My first negotiated study will be split into two sections. The first section will be Photography and the second section will be Film.
I have chosen to do this because I want to continue using both fields throughout my study. I feel that this would be more beneficial to me, as I would like the opportunity to work in both these areas in the future.
Diversity within creative projects will help me to sell my self more efficiently to employers as I will be able to display a varied collection of talents showing that I am flexible and adaptable within the industry.
This first section of my negotiated study will focus completely on Photography.
Aim- to create a landscape/nature book that explores the wild in many variations
I will be producing a Photographic book that is based on Landscape and Nature.
This book represents a future a milestone in my career, and is being created with the purpose of selling in bookstores, gallery’s etc.
I have always been drawn to the wild and find in my everyday life that nature is my photographic inspiration. This has been a motivation for me and is the reason that I am where I am today and is the reason why I want to be a landscape/nature photographer.
To create this book I will produce a series of images that take you on a journey through the wilderness of the countryside. Using a variety of techniques and methods I will capture different aspects of nature ranging from the rugged shapes and forms of mountains, to shimmering rivers rushing through wind swept valleys.
There are two different areas that I will be travelling around in order to gather the images I need to create this book; this will be England and Wales.
Who is my target audience? Photographers have many different types of admires and it is difficult to predict what sort of people are going to like what when it comes to photography, but this genre of photography does entice a certain category of people. This type of book I find would be aesthetically appealing to nature lovers (naturalists).
My book would also be targeted at fine artists, as I will explore the formal elements that are crucial within art in my book, this type of photography could inspire or attract fine artists to look/buy at my book.
This leads me to my future. Where do I see myself in the next few years and how does my work reflect my career choices.
The future can hold many things for a photography and film student; there are so many different areas and paths that could be taken. Ideally I see myself continuing to proceed with photography, and landscape photography is the area that I am most interested in pursuing.
In the future I would like to be involved with National Geographic, it has always been my dream to travel the world, to explore and capture the spirit of my journeys and I’ve always been inspired and amazed by the work that is done my National Geographic.
When I leave university, I will be pursuing this as a career and know that my knowledge of film will give me advantage as National Geographic do a lot of documentary’s.
In my career I would also like to publish books of my work. I also aim to have my own gallery to display the images from my books and also sell prints and copies of the book, regarding whether that I have gathered myself a fan base throughout my career, this is something I would really like to do in the future.
How have I produced my Landscape/Nature book?
Over the past 8 months I have been gathering photographs from a variety of different locations and weather conditions. I have photographed from the season on summer through to winter.
I have walked a lot and seen a lot and this is want I want to reflect in my book, this is why I have given it the title ‘A Walk on the Wild side’.
The layout for this book will be created in in-design. I have collaborated with a 3rd year graphic design student, Joshua Jones who will be in charge of creating the design for the layout of the book.
I will work alongside him as he does this guiding him to where the images will go and manage the over all look.
My book has 48 pages; I’m not including a lot of information within the book, as its purpose is more visual than literal, although I have included 3 paragraphs that are laid out in three sections throughout the book.
These paragraphs are my insights into to the essence of what the imagery has captured and what encouraged my inspiration and motivation.
Front-cover (image wrap) this image was taken in LLangollen, North wales. A walk alongside the riverside on an autumn’s afternoon led to the woods, this is when this composition was inspired. Amongst the leaves nested the remains of a web abandoned by its creator. Gathering raindrops this web was the perfect photo opportunity.
I thought this image was more affective in black in white, and found that it encouraged the eye to concentrate on the detail within the image rather than being distracted by the colour.
Page 1 – Talacre Lighthouse, Talacre beach, Melidon, North Wales. To achieve this image I have used the technique HDR, I took three different exposures of the lighthouse and used Photomatix to merge them into a HDR image. I choose this image to be part of my book, as I really like the depth and detail within it.
Page 2-3 – Talacre Beach, Melidon North Wales. This images focusing on the beach and the clouds has found a place within my book. I wanted to capture the essence of many aspects of nature; this brought me to the beach. This image was also taken in HDR. The wind swept clouds reflect the breeze of the summer air, and the sun lit sand reveals the form and texture of this ever-shaping landscape.
