I have done some research into where the best christmas markets are the south hampton one look really good for my theme and is a big market. i also thought that its importatnt to go to an area i wouldnt usually go to to get a wide range of people and trades.
The aim of this shoot will be to catch people in there day to day lives. (Natural and un-posed). I chose to focus on jobs and trades as I thought it would be a lively place to base it on. A busy environment giving me lots of opportunities to get interesting action shots. I thought that a good place to try this shoot would be a Christmas market as they have a lot to look at. Bright colors and lights will make it visually appealing.
MY FIRST SHOOT:
I liked this image as I caught this man in action doing his job. the fire draw attention and the purple glasses caught my attention. He had an almost crazy scientist look about him making the picture more interesting to look at. Action shots usually catch peoples eye as it makes people intrigued.
I used rule of thirds in this shot as we have the 2 roses then him to the right of the frame. This made the composition of the picture more visually appealing. I tested out several angles to get the best shot. I could have improved on this shot as this face is out of focus. I also could have tried a wider angle to get a feel for the atmosphere and the stall.
I liked this image as the composition in aesthetically pleasing. The focus point is in the center drawing the eye to the picture. I could have improved this image by not cutting out the edges as it compresses the image and doesn't look right. I also should have used no flash as the reflection of the flash ruins the image.
This image I thought was good as the depth of field draws your eye to the foreground. I also like extreme close up and worms eye view of this shot.
I edited this image on Photoshop to add some colour as I found out in my research that martin parr does in his shoots. I played around with a few colors and decided purple worked best for this image making it striking and bold.
I thought this image was interesting as it really gave you a feel for the atmosphere at the Christmas market. I could have improved this image by focusing the image slightly more and included his face as it has been cut out of the frame. I also could have lightened the image more as it is dark at the bottom of the image.
I like the composition of the image I have used rule of thirds as the man is in 1 third and the other 2 thirds by the grill. I like the use of line's in this image vertical lines of the grill and the neatly piled sausages the opposite way. I thought it was an interesting shot of someone in action doing their job.
This image is a bit over exposed, however I like the red and warm tone of the image link well to the theme of Christmas and the friendly atmosphere of a market. This image is blurry and slightly out of focus. The focus point isn't standing out making it a messy shot.
I chose to take images of these dream catchers as they are something you would see at a Christmas market. The light in the background as conventionally at markets and thought i should include these in my images.
I like this image as the image capture and documents where I am with just a picture of objects. with even just objects you can document where you are and a season. I like the use of vertical and horizontal lines the image as a whole looks like a print. I like using close up shot of objects to document the small details.
i chose to use a wide angle as well as the stal has alot of character the lights are evidance of a persons being there. Documenting the market owners peronality throught there work.
I liked the colors of the blue lights and thought it was quite moody. I also like th use on leading lines taking you vertically across the page.
This Image was over exposed and his out line is really sharp and look out of place. i think the lighting and composition brings the quality of this picture down.
I didnt really like this image as it was very posed the angle i chose wasnt very visually appealing.
I like the use of leading lines in this image they draw your eye the whole way round the image. A sweet stall is always found at a market. Sweets are a traditional stall at markets and as i am taking pictures of conventional and unconventional markets this was a good photo to support the research i have done. i like the perspective o
How i could Improve?...
- I liked the images I took from the first shoot but don’t think I got enough photos of people actually trading I wanted to catching people off guard to make it more natural.
- Add more actions shot of people doing their jobs. This time I will go to Kingston Market. It has a lot of different culture and cuisine such as the German stand.
Planning For Second Shoot:
These images below are screenshots of the research i did. the image on the left is a screenshot from google maps. i did this to get an idea of where the shoot will take place and to get a clear idea into the story im going to tell throught the shoot. The image on the right is a screen grabs from the kingston market page this page gave me a lot of infomation about the history of kingston. this webpage informed me that the market has been running scince 1900's. Trades have been going on for so long, i though i would document trade as it has been a really important in the united kingdom and still is today.
I also used the Ajustments tool bar to change the colour properties by using the colour balance tool. i played around with mid tones till i found a colour i was happy with. i chose the purple as it stands out. i made this colour by mixing majenta, Cayn and yellow.
I would agree with statment "a picture is a thousand words" as i have deffenatly learnt this over this project that every picture tells a story. With my pictures i clearly told a story by documenting the christmas markets i discovered the two sides of trading at markets. The custumers perception of the stall and the traders work life. Giving the audience an insight into the reality and the steryotyplical idilic english market.
When researching i found that the photographers i looked at always have a clear theme by looking at the photos from each shoot. for example Martin Parr used the title "thinking of England" by observing his photos you would know what the title is with out knowing it. I think this is something i could work on better in my own work. I could do this by having a clear brief from the start and when editing keep the colours the same.