On Thursday 8th April, me and my class had our Project Proposal Presentations about what we were all doing for our projects and we had to show this through our presentations. For this part, I will be going through my presentation and explaining in depth each slide with the correct relevant information.
For my first slide, I was to explain what my idea was and some side plans that I have to go along side it. My idea that I will be doing for my Final Major Project will be Reflections and I have decided to use man-made reflective surfaces such as mirrors and glass. For my project I have decided to use a square mirror and a glass orb that I have ordered online. My test shots with this glass orb are amazing and I love the perspective that it gives in the images. The image shown in the slide is from my GCSE Photography exam and decided to feature it in my presentation to show and example of what I will be using mirrors for. Although that image is themed around surrealism rather than landscapes which is what I will be basing my Final Major Project on this time around, it is just an example of what I have previously done when doing reflection photography.
In this slide, I also mention creating a time-lapse of a reflection. Within this, I also mention producing a time-lapse of a sunset through a reflection. For example, capturing the sunset through a glass orb and the mirror could be placed in a tree or a bundle of trees facing up towards the sky so that the clouds are shown and as the time-lapse goes on, you see the change in colours from the sunset within the sky and clouds. However, I am still on the fence about this idea as I do not know how the outcome will look and whether or not this idea will actually be a success when it comes to showing it within the exhibition.
One of the artists that I studied was Daniel Kukla. He focuses around landscapes within his reflection work and he does this by placing a mirror on an artists easel and having it set up in different landscapes. The image shown on the slide is one of my favourites by Kukla and I like the use of cold colours within the image. The colours match the weather conditions shown (snow) and for the reflection in the mirror, the blue sky and soft white clouds represent cold colours too. However, even thought the sky is out of place, it still manages to fit in with the rest of the image. These images that he creates are what I will be adapting to for my own work. The things that will be different within my images will be a mirror without an easel. This is because the mirror I have bought for this project is much smaller than the one shown in the image but it still manages to capture a great amount of landscapes within the reflection. Another thing that will be different to Kukla’s work will be the fact that I have different landscapes to where he captured his images. Kukla’s images are mainly in rocky and desert landscapes whereas my landscapes will mainly be woodlands and maybe some from the Lake District. I chose these landscapes because I think they hold the most beauty and make me feel more relaxed and at ease when I am there and so I want to share this feelings with my audience through my images.
Another artist that I have looked at is Andrius Aleksandravicius. He is a freelance photographer from Lithuania. His most popular project is with a glass orb. The image shown above is my favourite by Andrius, however, when I adapt his work into my own photography, I will not be focuses on architecture and will be focusing again on landscapes and natural beauty. Even though I will be focusing on something completely different to what Andrius does, I will still be using a glass orb to capture the beauty and colours in the world. In the image above, Andrius has the orb facing the sky but the building blurred in the background is shown clearly in the orb. Its looking at the building from another perspective and that is why this image by Andrius is my favourite. When I adapt my images around Andrius Aleksandravicius, I will be making some changes to the style in which he takes the images. Firstly, I will not be holding the orb and, instead, I will be placing it on the ground. I have already done test shots for my glass orb photography and am yet to edit them and then move onto taking my Final images for the glass orb photography. From what I have done with my test shots, I am pleased with how the glass orb works and I really like the outcomes. From using the glass orb, I believe that after I finish this project then I will probably use the glass orb in more photography and I will also try different locations and different situations.
The following slides above are to show two different ways in which I may present my work. In the middle of the first slide and the top middle of the second slide there is text in the blocks and this is to show where I may be placing my time-lapse project of a reflected sunset. I say maybe, because I am still debating whether or not to continue with the time lapse plan. If I do not then the space where it would have been would be filled with another image I have taken. If I decide against the time-lapse then I will add extra images than what are shown as the projector space. I decided after I presented my presentation that I would have more images in the exhibition than what I have shown in the slides. I will have no more than 10 because I don’t want a small amount of images and I want a wide range of landscapes and different perspectives of the images. I will probably also decide on different sizes of these images for the exhibition due to the fact that I want the presentation of these images to look creative and by making them different sizes it make the photos appear more interesting to the audience.
Altogether, I believe that I have stable and useful information have gone for something extremely creative when it comes to doing reflection photography and I look forward to editing and seeing how both my tests shots and final shots come out.