Page 4-5 – Hope Mountain, Caergele, North Wales. The image on the right hand side was chosen to be in my book as I feel it runs with my theme. I also really like the composition of this image. The image on the left shows how varied the landscape is I have captured the sky, water, trees, grass and rocks, which gives the eye a lot to look.
Page 6-7 – Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. This image was taken in autumn, where this year we didn’t see much sun. This day turned overcast really quickly. Although the lighting in this image is not amazing, I feel that it captures the essence of autumn, a simple image but as you look closely the season is nicely represented. This is the reason I have chose this image for my book.
Pages 8-9 – Llyn Brening, Denbighshire, North Wales. I think that the use of HDR in this image emphasises the beauty within this image. My aim was to capture the reflections of the logs in the water. The HDR technique has made it possible for me to do this, but also keep the sky exposed which works really well. I really like the composition of this image and the use of line guides you through the frame.
Pages 10-11 – Lwnt, Denbigh, North Wales. Sludging through the mud as I explore with my camera around my neck, I come across this puddle, I was intrigued by the reflections in the puddle and the form and texture of he footprint captured my eye. I took 5 different exposures of this image, and converted it to HDR. It was then I realized why I was drawn to take it.
Pages 12-13 – Lwnt, Denbigh, North Wales
The sun has a dramatic impact in wildlife and life; at the right time it can also have a dramatic impact on a photograph. I captured the sun in these images to capture the essence of summer.
The image on the left offers the form of a rugged hill scape; the sun beaming down on the foreground adds contrast and leads your eye to the middle of the composition.
The image on the right shows an old derelict building in the middle of the field, the colour of the building interestingly camouflage and blends in nicely with the luscious summer grass. The sun was on the horizon and as it slowly retired and sat perfectly on top of the distant woodland I got my photograph.
These images are both HDR and feel that this technique has definitely enhanced the appeal of these images. This technique allowed me to display the foreground and the sky as it was when I took it. I find that this program is very useful when you are taking landscape photographs as it allows you to display the full dynamic range of the subject.
Pages 14-15 – Dorset
I selected this image to be in the book as I thought that the contrast in the clouds and the rainbow really depicted the dramatic weather that we see throughout the seasons.
This image was converted to HDR also I a felt that emphasises the contrast withing the clouds.
Pages 16-17– LLangollen River, Conway, North Wales
Rivers are truly one of the wildest elements; I’ve always been attracted to capturing the energy of flowing water. The left image taken looking up LLangollen river shows the variation in movement between to flowing river and the still water.
The image on the left is a close-up of huddled rocks on the riverbed. I chose this image as it displayed texture within the leaves and rocks and I liked how the autumn leaves added colour to the image.
Pages 18-19 – Clematis Flower, Summer
The image on the left is the Clematis flower at the beginning of the summer, as you can see it has not fully opened, the image on the right was taken in the middle of the summer and has fully bloomed, this flower offers a wide range of colour’s and textures if captured correctly.
I shot both these images in HDR. This was a rather complicated task and I have many failed attempts. The wind makes it difficult to take 3 images that are the identical, so if the subject is not still there will be blur within the converted photograph.
Pages 20-21 – Foxglove, Summer, Lawnt, Denbigh, North Wales
These images display the foxgloves basking in the summer sun; the richness of the detail and colour is a definite eye pleasure. The flowers are found all over the wild and are a very successful plant covering a vast amount of UK woodlands, and will be seen on any walk in the countryside.
Pages 22-23 – Germander Speedwell. Birch leaf
The image on the left capture the beginnings of a Veronica Chamaedrys – Germander Speedwell there are a number of types of Speedwell that can be found in most areas of the reserve. Even though this is the largest of the group it’s still a small flower but the bright flowers catch the eye easily enough. Flowers from mid-April – June.
An autumn leaf captured shows the silhouettes of the morning dew show through the leaf, the sun coming from behind allows the image to reflect through the leaf.
Pages 24-25 – Swans ducking for dinner Stour River, Dorset. Mandarin duck, LLangollen River.
