Exercise 1.12 Smash!

Lets be honest – I failed. It simply didn’t work. It was a very simple principle. Balloons filled with paint, smashed off a canvas which would a) generate typical splash/ smash type photos, while b) creating a Jack the Dripper type canvas. My main problem was that I couldn’t find water-balloons, so I just bought ordinary…

Exercise 1.1 Capturing stillness and movement

Choose a subject that includes both stillness and movement. Seek out a variety of different instances of this subject. Make a series of photographs that shows the visual effect of stillness and movement  within these different but similar settings. The brief suggested checking out the work of Toshio Shibata which was interesting. It also posed the…

Exercise 1.10 – Shutter speed

Make a series of experiments bracketing only the shutter speed, for example by using1/250th sec, then 1/60th sec, 1/15th sec, etc. You’ll go from freezing movement to blurring movement. Think about interesting moving subjects and note down some ideas: people, nature, machines, etc. Note the most effective ways you could photograph them: by panning the camera…

Exercise 1.9 – soft light landscape

As required I did some preparation for this exercise by researching the cityscapes of Gabriele Basilico. I don’t want to write too much about the guy here because Mr. Google has far more background info than I do. However in respect of learning from some of his images so as to improve some of my landscapes,…

Exercise 1.8 – Bracketing exposures

Bracketing exposures means making three to five shots of the same subject at different exposures. This gives you more choice to work with later, resulting in more controlled shadows and highlights. I didn’t want to spend too long on this exercise as it seemed more technically based rather than researched based. So basic images, get…

Picture analysis – Red Bridge, Okawa

What do you see? A wooden railings or fenced bridge, leading across a red iron support, into an undefined space. I then looked the image up online and its much clearer than the printed version. I could see that it lead across to a forest covered mountainside. I see beige rectangles and red triangles. Muted…

Project 2 – shadows and light

Outline – This project involves hunting for strong shadows and highlights. I chose outdoor environments. Utilise the light on a clear day when the sun is low on the horizon. Have a look at the work of Trent Parke making notes on how Parke uses high contrast light and shadow to create telling dramatic compositions….

If it was raining & Thomas Struth came to Dublin

I had moved on to Project 2 – Shadows, so was on the hunt for bright sunshine and long shadows. The aim was to make a series of photographic studies of light and shadows very much in the mindset of Trent Parke. However Trent Parke lives in Adelaide, Australia and I live in Dublin, plus…