Week Beginning: 16/1/17 – I feel like I am currently doing well with my film work as I have produced some quality test strips, contact sheets and film enlargements in my physical sketchbook. However, I don’t feel like I am doing very well with coping to do two projects at once, and my planning isn’t as good as I know it could be. This is because I feel rather bombarded and no able to concentrate knowing I have two lots of work to do at one time. I found using film rather interesting as it gave me an experience as to how photography was made years ago. I enjoyed using film although I didn’t like the processing the film as it was fiddly and slightly frustrating. After I finish the film processing I am going to concentrate on my Light and Shadows assignment as it is more of a priority than the studio project. I am going to concentrate on planning on this project as I identified earlier I feel like I haven’t done enough lately. My ideas are changing from concentrating on producing high quality photos to producing consistent written work as well as consistent good quality photos as I received critical information involving grades. If I need any help I can receive it from either of my tutors or from any of the members in my class. I feel like I am behind on my work as I am worried about not being able to complete both projects on time, I am very behind on my Visual Source Binder, and still have a somewhat to catch up on with my studio project as well as continuing with my Light and Shadow project.
W/B: 23/1/17 – I feel like I am catching up well with my studio tasks. I think that now the studio task project deadline is approaching I can concentrate more on the priority tasks.I’m still having trouble keeping up to date with the Visual Source Binder. I am finding the 24 photos of Light and Shadow task interesting as I can see many different possibilities of shooting Light and Shadow.
Angus McBean is my historical photographer I will be looking at. I have chosen to look at this photographer because I am interested in his creativity, for example in one of his pieces he has the model a sort of heavenly theme.
Angus McBean was a photographer from South Wales and was recognised for his studio photography of celebrities in the 1900’s, working with big names such as The Beatles, Vivien Leigh and Aubery Hepburn. He was very famous in the era of vintage film and the rise of the cinema.
In the image shown above, the main focal point of the image is the model seemingly floating in the sky. I feel like the Rule of Thirds somewhat applies to this image as the models hands seems to be in 2 different sections. The depth of field in this image is a wide depth of field. The feeling of movement is created by the strange cloud-like shapes around the model, making it seem like she is floating in mid-air. The lighting in the image brings out the texture of the models clothes. There is defiantly a sense of depth as the models right arm is more shadowy, whereas her left arm is lit up vibrantly. The lighting on the models appears to be slightly harsh as the contrast of the shadows seems to be mildly different.I think this is a medium contrast image as there are a lot of grey colours in the image. I feel like this image suits the surreal style as the model appears to be floating. I feel like the image is about an angel of some sort.
Alex Tran is my contemporary photographer I will be looking at. I have chosen to look at this photographer because I am interested in the way he uses vibrant colours in some of his portraits, and how he incorporates scenery within them.
I think the main focal point of this image is the stationary and curtains around the model. I think the Rule of Thirds applies to this image as the cup with the assorted pens and pencils seem to rest on the bottom left point of interest. The depth of field is medium, as the majority of the image is in focus, but the edges of the photo seem to be slightly blurry. The feeling of movement is created by the way the model is composing a painting in the image. There appears to be a leading line in the image where the diagonal line of the models arm, leads up to the details on her face. Patterns can be found on the curtains on either side of the model which gives the image a little more detail.
I have chosen to take my photoshoot in the style of Irving Penn as I am intersted in his ratios of lighting as they are quite contrasting 1:4-1:8 ratios. I am also interested in the fact that he focuses on the model rather than anything else. I have been influenced by Irving Penn as I felt like his work was the most appealing to me as a viewer. I plan to use broad lighting as I feel like this will make the image a little more interesting. I am debating on using a colour gel in my work as this adds I feel like this would make my piece more of my own rather than just copying Penn’s work. I have chosen to set my space up like this as I feel like it would give me a more vibrant look to my final piece.
Final Shoot Evaluation
24/1/17 – I feel like the shoot was a success today as I experimented with more things than I intended to. I did not follow the plan well as I set up butterfly lighting and not broad lighting. I did this as I felt it was a quick but effective lighting setup. I shot a few with just a plain soft box, power level at 5, shutter speed at 1/125, Aperture at F/9.0, and the ISO at 100. I then added a fill light which was a plain lamp with gels (Blue, Green, Orange, Red). I set the fill light power to 4 to give the butterfly lighting a little colour, which made me feel like it was more of my own idea. I feel like the best photo I took was one using red gel as I liked the red shadowy effect it created in sync with the soft box and the butterfly effect.
The red gel lamp was facing up towards the ceiling whilst the soft-box was facing slightly downwards toward the model. I then took a various amount of shots on either side of the setup, and some directly underneath the setup.