Firstly, for the start of the project, we had to decide what we would base our work off. This could vary from portraits to street photography to landscapes. I decided to base my work around Reflections as it is an area that I visited when I did my GCSE Photography exam and I really enjoyed it and had always wanted to revisit it when I had the chance. I thought that I could expand on the photos that I had previously created for my GCSE, such as the one below:
In this image, I used a mirror which was leaning against a wall in the classroom I shot the photo in. Both he model and the mirror are part of the same image. The landscapes are what I took and added in separately. In the beginning there was only one half of what is shown in the image above but then I duplicated the layer and lined them up so it gave me the final result shown above. I will work around the artists I studied when I did this image, to create new images.
When I chose to do Reflections, I had a range of ways to present the theme of reflections and this could be from water, windows, mirrors or through glass. I decided to use mirrors and glass as they are what I feel work best as I also try to get a surreal and creepy feel towards my images. I got inspiration from many Reflection photographers which also make their photographs quite surreal and creepy. These photographers will be featured below in my artist links.
Because I would be using models, I would have to contact several in case some decide to back out. I then would have to consider location of where I would take these images. I thought about woodlands or fields but I would think more about this when I come to actually taking the photos for my project. I would also have to buy the mirror(s) I would be using to create these reflections. I would want to use antique looking mirrors to show the surrealism and creepiness of the images.
When presenting our final pieces, we can decide how we frame them. They will be hung in an exhibition in our town and we only get a certain amount of space for all our pictures. This means we would have to consider size and shape of the images. I have had several ideas about how I want to present my final pieces. These ideas are to present them in antique-looking frames which will match the mirrors I hope to use in my images. Another idea is to print the final photographs onto separate canvas’s. I would consider this later on during the project. However, from briefly looking at prices for both canvas’s and the antique-looking frames, it seems that canvas’s would be cheaper if I was to get them at the same sizes for each image I produce for the exhibition. If I was to choose printing my photo’s onto a canvas in the end, then I would probably print different images at different sizes.
Idea Generation Lesson:
We did a group Idea Generation lesson to help us decide and confirm the idea what we wanted to do and to also help us give inspiration and advice for when we work around our project. We started by discussing how many ways and how to generate ideas. Some answers that we came up with together included mind maps, group discussions, books and the internet. We then watched a video which showed us “40 Creative Photography Ideas” which included some reflection photography on there. These reflections however were caused through magnifying glasses and through shiny cutlery which I thought would be a good idea. We also had to take what we were discussing into consideration as the information given would help us with figuring out what we would do for our final project.
Laura Williams – is a surreal photographer who focuses on many themes around surrealism in her work. These include reflections, nature, books, food, travel, weather, and even childhood fears. She does a lot more than the ones I’ve listed but she makes them surreal and as abnormal as possible which makes her photography unique and powerful. She takes most of her photographs outdoors, mainly in woodlands and fields which make her images even more surreal. Some are simple and some are creative and unique. Laura Williams is an photographer that I have studied before but have never really gone in depth about her work. I have always liked her work and think that she explores different themes extremely well. She got her recognition as a student as most of the modelling in her photos are of her as she features in them herself which I think is very skilful and make the images even more unique.
Andrius Aleksandravicius – is a freelance photographer based in Kaunas, Lithuania who and has been been in a range of photography competitions and has won many awards from these competitions. He started his glass ball project back in 2012 and these are his most recognisable pieces of photography that he has done. The image to the left has got to be my favourite as it has a lot going off in the image but only makes you focus in on the glass ball in the centre. The two types of reflections shown in this image really work well together and the way the reflection of the buildings are captured in the ball in a curved way. In the background you can see how there are people but when background is reflected through the glass orb, you can tell the the buildings have only been shown through the orb and not the people which I believe is what the photographer wants to show through this image. He wants to show the beauty of the buildings without people getting in the way of them. Although the image may be captured at an angle and him showing this is only small due to the size of glass ball, he still manages to produce a stunning image with the use of reflections through the glass orb.
