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Exercise 3.3 – Landscapes

I struggled to understand what this exercise was aiming at.  It seemed to me to be considering the depth of field of a landscape photograph, rather than a moment in time.  I carried out the task as described.  I went to an old quarry which has been turned into an amenity for walks, picnics etc.  I was able to look at the fence, and tree close to, and then across the valley to the distant cornfield where a combine harvester was throwing up a great deal of cloud.  I then took the photographs, changing the viewpoint slightly with each photo.

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Exercise 3.2 – Time Lapse and Speed

Time Lapse

I photographed this flower over a period of 8 hours.  I set up the a flower with a black background, the camera on a tripod.  Using a remote shutter release which can be set up as an interval timer, I took a photograph every 5 minutes.  I used a 100mm macro lens but realised I should have used a flash as well.  Unfortunately the pictures turned out a little dark.  I maybe could lighten them using photoshop, but I prefer to leave them as they are as a reminder on what not to do in future.



Next I took some photographs of moving traffic from a motorway bridge.  I should have taken a tripod but was able to balance on the hand rail of the bridge. The first photographs were taken on a slow shutter speed to blur the images.  Then I took additional photographs using the panning technique.  I think I need a lot more practice at this!  Also the angle was not good.  I needed to be alongside the traffic, which of course is not possible on a motorway.

I intend to repeat this exercise after dark to get some interesting  patterns from the headlights.

In this next photograph I attempted to use the panning technique, but was disappointed with the result.  More practice needed.

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Moving Bluebells

The first photograph was taken by turning the zoom lens slowly while the shutter was open and the second and third photographs were taken by rotating the camera as the shutter opened.  Very simple process with interesting effects.


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Exercise 3.1

Water Drops and Cascades

I created a series of water drop pictures by setting up a studio in my shower. I put a glass bowl of water on a table with a pipette suspended over the bowl.  I set up an off-camera flash, and the camera was mounted on a tripod (outside the shower) with a 100mm macro lens.  To get the focus, I worked out where the drop would fall, held a pencil in the water in the same place and manually set the focus on it.  Nevertheless many shots were out of focus as the drops didn’t always go quite where I expected.  All the shots were taken using a remote shutter controller.  As I squeezed the pipette I worked out when to trigger the shutter.  There were many misses!! The whole exercise took 2 days to complete, and I took over 900 photos.  Thank goodness for digital cameras!

The first set of photos were taken by putting the glass bowl onto a coloured card and filling it with clear water.  The pipette was also filled with clear water.  The camera was set on 1/200 second, ISO 400 and f22.  Because I used a flash the shutter speed did not effect the photograph.

The second set of photographs were taken by putting the glass bowl onto a white card and filling the pipette with food colouring.  The camera settings remained the same as for the previous group of photos.

I tried yellow and red food colouring, but the yellow didn’t show up clearly, and the red looked like I was dripping blood into the water.  I haven’t included those examples here.

Finally, I attempted to recreate Harold Edgerton’s Milk Drop Coronet by putting the glass bowl onto a piece of black card, and dropping milk from the pipette into the water.  Not quite the effect I wanted but I was pleased with them anyway.

Long Exposure using ND filters

This was my first attempt at using my newly acquired ND filters to photograph the cascades at Blenheim Palace.  I wanted to use the filters to capture the movement of water so that it appeared silky and fluid.

This photograph was taken from a distance using a tripod, remote shutter and an ND filter.  Although I like the composition, I was disappointed with the white balance.  I had set it to auto, but after I saw this photo, I changed it to “cloudy”.  The subsequent photographs show the water in a more realistic colour.

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This photograph was taken from the bridge (shown in the above photograph) and I was able capture the movement of the water as well as capturing the twigs in sharp contrast to the moving water.  I am pleased with the patterns the water makes as it cascades over the rocks.

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I wanted to capture the stones, moss and leaves in very clear definition, and at the same time capture the movement of the water.  I was pleased with the contrast between the blurry, fluffy water and the background of stones, moss and leaves.

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