Photographs!

I have just taken 2 rolls of film!!!!  One black and white medium format (120mm) film in my Holga and one 35mm colour in my Diana.  This might not be much to most people but to me this is amazing as I don’t really take photos any more, I like to see what I do as ‘Creating Images’.  Hopefully I can develop them tomorrow and at least get contact sheets made so I can see what I have got and if they are any good and share them on here!  These images I have just taken are experiments for my new project about Voyeurism and Surveillance.  Ideally I would love to take the images with a Polaroid camera (like this or this  ) as I think that the photographs they produce, both in quality and feel would fit right in with my project but for the moment I have taken photos with 120mm and 35mm just to see what effects I can get from these before, perhaps, purchasing *another* camera!

Moth!

I had forgotten that I had taken these images a while ago and found them on my computer when I was having a sort out of my images!  I found this little (Big) fella on our shed door over at the allotment.  All the images have been played around with in Photoshop CS3 and have been zoomed and cropped, some changed from colour to black and white and some with vignette round the edges.

I really like the above image.  I like that the moths body goes out of focus and the attention is drawn to his face.  I added the vignette to enhance that quality.

The image above is another favourite, I really like the angle at which I took this.  I think changing this image to black and white is also really effective and helps to keep the attention on the moth rather than be distracted by the background.

The image above and the ones below are all from the same viewpoint but I have changed different things in Photoshop to see what they would look like and how from one image you can get several different styles and “looks”.

I am really pleased with how they came out, especially as they were not taken at a really close range or with a Macro Lens.  It amazes me what my camera can pick up detail wise and, as I am learning, the amount of things you can do with Photoshop!

Also, if you are on facebook please look out for my photography page Peering at Pictures Photography (PAPP)

Illustrating a Story

Back in January the Uni took my class on a trip to Gregynog Hall (http://gregynog.glam.ac.uk/).  Before we went they split us into groups and gave the groups short stories.  The story my group was given was “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl (if you fancy reading the story it’s here…http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lamb.html)  We were given an era in which our stories had to be based, 1950’s and a shooting style, Film Noir.

We researched the era and the props that we would need, identified key scenes in the story and familiarised ourselves with the Film Noir style (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_noir).  When we got to Gregynog we set about choosing a room in which we could shoot and shot the scenes over two days.

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(Test shots that were taken to test the lighting and scene setting)

I really liked the Film Noir effects and using photography to illustrate a story and would like to continue with this idea of photography for illustration purposes using other short stories, poems and fairy tales.