Tom Hussey – is an American photographer who mainly focuses his work around portraits and also focus on lifestyle photography. His most famous pieces of photography are ones such as the one shown to the left. The one I have chosen to feature in this post is my favourite. It shows an elderly gentleman who is peering into a mirror and instead of seeing his reflection in present day, he sees his reflection from the past when, judging by what we see, he was a solider. The fact that he seems happy about seeing this reflection could show how he feels pride in himself and was happy that he was part of these services. I really like this because it shows how many young people forget that the elderly society have been through some horrific things such as men in war. He also focuses on family through these mirrored reflections such as a woman in hospital visiting her new born grandchild with her son but seeing a reflection of her younger self holding her son as a baby in her arms. These shows powerful emotions people feel within major situations, making them reflect on themselves and their past experiences. Some are grateful and some are haunted by these experiences.
Daniel Kukla – is an American photographer who has a large variety of subjects in which he focuses his photography around. For example, some of his subjects are as follows: Coal Trains, The Edge Effect, and Captive Landscapes. The project which relates to my work is the Edge Effect as that is reflections by the use of mirrors. As well as using a glass orb within my work, I wanted to use a simple mirror to capture landscapes. I like this image below which is just one of many images by Daniel Kukla. The reason that this is my favourite image is because of how the rocks in the mirror line up with the hill in the background which make it looks like the two images are merged together when in reality they are two separate landscapes in one image. I also like how he has managed to capture the different desert colours during the start of a sunset and you can also tell that the sun is starting to set in the reflection within the image. Also, the use of a easel is very imaginative as and easel is used for painting on a canvas and instead of a canvas, a mirror replaces that space.
For my Case Study I will be studying Daniel Kukla. Daniel Kukla is a New York photographer who is mainly recognised for his reflections work with the use or mirrors. His reflection work with the mirrors are similar to what I want to capture and present in the exhibition. When producing these images, Kukla goes to landscapes which are rural and what are also quite isolated. Quite a few of his photos are taken at night or at sunset but he does take these photos at all different times of the day. As much as I prefer the locations in which Kukla visits to take these images, I unfortunately do not have any landscapes similar to these near me. However, I have already planned several locations in which I will take my photos which include the Lake District which is full of natural landscapes and rocks which would be used in my images for sure. Another location I have decided on is Clumber Park which is full of natural landscapes also, but has lots of trails and nature that surrounds the area that it would be captured well within the mirror.
I have found some issues with basing my work off of Daniel Kukla. One of these problems is finding the right place to put the mirror. Within his images, he seems to find a perfect line up with the reflection and background which is what I would like to achieve in at least some of the images. However I think that just by capturing the landscapes I have chosen, it will not matter if they are lined up or not. As long as I capture detail and the beauty of these landscapes then I will be happy with my outcomes. Another problem that I would have to overcome would be the finger prints of the mirror. To avoid these I would have to wear gloves when handling the mirror and make sure that when changing the location that there are no dirt marks on the mirror which could interfere with the next set of images. This would be easily solved and sorted by using gloves to carry the mirror and to keep a cloth on me to wipe and dust or dirt marks off of the mirror.
Some of the major problems that I have come across to do with my photography can be solved and changed if desperately needed whereas some cannot be changed. One of the problems I will have to face is the problem of weather. I would prefer for the weather to be clear, sunny and only partially cloudy to create certain shadows within my image. Another major problem that I may face is the fact that I may not be able to do certain ideas that I may have as my lecturer may disagree with that idea or simply tell me to do something else around it. However, when talking to my lecturer about all of my ideas, he is happy with them and does not seem to have any problems with them currently and I hope that no problems do arise in the future.
After I had finished editing all of my final images, I had to consider how I would frame and print them. At first I decided how I was going to frame them as I thought that was the most important thing to think about. I had to decide if a foam board of an actual picture frame would be best for these images and I decided to talk to some of my classmates and most were printing their work and sticking them on a simple foam board. This is when I decided against a foam board and decided to frame my work. However, my next problem was what frames I would use. My lecturers then brought out some frames for examples and thats when I found the frame I wanted to use. It was a large black frame with a creamy white border. I looked at the example frame and found that they were from IKEA so, I decided to go onto the website and search them. Once I had found them, I ordered four frames and the waited for the to be delivered.
