Visual Brainstorm HDR Converging Lines Tony Howell Black and white Slow shutter Michael Kenna Rule Of Thirds
This picture is very likely HDR. The colours are very vivid in this picture, and may have had a contrast increase. The lighting is natural. I really like the vivid colors of this photograph. This picture is in black and white. This darkens the mood, and it seems very solitary. The lighting is natural. I like the mood this photograph gives. Further Brainstorming This picture is likely HDR. The color balance seems to be changed to be pinkish. The lighting is natural. The colors in this photograph are very vivid and the reflection of the mountains looks great.
HDR HDR is a form of image processing what involves either merging a set of the same photograph at different exposures, or a form of computer rendering. This allows for a greater dynamic range of luminance. This basically shows more detail than a normal photograph.
Panorama Panoramas are made by merging a set of different photographs together at the sides. this allows the photograph to be a picture of a whole place, instead of one detail.
Initial Shoot Plan <ul><li>I will take pictures in raw format for editing later on. I will take some pictures in black and white, and take some pictures to be converted into HDR. I will also take a panorama or two. I may experiment with Photoshop plugins such as Fractalius. </li></ul>
Initial Shoot Greyscales and comparisons Putting pictures in grayscale mainly makes the mood darker. If you compare these two photographs, the one on the left portrays a worse mood than the one on the right.
Initial Shoot HDR Comparisons The most notable difference with HDR is the detail. The HDR version of the photograph is noticeably more colorful, and the detail is easier to see (particularly the sky on these two). It also makes the exposure more equal.
Initial Shoot Different HDR Developments Both of these photographs are HDR, but they are both rendered differently. The photograph on the left is rendered with high smoothing. This makes the photograph look realistic with HDR qualities. The one on the right has low smoothing. This makes it look unrealistic, but gives it an abstract feel.
Initial Shoot Panoramic Photographs This photograph is a panorama made from 10 photographs. The main quality of panoramic photographs is that they give a very large view of an area. Some photographers have made 360 degree panoramas, using flash. This is not possible with a standard panorama.
Initial Shoot Final thoughts and ideas <ul><li>I need to experiment with HDR to find better processes. I attempted to use Fractalius, but it took a very long time to render and didn’t come out very well. I mainly liked my HDR shots and my panoramic shot. I want to find out how to do a HDR panorama. </li></ul>
Michael Kenna <ul><li>Michael Kenna is an English photographer who was born in 1953. He is most well known for his black and white landscapes. He mainly takes pictures of unusual landscapes with incredibly long exposures, up to 10 hours. He focuses on taking them at dawn or dusk. </li></ul>The smoke in this picture is blurred lots, showing this picture had a long exposure. The rule of thirds is used very well in this photograph. Once again, this photograph has had a very long exposure, shown by the sky, which is a very slight gradient of grey to white.
Evaluation 1 Content This is a photograph of Brooklyn Bridge, in New York. The title is just self named, so this does not change the way we see the photograph. The aperture is medium, and this blurs parts of the bridge further away. Form The colour is black and white, and this greatly affects the mood. This darkens the picture and its mood, and the archway is specifically black. The picture is high contrast, strengthening the colour of the archway. This picture is filled with converging lines, because the bridge is a suspension bridge. I think the converging lines make the picture much better, and the photographer must have noticed this from the first time he walked across the bridge. Process The photograph was taken outside, and very likely at night time, since there is no people in sight. The sky is blurred so much that it is a gradient instead of normal sky, showing that this picture has had a very long exposure. As I said earlier, the aperture has been purposely put on a medium setting, to keep most of the detail but blur far away parts of the bridge. Mood This picture is very eerie, especially since people are not walking across the bridge. It seems weird that the place seems deserted, especially in New York. This picture is filled with converging lines. This picture shows the perspective of the bridge very well.
Evaluation 2 This picture is very grainy, and gives it a darkened mood. Content In this photo, there is a line of lampposts along a street. There is a deserted chair next to the first lamppost. I do not know the title of this photograph. I believe this picture has been distorted on purpose. The picture seems very ghostly, and looks very eerie. Form The picture is in black and white. This darkens the mood, and makes it seem more eerie. Adding to that, the picture is low contrast, giving it a ghostly feel. The rule of thirds is used well in this photograph. There is no obvious converging lines, however. Process This picture was taken outside, and very likely at night, or early morning, since the lampposts are lit. It was likely taken on a long shutter, since firstly, Kenna is well known for taking pictures with long exposures, and secondly, the lights are very blurred. It is very hard to tell the aperture since it is so grainy. Mood This picture seems very eerie. The graininess makes it seem like an old black and white horror movie.
