Assignment 3: peer review -version 2

Following the critique of my first image set, I am choosing to now show a second set of images that hopefully fall more squarely in the decisive moment area.  The images are presented in black and white as some of them were taken in B&W jpeg so for consistency I am presenting that way.  I also continue to struggle with colour – I tend to see images as tones and shapes and only think about colour once in Lightroom.  Black and white is therefore consistent with my way of seeing.

I have presented 9 images here and will reduce to 6-8 images for my final, printed, submission. (Image 2 is portrait format but I like the composition and geometry.  I may have to delete it for consistency with the “landscape” format of the other images.)

Assignment 3: peer review & feedback

Please find my images for Assignment 3: The Decisive Moment.  I have chosen to present images of Dungeness power station in Kent.  You may know that the site contains 2 nuclear stations A and B one of which is closed and one of will close within the decade. It is a decisive moment for nuclear power as alternative fuels have their moment. The irony of this is that nuclear power was once viewed as the future.  I have chosen to use small postcard size matt card to present images, in the same way a favourite view of a seaside town might appear on a postcard.  It is supposed to be an ironic twist so I would appreciate any thoughts! (NB the images look grey as they are scans of the actual prints)

The approach
Up close
The departure

Exercise 3.3

  1. The ability of the human to perceive timeframes is very different to that of a camera.  In the first part of this exercise we are encouraged to look through the shutter of a film based camera as we press the shutter release.  Realistically, I need at least a one second shutter speed to realistically perceive a recognisable, albeit, upside down image.  Whilst I can perceive light and glimpses at shorter shutter speeds such as 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8th of a second, it is not a recognisable image.  However, looking through the viewfinder, especially of a rangefinder camera, allows the viewer to perceive the continuous motion of life and extract a moment from it. In this respect we can glimpse short instances where the composition of a potential image just comes together in a moment.
  2. In the second part of this assignment I needed to find a high viewpoint then consider in order, the foreground, then the middle, then the horizon and sky.  Our attention tends to look at one one these distances not all of them – perhaps it is because there is too much detail to process in the brain to look at more than more element. However, defocusing and viewing the whole scene provides a satisfying and unusual and broader view of the world. For this task, I got onto Santa Monica beach and looked at the view from the pier into the far distance of Venice beach producing the image below.  I used f11 to capture the image, however, I think I could have moved the hyperlocal distance to a point slightly more towards the mid-ground which would have brought more of the far distance into focus.