Once they arrived, it was time to organise my printing stages. The project brief states that you must have a minimum of ten final images however, this was not the amount we have to show in the gallery. I had edited ten images but only decided to go with eight to produce in the gallery. I decided to put two of each category in a frame so that they were equal. For this I had to create a template on Photoshop to be able to size the images correctly for the frame. The template shown below is what I used to size and set up my images ready for printing and framing.
I made sure that there was a gap between where the two images would go, (marked black), and so this would help to give the images space and would not look odd or out of place when framed. When using the template, I decided that my Glass Orb images would go on the top half of the template and the Mirror images would go on the bottom half of the template. After doing this, these are the results below.
I like how the images look after using the template to space them out and size them up. I feel like my audience would be influenced better if my images were shown like this as they get to view both categories in one frame and therefore can absorb the mood and feeling they receive from each image. Once these were put into the frames, they were ready to be hung up the gallery and be viewed by the public.
The gallery that our photography will be shown in is open to the public and anyone can view our work. However, we would have to advertise this and this meant all of our class would have to turn to social media to help us promote this better. Many of us, including me, already had a personal photography page on Facebook and Instagram which would already be gaining followers and recognition from every post uploaded.
My Facebook page is full of images that I have taken freely or for projects which is shown in this screenshot here. I would repeatedly post updates about how my project was coming along and how long it would be until the deadline for this whole project and the exhibition opening.
My Instagram page is also similar to my Facebook page however it doesn’t really go into detail at all about where and when my exhibition is. This is because my Facebook page is shared with friends and family and Instagram is open to the world so that is why I only included my photography and not my location etc.
Other advertisement was used during the months of the project such as a shared Facebook page with everyone within the class and an Instagram page run by one class member which would feature everyones pieces of their own project and activities during the course. These would include pictures of people at the gallery hanging up the work and on the night of the opening. The two shared social media pages are shown below.
These two pages are run by separate admins and feature different things about the project. The Instagram page features the images from different classmates and the Facebook page features updates about everyone is doing to the public who are interested in the event. It also features changes and dates and times of the exhibition such as the opening and how long the exhibition will be open for.
On the 25th of May, I had a presentation to my whole class about my final images. I had to make sure that my images were printed and framed and set up how I wanted them. I was one of few people who had actually used frames for their images as I did not want to use foam boards. When the class commented on the use of frames, they all stated how it looks much better than on a foam board and how it would look plain and would not capture the eye of the audience if it had no frame. From this I felt a sense of relief that I had picked the right choice with going with frames and for this I am glad. Another piece of feedback was about my images. Everyone stated that the glass orb photography was amazing and although colour selection is disliked greatly by my lecturers, they commented saying that it works really well with the mirror images and that I can get away with using it in this sense of photography.
I have ten final images and I am only using eight in my gallery and so in this section I will only be talking about those eight images. This is only because the images I have chosen for the gallery have more to say about them than the ones that I have not chosen for the gallery.
This image is one of my favourites because of how it looks. The image within the glass orb is clear and you can see what it is in the image. I also like how the lighter parts of the image stand out and so do the darker parts. They work well together and therefore make this image one of my favourites. I also like how the buds growing from moss on rock have overlapped the image and therefore gives a message natural beauty is better than man-made objects, (this being a pylon in the image).
I like this image because of how I have managed to capture two landscapes in one image really well. I like how the colour really stands out within the mirror and the black and white background really stands out and you can still tell what is in the image. I like how I managed to edit around the tree stumps which you can see help the viewer show that there is actually a mirror in the image and it wasn’t put there afterwards.
This image is another one of my favourites because of the lighting and the image I have managed to capture clearly within the glass orb. When I was editing this image, I did not need or want to change the brightness to anything higher because it would have ruined the image. I also didn’t want to edit the contrast too much because I already had a good shadow showing on the tree stump and within the glass orbs image. I like how the tress are one of the clearest thing in the image and I would definitely say that this is one of my favourite images that I have edited for this project.
I really like this image because of the image I have managed to capture inside of it and how I have managed to bring out those colours too. Before editing this image, it was quite hard to tell that the mirror was actually there when I took the picture, rather than looking like I had edited it in afterwards. This was because of the fact that the light shining onto the mirror was not giving off any shadow behind it therefore causing a small problem. However, when it came to editing this image, I managed to make the mirror look more in place by making sure the contrast was at the right level so I could make the mirror look more in place in the image. Overall, I would say this is my favourite mirror image due the location and what I have managed to capture within the mirror.
