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EYV Assignment 2 – Views – Re-worked

On thinking about final assessment, I re-looked at my work. While my tutor had not specifically advised me to re-work my assignment 2 images, I decided that I would try to improve my selection for the final assessment submission. I had been a bit confused about whether the expectation was to submit images using a variety of camera techniques or to choose a particular set of techniques throughout to create a cohesive set. I understand that students have interpreted the brief in different ways.  After speaking with my tutor, I gave my work further thought. I decided that I was not happy with my use of a mixture of techniques i.e. varying depth of field and  focal lengths, since the set as a whole was compromised, and I therefore decided to submit an alternative set using only a focal length of 16mm (the final image is 18mm). I used a variety of viewpoints to emphasise the different experiences of life in my seaside town, and tried to improve on my theme of an alternative to the traditional holidaymaker’s view of Filey.

On reviewing my initial submission I realised that I have learned a lot on this course and I felt that if I were to do assignment 2 again, then I would do it quite differently. I looked at my original submission and realised that of the 10 images I had submitted, two were essentially the same (traditional views of Filey bay), and very few, I felt, furthered my intention to provide an ‘alternative’ view of the seaside.

Please see my initial images here.

So, with a trip to Filey planned, and hopeful of making some improvements, I decided to think again about what I wanted to submit. First, I looked again at my contact sheets. I was actually very surprised when I reconsidered my contact sheets since I could clearly say that if I were submitting the assignment now, I would have chosen very different selects. In my first submission of this assignment, I had rejected images that I now realised showed a more rounded view of the town. The ‘ambulance’ image is an example. I recall liking this image but excluding it because of the visible number plate – I have included it this time because I now know how to pixelate this part of the image using Photoshop. My ‘cafe’ image shows tourist activity around the seafood stalls  very differently to the close-up images of fresh produce that I had come across before. The deck chair image shows piles of chairs unsold because of poor weather rather than sunbathers seated comfortably on the beach. The ravine image shows Filey as a green space with lush trees at the sea’s edge, rather than as just a beach.

I include the final,  more traditional, image of the bay because to exclude it would be to fail to represent the town as the beautiful coastal resort that it is. However, I chose this particular image over a more conventionally beautiful one because it does not over- state the view – the flowers in the foreground are bright but ordinary, and the sweep of the bay is interrupted. I think it sits better with my rounded view of Filey. Overall, I think the use of a single focal length works well. I also think that the colours in my re-work are much better; I have removed the brighter (more holiday-ish) images to create a softer more natural looking set. As such, my images are more cohesive and I think my choice shows a more representative view of the town as a place to live and work as well as a place for holidays, than my original submission did.

 

 

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EYV Assignment 2 ‘Collecting’ Tutor Feedback

I was very pleased with my tutor’s feedback on this assignment. Again, I had a quick read to quickly get to the main points, and then, relieved, I read it again more slowly, to fully understand the issues he raised.

I will not reproduce the whole report here, but I will pick out the main points:

I will start with the positives:

  • Good use of a range of lens and aperture combinations.
  • Good reflection on my selection process and developing use of contact sheets.
  • Competent set of photographs.
  • Credit for re-visiting my analysis of the Thomas Ruff exercise.
  • Potential to pass at assessment.

Areas for further development:

My tutor focused on the contextual  side of my learning and advised that I should:

  • Try to make specific connections between the artists I am inspired by and my work. (Please see my post  Reflection: Maholy-Nagy for my response)
  • Look at Edward Weston’s essay ‘Photography – not Pictorialism’. (Please see my post Pictorialism-Edward Weston and Frank Meadow Sutcliffe for my response.)
  • Do more research.
  • Perhaps include some examples of postcard views as part of my research for views of Filey – (please see my post:   Reflection on research for my response)
  • Try to build an assignment over several shoots.
  • Include actual images in coursework rather than links for ease of reading.
  • Look at Liz Wells and Ian Jeffrey on the course reading list.
  • Broaden my reflection on Martin Parr’s work. (Please see my post Martin Parr Reviews for my response)
  • Look at the wide aperture work of student Fergal O’Callaghan.
  • Do solid research for part 3 of the course and reflect in my learning log.

This is a long list of things to address but I am keen to develop the contextualisation side of my work and I will look carefully at these issues.

I am pleased that I was not advised to re-take my images since I am not planning another trip to Filey soon. However, I realise that in taking photographs for an assignment, I have to be prepared to re-visit them, and I should factor this in when doing my preparation and planning and choosing a location.

Post script

In preparing for assessment at the end of the course, I decided to revisit this assignment. Please see my post Assignment 2- views-reworked.

 

EYV Assignment 2 ‘Collecting’ Contact Sheet

Following my tutor feedback on my last assignment, I have avoided repetition in this set of thumbnails. I have also annotated my contact sheet to show my selects, and to highlight two additional images that I wanted to draw attention to. I have used my contact sheet also to show technical data of the images I decided to use in my assignment.

