Portfolio Image One – “Fall, Leaves, Fall”

Here is one of the final images I have decided to submit as part of my portfolio.

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This image for me was one of the most interesting images I have managed to capture. This photograph uses a variety of elements including depth of field, aperture control and Photoshop editing to create a three dimensional image which really captures the audiences eye. It’s a very simple photograph with a bright green leaf being the main focus of the image with the rest of the leaves being placed in black and white, creating questions within the audience such as “why is that leaf the only coloured element of the photograph?” and “what is its significance to the photograph?”.

My inspiration behind the photograph was the poem “Fall, Leaves, Fall” by Emily Bronte.

In this poem she uses the strong imagery of “every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree” and this was an instant artistic route that I wanted to follow when trying to capture something beautiful.

I decided to take this quote from the Emily Bronte poem and focus on the nature around me, especially as , like in her poem, it was the season of Autumn when I decided to capture this image. I wanted the main intention of the image to be focusing on the beauty and pure essence of nature so did not want to mess around with my surroundings at all when photographing this leaf. To capture this image I had to keep my eyes wide open for any opportunities that arose for an aesthetically pleasing image and luckily I noticed this leaf which had been the victim of a recent rain storm. The leaf still held water droplets on it and was a vibrant and eye pleasing colour of green which was my starting base for creating this image.

When photographing this image I used manual focus to give me more control over what I wanted the audience to see and how my final image was going to come out. I used a shallow depth of field meaning that the focus was completely on the leaf with the water droplet while the rest of the leaves became blurred. This was to stop distraction within my image and to make sure that the focus of the audience was entirely on this one leaf. It was a very dull and misty day due to the rainy weather conditions so I had to open my aperture as wide as it would go ( F Stop 3) to allow enough light exposure to my lens meaning that I would produce a nicely exposed image which wasn’t too under or over exposed.

When I took my image back to the computer to be re touched and edited, I decided that I wanted to edit the photograph in a way which would emphasise further the importance of the water droplet leaf so I decided to rid the image of colour completely and then re-apply the colour to the main leaf of my image. This was a successful tactic as the use of black and white with a splash of colour draws the audiences eye to the coloured object immediately and also makes the coloured object stand out of the photograph more, giving it a three dimensional feeling. After re-applying the colour to the leaf I also adjusted the contrast and brightness to make it a more vibrant green as I believe the vibrancy of the colour connotates the idea of “healthy” and the colour green also suggests the idea of “nature”, both words which I wanted to express through this image.

Portfolio Image Two – “Burst of Light”

Here is the second image that I am submitting as part of my portfolio.

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My inspiration behind this photograph was the element of light and the different questions that can be raised through the different methods of photographing it.

To create this image it was very simple yet effective. I took a pair of white bulb fairy lights and hung them from my bedroom wall. I then continued to turn off my bedroom lights and then set my camera on a very slow shutter speed (8 seconds) meaning that my image would be exposed for 8 seconds. While I was exposing my image to the fairy lights I slowly moved my zoom inwards and then back out again, creating an image which looked like this.

The reason this photograph appealed to me the most was because it has created a certain three dimensional feeling, meaning that it seems as if the light is bursting out of the photograph and towards the audience. The use of the three dimensional light also gives the image a sci- fi feeling where it feels as if a unknown source has been captured and this makes the audience question “what exactly is creating this source of light?” and leaves them in a sense of mystery. This sci-fi route was something I enjoyed trying to capture as it is completely the opposite to anything I have photographed before, with my previous images focusing on the beauty of nature, and it gave me a different insight to how photography can change the perspective of someone but also tell a variety of stories.

I did edit this photograph in Photoshop by cropping the image ( the original image can be seen below) and also by changing the brightness and contrast of the image.

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I decided to crop the image as I wanted the main focus to be on the light source and not on the black background that surrounds the light. I also changed the contrast to create a sharper look for the image and also to have more of an effect on the audience. This effect is created through the use of the bright light, it hypnotizes the audience in a sense where they cannot take their eyes off the light, but also by not showing the light source it continuously is making them question “what has been used to create this vision of light?”

