The Blog of an Alevel Photography Student Part 82!

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The Blog of an Alevel Photography Student Part 82!

6 Feb 2014 8:33PM   Views : 881 Unique : 631

Bleh its been a very stressful and busy week, work stressing me out which isn't helped by the mountain of college work still not finished my photography essay but i have got an updated version for you guys Smile

Evaluation Essay

For my coursework I chose to do the topic movement (Perception of movement). I got the idea by starting brain storming key words that describe movements of things that move such as sports, taps, games and running. I then started by looking artist at that had explored movement photography with both objects and people such as Carl Rosendahl’s work with objects and then legendary photographer Harold “Doc” Edgerton’s work, where he used mainly film and the new upcoming photographers used digital. So I felt it necessary to explore both and see which one in my opinion showed the best perception of movement. I started by analyzing my artist research works before exploring my own techniques. One technique I found very useful was using in camera editing techniques was the use of capturing the light path, to show the movement, rather than digital or darkroom manipulation.

For my final photographs to demonstrate my journey of exploring movement and the process, techniques, people and objects I have chosen to show case 6 photograph. I feel these images best represent combination of techniques/ mixed media, processes and subjects I have explored.
I start with my first photograph that I feel portrays the beginning of my journey with the topic “Movement”. The photograph is from my set one of photographs, called” Speed” Inspired by a very similar work of Carl Rosendhal’s it portrays my twist on his technique of using light to show the path of an object movement. The dice is a very common object and his photograph captures the moment in a very specific way. You can see some of the “dots” on the side of the dice which helps the viewer make sense of the image, because the dice is cube the corners stand out and help to ass range and blur, the whole point of throwing a dice is that it will fall in a “random” manner and that is what is so interesting in Rosendhals photographs; they capture the “bounce” and the unexpected movement so well .To make it a simple and easy photograph to capture I feel this influence the beginning of using random objects that have movement to them to show the perceptions of movement. This is also one of the first digital object photographs I chose to do, due to it turning out well I felt it necessary to try more digital object photographs.
For The second photograph in the series is my second attempt of digital object photography inspired this time by Alan Babbitt in his work he photographs still objects but creates movement by shaking the camera, the photograph “Frozen in Time” shows a frozen snap shot of the running water, which created another technique for me to start using fast shutter speeds to capture frozen movement that we would not otherwise see. This photograph was also inspired by Bob Martins who freezes snapshots in time at sporting events. It’s that one moment that you wouldn’t be able to see with the human eye that I feel this photograph portrays.
The third photograph I have chosen is also from my second set of photographs.This photograph was inspired by Harold “Doc” Edgerton because his work with film was simply beautiful. He uses the sharp shapes the body can create such as bends in the legs when running to capture and show movement, he also either uses blurred back grounds or black backsgrounds to keep the focus on the person in the photographs context. The detail in the black and white tones of the photographs using human subjects, I felt inspired to try a similar context theme of using human subjects. So the photograph “Capturing Spirit” I feel advances my journey into exploring movement in different medias and in a way different time eras of photography. I chose to use 35mm black and white film to capture the spirit and emotion in this photograph of the girl leaping, I then proceeded to use traditional darkroom techniques that Harold ‘ Doc” Edgerton would of used. For this photograph in particular I used the technique of dodging and burning using light in the darkroom. I also used a filter with the consistency of 36 yellow and 47 magenta.
My fourth photograph is also from set two of photographs – “Strike a Pose” and is inspired this time by both Jonathan Lucas and Harold “Doc” Edgerton.With this photograph because it too was film I learnt more about the skills and hardship Harold “Doc” Edgerton had to deal with when developing the photographs. With this photograph because it was back lit getting the right tones was sometimes quite hard. I also learnt how hard it is to get just the right freeze frame to capture raw emotion like Jonathan Lucas has in his work. This technique is one not really one that can be taught, it is more training your hands and eyes to coordinate the reaction of when you feel the movement is in the right place.
My fifth photograph is from my third set of photographs, within my third set decided to make my techniques and photograph styles my own representations of movement. So I chose instead of using film to photograph human movement but instead to photograph objects, and this is what this photograph – “Eleven” represents. This photograph portrays to me the final result of taking all the elements from each artist I looked at and combing them together to make a photograph that portrays my perception of movement through film photographs.
Sixth Photograph is my final result from digital movement that I came up with through exploring movement through many different digital techniques both in camera and using editing software. This photograph was a combination of 5 different photographs and techniques drawn from both film and digital, it shows the key path most human movements take, whist keeping the raw emotion of the subject showing a childlike emotion. One that bring back memories for a most of us. I have learnt that very simple movements can create the most beautiful detail photographs, and the simplest of subjects (People) and often create the most interesting photographs all down to the movement both objects and people give off. I also learnt that the colour doesn’t always matter it is more the movement that does, back when Harold “Doc” Edgerton was photographing he didn’t have colour he relied on the movement to show the passion and emotion, this quality I like and kept however to show we have a growing and changing world I introduced colour into some work to show we have to create our own legacies within photography and this is one within movement photography.

