Again the questions started to arise as I entered church this morning. Looking at every Woman that was dressed beautifully. Do we even have to dress up for church? Do we really need so many instruments and technology for worship? Do we even under stand what worship is in this community? If the technology was gone and the drums and electric instruments. Would we still be satisfied with hand made instruments or our own voices? Do we really need a building with so much stuff. Would we still gather to worship? Are all these people here because they want to be or because they need to be? Because they lack fruits of the spirit. Are there some that sin and still come to church because they grew up in a christian home? Do they feel lost or suicidal? Does anyone yearn to be prayed for? Sometimes I get angry at the church today. Because there are so many things we don’t need and think is what makes a church. When all we really need is ourselves together and the holy spirit, our hands, our voices and faith.
Portfolio 1 forced me to be more technical and accurate which has made me become more skilled. My favourite project was ‘Who Are You?’, it pushed me physically and mentally and I am more than thrilled with my final image. My least favourite project was ‘Cheap’ just because it was so tedious and took the longest to get right. Although I am impressed with the final image none the less, it showed me to not to give up if things don’t go as smoothly as planned. When it came to ‘Seeing The Light’ I preferred it over ‘Clean White’ as you had more creative freedom: choosing the background, lighting, location, and theme. However I was the most stressed than I had ever been when we had to shoot a stranger, considering I had a huge fear of this. I know what to expect now though so it won’t be as daunting in the future. ‘Clean White’ was focused on achieving a perfect background which I know is a very helpful skill to have. I grew from ‘Clean White’ by improving my darkroom abilities, I have come to grips with the process, the darkroom workbook helped especially with this. Another area I improved on which I now feel I can do with ease is creating and placing my images on a canvas accurately. In the past that had been a challenge but now from doing it with all four projects (with some help from my tutor when splitting my image for Who Are You into three), I feel more confident. Confidence has also appeared in the way I approach a camera, this has come from shooting a lot and learning from my mistakes and achievements. I hope I can continue into Portfolio 2 with my added knowledge and understanding as the projects coming up require this.
Just before I started shooting for ‘Seeing the Light’ I wasn’t very sure of where to shoot or what to actually do for it. I wandered around a bit, taking some very bad photos of my model, outside in the bright sunshine. The group I was with, and myself, didn’t have a reflector with us as we split off from the rest of the group who had the reflector so being out in the sun wasn’t the best idea as we didn’t have anything to reflect or flag with. We went inside the college and found another reflector so took some photos in the halls with the light coming through the big windows. The model in this final photo is being lit from his left-hand side with light being reflected with a white reflector onto his right. I liked the catchlights I achieved in this photo as they really bring out the eye colour of the model.
Overall this shoot wasn’t prepared or organised at all but I am happy with the outcome of my final photo.
This shoot was not my favourite. Most of the photos I took just looked the same and there was a patch of light on the model’s cheek that was just overexposed and burned out leaving no detail in that portion of the photos. I took quite a few shots and did like a select few so I optimised them and chose my favourite for my final photo. The catchlights aren’t very apparent in the model’s eyes in this photo as their eyes were closed a bit more due to the bright sun shining on their right-hand side. The light on the left side of the model’s face was filled in with the silver side of a reflector giving a colder light compared to the warmth on the other side of their face.
Overall, I feel I should have moved my model around a bit more and gotten the light on different parts of his face, or tried flagging the light.
I liked this shoot a lot as I done it just before the sun was setting so I had a nice, soft light to work with. I didn’t have a reflector to hand so I just used a book with a white cover which worked surprisingly well. The first few photos I took I had my model sitting down with the light on the right side of their face. This worked and I liked how the photos looked but they looked too much like my two previous shoots so I got my model to stand behind some leaves that were hanging down from their branch and tried that out. I only got a few photos with my model in this position but I feel it worked much better than the previous shots. The light is much softer and highlighting only small parts of the right side of the model’s face with it reflecting on her left from my ‘book reflector’ looking much colder but still somewhat soft.
Overall, this is my favourite shot out of my finals as I really like how the light hits the model’s face and catches in her eyes.
This isn’t my favourite shoot out of the four as it was a rushed one. I still needed one more photo for this brief and rushed to get it completed as soon as there was a bit of sun out. It really wasn’t thought out at all and I had the model stand in a few different places to try and get a catchlight in the eyes while also keeping the sun from beaming right in their face. Again, I didn’t have a reflector so I used another book that I had to hand, it didn’t work too well this time which meant there wasn’t a great catchlight in the model’s eyes.
