When looking at a photo we ask these questions:
What techniques were used?
What visual elements make up the photo?
How do the elements work together?
How the image is composed?
Photo manipulation techniques – http://www.coursera.org/learn/exposure-photography/lecture/bGm8S/responding-to-photographs
In this project I try to experiment with the basic techniques of photo manipulation:
Framing and cropping is use to include or exclude details that may change the meaning of the photographs. By moving the frame of the camera or cropping an image, the creator controls and defines the content of what we see.
Subject Distance refers to the proximity of the camera lens to the subject. The closer the camera move in, the viewer becomes more involved with the details such as texture, expressions, while becoming less involved with the surrounding and environment of the subject.
Vantage Point or angle determines the position where the camera is place before a shot. By varying the angle of shot from above, below or at eye level can result in interesting images that could distort, manipulate or offer visual pleasure and surprise.
Long Distance + Vantage Point:
By cropping this image I eliminate the people in the background making the photo much cleaner and the tone of the photo becomes lighter. Leading the viewer to think that the photo was taken at an empty beach.
The long shot taken from a normal/medium vantage point depicts the subject playing out to the sea and sky. From this view it is as if the subject is envious of the freedom the ocean and the skies provide.
A long shot with a low vantage point here resulted in an empowering effect the subject. There is also some effect of framing from the clouds behind that helps to focus on the subject.
If i were to cropped the image and turn it into a medium shot, the original effect would be lost.
Normal/Medium Shot + Vantage Point:
I attempted this as a close up shot only to realize it is actually a normal shot because my camera can only zoom so far.
Close Up Shot + Vantage Point:
With this close up shot and angle, I was trying to capture the feeling of being trapped by my inferior skills of the instrument thus the darker tone. There is also a drastic contrast between the inside (dark and monotone) and the outside (bright and colorful).
From the front much more emotion is revealed than the side. The instrument can be seen being held drooping downward much obviously than from the side.
The back view shows the difficulty and tension that goes into gripping the instrument between one’s jaw and shoulders. Otherwise, there is not much to be seen from this view.
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