I started my set one of photographs I started by analyzing the techniques used by Carl Rosendahl in the series of his photographs “Time Warping”. I used his technique of using very fast shutter speeds, lights and objects to recreate similar photographs but with my own twist to them.
One photograph I took “Speed” of the dice in mid movement showed cased the techniques he had used using the light to show the trail of the movement. I chose to upload this photograph into the editing software Adobe Photoshop, to create my own twist on the technique of using a sharper focus than he had making the movement seem more powerful. I learnt that the technique of side lighting the rolling dice was actually quite a simple and easy technique but create beautiful powering photographs, which could easily be interpreted as a modern abstract piece of work.
Also in set one of photographs I chose to experiment with another house hold object of cards, inspired by Carl Rosendahl’s work with them, I focused on the soft floating movement they created because I did not have many cards I adopted the technique of using digital manipulation of cloning to make it seem as if there were more. I learnt that even if you couldn’t get it exactly right there was a simple way in digital photograph to manipulate the photograph to get an accurate portrayal of how I saw the movement should have been.
I chose at the end of each set of my photographs that I was going to do an end of set evaluation to evaluate where I was on my journey of the topic movement, review how I was feeling and what I felt I needed to do next. Within this set I chose to I evaluated how my work with digital had gone, which was inspired by research on Jacob Carter, Jonathan Lucas and Carl Rosendahl. I found that focusing on object movement inspired by Carl Rosendahl and then using Adobe CS6 helped me start by journey as I realized I could retouch the imperfections that didn’t meet my perception of movement. I also reflected that I felt confident in my journey that I had mastered creating light trails. However to advance my journey with movement I felt I needed to broaden my horizon by exploring the human movement and also by looking at other artist research I had done such as Harold “Doc” Edgerton and also Bob Martin.

For my set two of photographs I planned to explore other mediums and techniques that I had available to me, one aspect I like the idea of was motion blur which Alan Babbitt and Bob Martin had both done, but also sticking with digital to photograph the object movement as it seemed to be working well with the digital manipulation skills I was learning. However I also stated in my set one evaluation that I wanted to broaden my horizon so I chose that I wanted to try film and take inspiration from Harold “Doc” Edgerton’s work with film and people doing movement being the contents.
One of my first photographs in set two of photographs for object photography was “Movement in Colour”, this photograph focused on the motion blur like Bob Martin, I chose to bring in the modern element of colour as I feel it helped complement the fountain, and the blurred water. Like Bob Martin and Alan Babbitt did in their work with motion blur and colour. With this photograph I learnt the digital and film technique of creating motion blur in camera using long exposure.
Within set two I also did film photographs of human movement inspired by Harold “Doc” Edgerton’s work one photograph in particular which I spent a lot of time focusing on and working on to try and really understand how hard it was for him to capture the movement was “Capturing the Spirit”, with this photograph I decided to start simple with just one movement being captured to first get a feel for how he caught the exact movements, I then processed to doing a lot of testing and experimenting within the darkroom developing process to get the right tones and contrast over the overall photograph, using new techniques I learnt of dodging and burning using light and then filters within the enlargers themselves. I found that I could highlight the movement by making it the focus of the photograph using darker contrasts around the edges and then lighter around the persons movements.
I chose to write an end of set evaluation because I felt it would help me analyze where I had got to in my journey exploring movement. I found using the long exposure shutter speed worked well however it did not really fit my movement journey as the only artists I looked at that had done long shutter speed did it for light and not moving objects such as water, with the artist being Jacob Carter. However I found that my work was improving with my inspiration from Carl Rosendhal’s because I was able to explore different editing techniques especially within the dark room and using digital techniques. I found dodging and burning in the darkroom really helped me achieve similar tones to what Edergton had used.

For my set three of photographs I decided I wanted to follow through the theme and contents from set one and two for example the object movement and then also the human movement, however I also decided that I had taken both a likening to film and digital so therefore wanted to carry on with film and digital. However in reverse to my first and second set I wanted to try and see what happens if I use digital to photograph humans can I apply my digital editing techqniues to make a modern Edgerton photograph? I also wanted to challenge myself and see how hard it would be to photograph objects using film.



College wise i still have the following to do:
Complete my 3000 word photography essay ( one above) by next wednesday
Complete the redrafted versions of my media 1800 word essay by mid march
Write and evaluation for my media course work by mid march
Finish designing a data base for my course work all ready 30 pages long
build my database
test it and evaluate got till may to do so
Also then revised for media and ict exams


On top of work messing around the rota, i am the weekend and manager so generally work friday afternoons and sat sun, my co manager just informed me our franchise manager has decided he wants my co manager to work every other saturday and sundays too, he's not happy about this as one its means we will be treading on each others toes, plus he has a season ticket to a premier foot ball club who play most saturdays... it also means where does my job stand... just got a car and my insurance is £1500 for the year. I know our franchises opening another shop in the next town and was on about send me there, but i recently saw an ad for that shop looking for managers..... great.. Bleh too much things going on!

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