Overall, it’s not the best photo I’ve produced but it’s not the worst either. If I could redo it I would have prepared it a little more by getting a proper reflector and playing with the light on the model a little more.
Here’s the thing, Hannibal 1x07 - Sorbet - is all about ‘seeing’ someone’s true nature and being seen. (I mean the entire show is, but this episode is core to that theme in many ways.)
There are various motifs employed throughout the show to reflect those themes of vision and visibility, one of which is colour. 1x07 has a really good example of this:
Let me break it down.
In this episode, Jack is desperately trying to ‘see’ the Ripper in every new case. He is confused about Gideon’s claims to be the Ripper, disturbed by the phone calls he receives from Miriam Lass, and is wracked with guilt and self-doubt.
This scene in the hotel bathroom, where Will claims the man in the tub was a victim of a botched organ harvest, is a disconcerting role-switch. It is WIll who is calm and self-assured, and Jack who has trouble ‘seeing’ clearly. Therefore, when he and WIll are talking in the hotel bathroom about the botched surgery victim, the marble wall is swirling with a sickly green pattern.
Mirroring Jack’s state of mind? I think so. I can’t tell you what the green represents, but the pattern speaks for itself. Jack is uncertain, his mind swirling and his vision clouded.
He looks on the crime scene but, just like Zeller, cannot see the alternative Will presents.
In contrast, look at the colouring of the bath and floor:
Yellow/gold, the colour associated with Will and his mental “metronome” - his empathetic vision. It is strong and clear, and this contrast is clearly framing Jack as he asks, “Tell me how you see the Ripper, Will.”
As he listens, Jack leans in close, but cannot cross that threshold. His vision will never be as clear as Will’s.
…But Bedelia’s comes close:
This is something I plan to look at in detail in another post, but following this motif through, you can see that Bedelia is framed against a muted gold curtain as she discusses friendship with Hannibal: the conversation dances around the idea of being ‘known’, of someone ‘having intimate knowledge of you’ (as Hannibal earlier explains to Frederick).
However Bedelia, as perceptive as she is, admits that she can see a version of Hannibal - his person suit - and recognise it for what it is, but she cannot reach Hannibal behind his ‘human veil’. This is why the ‘veil’ behind Bedelia is a faded yellow, and not the bright gold of Will’s vision.
I chose these 4 as my finals as I feel I managed to capture each of them in a comfortable and relaxed state which is what I was aiming to achieve. For the photo of my friend in the car and the photo of the stranger, I used other objects in the environment to help frame my subjects. The photo of my mum and sister were both shot at golden hour and the warm tones add to the image as it helps it to feel more personal. My biggest Challange for this project was shooting photos of a stranger, I kept putting it off as I was too nervous. However, when I forced my self to do it it wasn’t bad as the subject; Margaret was very comfortable and this helped me to relax.
Look. Look at this shot. This is Will, waking from a conversation with Abigail in a parody of a family dinner across the ‘tableau’ of one of Hobbs’s victims. She calls him dad. The warm orange lamp behind him is both an indication that he is currently in Hobb’s mind, much like the metronome, and a coloured warning of his mental state (we already saw several similar motifs of his mind ‘on fire’ in the Angel Maker episode). Abigail, meanwhile, is replaced with a plant. She is often represented this way as a nod to her connection with nature and hunting. However, this could also be because she represents, to Will, the very natural desire to be a father - the instinct to nurture something and watch it grow.
For this project we had to create a series of colour portraits with a variety of people only using natural lighting, also using different lighting conditions and trying to modify the images with reflectors, flags and diffusers to enhance the character of our subject.
Taking photos of my family was probably my favourite part, I don’t really get to take photos of my family very often as they don’t really like their photos taken. I liked the intimacy you get from taking a photos solely of one person, spending times with them and getting to know them even more then I already do.
From this project I have learned that the time of day is so important when taking naturally lit images, you can tell even from my photos what time of day it was just by the colours and lightness of the image.
I would like to learn more and develop my skills when it comes to taking images at night or in dark lit situation, especially when your out and about, it not always the easiest to carry a tripod.
During this project I have researched ten photographers however one that has stood out more than the others is Steve McCurry with his image of the Afghan Girl, this image is extremely famous as her eyes are so captivating. That’s really what I wanted to show through my portraits, is the eyes of the subject. I believe that you can tell a lot through someone’s eyes. However one of my images is a almost full body image of my Nana as she doesn’t like getting her photo taken I wanted to make her as comfortable as possible and keep my distance as a camera can be quite daunting to people some times.
