For this project I had to take approximately 20 photographs all in vertical composition. I decided that I would walk around the town where I live and look at views, buildings and people working.
Before the project I did try to take photographs in landscape and portrait however I was often told that I took to many in portrait style. So I was looking forward to the results. This was probably the first time that I would have direct comparisons to look at.
My first image was of the local council offices.
Although the two parts of the building were not very tall, they were slightly elevated, I also think that I left too much road surface in the shot.
The second followed
I think that I like this shot better, there is a further section of building and the bushes give extra colour. The green contrasts the bricks of the building.
My next image was of some men working on a new building. On man was working on a high level platform so this shot fitted nicely onto a vertical image
The “Z” shape of the platform fits the frame well, however there seems to be just two people working on the building.
The next shot gives a different perspective
I think that this image has a lot more interest. There are men working at different levels. However I do happen to like both of the images.
A series of recycle bins looked interesting to me for my next set of images. The evening light made the bold colours stand out.
I like the image but as I look at it I want to know what the green section is. I think the colours set each other off well, again maybe a little too much foreground.
Lets see what the second image looks like
I do think that this looks a lot better. You can see all of the light green container and a further container on the left.
Looking back at a previous exercise I think that there is greater balance, although there are more containers on the right , they are smaller.
For my next image I stopped off at a local petrol station. I was there for some time as every time I tried to take a picture a car drove in. All I wanted was a picture of a pump.
When I first looked at the pump I concentrated on the pipes and the section of building holding the canopy up. However as I looked closer I noticed that from the litter bin on the left each of the sections in the photograph go upwards like a set of stairs.
Now for the second shot
This was a close call but I do like the second shot. The addition of the red fire bucket and the “Have you checked your oil” sign just sets the scene off for me. The sign makes the composition look like a triangle. There is also a blue strip of colour over the shop doorway which I also like. I also like the fact that the image is more tightly cropped, removing some of the forecourt.
My next image was of a house gate between some trees.
I like the fact that the tree on the right of the gate acts as a frame at the bottom and as the tree gets taller the branches thin out and you can see the house.
I dont think the second image is as good.
I just don’t think that it has enough interest. There is also too much green on the left side of the image, of course I could crop it away but I also miss the top of the tree.
My next image was of a sign outside the Dorking Sports Centre.
I took this image as the sign was tall and I could get close to it. I was a shame that the sun was causing shadow as it passed though a tree. I tried to take the image a number of times but I could not improve on it. Hopefully later on in the course there will be a subject on how to take better images looking into the sun!!
The second image in landscape follows
I think that this second image is slightly better. The tree add to the image and strangely I like the bits of colour that the traffic cones add.
The building in the background also looks better as you can see more of it. The addition of more green grass also helps.
My next image was of a shop in the High Street.
I liked the trees outside and I thought that they would make an interesting image. I decided to take the image from the side as I didn’t want to appear in the shot.
When I got home I felt that I should have got a little closer to the trees and made them the focal point of the shot.
I did not feel that there was much difference between these two images so i am unclear as to which I prefer. If the shop had paid for them the first image is better as it has the name of the shop in view. I do not like the fact that the front door is in the left of the shot. I don’t think that these were two of my better efforts.
My next image took me back to the council offices. This time I think there is a clear difference between the two images as I hope you can see.
I like the contrast between the flowers and the brick wall and the end apex of the roof. However I like this image better.
All it is it the addition of the path and a small section of grass to the left and the tree on the right, but I think that it makes a big difference. It is a shame that the air con unit and the white plastic housing are in the shot though.
I walked around the corner and took this shot of the buildings sign.
The tree and the flag pole look good but again later I saw a mistake, too much pavement. I also should have also put the sign lower down in the shot which would have helped.
The next shot gives a different view.
Looking at them both I think that I like the second shot better. Again I think that the extra number of trees help to give some life to the shot.
A second good example on how the way the shot is taken can make a big difference.
The next set of images were captured at the local swimming pool. The building is quite new and has some nice lines.
Around the side I saw some silver pipes coming from the boiler house, just what I needed for the first shot.
I like the way that the shot ends with the pipes and that fact that the curve of the roof goes out of shot. For the second shot I wanted to capture as much of the roof as I could.
I do like this shot, I like the fact that I got two sections of roof and I like the reflections of the other buildings in the windows.
There is also more balance with doors and vents on both sides. There are also small lights on either side of the first floor doors.
I liked the swimming pool so I took a couple of more images as part of this project.
Again I like the roof line and the bright colours of the sign.
But I was a bit disappointed with the foreground again.
This is something that I MUST master as the course goes on.
This is my second shot of the sign.
Again not one of my better efforts and I was again disappointed about the shadow cast across the front of the image. There is less foreground and I think that this is a lot better. I do like the way that the roof levels drop down from right to left, it was a little like the shape that the petrol pump made. Which image is better? A difficult question but if I had to take one away with me it would be image 1.
I walked around town a little longer and found this image of a statue. It was tall but not I did not think that it would be too difficult to capture the image either way. What would make the difference would be what I was able to place in the shot.
Here is the first image.
The trees add to the background but I think that I should have got a bit closer to bring out the detail. I would also liked to have removed the bench on the right side, or it would have been better if I could have taken an image with a person sitting there. I waited for 30 minutes but nobody sat down. I even moved away so that they would not see e but in the end I had to take the shot.
My second image still had the statue in the middle but more street furniture was added to frame. Although the addition of the second bench is welcomed I don’t think the litter bin adds much.
To improve these images I would :-
- get a lot closer to the statue.
- crop the image post production to remove some of the clutter either side.
- remove the litter bin on the left to give greater balance
- wait till I managed to get two people sitting on either bench, although this may be difficult.
