For this final assignment I had to imagine that I had been asked to illustrate a story for a magazine or a book.
I had to supply images for the cover and between 6 and 12 images to tell the story.
For this assignment I decided that I would cover a motor cycling event in Devon. The National Hill Climb Association meet all over the country and members race along public roads (Closed for the events) over a set distance up against the clock.
I decided to cover the day by taking images that would show a person new to the event what goes on. I was there all day and I think I managed to get some nice images.
One guy, Stuart, even asked me to get some images of him during the day which I did. After sending him the imaged he wrote to say how pleased he was with them. His kind words meant a lot to me as after a years hard work I was taking images , using the skills that I have been taught, that people liked.
I have 13 images of the event and I have also produced a book with extra images , including some of Stuart.
This would be the cover of the book or magazine. An image to grab the attention of the reader.
First shot of the day, reds and blues with a nice line leading you across the image. Good depth of field to show the bikes and people in the back ground.
This image showed the spectators, young and old, male and female, waiting for the race to start
This image was taken after I climbed the hill overlooking the staging area. Telephoto lens used. Lots of interest.
High F stop to blur the background. You really focus on the riders. Nice detail on the helmet and on their leathers.
Close up shot of the bike, for the riders to look at. Gives great detail and shows how well the bikes are looked after.
A nice close up of a bike to show the reader how well they are looked after.
Further shot of the same bike, now with the rider starting his machine. Shallow depth of field to blur the background. Landscape image to get the whole of the bike in shot.
Portrait image, here I focused on the eyes. Background out of focus so he really stands out. He is looking straight at the camera, but I think this shows the concentration on his face.
Cropped image with detail (smoke on wheel). For this rider the race is about to start.
Under Starters orders. How riders in a high tech race are assisted with a piece of wood. The starters leg can be seen this is linked to the next shot. The engines are revved, the noise is deafening.
The human face of the starter. Background thrown out of focus so the reader can concentrate on him. Detail on the ear defenders.
A bike races up the hill. A panned shot. I cropped in so you can see the riders shape. You are left wondering what he looks like.
How did I do? Riders check their times. Again you are left wondering how they got on.
The Control Centre!!. Results posted up on the door, equipment gets packed away. The end of another days racing.
The above images were the images I selected for the article/book. In the final book , which I forwarded to my tutor, I added a few spare images. Here are some of them.
Detailed close up of stones stuck to the hot tyre.
Even the helmets are special.
Detailed shot of Red on Black.
Stuart- the rider who asked for some images, a great guy.
Action shot, panned image.
Image Twenty One
Further action shot.
Image Twenty Two
A young lad watches the bikes go by. Last shot of the day.
I was at the event all day, it was great fun, although I viewed most of the race through the camera. After taking over a 250 images there was lots of processing to do to select the images I wanted.