contrasts I have chosen are light/dark, straight/curved, still/moving, transparent/opaque, liquid/solid, many/few, rough/smooth and continuous/intermittent. The final image has to show a contrast in one image.

I have decided to send the images for assessment mounted and in print form but have included them in my blog for your comments. These are the first 2 pairs.
Straight
Straight
This image was taken with a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 10mm. The camera was set to Aperture Priority - f/16 to allow sharpness from front to back. ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 1/30th sec. I also used a polarising filter to accentuate the blue sky and clouds.
Post Processing
I cropped into the foreground slightly to emphasise the long straight path and make the railings form a diagonal towards the distant vanishing point. The vanishing point of the path is set at approximately a third of the way into the frame horizontally. This was also the reason I chose to use a wide angle lens and take the image from a low viewpoint as it has exaggerated the linear perspective of the pathway and street lights.

Curved

Curved

Taken with a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at 12mm. As tripods and flash photography are not allowed within this building the image was taken hand held. The camera was set at Aperture Priority at f/11 to aim for sharpness throughout the image. ISO 400 with a shutter speed at 1.3secs. With the aperture any wider than f/11 the shutter speed was too slow to allow a hand held image even with the ISO at 400. I was reluctant to increase the ISO any further as the resulting image from my camera would have had a lot of noise.
Post Processing
I cropped the handrail on the right hand side of the image which I felt dominated the area and distracted from the curve. The handrail shows a strong curve which is mirrored by the lighting along the stairway and the stairs. The centre of the tiled floor is placed as close to a third of the way into the frame horizontally as the image will allow.
Light
Light
This image is of a street performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was taken with a Canon 55-250mm lens at 250mm. The Aperture was f/8, ISO 100 and shutter speed 1/400sec. I chose this image to represent light rather than white because of the feel I created in post processing. The image to me is light and airy and has a soft ethereal feel to it. The softening of the hair and background add to the feeling of lightness.
Post Processing
The image was cropped to give a head and shoulders view of the artist. In Photoshop I them used layers and various blending modes to removed the distracting background and apply a soft light overlay to give a high key effect and create the mood of the image. In contrast to light is.....
Dark
Dark
Again this image is of a street performer at this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was taken with a Canon 55-250mm lens at 79mm.Aperture f/5.6, ISO 200 and shutter speed 1/800sec. In contrast to light above I was aiming for a dark and moody feel for this image.
Post Processing
In Photoshop the image was cropped to give the same head and shoulder shot of the artist. Then the background was removed and a texture layer used to provide a harder edge to the image which I feel makes the image appear moody and dark. The artists expression also affect the mood of the image as in "Light" above the artist has a gentle smile whereas in "Dark" the artist has a harder expression.

Anyone with any comments or suggestions on these images is welcome to post them here.




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