Assignment 3 – Reflection

Reflecting against the recommended criteria, I have the following observations:

Demonstration of technical and visual skills

The majority of the images demonstrate the use of bokeh to emphasise the subject matter and add interest to the shots. Whilst composition wasn’t always perfect in the original shot, the use of Photoshop enabled cropping to improve on the original framing.  All of the final shots were taken from the same level – using a mix of shooting from a higher position, lower position and the same level to the subject matter may have added interest to the series.

Quality of outcome

I feel my assignment gives a good balance of the technical aspects of my shots, alongside my observations of the shots.  I feel I’ve given more thought to the camera setting required for the shots I was after, but sticking to a fast shutter speed whilst waiting for an action shot meant that I didn’t re-think my settings for more static shots.

Demonstration of creativity

In completing this assignment I used a high shutter speed and the widest aperture available with my zoom lens, this led to many of the shots having a bokeh effect which works well.

My favourite shot is Image 1, where I feel I captured humour in the decisive moment. Image 6 where the interaction between human and swan is caught, is also a favourite.

Context

The work of other photographers was explored before beginning the assignment, however, aside from trying to capture a split second of a bird’s movement, I didn’t always give thought to the background or foreground of my shot as successful photographers appear to do. Before approaching assignment four, I need to read more photographs and practice more myself so that the ability to think about the whole scene is more natural to me.

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