My next image was the path and door way to a building. The door way was set back into a brick work porch and above this was a section of clapper-board material. I though that it would make an interesting contrast.
The area above the door was tall and thin, with brick work either side.
In this case I like the fact that the path leads you up to the front door, the plants on either side of the door add interest.
The second shot looks like this
Well what does the second image add, I like the addition of the window on the left and the tree on the right. Although in the first image you can see the block paving footpath, which adds colour and shape I think that its removal in the second image works slightly better.
The white of the window stands out and the addition of more of the plant on the left balances out the tree on the right.
For my next image I wanted a tall, thin object that I could get closer to. I had reviewed the images that I had taken so far, on the back of the camera, and decided that this was the way forward. Getting a tall item that dominated the shots would prove the concept.
I found this sign outside a medical centre. In the first shot I positioned the sign on the right of the frame and tried to get it to run along the edge of the image. I decided that I would take the pictures as if I were doing an advertisement for the centre.
Here is the first image
I think that the sign looks good but you can’t see much of the building, which would probably not look to good in any literature.
So in this particular case I would have to go for the second image
The sign is still there, the details are still clear but you can see more of the “customers” new building. Not a great deal of difference but just enough, in my mind to go for the second image.
I walked along the road and saw a nice view of the South Downs at the end of a side road. The first image is below.
The road is long and narrow so I thought that it may look better this way. However after I had taken the second shot I wasn’t so sure. I would have like there to be more people walking along the street or even a cyclist. I also think that the subject of the shot, ie the nice view of the Downs is slightly lost in the clutter of the street .
Here is the second image
Looking at this second shot I wonder what I have gained, the view of the Downs is no better in fact I think that it is now totally lost. There is no focal point. At least in the first image your eye is drawn to the end of the road and up to the hills above.
For my next image I found a nice brick-built arch. On the pavement leading up to it was a purple line, place there to assist people with poor eyesight. I thought that the line, If i could place it correctly, would lead your eye up to and through the arch.
I like the position of the line and I have tried to get the arch in the middle of the image.
In the second image there is a lot more brick work and I think that I am a little closer. I think that makes the archway more interesting. It wants to make you walk through it. It may have been better if the CCTV camera was not there as I think that it adds nothing to the shot.
I also like the fact that there is more of the wall to the right of the image. I also think that the image looks better now that you can not see the flag pole on the left.
For my next image I wanted to do a similar shot to the one that I took outside the medical centre. I found walkway next to a building. The pathway was long and importantly had a hand rails running along the edge. Again I wanted to position the handrail along the edge of the shot, keeping it as straight as possible. This is something that I have had difficulty in the past. I think it has been caused by not paying enough attention to the straight lines that I see in an image through the viewfinder.
Although the rail on the left is in the shot the rail on the right is missing.
The next image, in my view, looks better.
This is more like the image that I wanted to obtain. The long path balances out the building and I like the fact that both of the hand rails can be seen. The right rail gives the picture an edge that the first picture just doesn’t have. I also prefer the fact that he edge of the flower bed can be seen right up to the building line, it gives a cleaner finish. Apart from these few points there is not a massive amount of difference with the two images.
My next image that I thought would make a good subject was a “smart” car police car. It was parked outside Dorking Halls as part of a road safety day organised by the police and the fire service.
Why did I think that this would be interesting, well firstly the car had great colours but more importantly it was the size of the vehicle. `it was very small. Would the way that the image was taken affect the size that the car appeared to be. Even though we know that the car would always be the same size. If the way the image was taken did affect how we perceived the car looked then what would this mean for any images that I took of people, especially in these image conscious days.
Here is the first image
And here is the second
Looking at both images I think that he first one does make the car look taller and thinner and the second makes it look wider. Would the result be the same if the image was of a person?
I think the difference in the two images really stands out.
For my next image I wanted to find a small building that I would be able to photograph in landscape but would not fit into the frame if I took the image in portrait. The choice would then be do I take the image of the left side, the centre or the right side. To do this I had to find a building that had no signs to spoil the effect that I was looking for. I also thought about the images that I had just taken, would the way that these images was taken effect the way that the building looked.
I found this cycle shed that fitted the bill.
I took the shot with the grey light just in shot, this would be my marker for when I took the second image.
Here is the second image.
Well I was rather surprised with the results, although the differences between the two shots are clear the building looks the same. Why is there little if and difference between the apparent sizes of the two buildings. Was the difference with the police car shots down to the markings on the side? If this is the case then maybe the clothes that a person wears affects the final image as much as how the image is taken.
For my last image in this project I went to the park. There was bound to be some swans which was just was I wanted. There are loads of views of swans but I wanted something different. A tall swan for the portrait image and maybe a swan with his wings out for the second.
What I found was this.
The swan was upright when I first saw it but as I was about to take the shot its head went down. I took two images portrait and landscape.
There is a bit of movement in the swans neck in the second image but I still like the picture.
Which do I think is better, well the first image has the whole of the neck in the shot, which I like. In the second the head and neck appear from out of the shot. The second image gives the swan greater size but I don’t know if I like the legs in the shot.
Would this be better
I think that the cropped image is slightly better than the one above but the portrait image of the swan is the best of the three.
This was my final image of the day and I thought that it was a great exercise. Just taking a little bit more time before taking each shot and reviewing then in the camera gave me a better insight into what can be achieved.
Which images did I like the best well after reviewing all of the images that I took during the afternoon the two that stand out for me, especially in trying to sum up what the exercise was about are the following
Why these two images, well I like the way that the Z fame sits in the picture and how it looks like there is only one man working on the building. However as you see in the second shot he is one of many.
A good exercise that I enjoyed