During this project I struggled when it came to more dark lit areas as I would think the image is alright get it into photoshop and it would have a lot of noise on the image. To prevent this next time I would need to set my camera on a longer shutter speed and have it on a tripod to capture the subject with correct lighting.
Given the chance I would take more advantage of the reflectors and use them to bounce the light off the subject instead of having an extremely dark image.
For my finals I am happy with three out of the four as one of them is extremely dark, however if I was to make the image any lighter the noise would be seen a lot more the it already is. Given the chance I would definitely retake that image in a different scenario, such as nearer a window or use something to modify the light to my liking such as a reflector.
When shooting for my portraits, I plan to shoot strangers only.
I want to experiment with different composition techniques while shooting. This will push me to come up with different angles that will add more value to the portriats than a simple face forward image.
I’m going to use a reflector to adjust the light for this project. The reflector will help me control the lighting around the model, which will help control shadows & highlists among the face for example. using my research images, i will try and have some nicely balanced depth of field throughtour my images. i want to experiment with some shalllow depth of field effects. i will also be shooting at different times of day such as: noon, till sun down. i will mostly be shooting in Glasgow but i will be exploring more around the area to find different types of people.
Within this project, we were asked to create a series of colour portraits of a variety of people. We had to include a range of different lighting conditions and modifiers to enhance the character of your subjects. I have really enjoyed doing this project as It was something I felt a little more comfortable in. It has really made me think about various lighting conditions and ways to use the light that’s available as much as I can. While taking my pictures I have tried to show a variety of lighting conditions for example golden hour lighting, window lighting, window lighting, and softer more diffused lighting. Here I have also learned to work with reflectors and realized how helpful they are in lower lighting conditions but not only. I have really enjoyed taking pictures of my friends and family however I have found it quite challenging to approach a stranger as its something I wouldn’t really do however after the project now I feel much more comfortable approaching strangers. Overall I have really enjoyed this project as a whole and one the part I would like to improve on is possibly post-processing the images in photoshop as I think I could maybe have some more practice.
For this unit I went to the Glasgow botanic gardens and got 3 out of the 4 images needed, direct sunlight, dappled sunlight and defused then got my window light image at a different location. This unit was a bit challenging at first as I am not use to asking strangers if I can take their photo but once I got into and started getting some images it became easier to ask strangers in the park. 3 of the images are of strangers and 1 of someone I know already. I used photoshop to edit my images, showing the before and after images on my tumbler page, changing the colour balance and bring the exposure down on some of the images bring detail back into the image.
Dorothea Lange was a photographer in the early 1900′s. She specialised in documentary photography and photojournalism, therefore she took many portraits of people in their daily life. Her most famous portraits are from the great depression, featuring unemployed men. She used a pocket sized camera are she travelled the world, taking photographs. Her photographs all feature natural light where she uses the sun to her advantage of photographing her subjects.
Matthew Brady was a photographer during the civil war. He too was a documentary photographer. He photographed many different aspects of the civil war from the soldiers in their bases to wounded soldiers and more action shots. His photographer all take place outside using natural lighting and using this to get a balanced exposure.
Margaret Bourke-White had a photography career from the 1920′s. She photographed important events in the world and was one of the most respected photojournalists in her time. She flew as the first woman war photographer during WW2. She photographed the soldiers in very impacting and emotional ways. She is still one of the worlds most famous woman photographers although her work is not shown as much anymore.
Adolph De Meyer, born in the 1860s was a fashion photographer with vogue. His photographs were known for his unique lighting, although not natural light they were very effective. His work with fashion died out eventually and his career came to an end.
Henry Peach was a photographer from England. He worked as a photographer from the mid 1800′s. He was interested in creating themesin his photographs with composition. He enjoyed using natural locations for his photographs but also liked being in a studio. He was seen as being an influential photographer of his era as everybody admired his work.
More Current portrait photographers I researched were Steve McCurry. He is an American photographer, best known for his photograph titled “Afghan Girl.” He works as a photojournalist and also does his own freelance photography. Most of his work focuses on location photography where he uses the natural lighting of the sun to brighten his photographs. His photographs always feature a lot of colour which makes the lighting of them more effective.
Jimmy Nelson is an English photographer who is famous for photographing peoples tribal cultures, where his most famous photographs come from. He shows, through his photographs impacting images of peoples lives and their cultures. Most of his images are staged and do not feature much candid images. He works on location in the towns and villages of the people he takes photographs of.
