INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (WEEK 19)

FINAL_ASSIGNMENT:

The chosen song: Weezer’s Island In The Sun.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY FINAL ASSIGNMENT 1-11

The song’s about self-discovery and living the moment. In this picture, the scenery outside exhibits a representation of her happiness whereas the emptiness she feels inside is represented by the dark and empty room. Seeing the ethereal view, she has the desire to seek an escape from her demons. However, as she floats into the air nearing the window, she grasps the curtain as her demons forcefully pull her back into a vortex of misery. In addition, the sun replaced by a slice of orange is a figment of her imagination to contentment.

 

PROPS: Slice of orange, curtains and the fluffy dress.

PROCESS: 

 

I started with capturing jump shots of Melissa (my model) to replicate the action of a person levitating in the air. It was seemingly difficult to capture shots because the little things did not make it work like “the hair is not floating enough,” “your legs aren’t high enough”, and I can go on and on. Here, the studio lighting was off. My camera settings weren’t right. So I decided to try again the following week.

 

 

This time, it was a whole lot better. Instead of a soft light, I used a spot light, shining through the curtains. A ladder and a PVC pipe were used to hold the curtain up high.

 

PHOTOSHOP: It was my first attempt at this software and it took me approximately 12 hours of getting accustomed to. The hardest part of using it is getting frustrated with the tools because some didn’t work for the weirdest reasons like “A layer is absent” but everything was there, yaddi yadda. However, I had fun as I was able to learn about the technicalities of Photoshop; manipulating the perspectives, adding shadows to make it more realistic, erasing the background and such. Still need time to get used to it.


 

“This is my last post for photography and it’s been quite a ride. I had the chance to learn a lot about the camera’s setting and I didn’t realise how easy it was as time progressed. Also, it boosted my confidence to take pictures in public and I managed to see things from a different perspective. My interest does not stop here so I’ll be taking more photos. Hopefully, better than I am right now.”

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (WEEK 18)

TEAM_MEMBERS: Liberty, Melissa, Husna and I (first slot).

We are given the task to replicate two different examples of studio lighting and this is by far my favourite practice so far.

 

EXAMPLE_1:

 

 

Aperture: f/5.3

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 200

A soft light was placed on the side of the model so the other side of her face would be darker. We have to position it several times to get the lighting right.

 

EXAMPLE_2:

 

 

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 320

The model had to face off-centre and the light was position at the same direction as her face. This was relatively close enough as the shadows under the neck are nearly the same. It’s just that the strength of the lighting needs to have little adjustments.

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (WEEK 16 AND 17)

Before you read any further, I apologise that there aren’t any pictures because we used to school camera.


 

WEEK_16: 

The class and I experimented on studio lighting, using examples of Jennifer’s and mine. We have two different lightings; Jennifer’s requires an equal distribution of lighting so she had to use the flash whereas for myself, I needed to create a sunset vibe through a window so we utilised the spot light and the soft light.

We started off with mine but without any lighting. We can conclude that the ceiling lights did not do us any justice and it was horrendous. We also tempered with the white balance to meet with the lighting in the room.

  • Increase the WB if the light is too cold.
  • Decrease the WB if the light is too warm.

(or is it the other way round? Hmm…)

We moved on to the soft light which was placed at an angle of 45 degrees from Melissa’s (our model of the day) standing point. The lighting on her face was subtle and the shadows did not appear harsh. However, it was not powerful enough to give a sunset effect. So we moved on to the spot light and goodness, it was hot. The light and shadows were evidently harsh and it was perfect for my final outcome.

I was curious about how the turnout would be if we used both spot and soft lights at once. Initially, you’ll need to ensure which light is to be made dominant. It also depends on the direction of the light source so the result is slightly vague. I wish I can show you the photos we took so you can clearly see the difference.


 

WEEK_17:

Didn’t have class but I needed to do some brainstorming on props and proper planning. My idea was also approved so it was good to go.

INTRODUCION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (WEEK 14 & 15)

FINAL_ASSIGNMENT

We had include our ideas into a rough sketch to show how we want our final photo to appear.

 

SKETCH_NUMBER_ONE:
Sketches

I was thinking of creating a contrast between her (+ her surrounding) and the view within the cracked mirror; B&W and colour. She’s staring at the broken mirror, wishing to put them back together to have a clearer view of what she wishes to see; the surreal scenery which represents her happiness.

 

SKETCH_NUMBER_TWO:

Sketches

It’s the same story, only that it is interpreted from a different perspective. Her surrounding is pretty empty and dark, representing her emptiness. This time she is floating in the air, seeking for an escape.


 

These were the only 2 sketches that I was interested in and I didn’t have any creative juices flowing. However, I really like the second sketch and hopefully, all goes well in the works of Photoshop.

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (WEEK 12 AND 13)

Week 13, 25.04.2017


 

FOOD_+_INTERIOR_PHOTOGRAPHY

 

NAJ & BELLE:

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Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 200

Don’t get me started on the eye-popping colours and the composition of the furniture.

 

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Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 200

As much as I like the vibe that the café and the colours brought out, the yellow calligraphy on the window completes this photo as an additional element.

 

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Aperture: f/8

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 200

Although the monochromatic colours fascinate me, I wish that some other component was present in the photo to give a contrast.

 

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Aperture:f/7.1

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 200

I love this but the presence of steam rising from the coffee would make this photo complete.

 

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Aperture: f/5.3

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 400

Definitely love how the environment is toned down and how pleasing the composition of the furniture is. The background may be slightly dim but the ceiling lights actually compete against the darkness.

 

SOI 55 THAI KITCHEN:

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Aperture: f/5

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 400

I have only captured this certain part of the café because the natural light reflected against this neutral-toned surrounding was pleasant to look at.

