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The Blog of An Alevel Photography Student Part 24


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The Blog of An Alevel Photography Student Part 24

19 Mar 2013 3:40PM   Views : 692 Unique : 540

Right photographs evaluated... And one role of 125 Ilford HP4 film taken for my set 3 finally ... exam in 3 weeks eek!

Set Two of Photographs:

For my set two of photographs I have decided to use both film and digital media because I want to see if the digital aspect will fit into my project or should I just stick to film.
I have chosen to only take one role of 36-exposure film and then instead of taking another I am going to on average take fifteen digital photographs and then perhaps digitally manipulate two to three using Adobe CS6 Photoshop.
For both my digital and film photographs I will create contact prints and then develop four film and three digital photographs so I can evaluate which media or if both suite my project.
Once I have done this I will write an end of set evaluation outline and analyzing whether or not mixed media worked for me.

Contact Prints:

my film contact prints for my Set Two of photographs, I have decided that first to get the correct exposure to do a light test. I did this by exposing certain parts of the paper to different amounts of light.


This is my digital contact sheet, to create this I used Adobe Photoshop CS6, from this I then chose three digital photographs to evaluate.


Yesterdays Colour:

For this digital image I chose to use quite and old type of instrument (digger doo) because like Johannes Vermeer’s music has been going through out the ages. I decided to only to a head and shoulders portrait to minimize the impact of the models modern clothing. I then imported the image into Adobe CS6 Photoshop, to apply a sepia filter, creating the older feeling to the image. My main inspiration for this was Johannes Vermeers.


The Modern Melody:

I chose to take this portrait in digital to try and show the colour and brightness of the patterns of music. When I look at music notes, there always seems to be a certain pattern just like the models clothing, so through using digital and the colour I feel I am able to express the loudness of how music can be.
I used my Nikon D2X and my Tamron 18-270mm because using my 18-270mm I was able to get close up also most macro without invading the models space. I then cropped and digitally manipulated the colour to be a bit brighter using the software Adobe CS6 Photoshop.


The Instrument Behind The Person:

I chose to try something different with my second set of photographs, this time I chose show more of the instrument rather than more of the model. I chose to do this because I feel that for the really identity of a musician to show through in a photograph you first have to think about the instrument they play and the sound it creates, like a trumpet is a strong powerful instrument does this present a strong powerful person? So I chose purposely to using my digital 18-270mm lenses to capture a close up image, with only a small portion showing a model. I feel this really works, as it leaves you wondering who’s the person holding it why is that person holding it. It really gives of a mysterious feeling.


The Unexpected Visitor:

This photograph I took didn't turn out the way I imagined when taking. This was probably because the dog just randomly wandered across when I was taking it. However I feel that this actually improves the photograph slightly because it is just totally unexpected.
I used my tripod to settle the camera to avoid the camera shake like in my set one photographs. I feel this is one of my stronger images of the set. I used my Nikon f60 and Ilford HP5.


The Cellist:

The idea of this portrait was for it to be structured and posed unlike my natural portraits before hand. I chose to take an image like this because when you see a musicians portrait like the Allen Photography does they are always posed.

I chose to use Black and White film as I am aiming for a deep rich contrast, which I feel I have really achieved with this image. To achieve this I used Black and White HP5 Ilford film.

To improve this image I think I would probably dodge the image by 20% giving a lighter area on the face.


The Cello's Companions:

This is another one of the unexpected Moments in my set two of photographs. This photograph doesn't really represent my idea of chiming because the animal is close to the model, but I do feel it shows the connection between person and instrument (one of the things I was aiming for). The tone is not quite right on this image and if I where to retake it I would try and improve the tone and contrast so it was a bit deeper and clearer.


The Mellow Sound:

For this photograph I was trying to focus on a soft mellow tone, which I feel I was able to achieve. The skin tone is soft with a slight grain tone because of the ISO.
I feel the tone complements the instruments sound, which then shows in the portrait itself. The trumpet at time can be mellow and low which is reflected in this photograph. I took this photograph using my Nikon F60 and Ilford HP5 film. I chose to use ISO 400 because I wanted the deep contrast caused by more light.
If I where to redo this photograph I would probably take it from a slightly higher up angle.


Musical Expression:

This photograph I feel shows the relaxed nature from my set one of photographs but then incorporates my set two of image feel of deep contrast. I like how the models facial expression is relaxed showing the connection between her and the instrument. I also feel the symmetry in the photograph works well giving an equal feel to every part of the image.
I used Ilford HP5 black and white film as it allowed my collect enough light and at the same time get the deep contrast.

End of Set Two Evaluation:

After taking both digital and film photographs for set two to see which I preferred to use my for project/exam work; I have decided that I am going to stick to film.

The digital photographs worked well but they didn’t quite fit in with the black and white already, the contrast wasn’t deep enough and the colour was bright rather than monotone. I chose to take twenty-five digital photographs but then print three to evaluate. For my three digital photographs I found that photographing the subject inside did help relax the feeling of the photograph however the colours where just too modern. However the photograph, which I did feel, that work was just the close up of the tenner recorder. It worked because it was unique and different the rest, it showed the raw instrument which creates the sound a bit like the photograph done Allan photography where the instrument is by itself. The idea of the instrument by itself I feel that I should carry through to set three but in film and also carry through the portrait aspect too so I have a range of different aspects.

On the film photographs I really feel that I have improved, my contrast it deep and clear and also the symmetry in photographs have improved. I did like how in some I had the dog as an unexpected visitor. It added to the quirkiness can created a light happy relax atmosphere to my images rather than just like some the strong pose structure making a posed portrait.

The strong photographs showing let’s say and official portrait of a musician however I quite like because it shows the bond and strength between the musician and instrument. Without the bond the sound wouldn’t be as good. Heart and soul has to go into playing an instrument just like my heart and soul has gone into these photographs.

The photograph “The Cellist” is probably my most favorites even if it is on the slight dark side. The aspect of strong pose and deep contrast of a portrait I definitely want to carry through to my set three as I feel this is a strong aspect in my work. After all I chose chiming because it is a sound and what do instruments do they create sound but can only do that with the help of a person.

For my set three I would like to try and take some more portraits but also some photographs of the instruments alone, and then once ive done that evaluate seven photographs, then write a end of set evaluation and end of sets evaluation and then create my final piece in my five hours exam time.

Tags: Photography Project Darkroom Student Exam A level


dudler Plus
14 690 1321 England
19 Mar 2013 6:25PM
I'd suggest, if you have the oportunity, reprinting The Cello's Companions: either burning in the right hand side, or possibly using preflashing (a short overall exposure to allow the faintest tones to become a fraction darker - it's something that takes a little trial and error).

Burning in and dodging are, I reckon, easier in the darkroom than in PS, because you can use a cardboard cutout or your hands to make irregular shapes to suit the subject and do it in one, rather than having to move a circle around! In that particular shot, the shape of your left thumb will fit along the edge of the cellist and dog, reasonably well, I suspect. For dodging, when you need to do an isolated area in the middle of the picture, a bit of BluTak on the end of a piece of florist's wire works well. Keep it moving around a little, so you don't get a hard edge to the exposure difference area. (Apologies if you know all this!)

I'm not sure whether you have done much burning and dodging in the darkroom - there are probably a few web tutorials on them, but it's really very simple, once you've done it a time or two. It can be worthwhile to stop the lens down a little to give a longer exposure time, so that you do not need to be as rapid (and lucky!) with timing fractions of the exposure.

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