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  • 1. Experimental PhotographyHenry Buckham1

2. Out of Focus 3. Out of Focus 4. Use this slide to annotate your final imageStrange shade of colour for the sky gives the imagea unnatural and extraordinary vibe. The use ofcolour burn really gives the clouds a 3D edge.The house and foliage in the foreground isheavily obscured by the shadows andexposure, which has darkened most of thescenery and given it an striking, ominousappearance.The angle of this shot makes thebuilding appear very large, imposingand foreboding.The house and foliage being out of focushelps to create an atmosphere ofambiguity about the image, with thesetting and location chosen to beunknown and indiscernible. 5. Evaluate: ideas eg analysis, results;With this final image I believe I have successfully created what I was aiming for in termsof my chosen theme, fear. I wanted to go for an image that was quite ominous andforeboding in terms of the angle and exposure and I feel like this has been reached,with the angle of the house being quite low from the ground. This perspective makesthe building point upwards and appear very dominating in the image, as would anystructure that is shot from the ground up. I have tried to draw inspiration from typicalarchitectural photography in this image, mainly with the ground up shot that iscommon, with the added obscuring foliage to adhere to my theme.In terms of aesthetic qualities, I think my final image does well in this regard with thecombination of a pale orange sky and dark, silhouetted foreground of the house andfoliage. Combined together this makes for quite a haunting aesthetic, one that tiesdirectly into my theme and also shows that the image has evolved from what itoriginally was, an image that was taken in broad daylight and couldnt really beconsidered a scary image.In terms of weaknesses, I think that the positioning and angle could be altered a little tomake sure that there is a nice symmetry concerning the subjects of the photograph,which will balance the image and make it much more aesthetically pleasing. In technicalterms I feel as if this is a competent image with use of saturation, vibrance, hue andfilters, as well as some colour burning to enhance the colours of the sky and give itdepth. I could improve technically by experimenting with some more advancedtechniques and styles to use in my image.5 6. I think I could improve my work by using a range of different and more advancedtechniques to add to the look of the image and improve the technical competency. Also,I could try to find some better angles of my subjects and get something that is a littleout of the ordinary, which will tie in to the experimental aspect.6In terms of shapes and lines in this image, there are several diagonal lines present thatstart in the bottom corners of the image and reach up to the corners of the top of thehouse, setting it firmly in the middle of the photo.I believe that my final image here strongly ties in to the set brief and my chosenthemes. The overall tone and colours used reflect my theme of fear and the out of focusexperiment is highlighted by the extended blur, that obscures most detail in the image.I could fit my brief more in the future by continuing to include certain visual elementsthe contribute to a fearful or mysterious atmosphere, such as dark, dull colours andobscured details, both of which are already present in my final image. I believe that myimages are indeed experimental as the out of focus technique that is uncommon inmainstream photography is used very glaringly in my final image to blur most of thesurroundings. 7. Out of Focus 2 8. Out of Focus 2 9. Use this slide to annotate your final imageColour tint of the image has been selected as a deep red a colourcommon in publications intended to scare as it represents dread andwarnings.The entire background appears completelyobscured via blur, with only the plants in theforeground having sufficient detail to be madeout clearly.The angle of the foreground andplants shows that the image isdirecting the viewers eyes towardsthe structure in the imagesbackground.The two tallstalks fromthe plantscreate a sortof gatewaythat leadsinto thestructure atthe veryback,furtherchannelingthe viewersvision. 