Brief:- Now that you’ve seen how to make a photomontage with newspaper cuttings, search through your archive of images to make a photomontage with your own photographs. Photomontage requires a playful, experimental attitude to exploring different arrangements, so don’t try to be too ‘tidy’ or perfect about your final result. Decide on the different picture elements: the background, the different parts of the environment, objects different people in the environment. Think in terms of depth: fg,mg, and bg. When you’ve completed your photomontage, photograph it or save it as a finished image.
Things That Matter
I’m surprised at how short a time this take me to complete. Just a few hours this afternoon. Clearly the practice of using Photoshop is paying off. During other pieces of coursework I have used Photoshop to create montages of differing styles, one was made from several hundred photos that I had taken of street art (here), and another which combined faces (here).
It’s been enjoyable for me to connect with what matters to me. It can be easy to get bogged down with some aspects of life, which become detrimental to others. The background picture reminds me that my passion is photography. It’s become a vital part of regaining my health. Macro photography helps me to chill, to forget the things which can disable me, and to help me get present. The two family members are amazing. We never knew each other until I neared the end of my twenties, it was a chance meeting. But we lost contact and then a real life miracle happened. L was robbed in the street and she flagged down a car, the driver took them home so the police could be called. My photo was on the mantelpiece. I’m so grateful to the man who robbed L. L and G are amazing, if you’re reading – I love you deeply. The gannet is representative of birds, nature, birdwatching and wildlife photography. How can you not love a bird? The car is flying – events photography – I love the action, the fast pace of photographic technique, pushing myself technically and creatively. I’m feeling very grateful as I join some of the dots of my life.
When I embarked upon Foundations in Photography I preferred Lightroom over Photoshop. I still find Lightroom to be my go to for digitally developing my photos. However, my personal creative development has had a seismic shift, by following other creatives blogs I have started to explore mixed media art and production. I have an exciting developmental journey ahead, and I need Photoshop for the development of my creativity.
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Here are a few more aircraft from the Farnborough International Airshow. I look forward to when I can develop and upload some from my camera. These were all shot on my Huawei P10 mobile phone. Click on any photo to see a full size image.
USAF F15 Eagle
USAF Eagle engines with a combined total of 44,000 lbs of thrust
The Red Arrows Aerobatics Display Team
Always a crowd pleaser. Here there are a full compliment of 10 Red Arrows. The 10th is a reserve aircraft encase one of the 9 fails it’s pre flight test, there is also a reserve pilot. Currently the Red Arrows are only completing fly pasts rather than aerobatics following an accident that they had over the past couple of years, and the tragic Shoreham air disaster in 2015. A Hawker Hunter crashed into a road during its display, with the tragic loss of life of 11 people.
Five hours of flying
Four hours until today’s flying begins
Three aircraft in the battle of Britain memorial flight (Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane).
Two cameras, Two lenses
22,000lb thrust per engine
Here are the candid Street portraits from the Whitby Goth Fest, which I visited over the weekend of 27-29 October 2017
Duo Extreme are acrobatic aerial performers who are currently on tour in the UK with the Chinese State Circus. Their act is breath-taking and beautiful, a dance between extreme risk and ballet. Awesome.
This is a second series taken from the Chinese State Circus. My intention is to complete the research for the brief for the exercise and then do a researched and planned shoot. Although I am only putting the photos up for this series, I will write an evaluation of the two series shot so far, and then when I have completed the planned exercise I will evaluate and then compare my critiques. My prefered image is photo 11. It was a mistake in exposure, where I was too slow to adapt to the change in lighting. The performer looked like she had the moon balanced on her foot (a chinese umbrella. I took the exposure down to around -3 in Lightoom, which gave me a split tone photo, exported to Photoshop, painted the over exposure back into the moon, and then used the colour replacement brush to add colour to the dresses of the 2 performers in the background. The colour replacement tool is subtle, but having some colour in their clothing gave balance to the split tone.