Key light is the main light used to light up the model.
What is Fill Light?
Fill light is any other lighting used along side the Key Light.
Irving Penn Task
The lighting ratio used in this photo is 1:8 as the right side of the models face contrasts highly with the left side. The lighting style used in this photo is Broad lighting, as we can see the models ear clearly in the photo.
The lighting ratio used in this photo is 1:1 as both sides of the models face are lit up evenly. The lighting style used in this photo is Butterfly lighting, this is because shadows fall around the side of the face and underneath the nose.
The lighting ratio used in this photo is 1:1 as the light is evenly spread out on both sides. The style of lighting used in this photo is short lighting as the light only goes up to her cheek bones.
The lighting ratio used in this photo is 1:2 as the light on the left side of the models face is brighter than the light on the right side of the models face. The style of lighting used here is broad lighting as it concentrates from the nose to the ears.
The lighting ratio used in this photo is 1:3 as the right side of the models face is considerably darker than the left side of the models face. The style of lighting used in this photo is broad lighting as the light reachers from the nose to the ear.
The lighting ratio used in this photo is 1:2 as the right side of the models face is slightly lighter than the left side. The style of lighting used is short lighting as the light only travels from the nose up until the cheek bones.
The lighting ratio used in this image is 1:1 as the light on the right side of the models face matches the light on the left side. The style of lighting used in this photo is broad
The lighting ratio in this image is 1:2 as the left side of their faces is slightly more lit up than the right side. The style of lighting used in this image is short lighting as the light only goes from their noses to their cheek bones.
The lighting ratio used in this image is 1:1 as there is no clear difference on either side of the model. The style of lighting used here is short lighting as the light only reaches the models cheeks.
The lighting ratio used in this image is 1:4 as the left side of the models face is considerably darker than the right side, but it’s not completely dark. The style of lighting used in this image is broad lighting as the list travels from the nose to the ear.
The main focal point of this image is the male standing standing in front of the camera, we know this as he is in focus whereas the area around him loses focus the further it goes out. This makes the image have a shallow depth of field. We know this as the background is blurry in proportion to the model. A prominent shape in the image is the model as the depth of field has drawn him out of the image. The texture of the brick road is brought out by the light, which also has a repeating pattern as the bricks are of the same style. The viewpoint of this image is a normal viewpoint as the camera is facing up towards the models eyes. There is a sense of depth as there is a shallow depth of field. The model fits the frame almost perfectly as there is only a little bit of space between the top and the bottom of the frame and the model. The light source in the mage is the sun behind the model. The colours in this image create contrast as it is a greyscale image. I feel as if this image is a low contrast image as there is a lot of the same shade of grey, but more of a higher contrast with the model. I think this image is a straight style image. My opinion on the image is that is it well presented and played out, but maybe the contrast could be a little higher.
The main focal point in this picture is the man standing in front of the Eiffel Tower. This is because the rest of the image seems desaturated, therefore making the model more bold. The head of the Eiffel Tower sits on the top-right point of interest, so I would say that this image applies the rule of thirds. There is a sense of movement in the image as the models coat is flapping up by his left side. There are some leading lines in the tiles on the floor, which lead up to the model and a more dominant line splitting the sky from the floor, leading to the Eiffel Tower. The creases in the models trousers and coat is revealed through the lighting. There is a repeating button pattern on the mans coat, and also in the tiles on the floor. The view presented in the image could be described as a worms’ eye view as we are looking up towards the man, giving the man a sense of importance and power. There is a sense of depth to the image as we can clearly see the Eiffel Tower in the background behind the model is less contrasted in comparison to the model. The colours in this image create contrast as it is a greyscale image. The contrast of the image is low as there are a lot of greyer shades rather than more prominent black and white shades. The style of this image is straight as it portrays a man standing far in front of the Eiffel Tower. I think this image means that the model has some sort of power over something in France.
