17
Oct
09

Trying out different ideas.

Practical work and research for Spectacle

 

My previous post talked about an idea I was playing with involving taking images of the fair that come to my home town in Banbury every October. I previously notes that I have taken images at the fair the year before and came out with varying results. This year I wanted to reproduce some of the work I had done but I also wanted to expand on this. I used similar techniques to get the images I wanted but of different attractions. I also tried a different approach to seeing the fair which I will explain later.

I intend to alter this image before using it but I wanted to display it first in the form in which it was orginally captured. Banbury Fair October 2009

I intend to alter this image before using it but I wanted to display it first in the form in which it was originally captured. Banbury Fair October 2009

Banbury fair last three days, this image was taken on the final evening after two days and nights of deciding what images I wanted and where the best places would be to get the shots I wanted. I also used the other two days and evening to collect other data such as sounds and some more generic images of the fair.

Last year I took a lot of shots that were focused on singular attractions. I felt that this image could capture the overall feel of the event as a whole. I set up the camera in a position to allow me to get a good view of at least three rides in the foreground with two rides in the background. I also wanted to get people within the shot.

I had to think carefully about the techniques I was using to capture the effect of the light because of the fact I wanted people in the shot aswell. The slower shutter speed I used the more distorted the images of the people would be. To combat this I used the two days before the final evening to find a location that had rides with small children in it and somewhere where people would have space to gather for a conversation longer than say 30 seconds. I looked for a location with children’s rides because I noticed parents tended to stand still watching their children go round and round. I also knew from living in the town that the particular area where the shot was taken was a favorite hang out for groups of teenagers who mill around. I also used a slightly faster shutter speed than in some of the other shots. After last years experimentation with this style of shooting I used a tripod from the very beginning.

I want to add some after effects to this image and see where I go but I wanted to display it as it was captured and to document some of the thinking behind the shot.

My version of painting with light using fair ground rides.

My version of painting with light using fair ground rides.

This image was taken in October 2009 at the Banbury Fair. This year I decided even before the fair arrived in town that I wanted to continue with the technique I started using a year ago but that I wanted to be braver. After looking up some of the following research I decided to try expanding my technique to using a very long shutter speed to try and get more interesting light effects. I was aware that using longer shutter speeds would increase the margin of error with my photography because of the factor of moving objects other than the subject in the line of sight of the camera could disrupt the intended effect and take emphasis away from the intended image. 

Research into Painting with Light:

I found this website by doing a Google search and found it to be very informative on different techniques that can be classed as painting with light. It also leads me to other peoples work and experiments with this technique, some of which I have also added to my list of research.

http://www.diyphotography.net/painting_with_light

That site lead me to the following YouTube post that is animation using the painting with light technique

I found this animation to be really inspiring; I want to experiment with this technique. It seems to have a very linier line of progression without a familiar story line so it also seems quite surreal.

I have previously attempted stop motion animation using flash, I really enjoyed doing it and turned out to be quite successful for me at the time. I embedded that particular piece into a webpage that was styled around the animation to give it greater effect. This is one of the background pages used on the website that I made for the stop motion animation.

This was another one of the pages, I used photoshop to write the majority of the text so that I could have more control over the style of the writing as I found some of the font choices with HTML limiting.

This was another one of the pages, I used Photoshop to write the majority of the text so that I could have more control over the style of the writing as I found some of the font choices with HTML limiting.

I would like to improve on my previous techniques by making it less surreal and with a clearer linear plot line, that could be easily followed by the audience. I would have liked to show on this post the stop motion animation I made but for some reason I can not find a compatible version of the file to upload on to WordPress.

I also found the following website, scroll down towards the bottom and you will find the images get more and more interesting:
This was a particular image that I liked because it reminds me of some paintings by classical artists. This image is by a photographer called Dean Chamberlain. I felt like I could stare at this image for hours and still find something inspiring about it.
The light affects reminded me of some of the more biblical imagery painted by classical artists but also reflects some of the more modern pieces.

The light effects reminded me of some of the more biblical imagery painted by classical artists but also reflects some of the more modern pieces.

 I also found the following image on the same site, that lead me to the creator Toby Keller’s web page, where I viewed his work. This reminded me I had taken a similar image of light that I found really inspiring.

You can find this image and many more by the ceator at the following link:  http://www.burnblue.com/
Artist Toby Keller

Artist Toby Keller

The following image is one I have taken, it is not of the same callabour but it has a similar inspiration behind the above picture and of others you can see on Keller’s webpage.

Weymouth Beach, Charlotte Gunn 2009

Weymouth Beach, Charlotte Gunn 2009

I also wanted to look at peoples work that is not nesesarely meant to be professional, a guy who posts on flicker commented on the original website I mentioned talking about different techniques to get the same effect.

This image was found when researching painting with light. The creator Samdanpson (screen name on flicker) commented on another persons work stating that very many people use glow sticks to produce work simlar to this but he was using laser pointers to create the affects seen on his uploaded images on flicker.

This image was found when researching painting with light. The creator Samdanpson (screen name on flicker) commented on another persons work stating that very many people use glow sticks to produce work similar to this but he was using laser pointers to create the effects seen on his uploaded images on flicker.

I also found this image when looking at this particular persons work. I found it very interesting and wanted to draw reference to it for further work.

I also found this image when looking at this particular persons work. I found it very interesting and wanted to draw reference to it for further work.

My research into this technique (currently brief) has given me some brilliant inspiration and I will post up my ideas on a separate post as I have noted down a lot on this post. I am please with how the work I have done over the last week has turned out and will post more of it on this blog as I also collected sound and want to wash the sound with the images. I however might not spend as much time on that as I would like to explore some of the other ideas I currently have cooking in my head. Taking advice I received from both Jonathan Shaw (in the first year) and Jonathan Worth recently, constant work can help me refine my ideas and work through them. So I would like to get out there and shoot some work and also add after effects to my work to creat more dimensions to it.
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