Exercise 4.4


Exercise 4.4 initial setup

Background work and setup for assignment 4 – fruit still life

Assignment 4 notes & brief

My background notes are attached as PDF pages to this post.  My intention was to undertake exercise 4.4 and then expand this into Assignment 4.  Instead, I got to the end of this exercise and decided I wanted to produce something else for the assignment.

My Lighting set up and light settings are in the setup notes.  I kept the background and overhead lighting constant and then moved around the key light to create shadows and form of the subjects (fruit/vegetables).   The key light was moved around the subject and also elevated, by moving around this created/reduced shadows of the subject depending on the angle of the light relative to the subject, i.e. lower light angle casts longer shadows higher angle shortens the shadows.  By controlling the angle you can replicate natural lighting conditions according to the time of day. The shadow and catchlights on the object identify where the key light was positioned.  each different position of the key light shows a different surface texture on each object and goes to show how 1 light differently positioned can produce such a different effect and

My subjects are all natural objects and I chose fruit/vegetables of the same colour but as they are natural objects they all have different colour values for each object and even in the object itself.  Of all the objects photographed

Final Image Set

Assignment 4 contact sheet final

Reflection on Exercise

Each different position of the key light represents a different surface texture on each object and shows how 1 light differently positioned can produce such a different effect and tell a different story of the same scene. I particularly like the tomatoes and peppers, the smooth surfaces produce a nice catchlight on the surface but the peppers have a long undulating surface that adds contrast to the object.

The errors in the image such as the crinkled background and water splash ion the paper can be fixed in post-production, I have for the purpose of this exercise left them in as a reminder to fix in the frame at the time.


Exercise 4.5

Exercise 4.5


I’ve strayed from the brief of the exercise here and decided to look at a particular subject that interests me rather than an ordinary object found in the household or landscape.

I have a very keen interest in aircraft, in particular, those from World War 2.  I undertook a basic search in Google for ‘Mustang’. I expected a result for a horse, car and aircraft.

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Google search created 19th November 2017

Instead all the images were of the car so I refined the search to Mustang P51 as I’m looking for the aircraft.

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Google search created 19th November 2017

These are all very much Air to Air (A2A) images and very much interesting to me as an enthusiast at the moment I’m not able to create images such as these.  I did attempt an A2A with my subject aircraft but due to CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) licensing issues this did not happen this flying season, hopefully next (fingers crossed).

Despite this I wanted to create some different images with different lighting, angles and elements of this beautiful shiny aircraft. I attended 2 events over the summer with my chosen subject aircraft a P51 Mustang owned by Peter Teichmann which is based at Hanger 11 in North Weald.  I created images that were different to those in the test search above, they differ as all are static images but include a different perspective.   I feel they capture the different elements of the aircraft not normally represented, the contact sheet is here Exercise 4.5 contact sheet.

From this exercise I wanted to expand by looking at aircraft over the early evening and night, not only does this present a different lighting element to the ones shown above it also presents different and changing conditions that require longer exposures to create images with spinning propellor discs and if possible engine exhausts spitting flames as the engines are started or pushed to maximum throttle.

This final image was created in the early evening on 2nd May 2017, the intent was to create a sunset image of the aircraft, however, there was cloud cover that blocked out the sun.  the night ended with a lovely balanced blue hour and this is when this image was created.  Unfortunately, the engine run that would give the spinning propellor disc on a longer exposure didn’t occur until after the sun had finally set.

Exercise 4.5 final






I’m very new to academic referencing and it can be very time consuming trying to work out what references to include on your assignments, especially so if you have changed your approach and need to re-write it.  I’ve started using RefMe[2], it’s free to use for basic Harvard referencing but to organise per project you’ll need a subscription. Ref Me makes it easier to keep a track on links and research references, books and quotations.  It’s also helpful as it shares data between an iPad, iPhone app, and the web interface.  You can also download a plugin to use with Microsoft word so when you are writing that assignment you can insert links and bibliography into your document.  One minor gripe on the word integration is that you can only load 1 project at a time, this is handy of all of your links are in one place but if you have multiple links across projects when you have a subscription then you will have multiple folders and can’t swap between them without losing continuity.  Maybe I’m looking at it from a disorganised way as I’ve just started using it but that’s a day 1+2 evaluation.  At time of subscription the annual fee is 24.99 GBP per year.  I’ll add that there are other apps/resources available so please feel free to make your own choices.