I like this image because of how the black and white colour has managed to capture where the light was hitting each part of the woodlands, giving the audience and in sight to what the weather I captured this image in. I also like this image because of the fact that you can clearly see the trees and the path and all of the detail at each side of the path such as weeds, brush and logs. One thing I might change about this image is how I positioned the orb and where I placed it. This is because in the bottom right of the image, you can see the log it is resting on and it cuts out some of the landscape it is supposed to be facing. However, I still think that this image manages to capture the beauty of natural landscapes.
I like this image because it features two different elements of nature which are tress and rocks. It is odd to see these two elements together, therefore making this image much more interesting to the audience. I like how the trees bring out the most colour and the fact that some of the blades of grass overlap the mirrors reflection but I managed to work around them and you can just tell that I have done this and it adds more detail to the image. Another reason why I like this image is because of where I placed the mirror, I wanted to place it so it was viewing the rest of the Peak District and you can just see it in the distant in between the trees.
I like this image of the image that I have captured inside the glass orb and also because of the lighting from the location. The lighting from the location helps to show the height of the trees and also the patches of the path as you look up from the bottom towards the trees. I would have changed a couple of things in the image such as the brightness. I believe that in some places, they are too dark and could have been altered slightly but I did not risk this in case it did not look too good and would ruin the image. Another reason why I would have changed the image is because of the glares at the bottom of the orb which are quite visible. They blend in until noticed and to some people who were in my class, they were quite noticeable. I wanted to try and use the spot healing tool on this but did not because I did not want to ruin the detail in that part of the image.
I like this image because of how different it looks to the rest of the landscapes I have captured. You can get an idea of the location and how vast and wide it actually is by looking at the reflection. This is shown at the side of the rock where you can see the rest of the valleys in the background. Also, you can see the grass coming from the rocks in the reflection but can also see it at the left hand side of the image slightly. I think this looks good as its trying to show how the background and the reflection are trying to “link-up”. One thing I would change in this image however is the contrast. This is because I believe the rocks area little too bright and struggle to truly show black and white within the image.
Overall, I believe that this project has really helped me to open my eyes to different styles and themes of photography and has made me be more creative and explore the natural and even the suburban world. I think my images are to a high quality and I am extremely proud of them and would honestly love to carry on using my glass orb and even the mirrors in future photography. I also enjoyed exploring different uses of Photography and exploring different themes that I could have used. I am happy with the theme that I chose and the locations that I took my images at. I am also glad how I edited my photos and also to choose the use of black and white which is something I will also be definitely using in future photography. I have enjoyed every second of this project even if some parts towards the end became stressful and hard working.
For my Test Work, I went to several locations to take my test work. This was for several reasons. One reason is because I wanted to find the locations that I wanted to take my photographs. I tried many locations. Such as Bamford in the Lake District, a stream near my house, and Clumber Park in Worksop. I chose these locations because I believe these present the most beauty of the natural world than any other places I know. At Clumber Park, I managed to capture some amazing test shots with both my mirror photography and glass orb photography.
Glass Orb Test Work
Glass Orb Test Work: Clumber Park
The images I captured at Clumber Park with the glass orb are some of my favourites. This is because of the landscapes I captured and the angles I tried when taking my test shots with the glass orb. For example, in a couple of test shots, I am holding the glass orb to my landscapes but in most of the test shots, the glass orb is on a surface. In a few of my test shots, I placed the glass orb behind a few strands of grass but was still focused on the image within the glass orb. Obviously these are test shots so if the idea I come out with does not work when I try it then I can adapt on that when it comes to my final shots. In a few of m shots, the image in the glass orb is not focused and this is mainly because of the light from the sun causing a glare on the glass orb and this means that the image did no work. However, this can be changed and the problem can be overcome when it comes to shooting my final shots. Also in some of my other shots, unwanted shadows are present. This is caused by either the positioning of the glass orb or something causing a shadow over the orb meaning that it is causing the image to lack detail. In a few of my images, I tried different angles to work with and I for some of these I placed the glass orb on the ground where it was mainly sticks or quite thick brush. When I took the images and analysed them at the end, I realised that when I flipped the image so that the image in the glass orb was the right way round, that it didn’t work penis or didn’t look right. Being test work, I knew that I could adapt from this and therefore, not use that method of capturing images in that way again. Lastly, in a few of these images, I captured reflections of me in the glass orb which is not what I wanted. In one specific image, where the glass orb is resting on tree branch, you can clearly see me at one side of the glass orb. That day, I was wearing a red-checkered shirt and you can clearly see the red within the glass orb image. However, after I took that image and analysed it, I realised that I was visible in the image, so I decided to take several more photos and I could photography the landscapes without me in the image. I then analysed this and I was no longer in the image.
