The objective of this assignment is to produce between ten and fifteen images which between them will show the following effects.
- Single Point Dominating the composition.
- Two Points
- Several points in a deliberate shape.
- A combination of vertical and horizontal lines.
- Distinct even in irregular shapes.
- At least two kinds of implied triangle
It is suggested to choose from the following groups or subjects.
- Flowers and plants
- Street details
- raw materials of food
- or if you prefer choose your own subject.
Updated slide show of Assignment 2 elements of design.
Original Images submitted to Tutor
Assignment 2. This is the original assignment sent to my tutor. Apart from the ineffectiveness of the images my tutor also commented on how this particular slide show was difficult as it kept changing image and there was no way to get more information. With the updated assignment above you can click on each image to see it better and get information on how it was taken.
The objective of this assignment is to produce 10 – 15 photographs all of a similar subject which between them will show the following effects. Originally my images were not tied into the same theme so I hope to remedy that below. First see the summary of my tutors comments and the abundance of work necessary to improve this assignment.
- Single point dominating the composition.
The initial image sent in was
My tutors comments were that the print was dull and muddy. That it is difficult to get a good image against a dull and overcast sky. It would be better to have more of the subject and less of the sky in this image.
My observations when choosing a single point it is also important to choose its position. If its a person moving there should be space in the direction they are heading. What catches our eye slightly off centre. Too central and it can be boring. Too eccentric and often the eye glances at our object and keeps looking around the image. The balance of the image should also be taken into consideration.
I have taken the following shot trying to make a more interesting image. I wanted it to seem like a flower in a flower pot. I have included it in both black and white and the colour original.
- Two point
Although my tutor said that this image was correct and acceptable I have still reshot as I wanted my theme to tie in better. I feel the image was not exposed correctly there is a unnecessary shadow under the foot and I am sure I could now execute it better. When shooting two points I think if they are similar it helps for us to consider them as two otherwise they could just be random objects. Should one be more prominent than the other.
In have taken a two points of tomatoes on a fork. I then converted to a black and white image using CS4 photoshop. I imagined the tomatoes on the forks looking like flowers in a pot.
3.several points in a deliberate shape.
Here I shot a group of birds which are in a pentagonal shape. My tutor said he would accept it but felt uneasy about it. I would say again it is a bit dull and grey and not a very well executed shot and so a retake again.
The idea of several points in a deliberate shape is that our eyes naturally try to link them to make sense of them this gives us a sense of ease when looking at the image. We may not always want this but for now I am learning the rules and not how to break them.
When reading the book the Photographers eye one of the topics discussed is frames. I have used this in the past for landscapes or buildings however here I have used it with this image of spaghetti. The spaghetti with its diagonals creates a series of triangles and all diagonals lead to a centre point. The Bucket holding it creates a circle and the whole image is held within a square frame.
- A combination of vertical and horizontal lines.
My tutor found this image too obscure and said that there would be much clearer examples available. Such as windows and doors. Again in my opinion the image is flat and unimaginative. It would be difficult for anyone to know that it was representative of horizontal and vertical without my telling them and so you will find a better example below.
- Diagonal and Horizontal – not necessary within assignment advice to exclude.
Diagonal. My tutor liked this as he said it corresponded to the brief in the assignment.
As I wanted to improve this project and keep everything in the same theme. I have created this image of a melon on my Kitchen table. With a line in the table diagonally leading up to the melon which has its own diagonals. Taken at 1/60 @ f5.6 ISO 500 and a 50mm.
- Curves. My tutor said this image was ineffective.
I have taken another image and again converted to black and white to try and portray curves more effectively.
I included other images which were superfluous to the assignment. curves and Lines.
Implied Triangle retake with Peppers I have set up a blue background with the peppers and placed them in a seemingly casual way however to create an implied triangle. Almost any three points will create a triangle and I have used their stalk to point towards each other to improve the triangle effect. To make it seem more casual one of the peppers seems distant by putting it out of focus. The image was taken at 1/60 @ f 3.5 ISO 500 and then converted to black and white using CS4.
Below I have made an image where both the chives and the tomatoes create a triangle. With this image in black and white the areas of background can also be seen more clearly to be divided into triangles so that the entire image seems to be made of triangles. f 6.3 @q/80 ISO 400 with 50mm.
Rhythm my tutor advised that this image could be effective and also to raise the brightness in the shadow. I had another Rhythm which he suggested was a better image for my final assessment.
Pattern, this image was considered to be interesting and fitted the brief of pattern correctly. As I am trying to create a coherent set of images in black and white and also with raw food I have added the following image. I personally prefer the colour image as it is more effective knowing what the subject is so I have added both colour and black and white.
This image is taken at 1/80 f6.3 ISO 400 with a 50mm lens.
This new Pattern image of tomatoes is taken at 1/80 @ f2.8 ISO 200 on a 50mm lens.
My tutors advise was not to include any images which are not required in the brief. Effectively understanding the brief is part of the examination. Communicating without a doubt what i am trying to portray in my image is also important. My original prints for this assignment were poor. My tutors advise was to move on to my next assignment which I did however I feel I need to redo this to prove to my self that I have learned the meaning of this part of the course and can produce images which communicate better the brief. I also felt initially great difficulty at taken images by following instructions having been used to snap anything which caught my attention. I now feel that this is no longer such a challenge particularly with such a general brief. So at the top of this blog I have included my second attempt at this assignment which I hope demonstrated greater skills and a much better understanding of the brief.
I have now completed Assignment 5 and with my blog becoming easier to manage and a clearer understanding of what is expected of me thanks to my Tutor Mike I would like to revisit Assignment 2. I feel I can benefit greatly from repeating this assignment and produce clearer images now.
Updated Slideshow after taking advice from my tutor I have tried to improve this project using food items. Please see also post from Section three converting colours to black and white. It has helped me while repeating this assignment to create better black and whites.
Research Salgado, Genesis, elements of design.
Christopher Capoziello – Elements of design vectors, shapes.
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