Part four: People interacting with places

9 Jun

Part four is divided in several projects as you can see below.

  • Busy place, quiet place
  • People unrecognizable
  • A matter of balance
  • Special processing

In part three where primarily the places were of interest and people secondary this part is about the interactions between people and place and not to forget how people can change the picture and the feeling it conveys.

1.

First is the busy and quiet place, in other words many and few people in the frame.

To find quiet places in Norrbotten is very simple and I took a few different pictures from different places and different seasons.

What I thought was important to take into consideration was the placement in the frame but even the size and the colour in relation to the surroundings. As written in the course material there has to be a sufficient contrast to give the beholder chance to see the figure in the frame.

Lone figure on the way to the top. Winter picture with my mother taking a walk. Positioned in the rule of thirds. the road leading the eye to the person and where she is going.

Lone figure on the way to the top. Winter picture with my mother taking a walk. Positioned in the rule of thirds. the road leading the eye to the person and where she is going.

Landscape in Norway with lonely photographer. The car, the shed and the person creatng a triangle, yellow balancing  the red of the shed despite him being smaller than the shed.Very close to the edge but both stance and as everyone can see what the person is doing is giving a tension and interest to the picture.

Landscape in Norway with lonely photographer. The car, the shed and the person creatng a triangle, yellow balancing the red of the shed despite him being smaller than the shed.Very close to the edge but both stance and as everyone can see what the person is doing is giving a tension and interest to the picture.

Lonely fisherman in norway checking the nets. Beinf close to the edge and sitting in a red boat in contrast to the blue surroundings, almost monochrome. Balancing it up I think quite well. I maybe should have dodged him a little to balance even better?

Lonely fisherman in norway checking the nets. Beinf close to the edge and sitting in a red boat in contrast to the blue surroundings, almost monochrome. Balancing it up I think quite well. I maybe should have dodged him a little to balance even better?

Main hall of the Ice Hotel. In the distance a single person, very small but contrasting against the white background and the pillars leading the view towards him. Symmetry was here one main goal.

Main hall of the Ice Hotel. In the distance a single person, very small but contrasting against the white background and the pillars leading the view towards him. Symmetry was here one main goal.

Child running to the playground and with the pink shirt having complementary colours to the hedge. Positioned according to the rule of thirds. Maybe a little to close in order to give the impression of an empty place with a single person in it.

Child running to the playground and with the pink shirt having complementary colours to the hedge. Positioned according to the rule of thirds. Maybe a little to close in order to give the impression of an empty place with a single person in it.

Here now the “busy” pictures. That is quite difficult upp here if not having summer as most people go into some kind of social hibernation during the winter. There fore a mixture of pictures of 2012 and 2013.

I have tried several approaches to have the camera in the crowd, a little lower that one get the impressions being part of it but I could not really make a small crowd look big, maybe a little bigger but not that much.

North cape with midsummer sun in the background giving both a nice backklit silhouettepictreu and with the people around it a feeling for the amount of people being there despite being eleven o'clock at night.

North cape with midsummer sun in the background giving both a nice backklit silhouettepictreu and with the people around it a feeling for the amount of people being there despite being eleven o’clock at night.

Mall as known from the third assignment.

Mall as known from the third assignment.

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Briefing at a trainingsday of Motocross. The load of drivers making a nice crowd which with the colours give an even more mixed picture and looks "biger, more crowded" than it is.

Briefing at a trainingsday of Motocross. The load of drivers making a nice crowd which with the colours give an even more mixed picture and looks “biger, more crowded” than it is.

First of two pictures of this girl on a rocker with people in the background listening to music and looking at the group of people dancing traditional dances. Main focus id on the girl but the crowd gives some context, and the girl in this picture is also listening to the music which is a nice touch. The other girl is enjoying the ride conveying the feeling of the moment and event

First of two pictures of this girl on a rocker with people in the background listening to music and looking at the group of people dancing traditional dances. Main focus id on the girl but the crowd gives some context, and the girl in this picture is also listening to the music which is a nice touch. The other girl is enjoying the ride conveying the feeling of the moment and event

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Traditional dancing with people sitting and listening.

Traditional dancing with people sitting and listening.

2.

People unrecognizable

I really enjoyed that part of the exercises as the was no stop for fantasy but I even saw that I had some “standard” angles and viewpoints but that there were several other ways of making people unrecognizable.

In the course material were several approaches mentioned. All of them aiming at reducing the visual attention that the face normally gets.

  • Small and many
  • Facing away
  • In silhouette
  • Partly obscured
  • Motion blur

I tried to get those points and vary them a little.

Just showing the shadows.

Just showing the shadows.