Glass Orb Test Work: Kilnhurst Stream
The images I captured at the Kilnhurst Stream with the glass orb are quite good and, for test shots, I am quite proud of them. This is because I tried more different angles when doing these test shots and also have taken these at a different location so the landscapes appear different. I also took these test shots in the early evening so the landscapes were very colourful do the setting of the sun. I prefer taken shots at either sunset or sunrise as they produce more colour and when an audience see the images it make them feel calmer and at ease. Also, by putting these sunset/sunrise landscapes into the reflection of the glass orb, you can think more about the image rather than just looking at a normal sunset/sunrise landscape. From the images I have taken at the Kilnhurst stream, I am happy with how they have turned out and I am extremely happy with the colours that I have captured within the images due to the time of the day in which I shot these images. My favourite image from this shoot is the one where the pylon is in the reflection and the weeds from the plants are in front of the glass orb which helps to show that the orb has not been superimposed and is actually in the images. I will definitely be using at least one of these images or my final images and this image will be the one with the pylon.
Mirror Test Work
The mirror images that I took are from Clumber Park and Bamford. I decided to stick with locations I planned for my glass orb photography because I thought that they were the best locations to photograph and it would be easier to penis plan seen as I had already found good areas in these locations to take these photographs. The results that I have captured are quite good and I am really proud of my results.
Mirror Test Work: Clumber Park
With the images that I took at penis Clumber Park, I am proud of how they turned out. This is because they are in good weather conditions which helped bring out the colours within the images and therefore, making them bold and vibrant which would be more engaging with the audience. I think my images from Clumber Park are mysterious as they are taken in woodlands, however, I believe that woodlands are a peaceful place and by putting the mirror in one of the area it gives you an all round view of the area making it seem more relaxing. However, this is just my thoughts and feelings towards the area in which I have taken the following photos below.
These images are from Clumber Park. One of the same places where I shot some of my glass orb shots. I like quite a lot of these images that I have then. Mainly because of the weather on the day which has really made my images stand out with the range of different colours present. For example, in the images where the mirror is leaning against a log, the background is all different shades of brown whereas in the mirror’s reflection, there are many different shades of green which really make the mirror stand out from the rest of the image. These photos with the log in the background are actually my favourite from this shoot because they are the better ones that I have taken. Even though I will be using more of the images from Clumber Park as well as one of the log as these images are colourful and the images in the mirror are a completely different perspective to what is in the background. I think that the weather really works with these photographs as it brings out the colours, making them bold and bright. However, in some images I notice that the light has not managed to reach some places within the images such as behind the mirror or if clouds are partially covering the sun so the light is limited. But, from this, I have managed to work around the amount of light within the image and when getting the right angle for my images. This then helped to allow light into part of the images which were not there before hand. In some of the images I have taken, there are some with only the sky within the reflection. Although the colour in those images are vibrant. I could not use them due to not having anything within the reflection that could capture the interest of the audience to the image.
Mirror Test Shots: Bamford
These images were took in Bamford in the Peak District and I managed to capture some really good photos. Even though the weather wasn’t exactly the best I was still proud of some of the images I managed Willy to capture. In some images, the rocks in the reflections manage to blend or line up with the rocks in the background which, when taking the photos, wasn’t intentional but when going back and going through the images that I took, I thought it looked quite good.