Rehahn, a photographer who is based in Vietnam where he photographed different people in their every day lives. He takes a lot of close up and personal portraits of the people, using natural lighting to capture a lot of details in their faces and to make the photographs are effective as possible.
Lisa Kristine has worked as a photographer for many years, specialising in an area of photography called ‘humanitarian photography’ where she photographs social issues in different parts of the world Her images can be emotionally impacting because of the meanings behind them as she shows peoples quality of life. She works on location, a lot of her work featuring candids, using natural lighting.
The last photographer I looked at was Richard Renaldi. He is a portrait photographer who photographs strangers that he meets in public. His photographs are more unique than other portrait photographers as a lot of his images include more than one person which I feel adds something interesting to them. His photographs are shot both inside and out but always on location and not often in a studio. Most of his photographs are done with natural lighting however some as artificial.
After researching the different portrait photographers I then went on to research about the quality of light. Quality of light is described as the size of the light source being relative to the subject. It is affected by the distance between the light and the subject and of the size of the light. There is hard and soft lighting, hard being light from the sun or a light bulb for example and soft lighting being cloud overcast and any windows which are not in direct sunlight.
Natural lighting can be controlled by using reflectors to bounce the light back onto the subject without having to add in any artificial lighting. A tripod can be useful to control natural lighting as it allows you to use different shutter speeds to you can increase or decrease the amount of light coming Into the lens without having any camera shake.
Lenses used for portrait photography are normally fixed lenses and the most common being a 55mm lens. the lenses should have a wide aperture, usually around F:1.8 so that the background can be blurred out.
For this project I decided to take photos of three queer femme presenting persons - who happened to be my friends - and a stranger - back then he was a stranger to me. So there are three digital photos - two on top were taken with Zenzanon 75mm lens, in the afternoon, on the left was taken early after noon, on the right late afternoon.
The “yellow jacket” was taken with an intention, to bring up gentle Slavic face features, blue eyes, rosy lips, with the soft natural light; it was taken in the park so the subject was surrounded by earthy colour palette that reflects the character and sensibility of the subject. Tilted lens were crucial for that composition, because it gave us an opportunity to focus on the specific part of the face - T part with lips, that spot of light coming through the leaves, highlighting the moment of “reveal the face”, which created a bit of “exposing a sensible moment” kind of expression. So we quite literally used light to create poetic moment. Using RawTherapee I brought up contrast a bit.
In the right corner the “sunglasses” portrait was taken in the late afternoon, Prague. I used Zenzanon 75mm. We were working on a different approach to present a music producer/dj, usually they are presented in a confrontational way, looking into the camera with ambient light presenting “masculine”. So again we focused on soft light spotting on the face while the subject was sitting up in the tree, between branches, having autumn leaves around them. We limited composition to reflection of light working in pair with autumn colour palette - behind - and black colour to define form.
In the bottom left, we worked in Oslo with a morning light. Cold, strong light coming through a window emphasizes contrast between blacks and whites - spectrum of colour limited to focus on direct connection with the subject, soft Rembrandt light/shadow play on their face brings up confident nature of the subject.
The bottom right, is almost purely conceptual. Their front is bathed in the shadow to manifest presence without showing an actual person. Strong light/shadow play to emphasize unknown of a stranger. I had to work on that photograph because the film I used was expired and had an orange tone. I had to edit colour temperature after scanning the film.
Seeing is believing has lost its lustre. Soon to enter an age where believing is seeing. To hold closely to our hearts the magic we so dearly believe in, the age of miracles, the age of wonders, the time when our prayers and deepest wishes are manifested. Believe in it and thou shall see it with thy very eyes.
I am happy with the images that I have Coe out with on this project as I put a lot of thought into it before actually going out and taking the photos. Something that would have been nice is maybe having my own reflector since I don’t have one I had to use white paper to reflect light where I wanted it. I enjoyed that this project could just be done when I am out on oaks with my friends on a nice day but I didn’t enjoy the part where I had to go and find a stranger to take a photo of. This was my first time reflecting lights in my photos so that I something new that I have learned from this project. The only problems that I encountered with this project was finding days to take the photos and then finding someone to come with me on those days as I couldn’t take them on days I had college because by the time I get out, it is already starting to get dark. This just took me longer to complete my project.
This photo is taken of my class mate Alex, it was taken when the whole class was taken don to a grade close to the college to experiment with harsh light and using reflectors to combat the harsh light that isn’t desired. Since this image was taken in an environment that had lots of green leaves there was some green being reflected onto Alexes face but I managed to overcome this in edited afterwords. I framed the image slightly looking up at Alex so that the background was filled with the tree behind him, as if I had shot it at eye level there would have been more distractions in the background created by the wall underneath the tree.
