Time and Space Task (Part Three)

Tonight was a very productive night for photography. My friend Tom and I decided to try our luck with the weather and took a short trip down one of the main roads from the front of the university. Luckily for us, the rain had stopped for the duration of our shoot, so the photos turned out great.

For the slow shutter speed shot, I decided to go for traffic on the roads, as there is a continuous cycle of moving traffic around the university (specifically around the roundabout). These shots resulted in the vehicles appearing as beams of light almost shooting across the photos. My favourite shot were where we managed to get both the front and back lights of the car into the same image, giving both a white and red line across the photo.

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For the fast shutter speed, I decided to keep the theme of ‘cycle’ related to my earlier attempt to do with water. Where it had been raining, a giant puddle had formed just outside our house in the student village, so we decided to take some shots of me jumping in the puddle. The final results ended up looking really good.

IMG_1853IMG_1852IMG_1851IMG_1854   The last one especially captures the ‘frozen in time’ feel, as you can see each individual droplet of water and the ripples from the puddle clearly. I hope to start my David Hockney inspired joiner image soon.


(Not really a reference but still) a huge thank you to my friend Tom Smart for allowing me to use his DSLR to take these photos with him.


Time and Space Task (Part Two)

To start off with the shutter speed side of the brief, I tried to use my digital compact camera on an eight second shutter. It took a few attempts to get the lighting correct in the room, as my image either turned out completely black or white. Once the light balance was correct, I managed to take a few shots.

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As I only had a tiny tripod at hand, I was restricted to finding a subject within my house. I decided to go with the tap, as the water made quite a disturbance when flowing into the glass and flowed out on a continuous cycle. The pictures above make it look as if mist is being poured out of the tap rather than water, which ironically still works with the ‘cycle’ theme (the water cycle, for instance).

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The only other motion I could think to capture involved me physically rolling something in front of the lens, so that is what I ended up doing. I found a tin can and rolled it around at different speeds in front of the lens to produce different effects. The first two were where I held the tin in place for two seconds at a time before moving it, whereas the last one was where I continuously rocked the tin back and forth.
Just rolling the tin past the lens did not work, as it moved too fast for the camera to pick up on the motion.

I plan to take a trip out with my house mate Tom tonight in order to use his DSLR for better shots.

Time and Space Task (Part One)

For our next task, we have been asked to experiment with photography relating to time. The two main methods for this brief are to use fast and slow shutter speeds in order to capture specific moments but in different ways. For instance, a fast shutter speed can make it look as if the subject has been frozen in motion, whereas a slow shutter speed will make it look as if the subject is moving much faster than they actually are. Our theme for this task is ‘Cycle’. As Cycle is quite a broad theme, I am going to experiment with different responses to this brief.

Whereas the previous task did not require us to have a specific camera, it is apparent that in order to respond to this task successfully we will need access to a DSLR camera. There is the option to take equipment out on loan via SISO, though the process for doing so is very long-winded and tedious. Fortunately, my house mate and fellow Media School student, Tom, owns a DSLR and tripod which he has very kindly agreed to let me borrow for this task.

I do own a digital compact camera (which I will take some photos with as well) though it can only go up to eight seconds on shutter speed, which isn’t very helpful.

The third part of this task is to create a ‘joiner’ image in the style of David Hockney. David Hockney is very well known for his cubism inspired photograph collages, which piece together a whole image using hundred of smaller shots from a wider subject area. I haven’t yet decided what I am going to base my collage on, though I have looked at some of Hockney’s work and particularly like this piece:

This piece is called ‘Still Life Blue Guitar’. I think I might try and do something similar for mine, as I really like the way this one slots together as a whole.


Hockney, D., 1982. Still Life Blue Guitar [online]. Available at http://www.hockneypictures.com/photos/photos_polaroids.php [7th October 2014]

Alphabet Photography (Part Three)

Having completed the Alphabet Photograph task, I am aware of certain things that might have turned out better if they had been conducted differently. The first of these is that Tina and I used different cameras to take our photographs which resulted in different sized photographs at different resolutions. Whilst this is not a major problem in terms of appearance, it was certainly time consuming when it came to re-sizing the files to suite the others. (There was also an issue with portrait/landscape photos, though only a minute amount were landscape so it wasn’t too much of an issue to re-size them).

Although I think that the theme of our alphabet was interesting, it might have been easier to find nicer letters if we hadn’t limited ourselves to purely household items. Regardless of this, I still think that we compiled a good set of letters.

On the whole, however, I think that Tina and I did a good job with this task and that the majority of our letters are very clear as to what they are.

Photoshop Workshop

For our first workshop, we focused on non-destructive editing using Photoshop and Bridge. Bridge has an option called ‘Photo RAW’ which allows you to make drastic changed to an image without ruining the original file, as you can remove these changes at any point. We were also shown how to create effective layer masks in Photoshop that we could use to create our Alphabet Photography collage if we needed to.

My knowledge of Photoshop stems from an artistic background rather than a photographic one, so my editing skills are a little bit rusty. I found the lecture helpful, as I’ve never really been that great with layer masks.