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16 Mar

ISO: 200

F- stop: f6.4

Exposure: 1/150 sec

Taken on a very bright day I didn’t need a long shutter speed, and the strong sunshine creates long shadows from the trees adding to the fairytale theme of this picture. A strong leading line into the picture, disappearing into nothing, draws the viewer in. There are a lot of contrasting textures adding to the theme, and the juxtaposition of nature and a man made road adds to the mysterious feel. It is almost as if nature is claiming back its land.

ISO: 200

F- stop: f4.5

Exposure: 1/400 sec

This image was taken on a very overcast midday, with the intention of creating a cold, calm and even lonely feeling. The content of this picture is simple, with organic shapes dominating the bottom two thirds. The textures are fairly uniform which exaggerate the lonely feel of the photo. There are no overiding strong tones which complement the calmness. I chose to keep the image simple by the contrast of ground and sky, only linked by the trees.


Critique Of My Photo

10 Mar

The focus of the picture is on the foreground, in the detail of the bushes filled with organic shapes. I chose not to have the background in focus as the sweeping line created by the lake curves around the top of the information in the foreground. The day was very overcast, and so it was difficult to capture any vivid colours, although this soft lighting works well as it adds to the calm feel of the photo. There is no detail in the sky as it was so overcast, but this only leads you to look at the detail in the foreground. As I shot this picture though as window, I decided to incorporate it into the actual photo to frame it. The lake adds another curvy line from left to right, separating the foreground and the background. I used a fast shutter speed to minimise movement in the photo as I wanted a calm, tranquil feeling. I wanted lots of textures in the foreground as it makes the picture more interesting. The swan hiding on the left hand side is a detail that you see on the second time of looking at it.

Edited photos

8 Mar

I chose to edit some of these photos to enhance their best features, and bring out some of the detail. The first one was taken by a canal, and the last three are taken at Coombe Abbey.

1. Canal

To take this picture, I made sure that my camera had the correct settings to minimalise the editing that may be done in post production.

White balance: cloudy

ISO: 200

F stop: 5.6

This image was dull and a bit flat, so I increased the amountof red and green to warm it up in highlights and midtones, and decreased the blue content in the shadows. Also, I fractionally increased the contrast to enhance the shadowing around the geese’s feet.











This next image I feel needed a different feel to it, so I altered the colours to make it feel like a vintage 1960’s summer photograph. I used the clone tool to remove some of the extra reeds that were of detriment to the photo, and sparingly used the burn tool to bring out some shadowing in the background.

Original settings for this picture:

White balance: Cloudy

ISO: 200

F stop: 5

The curves tool enabled me to increase the amount of red in the shadows annd highlights, and decrease the amount of blue in the midtones. Green was not necessary to alter as the tonality of it already lent itself to a vintage feel as the day was overcast.














3. Celebration

I didn’t do a lot to this photo but clone out some of the excess reeds to shift focus onto the reed that looks like it is celebrating.

I also added a fraction more green and red and reduced the blue colour to make the picture feel more like a lazy summer.


















4. Gothic/ Fairytale

This last photo needed a more gothic feel with all the trees towering around a river. Firstly, I needed to clone out some details that made the picture feel messy such as the leaves on the steps, and the debris in the river. Next, I turned the photo black and white using the channel mixer. Finally, I used the dodge tool on the steps to enhance the leading line down towards the river, and the burn tool on the shadows of the tree trunks, the bench and the leaves surrounding the steps.


11 Dec

Just found a fab little app online- it’s cheating a little, but it makes a big difference to photos. You can download it for iPhones and whatnot, but you can access it on your computer as well. If you upload a photo, the tiltshift software will alter (and you can manipulate also) the area of focus. You can also alter saturation, colour and contrast, and vignetting, but I haven’t for these images. For example:

And here is my altered image, you can see the difference:

Obviously this software is no substitute for taking pictures correctly, but it produces an interesting effect. Here I have had to printscreen and copy into Paint to get this image on here, as the image doesn’t save (or I can’t work out how to) on computers, only displays.

Oh, and here is the website:  Enjoy!

Landscapes with a holiday feel

16 Nov

These photographs have a strong nostalgic theme for me; they remind me of holidays, exploration and happiness.

The above photofits tidily into the rule of thirds. The contrasting textures of the wall and the door juxtapose with the metal of the candle holder. The warmth of the tones make the picture feel relaxing and calm.

I wanted this picture to capture a sense of loneliness and exploration, and the lighthouse in the sea, away from the cliff edge encapsulates this. It is not a negative feeling picture as the bright colours of the sea and the cliff and the red on the lighthouse prevent it from becoming oppressive.

This picture primarily was taken to emphasise the feeling of joy. On the horizno, we can see a man playing with a kite, but this looks like he is celebrating. From a low perspective, and the content of the picture, it almost feels like a child has taken it. The tree in the foreground gives a sense of  location, and its texture gives a feeling of depth and shadow on a bright day.

Sunsets and Hearts

16 Nov

I took this picture to capture a sense of movement at sunset. Very often, sunset lanscapes are stationary and calm, but I wanted the contrast of the natural beauty and the car zooming past to emphasise the feeling of time passing.





This picture I took because of the content. Obviously the tree looks like a heart, but more than that, the background contrasts heavily with the tree. The houses and the cars depict a normal suburban setting, and the tree shows a symbol of love flourishing naturally.









In contrast to the last picture, this landscape showcases the natural beauty to be found, and the setting sun highlights very slightly the river flowing through.






The setting sun brings out all the detail of the clouds in this picture, and no post- production was required. The texture of the cloud varies immensely across the picture, from wispy, soft bits at the top, to heavy and dense looking parts at the bottom.