Adding space to a picture – I don’t think this follows any of the “rules” of photography.
This is my take on a lesson from the excellent Phlearn website. It is based on a poster for the film ‘Riddick’. I could probably have spent more time on the eyes, but it’s come out well.
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…
This week I had the chance to photograph one of my colleagues from work. He had seen one of my pictures I wanted to see if we could get some of him. This was pretty much my first portrait photo shoot, so there was quite a lot of experimenting. I took a number of prime lenses – 35mm, 50mm and 90mm. I also took a couple of flashes although only ended up using one. There’s quite a lot of shadows in the pictures, and most I like but I think I could have used a reflector to reduce a few of them. It was quite entertaining but I need to get quicker, and practice my patter! More photos can be found on Flickr