I passed my formal assessment; but I was a little disappointed at some of the comments regarding the standard of my presentation, as I felt that I did not get sufficient guidance as to what was expected of me. However, I have recently found a student Forum on Facebook that assures me that this is typical for the first course and that passing was good in itself. I will however, take on board the colleges criticisms as for learning and en-devour to improve in my next course.
When I was studying for section five of my Art of Photography course, illustration and narrative, I purchased and read two very good books by AVA publications, basics Creative Photography series, Context and Narrative by Marie Short and making Photographs by Mike Simmons.
Making Photographs by Mike Simmons is a good book to use to help find ideas and then create a working plan for your photography project. This book helped me develop the ideas for creating images for my exercises and helped my find the idea for using the M.R. James story for my assignment and story board it with sketched ideas for images.
Context and Narrative helped me with ideas of subject matter and a better understanding and use of juxtaposing images.
Both these books have case studies and exercises at the end of each chapter. Both are good books and I will revisit then for my new course which is ‘Context and Narrative’.
I am now putting together all my photos from my assignments to send for formal assessment.
I have included some prints that I made for two early exercises at the beginning my course in the introduction section as additional to my blogs as further evidence of my work for this course.
Assignment 1, I originally didn’t produce prints to be assessed however, as a result of my Tutor’s comment regarding this I have made prints to be sent for the formal assessment.
Assignment 2, for this assignment I send my Tutor large poster size prints which was on reflection over the top and my again my Tutor pointed this out; so I am sending smaller 7 x5 prints for formal assessment.
I have also included these four additional prints that I didn’t send to my tutor but are prints of the additional images illustrated on my original Assignment blog and therefore I thought that I should also include them as part of the assessment.
I have also added two additional larger prints (9×6) of ‘Diagonals’ and ‘Rhythm’ as I was able to get a better colour reproduction and crop.
Assignment 3, I originally had these printed at my local Tesco store. Mike commented in his report that the colour reproduction on one or two prints did not match the digital images on my blog; so I therefor reprinted all these images through Jessops to see if I could get a better reproduction and also obtain better crops. I am now sending both for the formal assessment, the reprints are in a smaller print format and are marked 1a to 16a.
Assignment 4, All the original prints that were sent to my tutor.
Assignment 5, Original photos only, no additional, with the accompanying 3 page story text to complement the images.
Thank you for taking the time to assess my work.
I have just received back my Tutor’s formative feedback for my last assignment for the Art of Photography Course, assignment V, Narrative and Illustration.
I enjoyed this project immensely, I found it very challenging and I learned a great deal from it. I had read some very useful books that helped with ideas of how to plan for this project, namely: Context and Narrative, by Maria Short, Basics Creative Photography, 02, AVA. Making Photographs, by Mike Simmons, Basics Creative Photography, AVA.
Throughout this project I kept referring back to the brief to be sure that I understood my assignment and feel confident that I met the brief.
The brief being to imagine that I have to illustrate a story for a magazine to include the cover to illustrate and several pages inside to include captions of any length to explain and link each picture. The cover picture will need some of the techniques of illustration that I have been experimenting with and the picture essay will be more of a narrative.
Any theme which has a narrative element could be a suitable subject for this project; so on first checking with my Tutor, I chose to use a ghost story by M.R. James as the Narrative to illustrate.
Having thus decided upon the story, I set about planning my photographs.
Reflections on my Tutors comments (see attached document).
My Tutor liked this image and comments that it was a good example of risk taking, although I must confess it didn’t occur to me at the time.
Perhaps it is a little stereotypical, I could perhaps have used a still-life image of the map and magnifying glass as an alternative. However, the third hand was intended to complement and make sense of the caption. ‘Oh, Parkins,’ said his neighbour ‘If you are going to Burnstow I wish you would look at the site of the Templars…’ Perhaps the third hand wasn’t needed.
A simple image that worked for linking the story.
Although it lacks a visual link to the last image (3) it is necessary to continue the story.