I took this image of one of my friends up at my local water works as it has lots of nice greenery for backdrops and is higher up than the rest of my village so it gets the light for longer. We went up to the water works during golden hour which meant the light was not harsh so I didn’t use a reflector in the image as I thought I could use the direct golden light, and I think from looking at this image it was succesful. I like that there are not many clashing colours in this image it is minimal but still is eye-catching. There is the green from the leafs in the background with some blue poking through from the sky and the subject is wearing both a blue top and a blue jacket which match with the blue in the sky and the only other colour is the skin tone so it all goes together quite nicely without any other colours or items looking to bright and out of place distracting you from the subject.
For this project I had to take at least one photo of a stranger that I have never met before, this is the picture of a starnger. During a class at college wen I was squealed out of the studio me and another class mate headed down to town to find someone to take a photo of. We ended up finding this man in George square who was sitting down on his phone on his break from work. I liked the pop that I got from the vest as I lithely did see it from the other side of George square. One thing that could have been differently is using a reflector on left side of his face to fill in some shadows as the light was harsh and direct.
This photo is of another one of my friends, also up at my local reservoir for the reason that it does have he best light at golden hour because of its hight advantage. Since this was taken slightly before peak golden hour the light was still quite harsh so I brought a notebook with white pages and used that to reflect light back onto the right side of her face to fill in some the shadows which made a big difference. One thing I might have done differently is asked my subject to move her hair off her face, this photo was taken on a very cold day and I didn’t notice that her hair was casting a small shadow onto her face.
At first I was quite apprehensive about this brief as I was quite nervous about approaching people and telling them how to pose etc.
So I started practising with my friends and family first, this was good as I got the opportunity to coach them on how to pose. Something that I wasn’t expecting was the fact that even my mum and boyfriend felt nervous themselves and it was my job to put them at ease. After doing this a couple of times I was feeling much better about it and a lot more confident.
I wanted to make sure that I had a variety of use of light and that my shots were taken at different times of the day to create different tones. We were challenged to take portraits of people of a variety of different ages so I was conscious of this as I was preparing my shots. For this reason I chose my niece, boyfriend and Mum and ideally wanted an older person for my stranger so I was on the lookout for interesting looking people. I used my Canon 6D with a 50mm lens for all of these shots
Initially I was quite focussed on just using bits of light and and creating more drama. However after doing our peer review I seen how amazing a lot of other students images where the light was quite different from mine and I felt inspired to try again.
My initial 4 shots, there was 2 that were quite similar, I had a flagged light, 2 with a shaft of light from a window and a diffused light. After the peer review I decided to try again. I kept the image of my niece and boyfriend the same as I felt they were the strongest. I re-shot the image of my mum, the sun was creating a really warm glow and I decided to use the shadows from the edge of the house to create an interesting contrast over her face.
I used a reflector in all but my stranger photo as I just took the opportunity one day when I met him so I didn’t have a plan ready.
If I was to do this brief again I would start with the strangers first, to just jump right in to the brief and get my confidence up quicker. I would head into the city centre and take as many as I could, I feel that I was a bit reserved to start with.
I would also try to be more dynamic in the poses I used, I do have one more full length shot but I feel overall my images could benefit from having a better variety of poses.
I really enjoyed this brief, it really has made me think of light in a different way. I find myself always looking for the interesting bits of light to use now and the different tones that different times of the day bring. Also as we have come into autumn/winter the sunlight has changed again. I also found the brief challenging to begin with, but I think it has definitely helped with communication skills and that is essential for my future in photography.
For my seeing the light project I got to experiment with natural lighting during different times of the day and in different angles and forms. I used a variety of models for this project from gender, age, skin types and hair colours. I My favourite photograph from this project is the bottom right as it is full of colour and I feel that the shadows and highlights add depth and dimension into the photograph. As one of the aims for the brief to photograph a stranger is something which I had found challenging as there were many people that had said no when I asked to take their photograph and I found it was difficult to get them to pose for the photograph. The photograph on the top left is my one of a stranger. I had tried my best to balance my exposures by using all three elements of the exposure triangle without having too high an ISO that would make the photographs grainy and without having too long a shutter speed so that there would not be any camera shake. I ensured my aperture was correct for each photograph to make sure that I could focus on the main points in the photographs.