10. Evaluate: ideas eg analysis, results;With this second image, I tried to go for a much more symmetrical image after realisingthat my first image lacked foreground symmetry which most photographs possess. Ihave also tried a new angle and have shot this image from the ground, looking over alarge plane of land towards a structure that abruptly ends the view. In regards to thesymmetry the image has come out much nicer and with a greater sense of object unitythan in my first image, and this is highlighted with the two tall stalks of weed that forma sort of archway over the structure in the background. The way these are presenteddirects the viewers eyes into the space underneath the archway and centres thestructure at the end as the centrepiece of the image.In terms of development I modified this image with a range of different colours, huesand shades, eventually settling on a deep red as a hue. I chose red in the end overyellow and B&W because I believed that it created quite a foreboding atmosphere, withred being a colour that normally represents danger or dread.In terms of what I like and dislike about this image, I am quite fond of the wholearchway concept with the weeds as it directly controls the view of someone looking atmy image, and can be represented in a number of different ways thanks to the lowangled shot. The weaknesses of my image, however, are the relatively small view thisimage has, with only small things visible such as the garage at the back. While this ispartly due to my experiment itself (out of focus) I would like to see much more of theoverall structure in my next image so that, while obscured, it can be interpretedwithout as much difficulty.10 11. How could you improve your work? Could you develop your work further withadditional work? What would you try to achieve with this? Could you undertake furtherexperiments? If so, what would they be?Learning from this image, when I take my third and final image I will try and balancebetween obscurity and detail, as while my experiment is out of focus, I should not let itbecome too blurred so that a lot of crucial elements of the image are otherwiseunnoticeable or impossible to make out. As said before, while this image lacks a lot ofstraight lines, the aforementioned weeds forming an archway is the subject of thisimage and directs the viewers eyes with some clear straight lines that lead up to thegarage at the back of the shot. To develop this in later images, I could try to centre mysubjects more so that there is a greater sense of symmetry within the image, and thatthe subjects do not appear jumbled or misaligned.11I consider this image to fit my chosen theme and application well, as I have used acombination of heavy blurring and lots of post-processing techniques such as colourburning and altering the vibrance and saturation to give the image a dull, washed outlook with a red hue. I can make this conclusion that they fit the brief by having lookedat a lot of creepy images (specifically a repository on the Creepypasta Wiki, a site forhorror stories and images) and common themes seen within are heavy use of blur,black&white or dull colours, and use of sepia or dull red hues. 12. Out of Focus 3 13. Out of Focus 3 14. Use this slide to annotate your final imageDull, unwashed colourscreate a glumatmosphere. The lack ofvibrance alsoconnotates with decayand neglect. This is arecurring trend in manyominous images asbright and vibrantcolours suggest apeaceful and happyworld as opposed to adark atmosphere.The position and angleof the camera gives theillusion of someone(the viewer) peekingaround the tree. Thisconstitutes with asense of the unknown.Colours have been keptto a low number, aroundthree to ensure a unitarystyle and theme. Thiswas done by controllingthe shooting location.Focus has beenshifted to the tree onthe left to provide a3D-esque effect, thatcontributes to thefeeling of actuallybeing inside thephotograph. 15. Evaluate: ideas eg analysis, results;My intention for this image was to try and create a personal feeling which makes the viewer feel as if they are there in thephotograph. I have used such techniques such as a deep depth of field with focus shifted to the tree in the foreground, as well aspositioning the camera in such a way that it gives the illusion of someone peering around a corner. This is a break from my previousimages which dont feature such a unique shooting location and setup, instead being focused on closeups (my second image) and ahigh level shot focusing on the roof of my house (my first image) My main influences come from several story threads that I haveseen around the internet that revolve around a set of images to tell a story or recount a journey. These types of photographs usuallyfeature very short depths of field to create the illusion of eyesight and this is used to make the viewer feel like they are experiencingit themselves first-hand. However these images tend to be much more clearer in terms of appearance and I have broke from thisstyle to focus on my chosen experiment, and have blurred the image in several places.Qualities:What I like most about is this image is the use of the blur and the dull, washed out colours. These have both contributed to myintended atmosphere and chosen theme. What I like about the blur is that it is not used to a massive extent but still obscures thebackground entirely, leaving just the foreground in focus. This ties in to the earlier mentioned first person narrative that was both aninfluence and theme for this image. This is a break from my previous images which rely much more heavily on the use of blur andlack of focus. In my fourth test image I briefly tried an alien visual