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.