The focal point in this image is Twiggy as she fills in the majority of the frame. I feel like the rule of thirds applies to this image as her eyes and either side of her face fits onto the grid. This image has a wide depth of field as everything in the image appears to be in focus. The prominent shapes in this image are Twiggy’s eyes as they seem to bulge out using the reflection from her pupils. There are a lot of curved lines including the lines on her jumper, and the figure of her cheeks. A smooth texture is highlighted on Twiggy’s face using studio lighting (most likely using a soft box). There is a repeating pattern on Twiggy’s jumper which seems to be aesthetically pleasing and adds to the detail of the image. The viewpoint of the image is normal as Twiggy has her head looking straight. There is a sense of depth as there are shadows forming underneath her nose and round by her cheek bones (this suggests butterfly lighting was used in the studio). The sale of Twiggy in relation to the frame is slightly oversized as the top of her head is cut out along with the edges of her shoulders. The light source of the image is most likely a soft box in the butterfly lighting style.The image creates a high contrast as it is greyscale, but also has stronger shades of black and white rather than a lot of grey shades. I think the style of this image is more of a fashion style as Twiggy looks rather dainty in the image. I think that this image is trying to distort the way Twiggy looks in a way by using the studio to make her look more appealing. My response to the image is that I like how the image has a high contrast. I could use this with my work with props to make my work more inserting and have more meaning.
The main focal point in this image is the model (Audrey Hepburn in this case) and what she is wearing within it. I feel like this image somewhat applies to the rule of thirds as her right eye lines up with the left side of the grid. The depth of field is wide as there isn’t much depth to focus on individual things. There is a small shadow that forms to the bottom left hand-side of the image which is quite prominent. The texture of the silk bow is brought out from the broad lighting on the left side of Hepburn. There seems to be a pattern emerging on the flower hat Hepburn wears, bit not a regular pattern. There is a sense of depth to the image as a shadow emerges to the bottom left side of Hepburn. The viewpoint of this image is normal as Hepburn seems to be looking into the camera with ease. The scale in which Beaton took the image in is accurate as it doesn’t take too much detail off of the clothes she is wearing in relation to her accessories. The light source in this image appears to be a soft box as the lighting looks very soft to the left side of Hepburn’s face. The colours create harmony as they are all orchid like colours, matching with Hepburn’s orchid headpiece. I think that the contrast of the image is low as there are a lot of the same tones of colours in the image. I feel as if this image fits in the fashion category as Hepburn appears to be some sort of gardener figure. I think this means she likes to spend time out in nature. I think that the idea of an orchid themed image is interesting as nature is usually associated with landscape photography, so it combines two styles into one.
Idea 1: Using the Cogs/Gears face-paint idea to add some circles onto my/a models face, combining it with the Clock Tower location using the face of the clock as a circle.
Idea 2: Using the Cinco de mayo face-paint idea, combining with some sort of flower as a prop with a field location to interpret circles into the photograph.
Idea 3: Taking the turbines location and using photoshop to add a circular shaped word around the blades of the turbine.
Idea 4: Using colour splash to highlight a circle within one of my photographs.
Idea 5: Using a projector and some decorated acetate to project circles onto my/a models body.
Idea 6: Using some round glasses, combining with some sort of flowery environment using the flower heads and glasses lens as circles.
Idea 7: Combining lots of circles into one in different colours, then layering that over an image, then changing the blending modes to make the surreal circle visible.
Idea 8: Adding in man made circles into a natural environment, for example; A Pokéball next to a tree stump.
Idea 9: Taking a photo of me/a model and then using photoshop to manipulate the photo into a pop art setting.
Idea 10: Using the Crescent Moon face-paint idea, combining with an urban-like area.
Face Paint Research
Alexander Khokhlov uses face-paint to create a surreal effect on the models face.
I have chosen to display this image because I find the lightning bolt through one eye intriguing. He could have made it more simple and kept the model with both eyes open, but then this would have destroyed the main subject of the lightning strike piercing through the left eye.
I have chosen to display this photo as it links in with the circles theme, and the Pop Art movement I had brainstormed earlier. I like this photo as the face-paint makes the photo appear to be 2D, however using my photography knowledge I know this is 3D as there is some depth to the photo where the models shoulder is, giving it some form.
I have chosen to display this photo as I am interested in the tiger face-paint. Combining human attributes with animals appearances is called Anthropomorphic. I am interested in this as I have a big interest for animals. In this photo I feel like the image is showing the soldiers fierce tiger-like bravery, shown by the half tiger face-paint.
Jacek Woźniak has used make up here to show the Cinco de mayo theme.
I have chosen to include this photo in my research as it links in with one of my ideas including Cinco de mayo. I am also interested in the flower crown prop he has used in this photo to add effect to the small painted flower on the models chin. I like the idea of using flowers as there are loads of different types of flowers I can work with.
These photos come from Rankin’s “Beauty” portfolio.
I have included this image in my research because I am interested in the vibrant lights included in the composition. I am also interested in the dark body paint used to bring out the saturation of the lights even further.
I have used this piece in my research because I feel like it connects with my Crescent Moon idea. I like how the composer has taken a photo and cut out a shape on a plain piece of paper and played it over the image. I can use this in my work as a template to lay over my images.
