116 Portfolio

My final images for 116

I have chosen 13 images for this project portfolio, as I see these as some of my strongest images from the five sections of 166. 

Below is a gallery of the images and further below that each image with a personal synopsis of them. 

I actually found this project interesting but quite hard to complete. Not so much the photography aspect but the planning for the location shoots due to the time of year and how individual each aspect of the briefs were. Previous projects have always been based around a common theme, studio, location, fashion or portraiture for example. 

An Indian summer in Shrewsbury, shot at the end of November 2017 using a phantom 4 pro-drone. I traveled to Shrewsbury to capture some 

I love the perspective you get from this image and how, by shooting into the sun, you can see the sunbeams through the midday air. The leafless trees cause a lovely abstract effect in their shadowy rows on the floor. Even though this image was created just after midday, due to the season the sun was low enough to cast some amazing shadows up on to the grass field.

Another photograph captured by my drone, this time Ludlow castle. I tried a few images shot at different elevations but this one won out as you get to see the depth of the historic building as well as the frontage. Ariel views amaze me and you can bet that the original owners never saw their castle from this vantage point. I guess the main reason for this is it is from a perspective we do not see every day and so creates a spectacle to the viewer. 

The grey and brown of the castle really stands out nicely surrounded by the green of the surrounding fields and the spline of the river to the left of frame compliments the castle. 

If I were taking this image purely to print I might be tempted to remove some of the buildings to the right of the frame to set the image into a timeless period. However, as this was taken with a local blog in mind I felt it best to leave the image as is. 

Captured with my Canon 6D and my EF 16-40 F4 lens, this is a crossover piece for the 116 project. It is a location for the web blog project and also an abstract image for the abstract part of the project. These hoops are actually for people to lock their bicycles to but I was fortunate enough that none were in use. 

By selecting the 16-40 lens, I got close to the front element and, crouching down, framed the subsequent hoops inside each other, creating a frame within a frame within a frame. The image evokes in my mind a time tunnel (1960s TV program) as you recede into the distance getting ever smaller

This was an image that I visualized before taking it. I knew if I used my wide angle the distortion effect of the 16-40 lens the fingers pointing towards me would become elongated almost jutting out of the frame. I used a narrow depth of field F4 which is the widest aperture that this lens can go as I wanted the eye to be drawn to the name of the town. Even though out of focus the leading lines of the two fingers combined with the tack sharp focus point guide the eye to the town plaque. If used in a blog the image could be cropped to show just the name plaque.

To capture this I had to switch to live view and hold the camera way above my head Due to this fact I employed a shutter speed of 1/320 to help remove shake. 

This is The Old Market Hall which is located at the top of the High Street. What attracted me to this scene was the angular nature of the building and the myriad of leading lines from the road to the double yellow lines and even the alternating colours on the brickwork. If this image was taken purely for an architecture image it would probably fail on many levels with the building leading back creating converging lines as the eye moves up the building. However, I used my wide angle lens to drag out the angular nature of the building and this helps it gain even more prominence in the scene. I stood in the middle of the road to capture the image as I wanted to use the other two buildings to frame the Market Hall on either side. 

Using the 17-40 and getting close to something in the foreground of the image always gives prominence to that aspect of the photograph. Here is a prime example, I was just a few inches from the front of this cannon yet the lens was able to drag in such a wide amount of visual data from the surrounding area. I used F6.3 to give a little extra DOF, as it is a wide angle lens the DOF is quite wide anyway but I found F6.3 gave enough clarity to the background without becoming too much of a distraction to the foreground. The use of the wide angle, lighting and subsequent post-production, this image has an almost three-dimensional feel to it.

After doing my critique at college, and the subsequent feedback I received, I decided to approach abstract from a different angle. Long shutter exposures have always interested me so as part of the abstract brief I decided to include such an image. 

I experimented with various exposure times, apertures and ND filters to get the image I was looking for, I wanted to show movement enough to blur the identity of the shoppers but not so long that they totally ghosted or were inconceivable as human beings. I found that my ND .8 with an F stop of 32 and a shutter speed of 2 seconds produced the ideal result, it was then just a matter of hitting the shutter as the components (people) moved into their starting positions.

I found that if I started the exposure and they were to close to the lens then they became an out of focus mess, too far away and the shot looked empty.

At F32 the image is sharp from front to back but this contrasts lovely with the blurred characters in the scene. 

This is St Leonards Church, High Town, Bridgnorth, photographed 400 feet above ground. The camera was looking straight down. This angle makes the scene look rather model like.  Although shot for the blog pages part of the projects, I feel it could also cross over to the Aabstract section too. When you first look at the image you know it is a building and an ariel shot but for a small amount of time it plays with your inbuilt gyroscope. And if viewed on a large screen can bring on a light feeling of vertigo. 

A home studio macro shot of a cricket. I found this dead bug and decided to mount it and make a low key image of it by standing it on the screen of my mobile phone to act as a nice dark reflector to give the image some extra dimension. 

I used one small Speedlight positioned to the left of the camera attached to a small clamp. Being macro I knew I had to use a higher F-stop to get some depth of focus but also wanted the focus to drift out past the eye, I found F11 perfect for this purpose. 

I did a lot of post-processing work on this image using initially

 Lightroom then finishing in Photoshop. I wanted to give the feeling of the bug crawling out of the darkness toward the viewer. I feel I achieved that.

I have never had a problem with people taking my picture, I always say a photograph (or video) is all we leave behind to prove we were ever here. 

But, taking my own picture and editing it was awful. I never thought of myself as a vain man and was happy to be a working-class bloke. However, when you zoom in on yourself at 100% it is like opening your soul up for all to see, especially as I age.

To help hide the deep wrinkles and lines I used a lot of soft light all over my face. The lighting design was loosely based on the Peter Hurley style, using two strip boxes to form an apex above my head and then mounted on a stand on its side a 4X4

softbox on the floor to help eliminate some under chin and eye socket shadows. I used a white seamless backdrop with two strobes lighting it with reflectors on them.

I see my self as a bit of a joker and hopefully friendly so wanted a picture that shows I am an approachable, fun person, I think this shows that. 

I am not a fan of having to wear glasses and, because I am long sighted I tend to wear my glasses on the end of my nose. I wanted to include my glasses but wanted them away from my eyes. Doing this again opens me up to the viewer as someone who is approachable. 

Using colour and bokeh to create an abstract image. I perceived this image while watching a child’s windmill rotate in the breeze and due to the sun I squinted.

Using a macro lens I got close and defocused the image to remove all detail and produced soft circles of pastel colours. 

Shot handheld with the use of natural direct sunlight giving the shiny plastic toy a pleasing and relaxing image.

The tonality and sharpness of this image drew me to pick it for my project portfolio.