Unfortunately, I could not find a antique whistle as a convincing prop; so I had to make do with a wooden peg that we covered in dirt to make the object as ambiguous as possible.
I was very pleased with this image as I think that it gives an atmospheric feel to the story.
Probably my favourite image and was perfect for what I was looking for for the cover.
My Tutor thinks that this image could arguably have been left out of the narrative. My feelings is that as this project is a magazine story and the story is essentially about finding a whistle in a grave-yard and whistling up a ghost, I needed to include this image (identification) to help link image 5 (discovery) with the following image 9 (put to use). however, no two editors may agree the same outcome, therefor as a photographer, I would have at least covered myself having produced the image if an Editor had decided that he wanted it. In this case I was the Editor.
My Tutor feels that my friends pose appears to be a little over-acted, I think that this is a subjective opinion, the expression was intended to suggest someone tentively blowing through an unfamiliar object. It looks truthful to me; but I may be biased. The shadow effect however, appears to have worked as I wanted.
A simple image; but turned out to be trickier to achieve as my friend could only spare me limited time in the evening when it was already very dark.
It took a lot of pictures before I got this shot! I particularly like the wide open eye that I am always drawn to.
As with image 10 this photo was more of a challenge as I had already lost the light; so I had to use a speedlight in a soft-box and experiment with settings on my speedlight and camera to get the effect I was looking for, I then had to make some final adjustments in Lightroom.
The ghostly spirit takes form using bedsheets and rushes at the professor. I was happy with this final image, although I had to combine two images in to one in Photoshop to produce it.
A big thank you to my Tutor for his support and constructive comments.
Taking my camera out in the evening, I looked for interesting photographic opportunities that presented themselves as a result of typical street lighting. In these shots I used a small digital point and shoot camera, this limited me to ISO settings and manual options but I feel that I was still able to find and make interesting images.
Fashion shop window with the reflection of the street.
Reflections of a dream.
All the following images have an interesting mix or dominant colours as influenced by the artificial lighting found in typical public shopping streets and centres.
Images illuminated by sodium-vapour lamp light which is creating an impression of a negative print type photo. The combination of moonlight, ghostly illumination of the building and camera angle helps to create an un-nerving feel to these pictures of the Anglican church in Weybridge Surrey.
Portrait, using only the illumination from a sodium vapour street light.
Nikon D800e, 24-120mm f/4 @120mm, 1/13sec, f/4, ISO-6400, WB-Auto.
In this exercise I waited until the evening light was closely matching the output from the tungsten bulbs in my apartment and took some portrait pictures with the white balance adjusted to three different settings to compare the resulting images. The settings used was daylight, auto and tungsten. The idea behind this exercise is to have a better understanding of the control of white balance and create ideas of how white balance can be used to manipulate the mood of an image and also to consider what more artistic options may be available by using white balance as a tool in the composition process.
In this image the overall effect is a warm golden yellow tone. Nikon D800e, 50mm f/1.8, 1/30sec, f/1.8, ISO-640, +1 step exposure compensation.
The auto white balance has produced a similar image to the daylight setting, perhaps more orange to the tone. Nikon D800e, 50mm f/1.8, 1/90sec, f/2, ISO-1250, -1 step exposure compensation.
The tungsten setting had created a very cold blue tone to this image. Nikon D800e, 50mm f/1.8, 1/90sec, f/2, ISO-1250, -0.5 step exposure compensation.
Using fluorescent type technology energy saving bulbs to light this room, I took the following photos using the settings options of white balance from Auto, Fluorescent, Fluorescent A6 and Fluorescent B6 on my Nikon camera. Nikon D800e, 24-120mm f/4 @ 120mm, 1/60sec, f/4, ISO-6400.
WB-Auto, colour temperature 2900.
WB-Fluorescent, colour temperature 3950.
WB-Fluorescent A6, colour temperature 4550.
WB-Fluorescent B6, colour temperature 3350.