Object + Place (Process)
Initially when I was thinking of an object to use, I was thinking of using my Chou Chou (臭臭), a tiny pillow which has been with me since young. I already had several ideas on the pictures I planned to take with my Chou Chou, but decided to change it to my running shoes instead last weekend.
Last weekend I was very tired but I could not sleep as I kept searching and thinking of ideas for Assignment 1. However about 1 hour into trying to sleep, eureka struck and I quickly wrote down the ideas that popped up for Task 1: Objects.
For my mid body shot, I planned to use my bag as well in the picture as I felt that it could give a hint of symbolism of adventure. However, after taking a few shots, I decided to remove the bag as I felt that it is taking away attention from the shoes, which is not what I wanted. Therefore, I removed the bag so that the centre of attention can be drawn to the shoes and me.
For the location wise, I initially wanted to choose a better location to represent adventure. Something like the 2 pictures which I took last time. However, because of the weather I had to make last minute changes to it and decided to change to a car park instead.
Another shot I wanted to try was a full body one-point perspective shot from bottom up. However, I could not achieve the shot no matter how I try so I skipped it.
For my shot of my object in a plain background, I was experimenting between using a grey or black background. I decided to use the grey one instead of the black one. I was thinking of using the black one at first because my shoes are bright so a black colour background will probably bring out the features of my shoes even more. But after experimenting with it I felt that it did not look that good, it looks like my shoes are falling into a manhole.
While I was taking pictures of the shoes in a plain background, the Sun came out of nowhere and casted a shadow of my shoes. A Eureka popped up, and I thought it was rather cool that the shadow can signify the idea of objects have life.
One element that I could play with is natural lighting like Rinko Kawauchi. So, when the light casted shadows of the window grails and patterns on my wall, I instantly took a picture of it because it looked cool. I really wanted to put this inside one of the 5 images but felt that it might be too abstract to talk about.
Another experimentation that I did was to play with flash at night. I wanted to take night shots of my room at first but my camera could not see anything so I had to experiment with the use of flash. However, for most of the shots, I was unable to create the perfect brightness of the flash and the shots looked horrible, but I managed to capture one of the shots that was acceptable enough to be in the Task.
Blurry shot from the top corner
Can you guess what these are?
These are fall ceilings…
The mood I was bringing out in somewhat like a Saturday rainy mood where you just feel like hiding yourself in the home cocoon in your bed. A depressing, gloomy mood.