Thursday, 11 December 2008

Camera Collections

My dad has recently moved house and has had a bit of a clear out. He kindly sorted out a box full of goodies for me - old cameras!

Kodak Brownie No.2 (1929-31) UK

Kodak Brownie Model 2 (1929-31 UK)

Kodak Brownie 127 (1952)

Kodak Brownie 127 (1952)

AgiFlash (1954)

AGI Flash (AGILUX) c.1954

And last but definatley not least, also my favourite...

The Zenit-B (1973)

Zenit B (1973) with Leningrad 4 Light Meter

I have got film fo them already and I can't wait to experement with them all!

I also managed to scrounge this from my old local...

Kodak Six-20 Model D (1953-57)
Kodak Brownie Six-20 Model D (1953-57)

Model Shoot: Amy Rhodes

Steph (one of my friends from Uni) has made a fashion magazine for her latest project. She had organised a photoshoot with a professional model that she knows as content for her magazine and kindly invited me along.

The model was Amy Rhodes and she has feature in the Canon 450D advert as well as campaigns for Schuh and numerous other well known companies.

It was really good to spend a day with a professional model as it gave me the opportunity to ask her about how other photographers work, poses, experiences as well as the kind of direction she would usually get from a photographer which I found really useful.

Steph was looking for photos on location as well as accessory shots for her magazine. So we used Eve's Hall Hotel as the first location for the genral fashion shots and then her home for the accessory shots.

It was a little tricky with lighting as we were restriced on time and wouldn't have been able to use studio flashes at the same time, so we opted for the continuous running modeling lamps which worked quite well.I am really pleased with the images alhough there were a couple of locations at Eve's Hall Hotel that I felt didn't work as well as we had thought they would.


Amy Amy

Collections: Evaluation

As I chose not to produce a book for this project, my evaluation is more free form than in response to the questions posted online.

To begin with, I really wasn’t looking forward to this project and I was quite confused about what we actually had to produce when it was first presented. I know that I want to focus on photography for the remainder of the course and having made a book over the summer, I wasn’t too keen on producing yet another one. Instead, I chose to produce a collection of photographs of waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales.

I felt that majority of my research was fairly standard for landscape photography. I investigated locations asking neighbours and friends who have lived here for a long time if they know of anywhere, but I found the majority of locations using OS maps. I searched on Flickr for images of each waterfall so I could see how suitable the location was and monitored the weather quite closely before setting off to photograph each fall. I also looked at other photographers who shoot landscape and coastal images with long exposures as well as researching the technique itself.

In term of materials, skills and processes, mine were quite different as I didn’t produce a traditional book. I did learn more about using mirror lock up functions on my camera but I also learnt more about colour space for printing and the post production side with photoshop.

The narrative was very simple, showing a journey around the Dales which is why I used a wide variety of my final images. I tried to make the selection more interesting by showing a varied selection of falls in terms of shapes, styles and colours.

As I was looking for quite a simple informative approach, I think my project worked well. All I really wanted to do was learn a new skill and show people that these beautiful waterfalls are fairly close to their doorstep. Just because we live in a city, doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything else out there and I felt that my series of images showed that well.

Generally, I am quite good at managing my time, setting goals and working on my own initiative as I have had plenty of experience through previous employment. For the first part of the project, I looked at other photographers and I researched potential locations and then photographed them quite early on. This is because I knew that the processing side would take quite a lot longer to do as well as collecting feedback for which I used Flickr as I don’t feel that I get a great deal out of the crit sessions at uni in terms of how I could improve my images. I also use a diary to plan my time as efficiently as I can.

I really enjoyed this project once it got going but I would have liked more time to visit more waterfalls. The main problem that I encountered was the weather as long exposures can be very difficult in the wrong conditions.

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Scaleber Force, Settle

The last waterfall for my project is Scaleber Force, quite simply because I didn't have time to do any more, although I'm sure I will continue regardless...

I went out to Scaleber a few weeks ago and the weather was awful. It was really windy and if it wasn't raining, there was icy hail - and it wasn't small hail stones either! So that was quite an interesting adventure. Especially after scrambling down a very, very steep 30ft slope in the rain and mud with a tripod and a rather large camera bag...

Anyway, the weather wasn't as bad as it could have been and it was cloudy and overcast which kept the light nice and even. There wasn't much space to move around the waterfall as it was carved into the hill side in a small copse. With steep slopes either side, I could only really set up at the base of the fall with didn't leave many options for composition.

I'm still quite happy with the images I have though. And the black and white photograph shown below is proving to be rather popular so I'm not going to complain!
It would have been nice if the weather conditions hadn't been so unpleasant. If it had been dry, I would have attempted climbing the hill side for better composition but in wet and muddy conditions, I listened to the little voice of reason in my head!

Scaleber Force, Settle

Monday, 8 December 2008


Ok, so I'm a bit behing on my blogging and there are quite a few things that I haven't mentioned recently. This is because fr the last 2 weeks I have had tonsillitus and a synis infection so I haven't really been up to much - I didn't even do anything on my birthday because I felt so awful!

Anyway, I have some more waterfall images to show you that I took in the icy hail the other week (that is probably why I was ill) and I also went on a photoshoot with Steph about a month ago so there are some beautiful images from that I haven't put up here yet.

The deadline for my Waterfalls project is tomorrow so once that is out of the way, I will update you on here on everything else!

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