Photography NCFE Level 1 Project – Task 2 (natural/man-made) – Submission
This is my final submission for my Photography NCFE Level 1 Project, the Task being as below:
You should explore formal elements of visual language like: shape, form, texture, pattern, line, tone, colour, composition, viewpoint, framing, structure and lighting.
You should consider, highlight, reflect upon and apply image manipulation, ethical and legal issues as well as health and safety on location and whilst working with computer screens.
- You should present a series of 5 images and comment on outcomes concentrating on strengths and weaknesses, technical issues, future improvements and aesthetics
- All of the pictures above must be relevant in some way to the theme of natural/man-made.
Having slightly misinterpreted the task in hand, having thought each and every photograph had to contain both natural/man-made within the shot, I was relieved to then find out that this was not the case, it was a general theme.
This had however not obliterated many hours deliberating and hair pulling before my brain kicked in to proper working mode.
So here is my gallery of five images which I will also present individually below. 2.6
I have set them out like this in the gallery, giving what I think a theme of rocks throughout, sea, scenery and a touch of magic, all taken in North Devon at Easter time. The top left and bottom row for me fitting in to that category. 2.5
This was a tricky photograph to take in the first place. My sons had helped me go across trecherous terrain which consisted of slippery and very sharp lengths of rock. We had been told that there would be a lovely cave at the end and so there was.
I took my tripod with me, what a silly idea thinking that I could actually perch such a thing on the uneven dangerous ground. I tried at one stage to perch the camera on a rock to get a slow capture photograph of the sea. It was here I decided that in fact it was too much of a hazard. I didn’t have to worry about anyone tripping up on my tripod or my legs as I lean’t over the rocks as no one was clearly as crazy as me to attempt to trasverse such a rocky area.
So I gave up on the sea shots and continued to the cave. I loved the imposing image of the cave against the snippet of sea. However the lighting was extremely tricky. The cave was actually incredibly dark blocking the sun, yet the sea was bright where the sun did capture it. So I had to do some clever editing in Lightroom 1.1 afterwards, sectioning the V of the cave and lightening it up to show the form of the entrance. 2.10 Then I had to section the sea and give it more shadow 1.3 so you could see the shape of the waves, this was a delicate balance and I threw in a little ‘Game of Thrones’ effect with the sky, it seemed fitting for such a dramatic photograph. All of this had to wait until I got home, up until this point I had to use a card reader in my husbands very delapidated laptop. 2.8
I found whilst I was in Devon, perhaps with the lack of pollution that the sunsets were simply stunning. I had missed an incredibly pink one two days before. The pitfalls of trying to take shots and having a family around and pets means ultimately you might well get to miss those moments.
However on the last night there was no stopping me. I rushed down to the nearest car park which had a viewing area of the sea and rushed across the road to set up my tripod. There was already a man on the bench taking in the view, so I had to be mindful of his already claimed peaceful space even though I was incredibly excited to be there.
I used my remote timer for the shots and worked a combination of telephoto and wide angle shots, in the end choosing more wide angle which I felt better for such a landscape scene. I was amazed how quickly the sun went down and no matter how good a shot one takes, there is no substituting the beauty and wonder you see with your own eyes, this is to me impossible to transpose on to a photograph.
Though the horizon is dead centre, I felt that the rocks cut up the bottom half nicely, giving a shimmer, the eye being drawn up by the reflection on the sea up to the setting sun.
This one though I have a lens flare in it, had a bit of mystery and magic to it. Perhaps I felt that because it was right next to a waterfall of which was a first for me to see, a waterfall that is, so I was quite excited.
I did however learn in this instance a few things.
- Trying to set up all your gear with family around = they get bored and impatient.
- Trying to change lenses with wind and sand = very bad idea. Aways make sure to turn your camera away and downwards so the sand is less likely to fly in, better still just don’t do it. 1.7
- By the time you manage to set everything up = kid jumps semi naked infront of the shot = bad idea again! 2.9
So more waiting. So I turned my attention to the rocks at the side and tried to capture the trickling water down the semi real amazing green colour given by the seaweed I assume draped over the rockery.
Usually as you can see above that I like bright and busy photographs, however I just love the simplicity of this one. The texture of the rocks inlaid in the pathway, the shadow caused by the cliff to the left and the sunlight to the right drawing the eye with leading lines 1.6 up to the top of the photograph and making one wonder where it might lead to.
Here I had to keep an eye out firstly for any falling debris (rocks from the cliff to my side) and also whether I would be in the way of other tourists wishing to pass.
Here is one of the rocks causing the shadow on the pathway in the photograph above. What do I love about this? Apart from the rocks and my children being perched above enjoying themselves, it was the surprise fragmented light, causing a spectrum of colour to show. I used my Lightroom to enhance slightly the colours to show their natural beauty. I had a UV filter on at the time which I was told would be helpful to protect my lens apart from anything else and believe this might not have happened had I not been using it.
Please excuse the odd numbers within the text, we are to show our understandings of various bits of criteria of which are numbered, hence the numbers against relevant areas.
Due also to having so many posts and the amount of time it will take to go back and backtrack to find the relevant subjects, I am going to answer the other questions here of the ones I have not been able to find in my prior posts.
1.2 Identify a range of recording media used in film or digital cameras – there are DSLR’s or digital cameras or phones which have cameras or the old fashioned throw away disposable camera. There is the SD card which records the actual information in a DSLR, the phone will be direct and the digital will go on to a card.
1.3 Outline how to install and check batteries. – To install batteries you usually find the button at the bottom of the camera and the actual battery that slips out needs to be charged in a remote charger typically plugged in to the wall. It is always best to have a couple of batteries charged as things like an external flash for example will use up quite a lot of battery. You can see how much it is charged on the viewing screen of the camera. This answer also caters for questions 2.1
1.5 Identify subject types – different subject types would be black and white, or landscape, portrait etc
2.2 Install and prepare storage media – if you wish to store your media you can use any cloud system, or you can use an external hard drive.
2.7 Follow health and safety procedures – I think I have generally outlined this in other posts, espeically for things such as children jumping in to pictures in bathers, where their parents wouldn’t or might not want them photographed. There are other issues such as tripods tripping people up. Not looking where you are going whilst taking a photograph, ie walking backwards and falling in a pond!
1.6 Outline legal and ethical considerations – there are some legal considerations such as apparently if you are at a train station you need to ask the train masters approval to take photographs, this is the usual in public areas privately owned I believe.
I think that is everything answered now. Two more classes to go!
Best wishes, Justine xxx