I have removed the final page of my contact sheet (page 6) because it contains an image of a little boy. Although I have the boy’s father’s permission to keep the image, I did not feel comfortable posting it on my blog. I have, however, included it in my submission by email to my tutor.

My contact sheet images can be seen here:

Assignment 2 page 1

Assignment 2 page 2

Assignment 2 page 3

Assignment 2 page 4

Assignment 2 page 5

 

 

 

 

 

EYV Assignment 2 ‘Collecting’ Images

Initial images

Filey

Assignment 2 Brig

Image 1 – f10 1/250 ISO 250 149 (223)mm

Assignment 2 Beach huts

Image 2 – f10 1/320 ISO 200 16 (24)mm

Assignment 2 Danger

Image 3 – f8 1/400 ISO 250 16 (24)mm

Assignment 2 Cars

Image 4- f7.1 1/400 ISO 100 16 (24)mm

Assignment 2 cliff view

Image 5 – f13 1/200 ISO 320 16 (24)mm

Assignment 2 Cliffs

Image 6 – f11 1/160 ISO 250 16 (24)mm

Assignment 2 Campsite

Image 7 – f8 1/100 ISO 320 23 (34)mm

Assignment 2 buckets

Image 8 – f6.3 1/800 ISO 200 63 (94)mm

Assignment 2 Boat

Image 9 – f4.5 1/1000 ISO 250 55 (82)mm

Assignment 2 Bay

Image 10 – f11 1/640 ISO 250 18 (27)mm

See also my Written Analysis, my Self Analysis and my Contact Sheets .

 

 

EYV Assignment 2 ‘Collecting’ Self-Analysis

Technical and visual skills

I selected my final images from a short-list of about 24 images to show both a traditional view of the resort and a less traditional view encompassing detail of everyday life and the experiences of holiday makers and locals. My images were selected also to show a range of techniques using different focal lengths, view-points, depths of field and focal points to show the development of my technical skills.

I considered the order of the presentation of my images but in the end decided on a semi-random organisation to show the town as a mixture of experiences. I compromised my technique because I chose not to use a tripod, despite carrying one with me. I consequently had to use a higher ISO than I would ideally have chosen.

I feel that I have fairly well included the learning objectives of Part 2 in this assignment and am becoming more comfortable with my camera. I certainly feel less reliance on my telephoto lens and a new appreciation of wider views and a sense of space.

I made slight alterations to my images in post processing: straightening, distortion correction and sharpening of raw images but this was minimal.

 Quality of outcome

My tutor advised that I should bear in mind Walter Benjamin’s quote (Course Notes p52), in submitting this assignment:

‘Fragments of a vessel which are to be glued together must match one another in the smallest details although they need not be like one another’ (Benjamin[1936] 1999, p79)

I interpreted this quote to mean that there should be a consistency of size, orientation, colour etc as well as a coherence and linking theme or idea. I feel that I have presented a coherent idea, and have submitted my images in a consistent way in terms of their ‘landscape’ orientation and colour profile. I think a mixture of traditional landscape and close viewpoints interrupts the ‘flow’ for the viewer, but I feel it adds to the overall story.

I feel that my photographs show what I intended, though I acknowledge that I may see this more clearly than a viewer who has not been involved in the process. I hope that I have improved in my visual literacy since my first assignment and that the viewer will understand my message without text.

Demonstration of creativity

My images are quite varied in terms of specific subject matter and I feel that as a series of images, they work well together. I have tried to use different viewpoints and techniques to give a variety of results. I feel that these images are more imaginative than those of  my ‘Square Mile’ though I am aware that creativity is a skill I need to develop and that my idea is far from original.

I have expanded my comfort zone in terms of looking at different ways to capture views, and in putting together a coherent set of Filey images.

Context

I have considered the work of a number of photographers who have appealed to me in terms of their approaches and use of both deep and shallow depth of field and have put together a collection of images that I would previously not have considered. I changed my initial plans for this assignment following my photo-walk because I began to see Filey as more than just a holiday destination.

Cartier – Bresson says:

‘What matters is to look. But people don’t look, most of them don’t look. They press the button…’ (Bresson 2001)

I think this assignment shows that I am beginning to look more carefully at composition and to consider the settings I need to achieve the effect I want to create in an image.

Bibliography

Cartier- Bresson, H, (2001) L’amour tout court (“Just Plain Love”) [Interview]. At: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL707C8F898605E0BF (Accessed 4 August 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

EYV Assignment 2 ‘Collecting’ Written Analysis

Introduction to my Subject:

I considered a series of views of Filey as if for a tourist publication. I examined post-card images and, since the town is familiar, I imagined my vantage points in advance.

However, during my photo-walk I began to see Filey differently. It became more than a haven for holiday-makers. On Coble Landing, the lifeboat was launched, reminding me of the dangers of the sea. I saw people working to ensure holiday-makers were safe and happy, and, on returning to our caravan in the rain, I was reminded of the reality as well as the fantasy of the British holiday. Of course, the beauty of the coastline had to be included in my Filey story.

