Again I’ve been looking through some older pictures to see if there is anything I can do with them. I took some photos as part of my BTEC at a local hockey match. At one point, I took multiple shots of the players running out from the goal when it was a corner. These looked ok on their own at the time, but looking at them again I wanted to try and create more of an action feel. So I overlaid three of the the pictures, and fiddled around a bit with the opacity etc. The one problem I had was that ideally the camera should have been on a tripod so that the goal and lines were exactly in the same place. It nearly works!
This was completed for “People in the Countryside”. It depicts a group of volunteers planting new trees in the New Forest in Hampshire, England. This was based on a photo I saw in the National Portrait Gallery in London called “Actors’ last Supper” by Alistair Morrison. I liked how everyone was doing something different in a posed shot. This wasn’t posed so though and it worked out really well.
This was completed for “People in the Countryside”. I wanted to get a classic black and white social-documentary style shot. This was taken at a local countryside fair. I knew the woodturner would be there, and I was aiming to get a shot like this. What I like about the composition is that it is a photograph of a woodland activity, but with a building in the background, which makes for a “clash” of images. If it had been in a woodland environment then I think it would have been a less interesting picture. Converting to black and white has worked well. The main feedback from my tutor was “I’d like to see more hands” – I think he was right…
Completed for “Games”, I had originally intended this to be black and white and then colour pop one of the counters. It never looked right though, so I left it in colour and I think it works really well. It took a while to do though as many adjustments were needed to account for the perspective. I nearly got it. I look at it now, and see some minor adjustments that could have been made.
This was completed for “Drinks”. I wanted to create a still life based around drinks, and the idea of a gambler who had turned to drink appealed. I also wanted to create a photo where the background was also a TV picture. So I put a table next to the TV and ran a recording of a horse race. It worked really well because of the motion of the horses.
I received my results today for my Level 2 Certificate in Photography, and I am very pleased as I got Distinctions in all three units of “Photographic Techniques and Applications”,”Experimental Photography” and “Creative Camera Techniques”. I doubt I will go any further with this sort of education, but I will probably do some other courses at some time in the future. It was generally a good year, although there were times when I felt there was way too much paperwork to be done!
A percentage of our shots had to be ‘digitally manipulated’. It wasn’t clear what this meant. Most of my shots I do are manipulated in some way. In fact, as I shoot mostly in RAW I have to do some sort of manipulation. This photo completed for ‘Games’ was more of the classic manipulation variety. Three layers. Me, the front of the card and the back of the card with transparency added in to get the see through effect.