Above is another link advised by my tutor with advise on how to put together a narrative. Its a little more food for thought as to how to put together a story.
The idea we are trying to put across it is informative or are we trying to sway the opinion of who looks at our image. Are we trying to portray something which has just happened or about to happen is there tension in the image. How do we portray this in an image. We have looked at the simple image of something just happened in our exercises building up to assignment 5. Are we celebrating beauty or ugliness. Pictures can have a sequence.
If there are people involved are we trying to portray their character. Are there clothes or props which are being used that we need to show in order to tell the story.
Mood and atmosphere are we portraying humour, something commercial, a dangerous situation.
Scene setting, a background consider this have we shown it correctly.
Can each picture stand alone or must it be seen with the others. The use of contrast in images to keep our interest. Tone, light the dynamics do we want movement. Near and far simplicity or complexity. The more variety the more interesting the story will be.
There is one story which caught my attention while looking at the internet the tone is serious they are warning of illegal whale shark fishing in China and how this if it continues will lead to the extinction of this mammal. The images are to the point in order to facilitate the story.
So while putting my house up for sale. I decided to take some photos and incorporate what I am learning about light. So I have used the Technique of when the light is about the same inside and out while photographing the Exterior of the house. This to me creates a sense of warmth inside a desire to go in. It also gives a more flattering light on the exterior as at the moment there is a part of the house that the sun never illuminates in the garden and so it would be difficult to photograph in the Sunlight as the wall appears dark without merging images.
For the interior I mostly have white lights except in my living room. So I have opted to use the light from the window and where I feel a white wall or the couch or Piano needed some extra light I have used my light box. That way I do not need to worry about different colour balances.
In my bathroom and Kitchen the light appears more greenish so I guess it is more Fluorescent and not quite as attractive. The bathroom was too small to use a light box without it appearing in the mirror or image. In this case I have slightly adjusted in Photoshop.
I have completed all images in about three hours.
- Exercise shadow and fill http://wp.me/p2dUJz-oC
- Portrait at home angelo http://wp.me/p2dUJz-ok
- Assignments http://wp.me/P2dUJz-aA
- Light art of photography working towards assignment 4 http://wp.me/p2dUJz-dO
- Direct and Diffuse reflection Experiment on a shiny subject. http://wp.me/p2dUJz-it
- Light science and magic book http://wp.me/p2dUJz-g4
Steve Mc Curry
. The more of his images I see the more I love them. His style while often showing poverty and cruelty always seems to have a romantic or exotic fee. It almost shows an affection towards people. His particular lighting style I feel is quite recognisable in many images. Portraits that seem to show a special relationship with all his subjects even those unknown to him. The link above shows some images from his new book which spans 30 years of journalistic photography. I have posted one which I particularly liked. The image below of a mother and child gives you a sympathy you can imagine the person inside the car warm and dry, while mother and daughter look in soaking wet on the street. Without knowing their story you feel a sympathy towards them. I feel Steve McCurry photos certainly stir emotions. He gets his point across. Being a journalist each image is published with the story, however each image can stand alone and tells a story in itself.
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Exercise 2. To take pictures are dominated by either a primary or secondary colour. Each image should be taken with the correct exposure as per reading slightly underexposed and slightly over exposed. At the end choose which one matches the primary colours best. If a photo is not correct to begin with this is fine they are not to be discarded. I noted that by exposure we can see a great difference with each colour take the green below as the best example the original image to the left is a dark green similar to foliage in the shape however to the right is a vibrant modern green I believe difficult to find nature perhaps seen on animals such as Lizards, chameleon, We can have colours from almost pastel to dark rich colours. These differences can be huge in our images.
Over exposed is to dark.
Correct exposure is near the correct colour
Underexposed this colour looks too bright
Underexposed this is nearer the primary colour.
Overexposed almost seems not to be orange.
Underexposed -1/2 this seems nearer the primary colour
Over exposed +1
Overexposed by +1/2
Correct exposure best representative of the primary colour.
Correct exposure nearest to the primary colour
Yellow …………… Here I found the correct exposure matched more closely the correct colour. Blue ……. With Blue I found the over exposed and the over exposed were both nice shades of blue however the correctly exposed image seems to be the nearest to the primary colour. Magenta….. With this colour I believe the more underexposed matches the primary colour. Orange With the orange colour the overexposed matches closer the primary colour. Green…….. Cyan …….
Steve Mc Curry
. The more of his images I see the more I love them. His style while often showing poverty and cruelty always seems to have a romantic or sympathetic feel. It shows an affection towards people. His particular lighting style I feel is quite recognisable in many images dark saturated colours which are beautiful while also sombre. Portraits that seem to show a special relationship with all his subjects even those unknown to him. The link above shows some images from his new book which spans 30 years of journalistic photography. I have posted one which I particularly liked. The image below of a mother and child gives you a sympathy you can imagine the person inside the car warm and dry, while mother and daughter look in soaking wet on the street. Without knowing their story you feel a sympathy towards them. I feel Steve McCurry photos certainly stir emotions. He gets his point across. Being a journalist each image is published with the story, however each image can stand alone and tells a story in itself. This image really separates the people begging from us the viewers. It shows the detachment despite a sympathetic view. How many times have you seen someone begging or living on the street from the comfort of the car. I believe this is why this image is so effective. The curious eyes looking in and the gentle touch of the hand on the window shows there is not threat from these people they just need a little help. The seat belt is the little detail needed to be sure we realise we are looking from the inside of a car. The childs eyes are wide and innocent. There is also a beauty within this image. The hands also seem to show an age that the face does not it is the evidence of a hard existence.
There is a certain style in his photography particularly portraits that can be recognisable perhaps the light or how he captures the essence of the people he photographs. He makes us see their spirit or their vulnerability and gives us an attachment to the people in his photographs that makes us want to know more about the person.
I found this beautiful book of his in France. I keep going back to the book as I am learning more about photogrpahy . He is a master of composition and of light and as I learn more and look back at his images I can learn from it.
Many of his images are published in National Geographic. His clear dedication and time to each story or person he has photographed
Last night I was able to watch a documentary about Steve McCurry in which he talks about some of his images and also about his process. His street portraiture for example on the streets of New York he goes out with one camera and one lens this keeps it simple. He sometimes snaps passers by however often he interacts with people and asks if he can photograph them. He likes to use colour he says as the world is colourful however is attacted to the gritty in many cases.
Straight and Curved.
Contrast. I went out looking in this urban setting of Tenerife, Santa Cruz. Looking for straight and curved contrasts.
From the roof top of the hotel looking out over the city there were many architectural examples. The rooftop gardens with people going by their day had many attractions. Walking through town I was attracted by people on the public
benches first and then noted the straight and curved form of the benches.
The curved form of the seat and the decorative legs with its curves. In contrast the lines of the bench seat which reach out to the people calling for someone to sit on it.
Continued research on this theme Antibes France during the Yacht show.
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