While researching Pictorialism, I came across Frank Meadow Sutcliffe. I recalled owning a copy of his collection of photographs of Whitby. The capturing of life in a seaside town appealed to me.

I also looked at John Davies’ photographs and the photographs of Eugene Atget . The work of these photographers motivated me to challenge my usual preference for closer cropped images and to consider depth and lines to encourage the eye into the image.

I find Moholy-Nagy’s abstract views interesting, and I wanted to include a view using a longer lens as an alternative to a wide angle of view. Image 1 uses a focal length of 149mm (223mm equivalent) to show walkers on the Brig. I  like how the abstract nature of this image emphasises the detail of the landscape.

Kim Kirkpatrick’s use of shallow depth of field inspired me to consider the inclusion of images focusing on the foreground, with a blurring of the background to direct the eye to the subject.

A Description of the Combination of Aperture, Focal Length and Viewpoint Used and how they Affect the Images:

Some images are taken with my shortest lens and a small aperture to capture deep depth of field. Image 5 provides a view that is wider than the human eye’s and the wide angle makes the distance from the cliff-top to the Brig, appear vast. Image 10 uses a similar setting to do the same thing but the lower viewpoint and foreground interest emphasises the depth of view.

Image 6 uses a wide angle from a low viewpoint to emphasise the height of the cliffs and in image 3 a wide angle but high viewpoint seems to emphasise the feeling of unsteadiness by giving the viewer the impression that they are looking over the cliff and could fall over the edge.

There are some images in my contact sheets that I considered but did not use. Some were rejected because of poor composition even though the subject matter was relevant. The life-boat launch shows Filey as a place of work, and the Filey people as courageous, for example. In image A, I experimented with foreground blur but the image was not sharp enough, at aperture 5.6, to include in my final submission. In image B, a little boy jumped on the carousel and poked his head round just as I pressed the shutter. Since my image now included a child, and despite the fact that I showed the image to his father and asked if I could keep it and he agreed, I felt uncomfortable using it here.

An evaluation of Technical Aspects and how the Series Works as a Whole:

What worked well

My photo-walk provided opportunities for a range of views that enabled me to use different techniques to demonstrate my learning. I captured wide views using my widest lens (16mm), and used small apertures for a sharp foreground and background. I used diagonals and lines that lead the eye into and around the image. In image 7, I used manual focus to ensure the raindrops on the window were sharp.

In image 8, I used a close viewpoint and wider aperture to blur the background and therefore emphasise the subject.  My photograph of the line of cars in image 4 was intended to show the reality of a busy town during the holiday season.

My combination of images shows the traditional beauty of the town and the reality of life by the sea. Images of danger and poor weather offer a challenge to stereotypical views. I feel that these images are more creative and interesting than the ones I used for ‘The Square Mile’. I also notice that I am becoming quicker with my camera, and a little more instinctive.

The contact sheets submitted with Assignment 1 contained square and un-annotated images.  I looked at the contact sheets of William Klein and Henri Cartier- Bresson and gained an understanding of the significance of contact sheets. As a consequence, I have annotated my thumbnails to show my selects and to highlight particular images that I refer to in my analysis.

What didn’t work so well

I liked my idea of a series of images at the seaside and didn’t really want to miss the opportunity. However, in practice, my consideration of another person on holiday with me meant that I felt more rushed than I would have felt had I worked alone.

The effect of this was that despite the brief saying that a tripod was important, I attempted to take my images on a fairly overcast day without one. I increased my ISO to between 200 and 320 to compensate, and the smallest aperture I could manage was F13. I was pleased that at wider apertures than I would ideally have chosen, my images appeared sharp and that the increase in ISO seemed not to be too detrimental.

How the Series Might be Improved in the Future

This assignment could be significantly improved by the use of a tripod. This would allow me to use narrower apertures and a lower ISO to improve the sharpness and quality of my photographs.

I feel that I lost the opportunity to use some of my photographs because of technical errors. More care in composition, selecting the correct aperture and focusing, may have enabled me to use some of the images that I rejected and I consequently could have improved my Filey story.

Bibliography

Atgetphotography.com. (2017). Eugene Atget / Biography & Images – Atget Photography.com Videos Books & Quotes. [online] Available at: http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Eugene-Atget.html(Accessed 19 Mar. 2017).

Davies, J. (2017). John Davies Photographer – home page. [online] Johndavies.uk.com. Available at: http://johndavies.uk.com/ (Accessed 19 Mar. 2017).

Kimkirkpatrick.com. (2017). Early Work. [online] Available at: http://www.kimkirkpatrick.com/GalleryMain.asp?GalleryID=97163&AKey=FGWAF5R9(Accessed 19 Mar. 2017).

Moholy-nagy.org. (2017). MOHOLY-NAGY FOUNDATION | START. [online] Available at: http://moholy-nagy.org/ [Accessed 19 Mar. 2017].

Sutcliffe-gallery.co.uk. (2017). FRANK MEADOW SUTCLIFFE- PHOTOGRAPHS. [online] Available at: http://www.sutcliffe-gallery.co.uk/(Accessed 19 Mar. 2017).