Assignment Five – Personal Project.
This is the last project of this course, a course that I started in July last year (2011). I have been able to complete it sooner than I thought due to the fact that in the last few months I have been able to work full-time on the various projects and exercises.
I have been asked to produce a collection of images on a theme of my choice, these images will hopefully show the viewer that over the last few months I have been able to improve the quality of the pictures that I am taking. They should also show an improvement in the following areas:-
- Workflow including editing
- Digital Image Quality
- Processing the Images-taking images in Raw file, colour and tone and monochrome
- The use of Photoshop and other computer programmes after the images have been taken.
I also took into account the following areas from my first course, The Art of Photography:-
- Framing and cropping
- Applying the techniques of illustration and narrative.
- Training Aids.
- Advertisement and publicity.
- As personal images for the crews involved.
- A final images , professionally mounted to be presented as a thank you gift.
- The interaction of the crew members.
- The difficult flying conditions.
- An insight into the type of work that the crew carry out.
- Nikon 24-70 F2.8
- Nikon 70-200 F2.8 together with a TC 20E 2 X teleconverter.
How did the project turn out?
I think that I was very lucky that the request for the images arrived at the same time as I was coming to the end of the course. I had access to areas that members of the public would not normally have. The pilots were flying in very difficult conditions and I had very little contact with them. It would have been nice to have a chat with them to see if there were any particular images that they wanted.
Some of the images were shot in very difficult circumstances , the downdraft front the rota-blades as times nearly blew me over. I had to strap the camera to the side of a ship in order to get the shots that I wanted.
Am I pleased with the Images?
Looking at the images one at a time I would make the following observations.
An opening shot showing the aircraft a Westland Sea King HU5 with the winch-man underneath. This image and image two have been mounted together.
A close-up of the two crew members, I have converted the aircraft to monochrome and kept the winch-man in colour. I like the contrast between the orange flight suit and the helicopter.
There is a section of blue over the winch-man’s right leg that is a bit of a let down.
An image of the aircraft that shows the movement in the rota-blades. I had to take a number of shots at different speeds in order to get the movement in the rear rotor-blade. Mounted pillar-box style taking care that the sea was level.
A close up image of one of the pilots, There is a great contrast between the black and white Ace of Spades playing cars and the red cab. Shallow depth of field was used to remove the distractions in the back-ground.
A close up image of the crew looking out of the aircraft. You can see the look of concentration on one of the guys faces. I like the contrast with the winch-man who’s face you can not see.
To me this is a nice clear shot in focus.
Image 6 and Image 7
Two images showing winching, on reflection they are a little too similar. Both mounted so that there was less deck on display.
As the aircraft turns to fly away I captured this image of the winch-man as he enters the door. Mounted so the rotor-blades are in the top left and right corners of the picture. The Royal Navy is also clearly shown. I also like the heat signature coming from the engines. I have also removed the green sign and the Portacabin on the deck of the ship as they are a distraction.
This image is one of my favourites. It shows three different things
- The aircraft
- The winch-man
- The boat.