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    Exercise 3.1 – Freeze

    Harold Edgerton I was drawn to Edgerton’s images due to the scientific nature of his work. While his infamous Milk Drop Coronet and other Milk Drop images are instantly recognizable, I also love images such as ‘Bullet Through Balloons’, ‘This Is Coffee’ and ‘Fanning The Cards’ (all seen below) as great examples of freezing a moment in time. In these later three in particular, you really feel like the motion has completely stopped; you can envision what likely happened moments before, and moments later, but right now we’re on the cusp of the completion of that action, but stuck right where we are with the conclusion never to come. I…

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    Research – Ex 2.1 Zoom

    Having the ability to ‘zoom in’ allows you to focus in on areas of a frame / scene. To me this means seeing “Scenes within scenes” – almost like Ex 1.2 – Point, where the image was composed within just one section of the frame, or Ex 1.43 – Line, where using lines to flatten images creates a completely different, possibly abstract photograph to one that was at a wider angle to give context. I wanted to explore this idea of an scene within a scene, or an image within an image. A few examples sprang to mind. World’s Largest Image 195-Billion Pixel Interactive Image of Shanghai – interactive and…

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    Exercise 1.3 Line

    Brief Part 1: Take a number of shots using lines to create a sense of depth. Shooting with a wide- angle lens (zooming out) strengthens a diagonal line by giving it more length within the frame. The effect is dramatically accentuated if you choose a viewpoint close to the line. For this exercise I left the camera in auto mode as per the earlier exercises. This was frustrating as I wanted to control elements that I found auto mode handled differently than I intended. However it did mean I was focused on looking for lines rather than thinking about settings which seems to be the goal of these Part 1…

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    Exercise 1.1 The Instrument

    By photographing on a day with fast moving clouds in a frame largely filed with sky, I had predicted that the exposures would show big differences on the histograms from the changing light. I was surprised at how similar they actually remained. I can see now that with my camera set to auto, the shutter speed was automatically adjusted to compensate, resulting in minimal – yet clear – differences on the histogram. The ISO and aperture interestingly remained mostly the same. I repeated this exercise by taking a series of 3-4 images a few seconds apart, at intervals of 5-10 minutes apart. I had expected that comparing the histograms from…