Blickling Hall - Christmas Lights
The hall and gardens were beautifully illuminated with coloured lighting. Once inside the hall, many of the old single glazed window panes were covered in condensation - giving a beautiful semi-transparent view through the windows to the coloured lights outside. This effect immediately made me think of the beauty of Saul Leiters images.
The coloured lights through the window panes
The condensation framing the main colourful details
My absolute favourite. The amount of condensation on these windows obscured most of the outside details; leaving the window panes glowing with the various colours.
The colour palette of the window panes works so well with the colour of the window frames. When this image is placed near a light source the colours really sparkle & glow.
A trip to Norwich to look for colourful details & reflections
Another trip to Norwich, trying to refine my technique....
I placed people or objects on rules of thirds, used window & door frames to provide framing for the main focal point. The images on the top left - I waited for a pedestrian to walk through the frame & then took the shot with them captured in the main angled window pane. This image received the most positive feedback from my fellow students & tutor.
Another trip to Norwich.......
This time it was a bit earlier in the day - so too early for resections; so was drawn to other colourful details - much of which I found in a shop selling lots of french produce.
Another visit to.........
My favourite image is the one of the stacked chairs. I really like the colours - especially the red & yellow details. The repeated pattern of the curved chair backs are very effective. I particularly like how the people's reflected faces are between the chair backs, as this frames them nicely.
One of the genres Robert Mapplethorpe was renowned for was his amazing photographs of flowers. Photographing these was his own private passion (showing similarity with Saul Leiter and his colour photography). Many of his images were B/W, some with dark plain backgrounds others with sunlight & shadows, or slatted blinds as the backdrop. Some images depict whole vases of flowers, others single stems & some just single flower heads. All of the images have a very sensual form, as well as displaying the sculptural & textural attributes of the flowers. Some images appear to captured with natural lighting, others with even studio lighting.
I have captured most of my images using two soft boxes & a black backdrop (& a few with a white backdrop).
I really enjoyed taking these flower shots, it was interesting to see the effects of changing the lighting on the flowers; to soften and reveal their beauty with nice even lighting; or to use harsher lighting to produce completely different results.
I also enjoyed seeking different compositions, especially of the more intricate details. I found the decaying flowers interesting to shoot - I liked the pattern of shadows on the backdrop, the use of natural light to almost back-light sone of the flowers - which seems to give the images an extra zing!
Famous for his portraits taken during the golden years of Hollywood. He began taking portraits of the stars in a way that was contemporary (for the time); which soon attracted the attention of the stars and film studios of the day.
He used Frensel lights to illuminate his shoots, the film he used also contained high levels of silver - which contributed to the particular style of his images (which is still difficult to reproduce today with digital media).
He made his women sitters look glamorous & beautiful; & had the ability to photograph them in s way that drew out aspects of their persona that were sometimes at odds with their perceived acting genre - with the result that sometimes the actresses were subsequently cast in roles that they would previously been consisted unsuitable for.
His male portraits were constructed to show the sitter as handsome bankable movies stars - to draw more viewers into the cinemas.
My intention was take some images which captured the essence of old style Hollywood glamour, using my lighting kit (2 soft boxes & a backdrop).