Part 1 – Depth of Field
I began this assignment by going into the City of London to take photographs using a wide-angled focal length. Although I took some pictures at 24mm I preferred 35mm, as this does not make the detail look too small in the distance. I took numerous shots of the same scene. When reviewing the images back on the camera I could see that some were slightly out of focus or the image did not look straight. I also tried different focal points to see its effect. For example at Minster Court I took some shots focusing on the horse statue, and some on the gate (although this is hard to see on the images below due to the compression of the file)
Overall, I particularly like the first shot I loaded of Mincing Lane under Exercise 1.3 Part 1 Photographs.
When viewing the image your eye is drawn to the church steeple, which was my focus point. I accomplished this by using the lines on the sides of the buildings, combined with the distinct lines on the pavement drawing your eye along and into the image. The curvature of the Walkie Talkie also helps to bring your eye back down towards the church steeple.
With the next shot, I used the side of Royal Exchange draw your eye to the glass building
coupled with the road. However, in this shot my focus point was on the shop sign with the glasses on. With regards to the third shot I used the line of the benches to draw your eye to the telephone box which is where the focus point was in this shot.
Towards the end of the day I tried something different when photographing outside Lloyds of London. In the image below, my focus point was on the sculpture. My thinking was to try and use the barriers on the pavement to draw the eye to the sculpture together with the lines on Lloyds to draw the eye down. The reason I tried this was because the sculpture could easily get lost within the image.
I do not feel that these shots worked as I intended. I find that when viewing the image my eye is drawn up and down Lloyds, stopping briefly on the flag.
Although this didn’t work as I intended, there is still a sense of depth of field. This has been created mainly by the perspective of the Lloyds building together with the bollards leading along the pavement.
Part 2 – Flattened Pictorial Space
For this part of the exercise I went to London Liverpool Street Station, where I obtained permission from Network Rail to take photographs around the station, following a Health and Safety, terrorism, and fire alarm brief.
I know Liverpool Street station quite well and I thought that I could use the mezzanine floor to take photographs looking down. Whilst at the station I decided to take a number of shots looking down from the mezzanine floor, but also some looking up. When reviewing László’s work I noted that he not only took shoots from a birds eye view (looking down), but he also took some from a worms eye view (looking up).
When taking the shots looking down from the mezzanine, I struggled to get the camera parallel with the floor due to the fact that I had to lean over a glass barrier. When reviewing the shots on the camera I could see that the camera was not always parallel or that the people where blurred due to the slower shutter speed the camera chose.
When reviewing the overall photographs of this part, I feel that the ones looking up, rather than down work better within the brief. The first shoot looking up at the roof takes the eye into the center of the frame and then out of the frame with seemingly no way back.
With regards to the shot looking down onto then platform, you first notice the person walking down, but then the yellow and white line on the platform draw your eye straight out of the frame. From there your eye appears to just travel up and down the line in and out of the frame.
The use of perpendicular leading lines creates a depth of field and draws the viewer into the scene leading them to explore the image. Whereas perspective lines create a more abstract image leading the eye in and out of the frame.