I have chosen to display this image in my research because I am interested in changing the way the eye(s) look in some of my photos to fit the theme. For example if I am doing a demonic themed photo, I would aim to use some sort of black or red eye contacts. I like this photo because I am interested in the theme behind it, which I’m guessing is some sort of robot-like figure.
I have chosen to include this lighting example in my research because the lighting gives a lot of attention to the models face. This is important for my piece as the model with have their face painted, therefore I need to give a lot of the viewers attention to the models face.
I have chosen this lighting example for my research as the lighting is uneven on the models face, giving the piece some depth, which makes it a lot more interesting. This is important for my piece as I need to add depth to my piece to make it interesting for viewers.
I have chosen to include this lighting example in my research because I am interested in how the model is looking away from the camera, and how there is some minor tone by her eyes and cheek bones. However in my piece I’d like to give these areas more tone.
I am going to choose style 1 for my studio photoshoot as I feel like it brings out depth within the subject. I like the photo as I feel like it gives more depth to the subject.
I have chosen to include this photographer in my research because I like how creative they are with camera positioning and the colour pallets they use. This could work well with my face paint idea as I could possibly merge the colours of the paints with another element in the photo.
Developing My Ideas
Which ideas do I like?:
Demonic face-paint with black eye-contact lenses in a field landscape to bring out a creepy style photo.
Cogs and gears face-paint, outside of a clock tower landscape to fit with a theme of “Clockwork”.
Day of the Dead Sugar Skull face-paint using the studio to bring out the detail of the face-paint.
I have chosen to practice this editing style as I would like to include it in one of my 3 final images to show I have some skill in creative editing. I would most likely use this method in my Demonic Field photo as that doesn’t have many circles involved within the piece. I am very interested in using the technique I used in Image 6 of the series as it develops an inverted colour scheme with each column of circles (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, 100%). I am interested in using this scheme as I feel it gives a more surreal look to the piece. However, I also like the technique I used in Image 3 of the series as it adds a spice of colour in the image in circular patterns, ranging from white blue to a very solid blue (Left to right). I am pleased with the series as I feel like it interprets the theme of “Circles” very clearly. If I was to do the series again, I would change how I measured the setup of each circle, i.e: How far apart each circle was and how big each circle was.
Image 1 scene setup
Which scene have I decided to shoot in?:
I have chosen to shoot in a nearby field with cloudy conditions to add to the detail of the “Demonic” theme behind the image.
For the shoot, I would probably shoot the majority of my images using the spacing in Image 2, this is because it focuses a lot on the main subject (in this case, the field. In my final shoot the main subject will be the model). Image 1 focuses too much on the grass and won’t get enough detail to the models face. Image 3 focuses too much on the sky, which is a problem for my final shoot as half of the models body and detail will be cut off.
Experimentation inspired by Anish Kapoor evaluation
I have chosen to practice this editing style as it gives a clear indication of circles in each photo. I particularly like the style I have used in Image 4, 5 and 6 because I feel like they are the most interesting, more technical than the others and most aesthetically pleasing. I would like to try all 3 styles when doing my final 3 images to see which style would suit which picture the most. I have used a variety of different blending modes throughout the series, for example; in image 2 I used “Exclusion”, In Image 3 I used “Colour”, In Image 4 I used “Colour Dodge” and in Image 6 I added a gradient with a “Colour” blending mode. I am pleased with the series as I feel they are unique to me. If I did this series again I would try to mix up the circles a little more and push my limits, also using some of my own images.
Quilling is a technique that consists of rolling thin pieces of paper into tiny circles, which can then be squashed to form other shapes. This technique could be useful in my work as I could create a circle of small circles in a lot of different colours and sizes, then scan this in and lay it over my image on photoshop.
Anant Nanvare uses quilling to create stunning portraits. In order to create these portraits he uses a wide range of different shapes, colours and sizes.
Aim is to take 50-60 photos to choose from, choosing 2 final photos to edit.
