Assignment Two People and Activity
The object of this exercise was to plan and execute a series of images (approx. 10) of people doing some form of meaningful activity.
After meeting some guys whilst on holiday I arranged to meet then on another day and try to capture then in Dorset on the Jurassic Coast, Parachute Gliding.
It was very, very windy and although the guys were in control I could never tell which way they would fly across the front of the lens. The hardest part of the day for them was getting into the air nas the wind was so strong.
Here are the images that I have chosen. I hope they show the activity from start to finish.
This was not the first image that I took but it was taken right at the start of the day as the guys tried to get air into the parachute. It was a lot harder than it looks. The reasons that I liked this image are as follows.
- The look of concentration on his face, even though you can not see much of it.
- The pattern that the coloured strings make.
- The contrast between the red, blue and green.
The image also shows the viewer what is about to happen and sets the scene.
After a few minutes and a number of shots (mainly due to the wind dropping and the parachute falling to the floor) I managed to get this image.
I wanted to get closer but I risked the parachute falling on me and/or getting in the way.
The image shows the power of the wind and the size of the parachute. I think I managed to frame the image well
This is the first image I managed to take of the second guy. Moving on from the first images it shows the transformation of the parachute and what they want to achieve. I waited until I had two guys in shot and I kept the people on the beach to show scale. The red sits nicely against the blue sky. I am rather disappointed about the section of rock on the left side of the image , it really gets in the way, but it was all about timing. I suppose in Photoshop I could have altered the whole image but I don’t want to do this at this stage.
Another image again showing two guys for interest. I waited until they were above me to get a cleaner background i.e. the sky and the sea. Again this image took ages to capture as the guys were moving so fast above me. At times I wish i had a lens greater than my 28-300mm to capture greater detail. I like the way that I have captured the image. It would be interesting to see how it would look in HDR, but as you need two images to create that sort of image and the parachutes were moving very fast you would have a problem with ghosting.
Back to my first guy again. He eventually managed to get off the ground, the wind was so strong it was causing difficulties. This also caused me problems as the guys were going so fast it was hard keeping track of them. There was something not quite right about this image, I think that it is the sky, it’s just a little to white for me. Although I again like the framing. There is a little loss of detail on the guy himself, although the parachute and wires are clear.
I really liked this shot , it happened right in front of me in a split second. The main problem is I’m missing the top of the parachute! Just a fraction of a centimetre down and it would have been so much better. The sky is better and he is holding a great shape. I also like the way the sun is reflecting of his visor and the way he is pointing his toes.
After an hour taking images this was the fist one that I managed to get both my subjects together. Again the same problem as above, I’m missing part of the parachute. A wider view would have been so much better , but I would have lost detail. I could also have held the camera up a bit. It was hard getting used to watching the guys with one eye and looking through the camera with the other. But this is what sports photographers must do all the time to capture goals at football matches. I like the position of the guy on the right, it fits nicely into the corner of the image.
I have a real issue with this image, do I leave the red corner in or crop it down to just show the wire as the guy comes into land. On the other hand I like the ‘fan’ shape that the wires have formed and the look of the guys helmet. It adds a bit of mystery to the image. I would also have liked a little more blue in the sky , but it just wasn’t there.
Well the images show people doing an activity, so I think that I have been successful in meeting the requirements. Are the images interesting? I hope so.
What worked well?
- It was very difficult to capture the guys in flight as they were moving so fast, I think I managed to get them in shot.
- Getting two guys together , creates interest and gives scale.
- I think that the images explain the activity from start to finish.
What could have been better?
- I should have got the framing better so bits of parachute were not cut off.
- Close up images of kit would have been nice.
- I would have liked a close up image of the reflective helmet.
- It was freezing-gloves and a hat!
- managing to track the subjects and looking through the camera at the same time, this would have produced better results.
On the whole I am pleased with the results. This was the first time that I had had an opportunity to capture guys doing this sort of activity, it was a very steep learning curve!