The image on the left showing a Mandarin duck was captured on the LLangollen River, the only one of its kind that I had seen there. This bird displays beautiful colouring and markings, the patterns and textures of its feathers allow for an aesthetic photograph.
The image on the right shows two swans moving upstream, as they do they graceful search for food ducking their heads to the bottom of the river. The use of tilt-shift draws your eye to this process. I have added contrast and saturation to this image using software.
Pages 26-27 – Erdigg, Wrexham, North Wales
The snow is the your instant association with winter, these images capture the essence of winter using the HDR technique.
Pages 28-29 – Kimmerage, Dorset, England
This image achieved by reaching the top of a hill on looking the train line and farmland. This image shows the English countryside in black and white, and I find that it captures the essence of what this countryside had to offer.
Pages 30-31 – Hope Mountain, Caergele, North Wales
I thought this image was really successful as there was a nice balance of tones when converted too black and white. The sun shining through the clouds highlights the fields below and reveals the form of this interesting landscape.
Pages 32-33 – Snowdonia National park, Llangollen river
Pages 34-35 – Cow grazing, Denbigh, North wales. Tree, Erdigg, North Wales.
Pages 36-37 – Hope Mountain, Caergele, North Wales
This I feel was a very strong composition which is why It was one of my final images, there is a nice balance of contrast within the image achieved by taking the image in HDR.
Pages 38-39 – Bwlchwyn, North Wales.
This is the highest village in Wales and has many exciting walks to explore; this image displays the valley that can be seen from the top of the village, the sun, setting in sky the shines down the valley highlighting the autumn forest.
The sun supplies a nice lighting situation for this image, and the use of HDR allows you to see the sun as well as the forest and foreground.
Pages 40-41 – Erdigg, Wrexham, North Wales
This image taken in autumn shows a light rain shower reflecting the sun, I think that this photograph captures the spirit of the different weather that we encounter in the wild.
Pages 42-43 – Snowdonia national park, North Wales.
Pages 44-45 – Kimmerage Beach Dorset.
The sea smashes against the rocks on, these images capture the sea scape on a typical winters afternoon.
Pages 46-47 – Erdigg, Wrexham, North Wales
The snow softly falls on plant life on a cold January morning, capturing successful images in the snow had its difficulties and found the following website useful when it came to tips.
This website was extremely useful and helped me to achieve better snow images.
Page 48- Erdigg, winter
The playground for many dogs the Erdigg in Wrexham can offer a variety of nature; I felt this image was a finish to my book. The position of the dog in the frame encourages your imagination to animate the dog leaving the frame; this essentially finishes the ‘walk’ on the wild side by leading you off the page.
How will I put the book together?
My book will be a self-published book created by a company called Blurb. This company specializes in creating bookshop quality books with top-notch binding, gorgeous paper, and professional printing.
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“Made for use in high-end photo books, this 190 gsm (140 lb) paper has a slightly glossier finish than our Premium Lustre Paper and is slightly heavier than our other papers. The Mohawk name for this paper is ProPhoto Lustre-Finish White.”
I choose this paper as I felt that it would enhance the professionalism of the book.
Here are some examples of the Books that Blurb do.
My book will be Standard Landscape; here is an example of what this looks like;
10×8 inches (25×20 cm)
I choose this company as it had very good feedback from Photographers and offered a lot of creative control, allowing the design and layout of the book to be done using InDesign.
Section 2: Film
In the second section of my negotiated study I will be focusing on Film. I have chosen to include film, as I want to gain more experience with motion pictures as this could have an impact on my future career. If I got an internship with national geographic I could also be involved with doing film, so it is good to have knowledge of this area and could highly benefit me. Having a diverse range of skills will help me to be more employable in the future.
Another career expectation of mine is to eventually become a director of photography. I think that the use of film and photography has helped me to develop a more creative eye for compositions within frames, and the more knowledge I gain the more I hope to achieve with my creativity.
What will I produce?
Aim: Produce two 3-4 minute long non-narrative videos that explore movement, colour, fluidity and sound. The visuals should create an entertaining and interactive accompaniment to the music.
