Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Project 54: Outdoors at night

The aim of this project (which I actually finished a while ago but seemed to have missed writing about on my blog) was to photograph a city at night, capturing a variety of lighting effects and colours in artficial light. It was a fun project to do, I went out a couple of times in the evening, some particularly colourful ones caught over the Christmas break with the markets and show rides, to photograph the city of Edinburgh. I was surprised with how quickly the light disappeared from the sky, but luckily I had my tripod, so there is still hints of blue in the photos, if I pointed the camera in the right direction! Here are the photos:

Photo 1: Canal at night
70mm, f/2.8, 1/45s, ISO200, -1EV

Photo 2: Buliding not long after sunset with deep blue sky
40mm, f/8, 1/2s, ISO400, -1EV

Photo 3: Foyer of theatre lit up with indoor lights
24mm, f/8, 1/6s, ISO400,

Photo 4: Edinburgh castle lit by spotlights
25mm, f/8, 2s, ISO400, -1EV

Photo 5: Building lit up from outside, car lights going past too
24mm, f/8, 1/4s, ISO400

Photo 6: Lit carpark
35mm, f/8, 1/2s, ISO400

Photo 7: Entrance to same carpark
27mm, f/8, 2s, ISO400

Photo 8: Castle again, but with darker sky
24mm, f/8, 3s, ISO400, -2EV

Photo 9: Blurred carlights and traffic lights
35mm, f/8, 3s, ISO100, +1EV

Photo 10: Statue and tree lit by workers lights (sodium?)
24mm, f8, 4s, ISO100, -2EV

Photo 11: Church
24mm, f/8, 10s, ISO100, -1EV

Photo 12: Christmas wheel and skating rink
24mm, f/8, 3s, ISO100,

Photo 13: Building on the mound
54mm, f/6.7, 1s, ISO100, -1EV

Photo 14: Christmas wheel and Scotts monument
34mm, f/16, 8s, ISO100, -1EV

Photo 15: Skating rink with blurred people
32mm, f/9.5, 1s, ISO100, -1EV

Photo 16: Helter Skelter
24mm, f/22, 3s, ISO100

Photo 17: Ride with lights spinning
43mm, f/22, 8s, ISO100, +1EV

Photo 18: Christmas wheel and Scotts monument
40mm, f/9.5, 3s, ISO100,

Photo 19: Storefront
32mm, f/16, 3s, ISO200

Friday, 9 April 2010

Assignment 4: Applying lighting techniques

I have chosen to photograph a handmade vase which has a beautiful texture with iron coloured spots which are unique to each piece, and only become evident after the firing of the piece. I thought the colour and textures of the vase was really lovely, and would be a challenge to photograph to show the different features.

Photo 1. Shape

From Assignment_4

f/2.8, 60mm, 1/60sec, ISO 400.

Photo 2. Form

From Assignment_4

f/2.8, 70mm, 1/70sec, ISO 400.

Photo 3. Shape

From Assignment_4

f/8, 42mm, 1/8sec, ISO 200.

Photo 4. Colour

From Assignment_4

f/4, 100mm, 1/30sec, ISO 200.

Photo 5. Texture

From Assignment_4

f/5.6, 70mm, 1/45sec, ISO 400.

Photo 6. Form

From Assignment_4

f/4.5, 68mm, 1/60sec, ISO 200, slight rotation and crop applied in photoshop.

Photo 7. Shape

From Assignment_4

f/2.8, 35mm, 1/10sec, ISO 400.

Photo 8. Form

From Assignment_4

f/4.5, 43mm, 1/15sec, ISO 200, dust spot removed in photoshop.

I found this assignment to be quite challenging. It was difficult to make the vase look different but still interesting in each photo, and to try to bring out a different feature of it in each photo. I took a lot of photos in order to get the desired effect, and still feel I have a lot to learn about using artificial and other kinds of light in photography.