Photography: Final images and Summary Evaluation

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Summary:

Overall, we presented our final edited images to the rest of the glass as a group. We had done a PowerPoint presentation and broke down each category or field that we had covered individually as well as a group. We all researched other photographers, whom which had given us ideas for the theme that we had taken for our images. The theme was focusing on the ‘decaying of nature and life’

Our images were mystical in the sense that, some of our images, the techniques in which we had used, was not portraying what the actual image was. For example, the close-up image that we had taken of the plastic carrier bag. We used the black and white Photoshop edit and used various contrast which gave the image a unusual effect, which created a mysterious affect. The connotation of the black and white affect was to signify the decaying of nature, whereas in some of the images you were able to see some colour which connoted life. This was done in the sense of portraying the ideology of sense of hope. A feeling of ‘life’

I believe the theme that we had used was unusual as well as mysterious, the various angles that we had used to take photographs were outstanding however, the final edits of some black and white and some with colour connotation of ‘coming back to life’ represented our images to tell a story. As an audience you was able to feel a sense of uncovered story being told.

In conclusion, we could have used more natural objects to improve as well as signify, the decaying of natural substances. For example, plants, flowers, fruits etc… This would have probably made more sense to our audience, although however our target audience was for a more older generation, such as middle aged people as this was a field that majority older generation have a passion and interest within. Overall, I do believe that the quality of each image was great and the Photoshop edit had improved the theme by adding a sense of mystery.

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Group presentation:

Members of the group: Fahmida(1338611), Ahmed(1416358), Alister (1323623), Caroline (1408873)​

This project was based in an area of London called Brain Tree. The selected  images are different aspects of nature taken at eye level. We focused on the decay of nature over time and especially in the season of winter. Our work engages with the notion of melancholy. This is evoked through the dominant autumn/winter colours and the decaying vegetation. The aim was to juxtapose nature and man made landscapes.

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  • Throughout our work, we focused on form consistently in our images. The first image is great in talking about form because of all the crinkles in the plastic bag which actually relate to the crinkles in the leaves in nature. We decided to take that image because we wanted a continuous theme of nature in our images, and considering that plastic bags are man made, the form of them link into nature also. The image that this links to is the image of the leaves on the ground, you can see that the pattern in the plastic bag exists in the leaves therefore making them relate. ​
  • The techniques of our work was mainly close ups, we done this because we wanted to explore texture, shape, pattern and tone throughout the images. We wanted to develop our existing techniques and skills of taking simple photographs. We played around with angles and focused our images on lower eye level aspects to create an abstract theme. ​
  • Content- ​
  • The main theme we looked into our work is the relationship between winter and nature. This idea came to us through Tanya Marcuse’s work and we developed the idea by looking through her photographs. The fact that it is winter right now, we were able to use it to our advantage because we were able to get a range of photographs throughout the day which relates to our idea for our project. (Tanyamarcuse.com)

The intended audience for our work are both females and males between the age range of 25-45 years old. This is because at that age most people have matured and start to look into the complex ideas about life. ​

The one photographer who has influenced our work is Tanya Marcuse, she looks into many landscapes where there are many decaying aspects of nature and she manages to either get long shot landscapes or close ups to achieve a variety of form in her images. She pays attention to colours and mood in her work.​

She sets the mood of death and decay in her work by photographing the actual object which is rotting and focuses on the detail in how it decomposes. Due to the use of many different objects, for example, apples, egg shells and mushrooms, this emphasizes texture, pattern, tone and shape in her work. She also uses the rule of thirds in her work. The main idea that we got from her images is for us to close ups in our work and outline texture and make sure people are able to see the decaying of the natural objects. We wanted to achieve photographs that represent winter from a low angle eye level. However, even though our work looks into a grey and dull theme, our last image has the bright colours of green which connotes new life and hope and this links into the cycle of nature and seasons. ​

Evaluation:​

There are many ways in which we can evaluate and try to improve on our work, one way is that we could try out new locations and achieve different atmospheres, colours and plant life. We could go to parks during the winter and get a wider perspective. We could explore through different angles and styles to get different images as well as trying to build a new theme/story line.  Another thing that we could have improved on could be the settings on the camera, instead of using auto, we could have used manual to experiment with the framing and flash. The strengths of this piece of work is the compositions of the images and the different shades of grey as well as spot colours. This adds to the evocation of the mood within the story line.

Photography: Photoshop Practice

In this lesson, we selected our top favourite photographs that we had taken, and uploaded them onto photoshop. We managed to use some of the features on photoshop. With some of our images, we used the edit of black and white and wanted to be a little bit more creative, we started to use the selective tool and highlight some areas in our photographs, which we wanted to stand out. We highlighted selected areas, or an object and left it in colour. We tested the tool that changes the contrast of the colour, whether brightening it a bit more so it stands out, or lowering the brightness. We balanced the contrast in order for it to look mysterious. We felt this technique and edit used, looked great, we kept the images. Whilst creating these mystical images, we also had fun as well as adapting our skills on Photoshop. We was able to focus on improving our existing skills, whilst having the chance to test and use the tools, of Photoshop for the images and also making it look even more incredible than the images had already done so without the edits of Photoshop. This was due to the concentration of the camera, angle, focus and quality of which the image was taken.

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The above two images as you can see, are the same photographs taken both in which are edited. One of which on the left, we have used a black white tone only. We had focused the image of a twig, which relates back to our theme and idea of which we had concentrated on nature and winter. We had selected the bold twig in order to make it stand out, we had highlighted the selected area and left the complete background remain neutral and in black and white. We used this technique because we thought it was very creative, and thought the image looked more distinguished and much better with this technique. The image was taken from a high angle view. Focusing back onto the idea of nature.

