Summer Photography

For this photo I have made full use of a 75-300mm lens, which enabled me to be able to fill the frame with the deer. I have use a wide aperture causing the background to blur drawing more attention to the foreground, while also helping to light the image. The soft lighting has taken away some of the vibrancy created by the surroundings of the deer, this means the surroundings do not overpower the main focus of the image (i.e. the deer). While taken this image the decision I made were important, I had to make decisions on the framing and viewpoint, meanwhile keeping track a moving subject(s) and keeping the subject(s) in focus.

This image is very striking to the eye despite the use of soft natural colours, this is because the leaf appears to “jump out of the image” giving an almost three-dimensional effect. The narrow depth of field is important in creating this effect mainly because it establishes the leaf as the main focus of the image. This means that it highlights the outline of the leaf separating it from the background, which also places emphasis on the organic shape of the leaf. The lighting in the image also helps to emphasize shape, the strong lighting from behind the leaf outlines the edge of it, this particular lighting method is particularly useful for emphasizing the shape of the foreground, and many photographers use similar lighting methods for this purpose. For example, when a subject stands directly in front of a light source a silhouette can be created.

The long shadow in this photo adds a sense of depth as the subject is represented twice in the photo, it also leads the eye across the photo towards the subject. This shadow is created by the side lighting used. When framing this shot I was aiming to make the most interesting viewpoint possible, the use of the rule of thirds in this complements this as the composition would be less interesting if the subject was framed in the centre. Whereas when the subject is framed to be in one side of the photo, it creates more of a vastness, a sense of perspective for the audience.

The most important aspect of this photograph is the use of shape, as the basis of this photo is the shape of the leaf which is demonstrating the variations that nature brings. The light reflecting of the surface of the leaf magnifies this effect, as it shows the seperation from the background. The low depth of field, creates a very sharp focus point which attracts the audience full attention to the foreground.

To create this image I had to make many very fast decision on how I would take the photograph. The first decision I made was the focal point,  the way that the main focus point is the  leaves to the far left of the image, and the deer are the main attention point for the audience, is used very cleverly, as it creates much more points of interest for the viewer, enhancing the photographs visual appeal. The low depth of field (as a result of the telephoto lens) in the background represents the deer’s movement, and the static leaves in the foreground contrasts to this. The colours are soft and natural which is complementary in this image, as it emphasizes the naturalistic setting of this photo.

This was an experiment with macro photography, I did not have a macro lens, so I used a telephoto lens at 300mm from around 2 metres away. It is surreal for the viewer as it explores close into a environment that they are not familiar with, small details such as texture of the leaf enhance this effect. It shows what cannot be seen with the human eye.

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One Response to Summer Photography

  1. James Robinson says:

    Intelligent, high quality work, Sam with informative + analytical responses – well done –
    Clearly the tennis work is just beginning – what clues does your study of Capra give you or is the parallel too crass ?
    Your deer photos are stunning – how will their lives/colours/beahviour change as the seasons change ?

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