Once you are familiar with the various camera controls, you will aim to produce a series of photographs which illustrate your exploration of creative and visual approach to a suggested theme of natural/man-made. The theme can be interpreted as you wish.
You should explore formal elements of visual language like: shape, form, texture, pattern, line, tone, colour, composition, viewpoint, framing, structure and lighting.
You should consider, highlight, reflect upon and apply image manipulation, ethical and legal issues as well as health and safety on location and whilst working with computer screens.
- You should present a series of 5 images and comment on outcomes concentrating on strengths and weaknesses, technical issues, future improvements and aesthetics
All of the pictures above must be relevant in some way to the theme of natural/man-made.
When the topic of natural/man-made, besides a number of other locations for photographs, Virginia Water was my choice very early on.
What is unique about the place is the fact that that this topic is inherent in every aspect of this park, be it the lake with man-made rocks surrounding it, the disappearing Roman remains with vegetation all around, or the man-made/natural waterfall.
After taking a wide variety of pictures of the lake, the waterfall, people playing/relaxing/running, trees, flowers, I finally chose the ancient bridge/tunnel as the subject for this topic.
f/4 with 1/25
f/4 with 1/5 – With flash
f/4 with 1/5
As you may notice, I used a tripod to take these shots. I started with aperture of f8 and eventually that the darkness needed reducing and therefore the aperture had to go to the lowest possible. After a few attempts at f3.5, I felt f4.0 was more suitable to the landscape. I even took one with a flash.