Category Archives: Learning log

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Processing Chosen Photographs

With both of the images above I have added Colour Dodge and Burn in Photoshop to enhance the depth of field. I removed the brown flower on the top left which was causing a distraction and drawing your eye away from the subject matter being the bee. The saturation has been increased to give the photograph more depth (I take photographs in RAW, which are flat images). With the crop I have taken out the fence line and ensured the whole flower bud is in the frame. I have also left space behind the bee leaving room for you to visualize the bee flying back before going to another flower. By doing the above, I feel that the tension within the image keeps your focus within the frame exploring the bee and flower buds.

With the above images I stood back a little further knowing that the images would need to be cropped. I wanted to capture the bee walking over the Allium drinking the nectar so I needed a slightly deeper focal plane. I cropped the images so that the Allium took up the whole width/height of the frame to highlight the size of the bee in proportion to the large bulbous head of the Allium, creating a bit more drama as if the bee was climbing a mountain of flowers. I positioned the plant in front of a tree, so that the background would be all one colour with different hues so that it did not distract from the subject of the image, but rather compliment it by keeping the background simple.

I increased the exposure on the bees to separate the bee in flight from the flower and background. I positioned myself looking slightly down onto the flower, so that the grass became the backdrop avoiding a fence line and a diagonal change in colour drawing your eye over and out if the frame. Without this line the image retains a tension keeping your eye on the subject mater of the image.

Putting Photographic Series Together

When it came to processing the photographs I used a dark vignette to bring out the portrait. I also set the blacks, midtones and whites in Photoshop. I tried a combination of settings and settled on darkening the midtones slightly. I wanted to make sure there was plenty of contrast to accentuate the facial expressions to portray the pain and suffering.

I also made the conscious decision not to remove any noise from the photographs, which can sometimes be seen as a cliché. However, I felt that this would not be the case with these images.

I then set about deciding which photographs to put together in the series. Each image should stand on its own merit and yet compliment the other photographs.

This is something that I have really been struggling with and need to do more research on. The penny hasn’t quite dropped yet.

Different Combinations

After trying a number of combinations I settled on the sixth image above.

The darker images are of my friend being quite contemplative rather than being in pain. I wanted to make these images darker to highlight that cancer sufferers experience days when they struggle mentally and physically, even if they don’t show it.

The four corner photographs are of my friend in pain. I chose to use the lighter images I had because I didn’t feel the need to to use darker images in order to emphasize the pain she was in.

When looking at the two different tones together I felt that they complimented each other holding the viewers attention for longer enticing you to take time to look at each image.