Sunday, 7 September 2014

Assessment 1 - Hand in

Week 8 - its hard to believe that 8 weeks have actually gone by.  It's been quite a learning experience and we have been hitting it pretty hard in terms of work load.  Being sick all of last week didn't help as it has become a race to the finish line, with blogs to be amended, files to be reordered and also the exercises and self directed photos which clearly needed to be completed or redone.

For all those considering doing this course - i hope you do! its a lot of hard work but well worth the effort.  At this stage of the programme our assessment 1 is due.  This is an interpretation of what we believe will showcase our learning journey thus far.  I didn't really think that my body of work was that good, but we got to start somewhere right! "clique" but true...

The piece i chose is my photo of the flame from a outdoor heater which i took one night as i was walking past restaurants toward Silo Park in town.

I chose this piece because i like the fluidity of movement of the flame.  I adjusted my shutter speed and aperture in this photo to compensate for the lack of light as this was taken at night.  The lines in this photo contrast each other, the rigid consistent straight horizontal lines sitting on top of the curvy inconsistent lines of the flame.  There is also a contrast of dark and light, which is also captured reflected on the cage, reflective of the chiaroscuro light. 

The changes to the original photo firstly i converted the image to black and white.  The reason for this was because i believe it shows more impact to the flame.  The colour image to me seemed a bit one dimensional and not as dramatic as that of the black and white image.  I cropped the image to bring more focus onto the flame however leaving enough room to allow for the cage to act as a frame to the image.  I also adjusted the levels so that the blurred parts of the flame could be seen more clearly.  This required tweaking the highlights and dark areas of the image.

The photographic elements which i mentioned above are:
  1. leading lines
  2. aperture (wide DOF)
  3. shutter speed
  4. framing
  5. Composition
  6. Texture
  7. Light
In order to prepare this image for printing i placed the image on a white canvas.  I debated whether or not to use a black canvas, but decided that the impact of the photo would benefit from a white canvas.  I then added a stroke for trimming purposes.
f/10, 1/250, ISO 400


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