The Photographic Image
A collection of photos I shot for another course I took at the AGO
Assignment 1 - Shape and Line
For this first assignment I carried my digital camera around for a few days and
snapped these pictures while walking around downtown Toronto, and on the way home.
Assignment 2 - Composition
Adverse weather and a busy schedule at work kept me from taking the composition
pictures I was planning. So for this assignment I went through a number of old
pictures and selected ones which I felt had a strong composition.
Assignment 3 - Colour Theory
I again had trouble making time to take pictures, but on Wednesday (the day
before class) I managed to get out and take a few pictures with strong colour content.
In the evening, sorting through the days results, I could only find three satisfactory
pictures, so I then made the picture of the shoes in my living room.
Assignment 4 - 3D in 2 Dimensions
I rushed this weeks assignment and the pictures did not turn out well. I should have
re-shot the Gumby picture with some strong shadows. The vase and glass picture would have
been better with the glass overlapping the vase, and with more light on the background. The bear
picture has some weird blue highlights that showed up while I was changing the white balance.
The faucet is ok, but it is not quite what I was trying for.
It was however a learning experience so the intended goal was met.
Assignment 5 - Perspective & Near/Far
For this weeks assignment I again returned to photos taken previously. For each
image I found examples where the same scene had been photographed with different
lenses. In all these pictures the camera position was unchanged, the lens focal
length was changed.
Assignment 6 - Types of Imagery
I went to the auto show on Saturday and the found many things suitable for abstract
imagery. As well a time lapse exposure turned out to be a good example of a non-representational
image. I didn't bother with a realistic image as many of the images for previous
assignments were realistic.
Some people felt that the motorcycle headlight is a realistic image, but I felt it
was abstract. There was much discussion over the definitions of realistic, abstract,
and non-representational, and in the end I still think the headlight was an abstraction
of a vehicle, but I also agree it could be seen as a realistic picture of a headlight.
Assignment 7 - Non-Verbal Communication
For this final assignment in the course I setup my 8x10 Cambo and shot some black
and white Polaroids. I discovered that the battery in my flash meter was dead, but
I was able to guess a close exposure for the first shot, and after correcting once
in the wrong direction I eventually got a good exposure.
The face was supposed to communicate anger, but it isn't quite on the mark. However
8x10 Polaroids can be hard on the pocket book, and I felt the shot was satisfactory, so
I didn't try another.
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