Portfolio Image Three – “Rain”

Here is my third  and final image for my portfolio.

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When I was researching different images and photographers I came across a quote which really inspired me. This quote was:

“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.”

This quote inspired me as it made me think about the different perspectives that people can have over different attributes of life. I wanted to be someone who was able to “feel the rain” so took my camera out to capture any rain inspired images and luckily for me it had been a very grim and rainy morning.

After photographing a variety of images this was the image that pleased me the most. It is an image of a fence pole which has been beaten by the rain and still holds some of the water droplets on it. The pole was positioned at a very low angle and it was not a very windy day so the water droplets have managed to cling onto the pole and create an interesting scenario to photograph.

 To capture this image I had to get at a very low angle to the pole and have my camera on manual focus to make sure I was able to capture all of the water droplets that hung off at different angles. I decided to use a very shallow depth of field for this photograph. This was because I wanted all of the camera’s focus to be on the water droplets that the rain had created to run along nicely with the ability to be able to “feel the rain”. The use of the shallow depth of field means that everything in the background is out of focus and all of my focus is aimed at the water droplets, so much so that on the first two water droplets you are even able to see the reflection of the Clifton Suspension Bridge which was positioned directly behind me.  The use of the shallow depth of field also appealed to me as the blurred background has created a sense of surrealism. This surrealism has been created as the audience cannot clearly make out what the background is definitely supposed to be; however the use of the colours brown and green suggests that it is another form of nature yet it looks as if it has been painted into the picture rather than photographed.

In this image I used a very wide aperture as it was a very dull and rainy day so I wanted my image to have enough light exposure so that it was balanced correctly and not over or under exposed.

What Is A Digital Image?

In this post I am going to be responding to the reading “What Is A Digital Image” and the effect digital images have on everyday life within society.

In the extract “What Is A Digital Image” we were asked a serious of questions to answer and to make us think about what we were reading and the impact it had on us as a reader. The extract is full of a variety of quotes, all of them giving their own opinions on the phenomenon of digital photography.

In the quote from Timothy Druckery in ‘L’amour Faux’, “Digital Photography: Captured Images, Volatile Memory, New Montage”(1988), he states that:

” As digitization emerges as a state-of-the-art method of encoding photographic images, the very foundation and status of the [photographic] document is challenged.”

This quote suggests that Druckery thought the rise of the digital image was at risk of challenging and eliminating any original photography documentation methods and that photography as a whole was being challenged by upcoming technology methods.

Fred Ritchin states in “Photojournalism in the Age of Computers” (1990) that:

“…it is questionable whether many pictures will have meaning anymore, not only as symbols but as evidence”

In this quote from Ritchin he is suggesting that digital images are becoming the photo normality; however they have become a tool for manipulation therefore stating whether they could be trusted as forms of evidence anymore. This is due to digital images being easy to manipulate and also easy to edit, for example an image can be cropped to tell one story and then re cropped to tell a completely different story.

Playing with Light

A method of Photography that has always really appealed to me is playing around with different forms of light and creating different images with the use of light.

I decided to take a camera and practice the different forms of images that I could create by just using light, different exposure times and different ways of moving the camera while taking the image.

Here are some of the images I managed to create:

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Playing With Light

This was one of my favourite images that I managed to create. To create this image I took a basic set of white fairy lights and hung them onto the wall. I then put the camera onto a slow shutter speed, meaning that my image would actually be exposed for 8 seconds. While taking the image for 8 seconds I slowly zoomed the camera lens in very deep and then slowly retracted it again, creating the sense that the light is zooming towards the audience. I used the same method for the photograph below as well.

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Playing with Light

I used the same method for the next photo as well; however instead of zooming the lens in and back out I moved the camera round in circles instead, creating an illusion of waves.

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Playing with Light

contact sheet for light

Contact Sheet

The reason I wanted to create these light images was to create something that makes the audience question what the actual light source could be. For example, in these light images I used fairy lights as the source of my light; however, if you are viewing these images it is not obvious that the source of the light is these fairy lights, especially due to the erratic trails that the lights have caused.