Even though there are a lot less images than the ones I took at Clumber Park, they have a darker tone in colour but still manages to capture the array of colours that were there. I tried different angles and locations whilst up in Bamford such as in the woodlands area before reaching the more rocky trails which are shown but due to the weather being gloomy, not many colours managed to come through and too many shadows were formed within some of the images. Some images that I particularly like are the ones which I took in the rocks. This is because I have managed to capture the most colour in and around the images and the scenery is much different to what people usually see. In these certain images, either the rocks or the grass in the reflection line up or merge into the background image which is a really good look for the image. I particularly like these images and am really glad with the outcomes. In other images such as the ones with the trees, I am on the fence with some of them. This is because of the colour and brightness in some of these images. Although the lighting in this location was not as good as the lighting in Clumber Park, I believe that I still managed to capture the colour of the scenery as well as I could and still managed to show the landscapes through the mirror images.
Editing Final Images
I have decided to use my test shots as my final images as I believe that that my test shots are good enough in quality to use as my final images. These will be edited on Photoshop and I will use different techniques to edit them. I plan to try many different things to see how they turn out. Some ideas I have come up with so far are as follows:
Flipping the image so the reflection is the correct way round,
Making the image Black and White,
Blurring all of the background and leaving the reflected image in focus,
For the end of my Project we have to produce ten final images, however, we do not need to produce ten images in the exhibition. I have chosen to show 8 images in the exhibition. To show how I edited both my glass orb and mirror images I will go through the process of each one and so this will be how I go about editing the rest of each of the groups.
Glass Orb Edit
This was the image I started with. I chose this image because of the colours that are shown here and I also like how the background is blurred and the image within the orb is clear but in the background you can still tell what is there and being reflected through the orb.
Firstly, I flipped the image so that the image in the reflection was the right way round and the background was the wrong way round. I think this looks much better and by looking at the glass orb reflection, viewers will not need to turn there heads at angle to look at the image if it was still the original way up. Before I carried on editing this image. I had to debate weather to keep the colour or to try a black and white image. To help me with my decision was one of lecturers who advised to try black and white and he also took a test image and showed me how it would roughly turn out for different images. Below is the result:
Next, I changed the image to black and white and – for this image – this was the result. I particularly like this image better than the other when it is changed to black and white because it captures and portrays what the weather conditions were like without the use of colours being shown. Below is the result:
Then, I edited the brightness and contrast because I wanted to merge the glares coming of the glass orb into the image shown the the reflection. This worked and therefore, you would not be able to tell that there were glares there. I also used the brightness and contrast tool to show the detail much clearer due to the image now being in black and white so this meant that some of the detail may have disappeared until I changed the brightness and contrast. After doing this, most of the lost detail returned and the shading of the areas seemed more realistic to say that it was in black and white. I also used the spot healing tool to remove any spots which could be caused by dust of the glass orb or simply a bright glare from the sun on the orb. These were easy to remove and
This is my final image and one of my favourites that I have edited as the detail in the image is clear and you can see what the image is within the glass orb. I am really happy with how this image and the rest of my glass orb images have turned out and I really hope that people at the exhibition like them too.
This was the image that I started with and I chose this image because I like how the path is shown through the reflection and the background is a tree. You can clearly see the mirror within the image and does not merge into the background making you wonder where the mirror is. I made sure this didn’t happen by placing the mirror within the tree stumps and making sure the sun caused a shadow to appear behind it so that I would get the result shown.
I then changed the whole image to black and white because I came up with the idea of having all of the background image to be black and white and the image in the mirrors reflection would be in colour. Below, was my result when I changed the image to black and white. When looking at the image, I knew that I would have to change the brightness and contrast as certain parts of the image were too dark and lacking detail which would make the image appear better if that detail was present.
By changing the contrast and brightness in this image I manage to capture the shadows and detail that was missed out beforehand. This helps to capture the detail when bringing the colour back in the mirrored reflection. I did think about keeping the image black and white but then after having a good look at this image and other images in just black and white, I thought that it did not work properly and by changing the colour within the mirror would be the better idea and would also look better too.
I then created another layer of the original image so I could erase the black and white out of it revealing the colour hidden beneath. With this image it was a bit tricky because there was some parts of the tree stumps that were in the reflection and some that were in front of it. This meant that I would have to work out which bit of the tree stump was which and now looking at my image after doing so, I believe I managed to sort them parts out correctly and this also shows how my the mirror is actually there in the image.
This is my final image and this is my favourite image out of the images I edited from my mirror reflections. This is because of the location and what I captured in the mirror reflection. All of my other mirror reflections images are similar to this but are in different locations which helps to engage the audience.
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