Why have a chosen to do this?
I have chosen to produce these videos to display my skills in motion picture and my creativity as an artist. I feel that I need to gain more experience with motion picture, as it is an important element within the industry.
In the industry creativity and imagination are critical, you must be able to create something out of nothing. I will be producing these videos as if they were for a client within the industry, and they have a purpose for creation.
As the future is so distant and my career has not yet begun it is difficult for me to predict where I will be in the future. However I feel that there are many possibilities on the horizon for me, and would like the opportunity to explore creativity within both film and photography during my career.
I really enjoy composing music videos and could see myself doing this at some point within the future, this is why I have chosen to include motion picture within my negotiated study.
Film 1: Pull me down- Mikky Ekko music video
I have chosen to use this song alongside my first non-narrative video as I feel that it has a lot of emotion. I thought that the emotion in the song would compliment a variety of colour’s and abstract visuals. I think that the words would also coincide well with the movement of the visuals and help strengthen the imagery.
Where would a video like this be used within the industry?
The music industry is very highly linked with the film and photography world, from photo shoots to video shoots. Video is a key element for an artist, as a good video will help to sell a song.
This calls for a lot if creativity and for innovative ideas and concepts when it comes to producing eye catching and entertaining music videos.
Although there are a lot of artists out there who have extravagant dance videos, there is a selection of non-narrative music videos that have been produced within the industry. These videos are normally done if the music accompanied reflects emotion and sound encourages more artistic imagery.
These types of music videos encourage the audience to interpret their own emotion and energy within the video. They also encourage the audience to listen to the words of the song and listen to distinct sounds.
How have I created the visuals?
First of all to gather the footage I wanted for this song, I had to figure out what I wanted the video to look like. I had listened to the song a good few times to make sure that it was suitable for the type of video I wanted to produce. I found that the beat was perfect and the overall sound was just was I was looking for.
I wanted to incorporate colour, and movement within my video and I wanted to film the footage for this myself.
This is when I decided to experiment with food colouring and water. I placed water in a glass dish and had it positioned on two boxes so that I could put a candle underneath. I used a 10x macro filter on my camera lens so that I could get in as close as I could to the water. This filter created a shallow depth of field; I feel that this gave the footage the look that I wanted to achieve.
I wanted a shallow depth of field so that I could focus on important elements within the frame; also the depth of field makes it hard for the audience to work out what it is they are seeing. This type of mystery will help the audience to engage with the video and will be the initial hook that will entice viewers to watch.
I then began to film different types of sequences, experimenting with different colours. I used straws to drop the colouring into the water, which helped create ripples in the water. To mix the colours together and to create movement I blew air through the straw onto the edge of the dish the make the water move counter clockwise.
Once I had a sufficient amount of footage I imported it into Premier Pro, which is the editing software I have used to do this project.
I looked over the footage I had and then started to edit it to compliment the music using the audio wave to indicate when significant noises are.
I changed the speed/duration of my clips to show movement, and to generate images, which responded to the speed of the music. I have also reversed some of the clips as this worked well visually with the sounds within the song.
Once I had all the clips I needed in order I did some colour correction and expression. I applied shine to all my footage. I went through a number of processes to get the look of the final footage and a lot of experimentation helped my to understand properly how to get the best out of ‘shine’ (Trapcode plug-in)
Shine was a very useful tool when it came to this video has it helped me to achieve the vibrant colours that I needed. It also gave me more control over the colours and the brightness of the footage, which was very useful and had a dramatic effect on the overall look of the video.
Film 2: Living Water by A.Weber music video
Why have I chosen this song?
It took me a long time to find a song to compliment the type of video I wanted to create, but eventually I found this one and thought it would really complimented the visuals.
The sounds in the song were naturalistic and provide an association with water, hence the name ‘Living Water’
What are my aims for this video?
I hope to create a video that helps make the music more interactive, and has an artistic look.
How did I achieve my outcome?
To create this film I used the same process as with the first video, except I used olive oil as well as water and food colouring.
The olive oil created bubbles on top of the water, adding food colouring to the oil and water had a dramatic change to the appearance of the footage and was very different to my first video.