Not really unrecognizable but the distortion of the window makes it not so easy to recognize the person. In combination with him maybe facing slightly away would have been more effective.

Not really unrecognizable but the distortion of the window makes it not so easy to recognize the person. In combination with him maybe facing slightly away would have been more effective.

Helmets on - unrecognizable

Helmets on – unrecognizable

Through a car window with raindrops on it focus on them giving a slightly blurred version of the persons face. In that case my mother who said that she never had a nicer portrait taken of her. And that was the truth she said!

Through a car window with raindrops on it focus on them giving a slightly blurred version of the persons face. In that case my mother who said that she never had a nicer portrait taken of her. And that was the truth she said!

Small figure amongst reindeer. Her having a red jacket does not help but when only looking at the people in the background the eyes are not particularly drawn to them as they are a small details in the whole picture.

Small figure amongst reindeer. Her having a red jacket does not help but when only looking at the people in the background the eyes are not particularly drawn to them as they are a small details in the whole picture.

shadow again, this time a "selfportrait"

shadow again, this time a “selfportrait”

Helmet, only small figure and attention mostly on the horse and leg-action. background unfortunately  crowded but because of the light there were not really alternatives.

Helmet, only small figure and attention mostly on the horse and leg-action. background unfortunately crowded but because of the light there were not really alternatives.

People amongst cars, a little like the reindeer shot but even less attention on the people due to the colour of their clothing

People amongst cars, a little like the reindeer shot but even less attention on the people due to the colour of their clothing

Partly obscured by a camera. Photographers nightmare...being photographed.

Partly obscured by a camera.
Photographers nightmare…being photographed.

Neil, my mentor, from behind with a camera which just shows what the person is doing but not whom. Does not show much of the place though but there are other

Neil, my mentor, from behind with a camera which just shows what the person is doing but not whom. Does not show much of the place though but there are other

Silhouette

Silhouette

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3.

A matter of balance

A difficult one I thought as one has several alternatives such as size of the figure, contrast and colour-contrast but very difficult to plan.

Here are my attempts at that. The pictures in the coursematerial showed two pictures where the one balanced to the place is almost monochrome with clear rhythm of lights on the wall and one backlighting the person in the picture going out of the frame, facing away, while the other one gts light on him, black dress in front of a lighter background, light on hmi and doing something interesting or at least strange when looking at the location and with that creating the question what he is doing there, and more.

Original picture with a yellow jacket contrasting both the red and green

Original picture with a yellow jacket contrasting both the red and green

Blue jacket (Photoshop) and by having a darker colour not pulling the eyes towards it.

Blue jacket (Photoshop) and by having a darker colour not pulling the eyes towards it.

First of two pictures of this girl on a rocker with people in the background listening to music and looking at the group of people dancing traditional dances. Main focus id on the girl but the crowd gives some context, and the girl in this picture is also listening to the music which is a nice touch. The other girl is enjoying the ride conveying the feeling of the moment and event

First of two pictures of this girl on a rocker with people in the background listening to music and looking at the group of people dancing traditional dances. Main focus id on the girl but the crowd gives some context, and the girl in this picture is also listening to the music which is a nice touch. The other girl is enjoying the ride conveying the feeling of the moment and event

looking into the frame and almost into the camera creates more interest than the other girl

looking into the frame and almost into the camera creates more interest than the other girl

Green photographer, almost camouflage against the green background.

Green photographer, almost camouflage against the green background.

Landscape in Norway with lonely photographer. The car, the shed and the person creatng a triangle, yellow balancing  the red of the shed despite him being smaller than the shed.Very close to the edge but both stance and as everyone can see what the person is doing is giving a tension and interest to the picture.

Landscape in Norway with lonely photographer. The car, the shed and the person creating a triangle, yellow balancing the red of the shed despite him being smaller than the shed.Very close to the edge but both stance and as everyone can see what the person is doing is giving a tension and interest to the picture.

 

4.

Special processing

Again a very interesting exercise even thinking about the fourth part of the DPP course where discussion was around the ethics of manipulation.
There was e.g. the picture of my father sitting on a bench and by adjusting colour, contrast and with help of dodge and burn get more focus on him.

Normal procedures that can be used are vignettes, dodging/burning, lighteing up the figure and giving more contrast to the background. Cropping to give less or more space in the frame. Including or excluding things that might draw attention from the person, e.g. lightsources, colourful things, and so on.

Everything light and at least to my eyes first at the second glance  the photographer catches the eye.

Everything light and at least to my eyes first at the second glance the photographer catches the eye.

Darker with just distinct light sources and the photographer and mirror image on the water being dodged and by that getting a bigger place in the frame.

Darker with just distinct light sources and the photographer and mirror image on the water being dodged and by that getting a bigger place in the frame.

 

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