Update 5th February 2017

RefMe has been purchased by Chegg, this means the RefME app will now change to Citeforme [1]on 28th February 2017.  Overall from what I can see so far it should have minimal impact on how I’m collating references so far.  It does however not support the Mac version of Word, you will need to download the document from the web browser and then load this as a separate word document.  This is disappointing, details on the change can be found by accessing their link below.

[1] https://refme.zendesk.com/hc/en-gb/articles/115000823509-RefME-transition-to-Cite-This-For-Me-FAQ *** RefMe has been replaced by an app called ‘Cite This for Me’ in Feb 2017.

The app does not have all of the full functionality of RefMe and it’s worthwhile looking to see of there are other apps available.  I’ll stick with it for the time being.

Exercise 1.3


These images were taken using a 24-70 wide angle lens, the exercise asks for a number of images with a diagonal line to accentuate a chosen viewpoint.
My initial images for this exercise, the lead in lines move the eye very quickly along them and to the very point in which they leave the frame. when looking at the image you tend not to immediately see other aspects within the image without coming back and forcing yourself off the line to look.  If a focal point was missing in the upper part of the frames then you would be led straight out of the image.  I’ll update this page with other images from different locations to show different views.

#london, #morelondon, @_morelondon

This first image has 2 prominent vertical lines in the centre of the frame.  The eye goes straight to the image at the end and rather than leave the frame the eye lingers on the Tower Bridge tower at the end.  There is a stronger diagonal line from a building in the upper left of the frame that also draw the eye into the centre of the frame.  I took this image while lying on the floor to accentuate the lines of the man made stream at floor level.


Image 2 taken in the same location but further up the walkway.  The vertical lines in the stream are now offset and the building lines are now vertical rather than leading into Tower Bridge.  the viewpoint is the same but I feel that this image takes longer for the eye to reach the end of the frame.


Lead in lines from the upper left and lower right diagonal lines are very strong and lead the eye to Tower Bridge virtually immediately. I do come back to the man on the left hand side of the frame and wonder if he is going to fall from his chair or not.


Here I’ve moved onto the bridge itself .  We see a very prominent and very strong lead in line from upper left/left of the bridge structure into the Tower the bridge.

Exercise 1.1


I’ve taken 4 images at 1 second intervals from the same position.  All were taken handheld with the same camera settings ISO 800, f11, 1/125 of a second.  They have been imported directly from the camera and without image manipulation. Not a particularly great day for this exercise, had the sky not been a flat grey there would have been clouds and against a blue sky and with a. little bit off wind would have better depicted at the flowing of time and changes from 1 image to the next.

The images below are screen shots from Lightroom.


Frame 1 – 11:27:38 17/09/2016


Frame 2 – 11:27:39 17/09/2016


Frame 3 – 11:27:40 17/09/2016


Frame 4 – 11:27:41 17/09/2016

On first appearances all images are exactly the same, however when you compare the histogram data from image 1 & 3 side by side you see a change in the recorded colour values, although similar they are not identical:

In addition to this the details of the images from 3 & 4 show a slight change in the wind that has allowed the white flag (left of frame) to move slightly between frames. Again minor details but in the space of a second he world has changed not only in passing but perception of reality.


On first impressions this exercise seems pretty straightforward although at the time I could have changed the location.  I didn’t do this to keep the images quite neutral and to use the histogram to reflect what changes had occurred.  On reflection a different day and weather conditions would have made a more immediate impact on the passing of time, moving clouds, greater windspeed or a different location containing a moving subject such as a boat on the Thames.

Forgotten Estates

Ok, although this is in my research section its not directly related to or about photography.  It does hold interest for me though, the estate itself is as old as I am and although I’m not originally from the East End of London I’ve lived here for a few years now.  The estate sits on the approach to the Blackwall tunnel and also in close walking distance to canary Wharf that at the time of this estates construction was in severe decline and neglect.

My interest here is related to my locality to this estate, my interest in architectural photography and also with my interest in documenting the changes to this area.

I’ve booked the ticket and will be attending this event on 26 September 2016.

My write up and thoughts will follow.

The link to the booking page is https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/forgotten-estates (accessed 28th august 2016 at 13:13)