Exercise 23 – Special processing

The aim of this exercise was to use one image and then using digital processing methods, make two new versions of the image. The first of these has a greater prominence, the second image with less prominence for the subject.

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This is the original image.  The image has too many distractions with people close to the main subject as well as a distracting background with the people standing.

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With slight manipulation, the image now is very flat. Still no cropping so the image still has the main distractions as above. The face is very dark and the histogram looks very flat and dark when viewed in LR CC.

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Now with some small adjustments to the highlights and shadows, we can see the main focus of the lady is now full frame. All distractions have been taken away and a slight vignetting has helped focus the eye on the subject and darkened the background. More manipulation could have taken place by removing the bag in Photoshop but I decided this was enough to meet the requirements of the brief.

 

 

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Exercise 22 – Balancing figure and space

For this exercise we are asked to take 2 photographs using pretty much the same viewpoint and composition but varying the balance between the person and the space they are in.

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This image is ok as a single snap shot, but from a composition point of view it lacks any depth and is very flat. Subject is dead centre, and as the saying goes ‘dead centre is deadly’. Also the subject is a little low with too much ceiling and a cut off at he joints, i.e. the knees. This could be improved a lot better for balance both for the subject and location, as we will see in the next image.

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In this second image of the same subject above, we have moved the camera position to add more balance both for the subject in the frame, and to show more of the location including background area. The subject is now placed on the rule of thirds, and the knees have not been cut off at the joint. This image would work either as a close up of just head and shoulders, or a full length shot which could include the feet.The head is directly on the top right third rule and the eyes are drawn into the rear left of the image after looking at the eyes of the subject, this now gives a good feel of where the subject is and the location. The image is not edited in any way for congestion to the first image, other the a change in camera position and moving the subject slightly to the right.

 

 

Exercise 21 – Making figures anonymous

The brief for this exercise was to use certain techniques to photograph a person or persons making them anonymous and less prominent than the area that they are in. The images should try to make the person(s) almost unrecognisable.

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This image does have people and certainly shows a sense of scale. With a closer look three workers can be seen on the building, and in fact form a type of triangle which was pure luck. This image was taken while taking a boat ride within the Dubai Marina area, and this building was being constructed on the waters edge. I have cropped the image slightly to make the figures just visible and taken away day distracting buildings which were on either side of this main one under construction.

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As we look into the image of the fountain, we can see at first the two figures walking into the image on the left side. After a closer scan around the frame we can then see two more people, but covered behind the water fall and some of the seats and umbrella stands. The framing of this image takes the eye into the frame and only after closer inspection can we see the second two people on the bench chairs. This image could be cropped more to remove the two figures on the left leaving only the faded outline of the two people on the right of the frame.

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In this image we see a very nice interior shot of a hotel lobby. With a closer look around the many items such as camels, christmas tree, chairs etc you finally come across a person sat in the rear of the frame which is actually set on the rule of thirds line. The same colour uniform of the person makes them blend into the background, but the person is still visible non the same. I thought about waiting for a person or persons to walk across the room and wait until they are near the arch door in the rear of the picture on the right, but decided it maybe too obvious so I left the final image with the one person sat at the desk.

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For my last image I decided to take this frame of an archway with a very subtle background combined with people having breakfast. The main focus is of course the arch, but again the eye is drawn into the image at towards the rear where the people are enjoying the morning. In some ways the camel is looking into the arch within an arch at the people. Cropping this image I feel would have made the image too flat and would have taken away from the main arch in the foreground.