 

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Aperture: f/5

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 400

With the neutral setting present, the reflection against the silver cup created a distinct contrast. If only I removed the tissue…

 

THE PIE SHOP:

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Aperture: f/4.5

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 200

Hmm… Should probably alter the warm temperature to cool.

 

PHIX:

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Aperture: f/5

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 200

 

ARTICO:

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Aperture: f/6.3

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 400

This was actually kind of difficult to capture because it was indoors and considering that we had to take photos in colour, I had to consider the lighting as well. I’m satisfied with the result.

 


 

 

“This assignment was more stressful than I predicted it to be. It was really nerve-racking, having to push myself to ask for permission from the owners the cafés. On top of that, I loved venturing around the area.”

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (WEEK 11)

Week 11, 13.04.2017


 

STREET_PHOTOGRAPHY_IN_COLOUR

 

parrot2

Aperture: f/5.6

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

What makes this photo interesting are the complementary colours portrayed in here (green and red).

 

mosque2.jpg

Aperture: f/25

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

This picture feels rather soothing because of the gloomy sky and the monochromatic colours of the mosque. You can also clearly see the intricate details of the architecture.

 

birds.jpg

Aperture: f/9

Shutter speed: 1/100

ISO: 100

At first glance, it looked as if it is a black and white photo but it actually is not. Due to the bright and clear sky, it creates a great contrast between the foreground and the background. I like that you can see the motion caused by the bird flying in the background whereas the birds on the lights are completely still.

 

bicycle

Aperture: f/9

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

The composition of the bicycle and the vibrant colours intrigue me, as well as the details of the wall.

 

aircon

Aperture: f/10

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

I love the monochromatic colours and how retro it looks like.

 

cool dude.jpg

Aperture: f/10

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

Colour-wise, it’s pleasing to my eyes. And there’s something warm about his smile (that sounded cheesy but I’m serious).

 

retro.jpg

Aperture: f/10

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

Without possessing a wide angle lens, I attempted to capture shots using Wes Anderson’s style of filming in the Grand Budapest hotel; symmetrical compositions.

 

factory.jpg

Aperture: f/10

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

I tried taking a shot and manipulating the composition of a close-up whilst using some parts of an abandoned building.

 

old house.jpg

Aperture: f/13

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

Despite the house decaying, nature manages to seek through the cracks of the walls.

 

tomatoes.jpg

Aperture: f/7.1

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 200

I took this right after the owner of the grocery store placed these succulent and recently-cleaned tomatoes into a basket.

 


 

“This assignment was rather relaxing. I got to explore areas of Little India myself and I met genuinely nice people along the way. This was also our first photography assignment in colour and the technicality is not drastically different from B&W but it did frustrate me when the colours didn’t come off the way I desired it to.”

 

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (SONG FOR FINAL PROJECT)

 

Long story short, I’m a massive devotee of mellifluous guitar intros and solos. I remember Island In The Sun being played in my dad’s car and its’ guitar intro had me stupefied on my seat. However, I was too young to comprehend the lyrics to the song. I can now relate to this blissful tune after experiencing multitudinous rough and smooth patches in life. Many have concluded that this song is about being in a “sour relationship” or fantasising a vanilla relationship but to me, it’s about self-discovery and living the moment. Optimistically, my photo will be appropriately relatable to this song.

Here are the lyrics to Weezer’s Island In The Sun:

[Hook]
Hip hip
Hip hip
Hip hip
Hip hip

[Verse 1]
When you’re on a holiday
You can’t find the words to say
All the things that come to you
And I wanna feel it too

[Sub-Chorus]
On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain

[Hook]
Hip hip
Hip hip

[Verse 2]
When you’re on a golden sea
You don’t need no memory

Just a place to call your own
As we drift into the zone

[Chorus]
On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain
We’ll run away together
We’ll spend some time forever
We’ll never feel bad anymore

[Hook]
Hip hip
Hip hip
Hip hip

[Chorus]
On an island in the sun
We’ll be playing and having fun
And it makes me feel so fine
I can’t control my brain
We’ll run away together
We’ll spend some time forever
We’ll never feel bad anymore

[Outro]
Hip hip
Hip hip
We’ll never feel bad anymore (Hip hip, hip hip)
No no (Hip hip)
Hip hip
We’ll never feel bad anymore (Hip hip)
No no (Hip hip)
Hip hip
We’ll never feel bad anymore

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (WEEK 9 & 10)

Week 10, 04.04.2017


 

DSLR_SHUTTERSPEED

Note: Camera used throughout this project is Farzana’s Nikon D800.

 

Shutter speed: The amount of time that the shutter opens for light to pass through.

 

In groups of 4 (teamed up with Amira, Farzana and Nafiz), we ventured around campus to test out fast and slow shutter speeds.

 

one
Taken by Nafiz

Aperture: f/22

Shutter speed: 10″

ISO: 356

I like that the background is relatively dark so that it would create a contrast against my clothes and the light.

 

five
Taken by Nafiz

Aperture: f/22

Shutter speed: 10″

ISO: 159

We experimented on light again. Amira and I were walking up the stairs whilst waving our mobile phone’s flash light in a spiral motion. Our physiques are barely visible as well.

 

four
Taken by Farzana

Aperture: f/4

Shutter speed: 1/8000

ISO: 6400

This shot was rather nerve-racking to capture because Farzana and I had to climb up the rocky slope by the drainage system.

 

two
Taken by Chloe (me)

Aperture: f/4

Shutter speed: 1/8000

ISO: 506

This is a shot of Amira popping a balloon that was once filled with water. I like that the background is utterly blur that the main focus is the frozen action of the water balloon exploding.

 


 

“This practice was the most enjoyable one compared to the rest. As it was my first time trying out the slow shutter, I now have ideas for future projects relating to it.”