The brief is quite lengthy so I have left it at the bottom of the page. Yet again I have not followed the brief to the letter. The brief was clear that this exercise is about planning after researching photographers to prepare for a style of photography that we wish to make. Plan for the type of shots, sketch ideas and then go out and shoot. I may do this once I have researched other photographers. I enjoy making photography following a plan. The process is satisfying, and I do have some ideas (I will also present a different series for this exercise later on in the week). There is a lot of noise in some of the images, and there are some that are not sharp enough and tha tI would not use out side of my studies. The series later in the week has the better photos, but these are the ones in the style of Denis Darzacq.
However the opportunity arose and I took it and I also believe that is a big part of photography. See the opportunity, think on your feet and shoot. On the Friday I learned the Chinese state circus were visiting, and on the Sunday I took my camera and went. I set my focus to AF C (21) because I was aware that I would be shooting people who were moving very quickly. I wanted to freeze movement and capture movement. Being aware of the brief I considered that making photos that cover the whole event, building, circus ring, audience, stage hands and performers. Using manual settings have become more natural for me, and I was able to take photos and adjust the settings on my camera very quickly. It was not ease because there were so many lighting changes and I had to change the ISO frequently. Mistakes happened and I got the exposure wrong from time to time. Although I am not presenting the contact sheets, I have a good workflow in place now and use my own version of 100, 75, 50, 25.
These are not the best shots of the day, but having researched Denis Darzaq during the Workflow coursework I hoped that I would get some photos in a similar style.
In this exercise, the activity is your main subject. Don’t just go out and shoot; choose your activity in advance so you can prepare for it.
- Before you begin shooting, ask yourself what kind of photographs you want to make. Will they be candid photographs like Henri Cartier-Bresson’s or distant views of activity like Andreas Gursky’s? Will you seek out key gestures, facial expressions and telling relationships like Martin Parr or make ‘snapshots’ of characters in the maelstrom of life-like Robert Frank? Will you try to frame the activity in a specific lighting effect like Trent Parke or will you seek to capture cultural details like Manuel Álvarez Bravo? Go online and research these well-known practitioners.
- Try to define the way of seeing you want to achieve. Will you be distant, close, in the action, or will you bring the subject out of the situation like Richard Avedon, as you did with the leaves?
- Research the type of photography or a particular photographer that inspires you. What have other photographers done with similar subject matter or with a similar approach? Ask your tutor for help finding good examples.
- Pre-visualise images and sketch or note down any ideas, e.g. capturing two strangers glancing at one another. You may not find this shot, but it hones your mind and makes you more observant and ‘ready’ for similar glances or relationships.
- Equipment: What equipment will you need for this project? Will you need a tripod or a flash?
- Planning: Do you need to get permission to make photographs in a particular place? Sort out travel and timing. Will you need to have a special vantage point?
- On the day, be observant: STOP! LOOK! THINK! Look carefully around you at the details of what is happening visually.
- Look at people’s faces and the way they express their character with facialexpressions, posture, gesture and movement.
- What do their clothes say about their social status, gender or character?
- What does the location say about them? Think about the way an environment can be ordered into a composition within the frame.
- SHOOT! Take a lot of photos. This will give you more choice in the edit.
- Upload your photos.
- First edit: Look carefully at each shot and make a considered selection of about 50% of your photos. Don’t delete the photos, just mark the best shots.
- Second edit: Wait about 24 hours until you perform your second edit. Then, with a fresh pair of eyes, edit them to around 25%.
- Third edit: Edit down to around 10% or less of your original quantity. This is the best of your work but could later be refined even further. This process of editing could be called 100/50/25/10.
- Perform any cropping, straightening and image adjustments on your final selection.
Keys, R; 2017; Exercise 1.12 Smash – Denis Darzacq; https://photosociology.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/exercise-1-12-smash-denis-darzacq/ (accessed on 26/09/2017)