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The following image above, is a close-up taken from a lower angle, focusing on texture. The image itself is a plastic carrier bag, zoomed in. We had edited the image into a black and white tone. We had experimented around with the colours of notion, with the contrast of black and white. Editing it either to a lighter or darker tone. We also enabled to change the brightness in order to make it look best as possible of what we thought connoted back onto our theme making it interesting. We was also able to experiment with the different uses of grey.

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This image above is one of my favourite photographs taken. Again, we have used composition in order to edit the images. We had selected the greenery parts and highlighted them, to connote new life, part of our story. We had edited colour onto this particular area, and had increased brightness in colour so it stands out. We had various ideas of making this our last image for our project. It focused on our story and theme of connoting new life in contrast with nature.

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This is another one of our images which we had taken, a low angle shot, focusing on concrete, the floor, the leaves. Which all relates back to decaying and nature. We had highlighted and selected the bench because we enjoyed using this particular technique and also believed that it was a good use of composition in between the black and white, and the grey areas, which was in contrast overall giving it a good technique making the image stand out.

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We have taken this image above, which is a close-up of the steps, in a park reflecting on nature. The steps have small puddles, with leaves inside. This also focuses on our theme and story relating back onto the project. We decided to keep the whole image black and white, again using contrast and compositions of different shades of greys and managed to experiment the editing techniques on photoshop.

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This image is captured from a low angle perspective, focusing on the leaves and the textures and pattern within them. The complicity of the image being black and white, focuses on the decay, which relates back our theme, also concentrates on nature. It also fits within the narrative and aspect of our images showing and individual meaning of nature, exploring winter. The use of the dark greys can connote, isolation, dullness and misery. It all reflects back on to the decaying of nature.

Photography: Practice

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This is a close-up landscape image taken of a stem or a twig you could say. Focusing on a plant which reflects back to our idea of nature. In colour it looks most effective as well as focused and unordinary. I chose this image because it concentrates on our idea as well as texture. We gathered that because their is so much bright colours in this image, it will look even more effective in black and white because of the contrast in colours.

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This image is taken in a park, of leaves scattered on the floor representing autumn, which gives a sense of weather. The colours abstract nature which reflects back on to our idea of focusing on our images on plants etc… It also focuses on contrast in colour, shape and texture. In a black and white perspective, we visualised it to look mysterious and unordinary. It reflects back onto our main focus and idea which makes it a great photograph.

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This image again is taken just outside London, in a greenery area, where we went to visit outdoor environment. This image was taken on a low angle, landscape, which focuses on the little green plant as well as the flow of green weed growing out of the concrete. Their is small texture and detail, which made us visualise the image in black and white and concentrate on how it would be effective when we edit it. The image will look more effective as well as mysterious.

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This image is taken of a staircase, leading down to a field of grass focusing on leaves scattered as well different texture again visualising the image from a black and white perspective and analysing the colours, how it would be most effective as well as standing out as a black and white image.

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This image is mysterious photograph taken of a step, in the outdoor environment with a puddle. It is a close-up landscape image with small details of nature, i.e. A stem of a leaf flowing within the step. We visualised this image from a black and white perspective and agreed it will look mysterious and believed the audience will be confused and unable to tell what it exactly is. Especially with effect of a black and white effect it will look mysterious leaving the audience to think as well as confused wondering what it could be.

Photography: Brainstorm

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We got together in a group to brainstorm some ideas before heading out to take images for the task we was given. We have to take five photographs, enabling a story, to be taken in landscape, including the rule of third. We are advised to take the images in colour however when we upload the pictures and edit them, we have to use the techniques which we already and still improving in, in order to edit our pictures to black and white, make sure the quality and focus is well an also establish them in the best of quality as possible. these images have to be unique as well as mysterious and talented. We chose to focus our story and images taken within on nature, plant and on outdoor environment. We wanted to take close-up images, where you as an audience are unable to figure out what the image is taken of, which make it mysterious and the story of each photograph will reveal the mysterious and magical, talented and greatly produced photograph. We agreed to take the first photograph as a landscape, close-up yet clear, but for the image to be mystical however for the audience to be unable to tell what the actual photograph is taken of. We agreed to take it of maybe a petal or plant in the outside environment dedicating to the nature. in between the first image and and last we wanted the images to slowly reveal what the image is about and the focus, as when it comes to the last image we want the audience targeted at to identify the mystery of the images taken.

Photography: Black and white photo’s

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Martin Henson represents some of his pictures that he had captured over the years both with film and digital cameras. Majority of his images have a warm tone added. You get to see the contrast between the black and white. To me it looks more like a painting. You get to see the flaws within the ocean. And if you look closely, it looks split into two, one with the shore, being white and standing out, and the other looking like a leak of black oil being spread into the shore, which can have loads of meanings. i.e, evil being mixed with good. The white emphasising the good and purity. But overall, the quality of the image is fantastic and it is a great close-up[ capture taken. The frame of this image that he had taken must have been extremely difficult but he had done a superb quality job on it.

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My favourite image is this one. Again it has a sense of meaning. If you look closely, you can see different types of texture, starting from the bottom, not only you see a clear vision of the boat, but the small surroundings around it. I see small pebbles and stones. Each of them have their unique texture  and contrast on it. You see the contrast of the background, and although majority of the image is dark you can see the small details which still stand out. This image is very mysterious. Its dark and can look conniving. The image itself can speak a thousand words. And it doesn’t have to be a right or wrong answer. The lighting on this overall he had pull off including the angle that he had put the camera is astonishing. [unknown photographer]