Shoot 1 statistics
Total images shot: 121
Time taken: 1h 45m
Narrowed down to 5images:
Which I then selected 2 final photos to edit in photoshop:
Then edited on Photoshop:
I am happy with this piece as I took a long time editing and adjusting the image to make it detailed. I am pleased with the colour scheme I used here as I feel like the teal-blue colour works well with the models hair. I feel like I could have made the tidiness around the models figure better as it is clearly faded, and I wanted it to be a clean cut. I have added depth to my image by adding in the roses and using darker colours, as lighter colours tend to feel closer. I’ve taken the photo at a normal viewpoint as I wanted to get full detail of the models face. I cropped the image halfway down the models chest to give an idea of reflection as the t-shirt is white and reflects the light onto the face. I framed the model with roses as this matches the Candy Skull face-paint. I’ve used lighting to show texture within the roses to make them appear more 3D, and texture can also be seen on the model as there are crinkles on her t-shirt. I researched online to get the form of the roses, also changing the brush settings on Photoshop to get the scattering and opacity effects. The lighting used here to light the model is soft, as I used the soft box while shooting in the studio. The colours I used in this piece create harmony as the roses tone in with the colour of the models hair, and are muted against the models hair too. The models t-shirt has a high contrast to the background, and the base coat of the models face has a normal contrast to the background. I was aiming to make people think about the image, making it look surreal. I gave instructions to the makeup artist as to how I wanted the face to look to match my image. The mood I intended to create was a questioning one, and left the viewer to decide what they thought of it. It connects to the circles brief because the roses have a circular shape, along with the eyes and the moon figure in the corner. The message I take away from this piece is that lighting and colour tones are important, as well as planning shooting times beforehand.
I am happy with this piece as I feel like it portrays the theme of “circles” well. I think this because of the big moon-like circle in the middle of the image. I have added depth into my image as there are parts which are lighter than others, giving them shadows. I have taken the photo at a normal viewpoint to give viewers the idea that the moon I placed in the image is the same height as the model. I decided to use a black backdrop whilst shooting to enhance the white being used on the model as white tends to float towards the foreground. The focal point of this image is the models face as this is where most of the detail is in the image. I feel like the rule of thirds is somewhat involved in this image as the models face is lined up on the left side of the grid. It’s hard to tell if this image has a shallow or wide depth of field as the backdrop is black. There is a feeling of movement as the models head is tilted to the side. There is very clearly a circle shape in the middle of the photo, representing the circle theme. There are lot of curved lines used in this image used to give the sense of misdirection and illusion. there is a soft texture given off as I used the soft box in the studio, this creates a more calm look to the models face. This contradicts the face-paint used on the models as skulls are used to look more scary. There is a repeated circle pattern used in the middle of the photo as it is firstly a white moon layer, topped by an ink paint circle layer with an X inside, which was then merged together and blended together using blending modes. I have decided to make the circle bigger than the model so that it could fit over the face, giving it a sense of scale. I have framed the model with some splatters of paint to the right side of the moon to give it a sense of depth as I layered the paint on top of the moon layer. I feel like the colours I have used create contrast as I have used bold opposing colours, but not quite opposing as red and green are opposite in the colour wheel. The colours in the image are quite vibrant, giving it a illusive effect. I think this is a high contrast image as there isn’t much detail in the background of the image, whereas there is lots of detail in the foreground, enhancing the detail of the model and the effects added. I aimed to give the piece a surreal effect, and I think I have achieved that as there is an illusionary 3D effect added to the photo, along side a moon in the middle of the photo (normally the moon in a photo would be extra small since it’s in space). The photo was actually taken with just the model wearing the faceprint with her standing behind the black backdrop in the studio. I didn’t intend to give the photo a meaning, I want viewers to be left with questions. I’ve added an illusionary effect because I like how different and cool it looks opposed to normal studio photography.
I have chosen to use this image as my final submission as I felt like it showed the theme of circles better than the other one. I also chose it because I feel like it shows surrealism better than the other one, because of the 3D effect and how the moon is in the middle of the page. I cropped the image halfway down the models chest as I wanted to capture the detail of the white shirt which corresponds to the white base paint of the models face.
During the course of this project, I realised that I was really interested and motivated about my idea that I didn’t make a backup plan in case my original plan failed. The turnout was that my original plan had failed in some way, so next time I am going to make a backup plan so this doesn’t happen again. I enjoyed completing this project as it has given me time to practice my camera skills and processing skills. I liked the way we were able to plan and create a photo of our choice since the theme was quite broad, meaning I could use my creativity skills to a bigger extent. What I didn’t like about the project was all the writing and evaluation for the pieces I produced as I tend to struggle with this area. I aim to improve this on the next project by practicing my analysing and evaluating skills by taking work from other artists/photographers and using those to analyse. Overall I am happy with my project as I feel like I put in a lot of effort into experimenting with photoshop to create my final image(s). However, I could have spent more time doing more artist/photographer research and making contingency plans to fall back on if my primary plans do not work. This is vital as it could affect my final grade in the long run, so this is a valuable lesson.
Gyorgy Kepes is a photogram artist who uses photograms to express detail in real life objects. I will use this in my work to show the theme of circles. I could use this technique in my work to bring out some details of circles and circular shapes/objects.