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23
Oct
09

Trial and Error – Reflection on Spectacle

Somethings work and others don’t!

 

We were given two weeks to produce an artefact that would symbolise our thoughts and lines of research into spectacle. My two weeks comprised of following one idea and whilst researching that one trying out another. I tried to lay down detailed plans and ideas to show a line of progression as my head is constantly full of ideas and this year one of my goals is to be more practical with the work I am doing as research can only lead you so far and ideas can be a game of trial and error.

The first project idea I started working on involved looking at the spectacle of the fair, but from a different view point. I wanted to capture things that the nakid eye could not. This started off really well. I took time to decided what I wanted to capture, spent three days planning, taking images and gathering sounds and really enjoyed doing it.

I found the practical work really easy as I took it step by step, althought time consuming worth doing it slowly rather than rushing it. I foudn it difficult to get the sound on occasions as I had forgotten how to use the recording device. I need to work with the sound I have collected but I will have to normalise the sound as some of it is at different levels. I am not sure what I cna use to do that. I did not also get each shot I wanted instantly I had to change the shutter speed to accomodate for the speed of each ride as childrens rides go considerably slower than adult rides. When tkaing one particular shot that focused on a landscape of three rides including tow childrens rides and one fast adult ride I had to time the shot well to get the images I desired which took more time than I had planned for.

When I was finished collectig the images and sound I started to hit a wall as I was not sure how I wanted to put the project together. I started to lose interest in my work but continued to research the techniques I had been using as I as searching for a way of presenting my images. I started to focus on what you could do with light to create more interesting affects. I wanted to incorporate this into another idea.

After a visit to Warwick Castle half way through the two weeks I started to formulate another idea and when discussing this with my seminar leader I was encourage to follow this line of work and research. I wanted to try using light to use the painting with light technique to create interesting visual affects with a pumpkin. I had recently been inspired by theories and writings from Guy DeBour and David Foster Wallace so i decided to explore a project involving stop motion animation with visual affects usig painting with light.

I made a plan of action including storyboarding, shooting and using a programme to compile the work, but I did not get as far as quickly as I was hoping. The weather, illness and family life prevented me from doing everything I wanted to do in a short time scale. I started to experiement with a pumpkin and painting with light but ended up getting carried away with different technical affects, so much so that I did not actually manage to compile a working stop motion animation. I also did not manage to decided on sound or a linear story line on papaer, just what was in my head.

The following images are example of the experiements I have been doing with the pumpkin but nothing is completely finished yet, to my disapointment.

Using an LED candel I placed the pumpkin in my backgarden to see what kind of lighting affect it would have.

Using an LED candel I placed the pumpkin in my backgarden to see what kind of lighting affect it would have.

 

I then used a glow stick to try and get a different visual affect with the light using a slow shutter speed.

I then used a glow stick to try and get a different visual affect with the light using a slow shutter speed.

 

I then combined a stable light source with the visual affect of the moving glow stick to see what affect I got, we tried this a number of times.

I then combined a stable light source with the visual affect of the moving glow stick to see what affect I got, we tried this a number of times.

 

With the help of a friend we then decided to try and affect the exposure of the light by moving our hands in and out of the light to create a broken afect with the light to simulate flames.

With the help of a friend we then decided to try and affect the exposure of the light by moving our hands in and out of the light to create a broken afect with the light to simulate flames.

 

We even tried using a blow tourch to create different affects it did not turn out as we had hoped.

We even tried using a blow tourch to create different affects it did not turn out as we had hoped.

17
Oct
09

UPDATE From a different perspective…The Fair

THE FAIR FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

The following images are created by myself, influenced by my research into painting with light although not usig any of the noted techniques but following previously attempted worK .

 

 

Bright Light, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

Bright Light, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

 

 

Sparks tonight, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

Sparks tonight, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

 

Landscape of night light

Landscape of night lightTwice the light, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

 

Fast static, CHarlotte Gunn, 2009

Fast static, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

 

Swing Light, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

Swing Light, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

 

Roulett, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

Roulett, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

 

Light Jump, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

Light Jump, Charlotte Gunn, 2009

I am still not completely sure what I want to do with the images I have captured hear but one idea  have had is to display these on a large scale in a room with the sounds I have also captured playing. The exersize we are making this artefact for has obstructions:

No more than 12 seconds per cut on moving image and no moe than 3 seconds beofre cut on sound.
I have been looking at a programme called VJAMM, suggeseted by the seminar leader Jonathan Lee. This programme allows you to control the images whether moving or still. The programme only supports iages of a certain length and size but has a looping option. It also supports sound.
 
I ahve been workig on this project for about a week now and already I am getting board of it. The excitment of the fair was great and actually being at the location and taking the images was brillaint, but now trying to figure out exactly how to display them is making me so board!! So much so that I have been tinkering with other project Ideas in my mind relating to my research.I really feel like I need some inspiration despiratly.
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.
14
Oct
09

Spectacle Project Action Plan

ACTION PLAN

 

Project Idea:

Capturing the event of the Banbury fair from a different perspective. I have been loking at the idea of painting with light (will post my research on this in a later blog post but hear is a quick link to illistrate some of the affects you ca create http://www.amateursnapper.com/photography/painting-with-light) and think that capturing the rides and scenes of the fair in this fassion is a unique way of looking at the spectacle.

The idea of painting with light and capturing events in a unique way facinates me and I would like to follow this line of practicale research even if some of my ideas do not work exactly the way I have planned.

I would like to capture sound from the event, sound that will give the viewer of the images a general idea and feel to the event and not carry the images. The sound is to be used to help generate a deeper connection to the images the viewer sees.

What I actualy want to get from the images and sound:

I would like to focus of the patterns that the fair rides make beyond normal vision. I would like the people in the images to seam less important to the spectacle (using a long shutter speed will createa blurred affect of any moving object such as people). I would like to capture sound from different areas of the fair and not specific t each shot. For example I will not be shooting images of the hook-a-duck or strong man attractions but will capture sounds because I beleive they help to create the appropriate atmosphere of the event.

 

Steps of Action.

 

Step 1. Wednesday – Go to the location of the event. Take test shots of the area and get an idea of the locations of the rides that you would like to focus on. Take in the atmosphere of the fair and think about the different sound combinations you would like. (day and evening)

step 2. Thursday – On location take sound recordings at different locations both in the evening and day time.

Step 3. Friday – On location take images of different rides, vary the shutter speed to gain approprate image as different rides go at different speeds. Don’t forget ot get a toffee apple.

 

Presentation

 

Currently I am not sure how I want to present these images and want to take more time to research this idea and have a chatt with some of the supporting lectures to get some ideas on presentation. I know that I want the viewer to get an idea of the ambiance of the fair and that I would like the to see the beauty of the light dispalys the rides can create but I am not sure how to best display it.




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