It’s very exciting to get an e-mail which tells you that your picture is good enough to be published.
I remember the day, I got an e-mail like this for the first time. I’d started a free course with “Practical Photography” and submitted my picture only a few days after the homework task was published. Continue Reading
After some hesitation, I’ve decided to carry on and enrolled for “Digital Photographic Practice”. I’m going to keep my learning log for the new course here ( click to see my new blog ).
It’s happened that only a few weeks before I started working on Module 5, I’d seen a few amazing submissions of Assignment 5. The first one was an amazing story about properties of paper ( http://www.weareoca.com/photography/siegfried-ip/ ) and the second one was a philosophical journey through memories “What Remains” ( http://www.weareoca.com/photography/student-work-uncovered-stephanie-dhubert/ ). This two submissions had a great influence on my choice of a theme and way of telling a story. Also, they were a source of confusion. They did not look like an article for a magazine for me, so I was not sure what format to use for my submission: a book or a magazine?
When I started thinking about possible topics for the assignment, two topics were equally interesting for me: a story about a commodity and a story about an activity. Since it was a hot summer and we needed to water our small garden every day, it was natural for me to think about water and how this commodity is often taken for granted. I started seeing a picture story. Continue Reading
This was a picture that was not on my original list. I did not even think about it at all. When I took most of pictures for my assignment and started putting everything together, I checked on the task again and realised that although I had taken a good picture for the cover of a magazine, that picture did not meet all the criteria. I needed to come up a different idea. I thought about a glass that could be regarded as half full or half empty and its psychological and philosophical contexts. It’s difficult to pin down how the idea came into my mind. Maybe something from the books I read in my childhood or later in University led me to this idea. I know that there’s a firm connection between “bread and water” and a spiritual world in my mind. The two main group of people connected with spiritual life are philosophers and monks. I was not sure if I could find a suitable barrel, but probably I would be able to take a picture in a church. Continue Reading
Researching the topic, I came across a story about a lecture posing a question at to how heavy a glass of water was. I found this story interesting. I even believed that a picture based on it could be a good cover picture.
It was a bit challenging to create a picture since I’m only learning how to pose people. I asked a friend of mine to be a model. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to predict the weather. It was a cloudy morning, but soon it started to rain. Taking this picture, I wanted to focus on the glass with water leaving person holding the glass a bit out of focus. With hindsight, I should’ve used my 50 mm lens and take the picture at f/1.8. However, my friend is away and it’s difficult to say when she’s back. I hope I get a chance to take a few more pictures. Continue Reading
I think it was my first attempt to create a conceptual picture. I had an idea for this picture before I started my research into a subject. It’s a common knowledge that keeping a tap turned off while brushing the teeth saves a lot of water. However, I wondered if it would be possible to find an exact number. I’ve managed to find a leaflet (pdf -file) created by South Staffs Water ( their website: http://www.south-staffs-water.co.uk ) which states that average water consumption for cleaning teeth is 6 litres per clean. Continue Reading
An idea for this picture came during my research on the subject. I’d already known how important it was to stay hydrated. When I read an article about effects of a glass of water before going to bed, I immediately saw a picture of a glass of water on the bed side table. However, it took me some time to decide if I should go for a still life picture or for portrait of someone drinking water. At the end, I decided to go for some consistency inside my panel and take another still life picture. Continue Reading
It was interesting to discover that driving with a glass of water could save some money as driving becomes smoother and it reduces fuel consumption. Also, it was interesting to discover that there was a small community of people who actually took part in the challenge and even created a dedicated Facebook page and an iPhone application.
It looked a bit of a challenge to come up with a good picture since I’d seen their flyer with a picture that illustrated the notion. I decided to give it a go and see if I could create a kind of a conceptual picture. I thought about a picture taken from the passenger seat. Since it’s almost impossible to predict the scene in the real life and other cars could have an impact on the picture (reflection, extra light, cluttered background, clashing colours), I thought about taking picture in a bit more controlled environment. Since the point of that challenge was to reduce the fuel consumption, I thought about a picture at the petrol station that could nicely link a glass on the dashboard and the need to top up. Continue Reading