I placed the candles close to the bottom of the glass dish so that it would heat up the oil and liquid. This created smoke, and the oil to bubble, giving some interesting visuals.
To enhance the colours of the footage I also added shine to this footage, but as well as that I added star glow, which allowed me to add more brightness to the light provided by the candle. I think that this worked well as it complimented the sounds effects within the track.
Who is my target audience?
Abstract videos such as this are projected on walls within venues to create ambient atmospheres this was traditionally done in nightclubs.
I feel that this type of video could have a market for spas and yoga classes etc. The colours and movement of the water drops provide a tranquil atmosphere within the video.
The use of Starglow (Trapcode) and candles has also made the videos look overall very ambient, and the light compliments the music in a spiritualistic way.
This may enhance the relaxation methods taken in yoga and other mediation, this may well a selling point for this video.
The music really has a naturalistic sound to it and influences calmness; I specifically chose this song for this reason.
As this video compliments the music, it could help to make the artists music more interactive for its fan base, and may also attract people to relate more the music.
Negotiated study 1:
Overall I feel that my negotiated study was successful, I’m really happy with my final products, but do feel there is still a lot of room for improvement for the skills needed to be successful in the Photography/Film industry.
I feel that being a photographer is an everyday learning curve and I find that I learn something new about it everyday. Over the past 3 years I have developed a wider knowledge of my subject and feel that I have improved dramatically and my skills are developing continuously throughout my studies.
The Landscape/Nature book
‘A Walk on the Wild Side’
I was really happy with ‘A Walk on the Wild side’ overall, and feel that I achieved a working Landscape/nature book that could potentially sell on shelves. The layout of the book designed by Josh-Arnold Jones really helped to bring the book together. I felt that this collaboration helped me to produce a more professional and creative looking final product. The pages flowed nicely from one page to the next and there is a good use of white space within the pages.
I do feel that given more time that the quality of this book would have been a lot better. A longer period of time would have given me more opportunity to gather better images and achieve more successful edits. I think that over a years time would be the best amount of time to collect the images, this would also enable me to capture all of the seasons in action.
The use of the HDR technique within my book may be a bit much for more traditional photographers, but I am trying to appeal to the more modern eye with my photography so this doesn’t really matter in this case.
I feel that I have used this technique wisely and have developed enough of an understanding of how it works and I feel that my images have dramatically improved over the past 8 months. Although there is still a lot of room for improvement as not all my HDR images are strong, and some can be too dramatic.
The more that I experiment with different techniques and approaches to achieving successful Landscape/Nature photography the more I advance my knowledge of this subject.
Landscape photography isn’t always easy and you really have to be persistent to get good shots, I feel that my book has shown that I have a lot of passion as a photographer, as this has been my overall drive for this project and my choice of career.
Passion is important to employers and its important to display this as well as creativeness when trying to get a job. I feel that I have done this with this book, and I am pleased with my efforts.
The Music videos
I really enjoyed creating the music videos, and feel that making these inspired me to be more creative with motion picture and editing. I used Adobe Premier, which allowed me to use the Trap code plug-in. I had never used this plug-in in this application before only after affects. This helped me to get a better understanding of how the plug-in works.
I feel that making these videos has improved my editing skills, and my knowledge on Adobe Premier Pro. This knowledge of editing software will help my employability appeal, as I won’t need basic training in editing software’s.
Although I spent a lot of time experimenting with the techniques till I achieved my outcome, I feel I could still improve on this and feel that this is only the beginning of the look that I can achieve with these effects.
I found it really difficult to make my footage flow from one clip to the next, I found that the preset video transitions weren’t smooth enough so I controlled the opacity of the video manually using key points. This method worked a lot better and the flow of the footage was a lot smoother. I feel that the more control I had of the video the more I could express my creativity.
Overall I feel that theses videos were successful and they both answered the brief. Although I used the same style of filming for both these videos both videos had there own unique look and both showed my progression in Adobe Premier Pro.
I feel that the visuals really compliment the sounds within the songs and when the visuals react in time to the music it helps makes the viewing experience exciting.