Thursday, 25 March 2010

David Hockney

When talking to my friend Chris, I mentioned about how I wanted to do joiner photography and told me about an Artist called David Hockney, who is known for his use of joiners in landscape, so I decided to check him out.

"David Hockney has often been regarded as a play boy of the art world."
This is the first sentence from Hockney's Biography on his website, but to be honest it was his joiner work that I was interested in, although not much work was on his website, I scouted around google images and found a few images that where really inspiring. Obviously I'm not going to do images as advanced as Hockneys work but it has inspired me when it comes to making joiners.

Starting Week 5 (Planning)

So, it is the end of macro for now. And I'm looking into something new for this week, I'm thinking about doing joiner landscapes, real wide angle stuff!

I'm hoping on using wide angle lenses for this aswell, to get an even more stretched appearance on my images. This wide angle theme still goes with what the human eye doesn't usually see, trying to get a better view on large landscapes, and possibly some urban styles.
more planning to come.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Week 4

This is the shoot of the bottles, I was sceptical at first as to how this would turn out and how to do it, but to my surprise, some of these images have come out really well and I had a good time. Unfortunately, the images of the bottles actually breaking are blurred because when you go over 1/250th of a second, the shutter can be seen in the flash, I shot one image on 320th and you can see the black line in the bottom of the image, I guess to shoot high speed photography, it is necessary to have bright lights that are constantly on instead of using flashes. I will store information in my brain for next time, I hope you like my images.

I left the shutter blur in this image to show what happens when your shutter speed to flash is too high.

At the time of shooting I realised that in the past weeks I'd only been drinking from cans, so I didn't have anymore bottles left after breaking the three that where remaining, so as I was about to give up, I decided to take the time to shoot the broken glass that was left on the floor, here are my results.

This is and image I took of my home "studio" after breaking the bottles, I really like this image, because it shows the whole area that was being used, this image is highly inspired by Gregory Crewdson.

Using A Home Studio

I have decided that these pictures of fast motion will be taken at home, and I have decided to break bottles to try and capture the essence of time passing by so quickly.
The Bowen's lamps will work for illuminating the area and will work with the Camera that I will be using (Canon 350D)

I hope that even with the limitations of flash/shutter speed, that I will be able to get the motion of the bottles as they travel to or hit the floor.

Will post when I can.

Monday, 22 March 2010

It Is Time...

To move away from Macro photography, sad faces all around for me but I will surely return to it soon enough.
It seems my theme has changed from what I said it was going to be, with all this macro it looks like the theme is "Things the naked eye doesn't see", and I would be happy to continue with these.
For this weeks shoot I am going to do do high speed photography to capture images of things that would usually happen in the blink of an eye, things that people don't usually see because it happens so fast. I think to capture these fragile moments would be a challenge because of timing but I glady accept this to see what I can achieve.

In my knowledge of photography, high speed photography requires ALOT of light, so to do this, I am going to use a two head lighting kit made by Bowens, the kit in question (I will get the model numbers later) is high powered so will be useful for possible close ups or standard shooting.

I can't wait to get stuck into this week and start shooting tonight!

Friday, 19 March 2010

other macro... (week 3)

not too chuffed about this, mandatory work in lecture, uninspired, boring lighting sucks

By Golly Gosh

I love macro! I think if I could base this whole project around macro I would.
Might try and sneak another week of macro shoots in there, maybe not using fruit this time, its fun but, well , I want to shoot something different with macro, see what I can achieve.

On another note we got to make a joiner and some stitching soon, not too phyced about it, emailed the chief executive of Truro Cathedral but no reply yet, still holding hopeful, will just have to get a telephone number and bother him that way.

Might do some landscapes this week, they look nice, but I don't know how I will link it with macro, sure I will fluke it some how.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Week 2

Raw Macro

So last week I chose to Isolate an object in a white space when shooting in macro, but this week I thought about how this artificial environment may not capture the essence of the object itself, the white may have had a more pristine look but I thought that objects in their own environment may have a different look.

So here are my five images, this time I shot a Kiwi. The feel of a kiwi made me wonder what the hairs would look like when magnified. Here are my five images, including shots of the inside, which I took when deciding to eat the Kiwi.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Week 1

This week I have been working around Macro photography and how with Macro Photography we can see things that the naked eye could never have seen before, for this week I have photographed Apple Seeds.

The reason I chose apple seeds was because of what they can become, it is incredible to think that all the energy to create something as large as a tree is held within the apple seed. But when humans/animals intervene these fragile seeds can be destroyed easily, and this is what i wanted to capture with Macro Photography, this is one of my first attempts at macro, enjoy.

Friday, 5 March 2010

More News On Infra Red

So took a bigger look into Infra Red last night and got in touch with Dean Bennici an artist who uses, makes and sells 120 EIR roll film, perfect for me as i prefer to use medium format.
Im putting a link to his website, and a blog about his work on the side bar as I feel they are both important to the advancement in this line of photography, more on this as it develops

Should be scanning those seeds in today aswell, maynot be photography but I can't help the fact that other students dont return extention tubes and macro lenses...

Thursday, 4 March 2010


But hey, I've got plans so that's OK!
Saw something pretty interesting called infra red other day, been looking into ILFORD SFX 200 infrared film. Apparently combined with a filter the effects are amazing, so possibly will be some work combined with that.
see link on the right had side about Ilfords release on this film.


as of tomorrow I'm going to be scanning in some hi-res apple pips! oh yeah! Gunna crush em. bite em, scratch em, whatever and then scan em in super duper magnified. See how that goes, and if all goes wrong I've always got....well not much, gunna have to be five images from that but I'm confident something good can come out of it!