Dieter underneath Waterloo bridge. Nice light there.
Tried out the 105mm lens . Very different to my 50mm one. More intimate. Strong colours.105mm lens again.The focus is only along the outline of her profile
Portraits in my home studio
Practising studio lighting
The background is not yet evenly lit. I used one flashlight from left to get rid of the shadows on the wall . I should have used two, I think. Aimed for butterfly lighting from the front, using a soft box.
Again the background is not evenly lit. And Katja doesn’t have the light from the soft box in her eyes.But I like their expression and the way they are sitting on the chair.
The left picture is butterfly lighting , the right one Rembrandt.Using only one soft box. I should have may be used two soft boxes for the right photo,or positioned the model further away from the background and put one light against the background. Next time.
Daffodils are my assigned studio objects. I was trying different ways .Overexposed against the flashlight, so it would like I am shooting into the sunlight.Or using blue background, making it look like against the sky. Or lost inside daffodils.
Daffodil, Wendy and a handbag
I researched Cindy Sherman, amongst others for my studio project, because I was inspired by the way she uses light in a very obvious way to create certain moods and even narratives. It made me think to think may be of a concept or sth I want to bring across , even when taking just a portrait.
In the portrait with the daffodil, since it is a plastic one, it was the idea of a woman with her out of fashion handbag to be waiting for something. A contained mood.
Taken in the college studio. Black background, Beauty dish from the right side. Snoot light (which is a very pointed light) from the left. I was inspired by Cindy Sherman,who creates different moods by changing t he light. Depending on the focus, strength and direction of the light one creates completely different moods.I wanted the focus of the light by mainly on the daffodil followed by the face.
For Health and Safety
I had to make sure the table is sturdy enough for Wendy to sit on. No cables running across , not to trip over. Make sure the lights had cooled down, before I wanted to change it from soft box to snoot.
Daffodil studio shot
Taken in the college studio , white background and one light from the left, hence the strong shadow, which I actually like. It gives it a sunny feel. The daffodils are a mixture of plastic perfect ones and some real ones which are on their way out. The vase is from my grandmother. The shadow on the vase has the same colour like the shadow on the ground
Taking twilight pictures along the river. I only used my 50mm lens. For practical reasons as well. It is my lightest lens and the most versatile. I like this time of day , and the fact different colours and lights appear .
Tolworth by day
Tolworth is quite a bleak place, at any time of the year.But it has something intriguing for me. Not alone because of the Tolworth tower.I went there a few times in order to take pictures for this postcode project.I started approaching the Tolworth tower , taking pictures from different angels . But it never came across as imposing as it is, on my photographs. Then I thought I want to have people in my pictures and set out and took some photos with people . But at the end , when I went through all of the images in order to select the ones for my project, I chose 5 that are more about spaces, underpasses and materials, concrete, asphalt, paint and neon light mixed with daylight.And the small details, graffiti, rubbish, leaves , and the wear of time on the materials and paints.Like cracks in the asphalt and faded paint.I did learn about exposure. And most of all ,with the corridors , I learned about lens correction .Which lines are the important ones to have straight.I also learned to use the sharpening tool.
Tolworth at night
For those three images I used longer shutter speed, stabilising my camera, on bollards or similar items that I found. A tripod would have been the better option, only I would have been less agile. It was interesting to experience what light does with longer shutter speeds. The size of the bouquets in the photo with the black car on the left, or the way it paints a wide red stripe,as seen on the relevant image.
In those park pictures, I experienced the effect of wider aperture . How the leaves, fern and orange grass in the foreground are in focus , whilst the background is blurred. With the 28mm lens the trees and grasses further away are less blurred than the trees in the background of photo Nr 1, where I used the 105mm lens. On the orange grass I used some fill in flash to pronounce the brightness of the orange. I learned how to get more control over the outcome of the image. For example to read the light of the ground, not the sky. And then compromise if I want the sky or the ground a little over or underexposed.
Health and Safety
I didn’t come across any health and safety issues, apart from scanning the area each time before taking a photo to ensure I was safe in terms of people and traffic for the few minutes it took to take each photo.
In the following 3 photos I used large aperture. The further away the object is , the more it blurs; gradually.
The last two pictures, I just tried to capture whatever flies. And I was practising to get the exposure for sky and earth right.
Lots of irritating light situations, underpasses, shapes….