Temporal Expressions – Slit-scan

During the same week we were given the temporal expressions task, we were also introduced to slit-scan photography.

Slit-scan photography is a photographic technique that creates pictures that are made up of several different slits. This can help change or distort the appearance of the image you want to capture. The pictures below, following the water cycle theme, were taken using the free slit-scan app on my phone.

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I found the following link useful in my research into slit-scan photography and its history:

http://filmmakeriq.com/lessons/slit-scan-recreating-the-stargate-sequence-from-stanley-kubricks-2001-using-legos/

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Temporal Expressions Task – Exposure Photography

Since we were set our temporal expressions assignment, I have been going out to experiment with time-based photography that makes use of long and short exposure. At first, I was having difficulty taking pictures that made use of different levels of light exposure with my digital camera and its shutter speed. However, through practice, I found out how to change the exposure of the photos I took.

I found out how to do this by pointing my camera and focusing on a light area (e.g. near the sun), then keeping the focus until I pointed the camera at whatever I wanted, and then I captured the photo. This was how I gave my pictures the appearance of short exposure.

I’m still keeping to the theme of water cycle throughout this assignment.

Short Exposure

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Motion Blur

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Long Exposure

I did the opposite for capturing photos exploiting long exposure by pointing my camera and focusing on an area of darkness (e.g. by covering up the shutter), and then taking pictures.

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Frozen Motion

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Overall, I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to try out exposure photography, as I have never been able to take pictures like these before. Changing the exposure  and angle of each shot I took gave me an insight on how to take photos with a more professional appearance, with the use of exposure and shutter speed.

I was also interested by how changing the exposure of my photos also changed the detail in which the water was captured. As can be seen in the long exposure pictures I took, the waves and ripples are more emphasised and focused than the pictures exploiting short exposure.

Concept and Ideation Task 3 – Animation

Recently, we’ve been practicing our animation skills ever since our workshops from last week. We’ve been experimenting with frame by frame animation and creating GIFs with the help of Adobe Photoshop. Before the workshops, I had no idea that it was possible to animate with software that is most commonly used for image manipulation. Pictured below is an example of an animation that I produced in Photoshop:

Workshop animation

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Using our new and improved animation skills, we need to create looping stop-motion animations of over 12 frames for this assignment. The subject of our animations can be anything that follows the theme of “cycle”, as long as it’s taken with a video camera or DSLR.

Additionally, since I have an iPod Touch, I can download Stop motion Animation Maker Pro and create my stop motion animation that way.

I’ve always loved watching and creating animation so I look forward to carrying out this particular assignment.

Temporal Expressions Task – Joiner Image

After looking into the work of David Hockney for inspiration, I have created a joiner image that is heavily based on his artistic style. A joiner image, in this case is a group of collages put together with photographs of one subject (e.g. a scene, object or person) taken from different angles and at different times.

To help me create an image like this, I used image manipulation software such as Photoshop and Fireworks to cut out segments of photos I had taken over the week and put them together into one image.

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Since the theme we should use to tie these images together is “cycle”, I decided to expand on this theme and make a joiner image about the water cycle. My joiner image is made out of 44 different segments of three photos I took of the same river, each taken from a different angle.

I found it was difficult at first to make a clear image out of three combined photographs, but once I had an idea on how to present and structure my final product, it got easier as I went along with the editing process. Overall, I’m very pleased about how my first joiner image turned out, and I think I’ve followed Hockney’s style as well as I can.

I now need to take pictures that exploit long and short exposure, in order to fully complete this assignment.

My Finished Alphabet Photography Poster

I spent a lot of time last week taking the last remaining photos of natural imagery that resembled letters of the alphabet.

I felt that the easiest examples to find were H, I and T and the letters that I found most difficult to find were C, G and Q. After getting all 26 pictures, I uploaded them onto my computer in order to edit and arrange them on a poster using Adobe Photoshop.

This is my final result:

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Overall, I’m very proud of the poster I have created and I feel that this assignment has given a great chance to improve my photography skills. I’ve also improved my ability to spot different types of naturally occurring imagery and identify basic shapes and letters within them.

First Task – Alphabet Photography

I have been carrying out research for our first practical task that was set for us earlier this week. In this task we can either work in pairs (or individually) and go out to photograph natural imagery that resembles letters of the alphabet. We then need to put these images together and present them in the form of a single displayed poster, with the help of photo-manipulation software (e.g. Photoshop). The photographs I will be taking have to follow a set of conditions:

  1. All pictures need to be taken in portrait orientation.
  2. Every letter should (ideally) take up the same amount of space.
  3. The photos need to be as natural and original as possible, so I should avoid editing them after I take them.

The brief sheet states that the main purposes of this project are to call upon our ‘photographer’s eye’, and develop our skill of taking different shots to demonstrate our general creative understanding of the following:

  • form
  • line
  • texture
  • colour

As soon as I have taken all 26 photos and am able to present all of them together on one poster, I will post the final result on this blog!

I have found the following websites useful in my research for this project:

http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk/ – Using this website, you can type any word into the text field in order to have it presented in alphabet photographs. I found this website useful, as it gives a basic and clear idea as to how I should frame and present these shots in-camera. It also shows the professional standard in which this work can be presented.

http://artroomonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/full_12984916273_alphabet.jpg – This link leads to a collage made by a photographer who “made” different letters by taking pictures of rooftops and using their silhouettes to create the shapes of letters.