Today I've been editing my final outcome for my exhibition and preparing my work to be printed. I've done a couple of versions of my final piece, one colour, one black and white and one that's black and white with a rectangle of colour in a central position. I did the last one so that I had an idea of what my final piece would look like and also to be on display outside our exhibition as a preview of my work. For the overall photo I rotated it and cropped it slightly to improve the composition and make it more exciting to look at as well as adjusting the colour to make the reds stand out more and to give a more vibrant green as often in nature photography greens can come out very yellow because of the genetic make up of the plants. To prepare this photo for printing I split the black and white photo into 8 equal parts to be printed A3, making an A0 size piece. I then found the section I wanted to be colour, making this an A2 size piece out of two A3. The reason I've split up the piece like this rather than having two large prints done is to correlate with my 'panorama' image - I wanted to try lining up an image like that, just in a different form.
Today I went out to take photos for my final outcome. I wanted something new for my exhibition after planning it out so I went out and took some colour contrasting photos of a rose bush. As red and green are contrasting colours, they work well together as well as standing out against each other. I originally wanted to take photos of a gorgeous lily that was outside of my house but it had died before I got the chance to photograph it and in the end the rose bush connected more with my project. The photo I choose out of this set will be a large piece, ideally ceiling to floor but A0 size if needed. I want it to follow the same theme as the glossy photos that I was playing around with the other day but rather than using pins I want to hang the second part of the photo in front so that there will be walking space between the two pieces.
Today I got some photos printed to play around with, seeing what they looked like layered on top of each other and raised against each other. I think this is the idea I'll use for my final outcome and exhibition - tomorrow I will design some exhibit spaces varying them on what my space could look like and what kind of space I'm allocated.
After thinking more on my artist research I decided to place this quote over my wall. I felt a really deep connection with the quote and feel like it really resonated with my work as I couldn't really find another photographer that looked at contrasts in the way I've been looking at them. The quote reads 'I am not interested in rules or conventions' - the full quote ending in 'Photography is not a sport' said by Bill Brandt. It really connects with me for the way I want my work to stand out from other people's and I'm willing to do whatever it takes to achieve that.
Today I started to do some drawings from my shadow photos as I was planning on focusing on them for my potential final piece but after drawing some of them I've decided that they're not actually that interesting. I thought drawing the photos would pick out some interesting shapes that I could work with but even using a few different mediums didn't really do it for me. Honestly I feel like the drawings are less than exciting and I just hope that playing around with my images in Photoshop will open a new door for me conceptually that I'll be able to follow to create a really exciting final outcome.
This week I've been editing the macro photos I've gotten to really show off the colours and the detail within the images. I really can't wait to take some of these into Photoshop to play around with zooming in on them to pick out some of the tiniest details that only the macro lens could capture and our eyes struggle to see.
Just a quick update as today I've finally gotten around to re-writing my project proposal. I've written it to both fit my new project and to give an idea of what my new project is about as well as what I'll be trying to accomplish with it. I think my proposal has to be a strong point of my project as I have less time because I changed it so it really has to show what my intentions are.
As you can see here, I've put together a mapped out collection of my images - and linked them to what sets they belong with on my mind map. I've then written some notes about my images and what I was thinking when I was taking those photos - also reflecting the topics that I was trying to capture. There will be close ups of these notes in my sketchbook.
What I really want to talk about though is the 'panorama' I've created. If you click on the final image of the slideshow you can see it in better detail and I've tried really hard to capture the contrasting weathers. There are a few images in there that can capture this on their own but if you put the first photo and the final photo next to each other you'd have no idea they were taken just seconds apart. I've tried to link them up as best I could but because I didn't have a tripod to swivel my camera and I was doing it by hand not all the photos are perfectly lined up - I may take the photos into Photoshop to try and link them up so that the panorama is seamless.
Just a short post to show that just a small difference like cropping and rotating a photo can really improve the overall quality of an image. With this particular photo I've cropped to improve the composition of the image, placing a little bit more emphasis on the shadows, and cropping out the majority of the darker parts in the background seems to have given the photo a little bit more contrast and makes the shadows seem darker. You can also see some finer details, like the small 'hairs' on the leaves around the closed daisy and the moss. I also rotated the photo to slant the grass more - I wanted to place emphasis on the larger blade of grass as it was crossing the photo and I wanted it to look more interesting. Below is the final edit of the photo where you can really see the detail.