Recreation Process <ul><li>STEP 1: Cropped main image & flipped image horizontally. </li></ul><ul><li>STEP 2: Duplicated main image. </li></ul><ul><li>STEP 3: Diffused image on top. </li></ul>
Recreation Process (continued) <ul><li>STEP 4: Layer created with a white- transparent gradient put on it. </li></ul>
Recreation Process (continued) <ul><li>STEP 5: Put the top image in overlay blend mode. This makes the grain very strong at the top of the photo, but none at the bottom. </li></ul>STEP 6: Photograph put into grayscale.
Images in the style of These are desaturated versions of what I believe were the 4 best photographs of my shoot.
Images in the style of This is my favourite photograph of the whole shoot.
Tony Howell Tony Howell is a landscape photographer from Somerset, in England. His style is very simple , high quality photographs. His clients include the BBC and National Geographic. This landscape is simple and not edited much. He uses the rule of thirds very well, especially with the cliffs. On the other hand, this photograph looks heavily edited and maybe even HDR. Once again, he uses the rule of thirds very well.
Evaluation 1 Content In this photograph, there is a lighthouse taken at night time. This was taken on a beach in Burnham-on-Sea. The photographer lives around this area, and wanted to take a picture at night. Form This photograph is in colour, and taken at a normal contrast level. The photograph uses the rule of thirds very well, much like most of Howell’s work. The photograph has been taken in a way that shows the perspective of the lighthouse. Process The photograph was taken outside at night. It has had a very long exposure, as the sky is a gradient and the lights are blurred. The aperture seems low, since the background is blurred. Mood This photograph makes me feel calm. The starry sky with the light of the lighthouse looks very calming. Howell’s use of the rule of thirds and perspective.
Evaluation 2 <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>This picture is of the Royal Crescent, a historic building in </li></ul><ul><li>Bath. The picture is focused on a tree in the way of the royal </li></ul><ul><li>crescent, instead of the royal crescent itself. There is shadows </li></ul><ul><li>over the tree and two people walking on a footpath. </li></ul><ul><li>Form </li></ul><ul><li>This picture is in full colour, and shows the vividness of the </li></ul><ul><li>sky. The photograph is medium contrast, to give the most </li></ul><ul><li>detail across the photo. </li></ul><ul><li>Process </li></ul><ul><li>The photograph was taken inside. It is lit by just sunlight, and </li></ul><ul><li>taken on a short shutter. The aperture is high, so the </li></ul><ul><li>background is not blurred. He has focused on the tree </li></ul><ul><li>although the picture is called “Royal Crescent”. </li></ul><ul><li>Mood </li></ul><ul><li>This picture makes me feel indifferent. It is just a landscape of </li></ul><ul><li>the royal crescent. </li></ul>The royal crescent itself, but the picture is focused on a tree.
Images in the style of These are photographs that have been adjusted with Shadow/Highlight. I think these are the best 4 photographs of the shoot.
Images in the style of This is my favourite photograph of the whole shoot.
Further Experiments Panoramic HDRs <ul><li>As I said in my initial shoot analysis, I want to make some panoramic HDRs. This produces a problem: HDRs can only be made from changing the exposure from a raw file (other than taking pictures at different exposures). The problem is that since you if you stitch together for example, 5 raw photographs, you make a photograph that becomes not raw. This means you cannot make the picture HDR AFTER stitching, and you must convert the photographs you want in the panorama all to HDR, and then stitch. This means you must tonal map these photographs all the same, and they should hopefully have equal temperature levels in raw format. Otherwise, the photograph will either A: not stitch properly, or B, look out of place and weird. </li></ul>
Further Experiment I: Blending This photograph is 9 photographs taken on a tripod over around 10 seconds in the same place. The opacity of each photograph was changed so the first photograph the person is 100% opacity, while the last photograph the person is at only 10% opacity. Even though this photograph was taken on a tripod that was not moved while taking the photograph, there is slight ghosting. This is because although I did not move the tripod, my slight finger movement to press the shutter made a tiny movement in the whole photograph.
Further Experiment II: Shadow/Highlight The Shadow/Highlight adjustment on Photograph seem semi HDR, although it really is not. Using Colour Correction, it allows blues to be seen in the sky where really, it is not blue.
Final Piece Standard This photograph is a panorama of a 12 photographs. I attempted to put this into HDR, only to find that contrast was lost in the city. The photograph is this shape, because I wanted to keep the bench and the top of the trees in the shot, as this helps with the composition.
Final Piece Final This photograph is a combination of the HDR version and the non HDR version. This photograph has the city in the non HDR version, and the fence, trees and bench, etc, are from the HDR version. This makes the composition a lot better, since there is much more detail with the bench, etc.