Photography NCFE Level 1 Project – Natural/Manmade – Feedback Really Appreciated
So in order to pass Photography NCFE Level 1, part of the course requires us to create a project on the theme, Natural/Manmade.
Here are the requirements below:
Task 2 (natural/man-made)
Once you are familiar with the various camera controls, you will aim to produce a series of photographs which illustrate your exploration of creative and visual approach to a suggested theme of natural/man-made. The theme can be interpreted as you wish.
You should explore formal elements of visual language like: shape, form, texture, pattern, line, tone, colour, composition, viewpoint, framing, structure and lighting.
You should consider, highlight, reflect upon and apply image manipulation, ethical and legal issues as well as health and safety on location and whilst working with computer screens.
- You should present a series of 5 images and comment on outcomes concentrating on strengths and weaknesses, technical issues, future improvements and aesthetics
- All of the pictures above must be relevant in some way to the theme of natural/man-made.
So I knew I was going to Devon and thought perfect, this will almost be easy, a palette of wonderful things to phogograph.
What an arrogant and stupid thing to think.
So what were the pitfalls? I shall list them below as they were numerous…
- Firstly photogrpahing anything let alone a project with family, kids and dogs in tow an utter nightmare, very stressful with impatient beings, don’t do it if you wish to retain your sanity.
- Now I have vari focal or whatever you call it glasses, 1.5 they go dark in the sun and take rather a long time it appears to lighten up again. So what did I find? The sun was glaring, so hard to see anything, so I put my glasses on, now if I got them on quick enough they had not gone dark, if they had it would mess up how ‘real’ the light was on the photograph I was to take as the darkened glass would give me a false image. Then trying to see the image on the screen afterwards an absolute nightmare, because my glasses were either so dark I couldn’t see a thing, then I take them off and couldn’t see a thing anyway, so half my shots were blind!
- If you are photographing a project whilst away you probably wish to review them in a larger format than on your camera – my mistake no laptop or anything to see them on.
- So then I thought I must take lots of photographs to increase my options of taking a successful one considering I cannot see them properly.
- Mistake was I did not have many memory cards and as I shoot in jpg and raw which I wanted to keep for the project I had to order more.
- Whhooopee Amazon Prime it will come the next day as the family didn’t seem keen to drive me anywhere for yet more photography stuff. I ordered some memory cards and waited. Yikes I noticed that there was no normal letterbox it was an outside one with a lock. OMG it was for the person I was renting off only! So I rang Amazon and tried to explain the situation and asked them to leave it outside, which they would not guarantee. So I stuck paper with a notice on the opening of the letterbox explaining. Most of you will know that being by the seaside it is rather windy, it kept blowing off and me running out in my pyjamas thinking the postman arrived I swear the neighbours thought i was a nut job, they were right.
- So then I thought oh yes my husband has an old Dell I could see them on there. But I had no card reader, so I ordered one. In haste it had the wrong ‘bit’ to fit in to the laptop. So I ordered an extension to this wrong bit. This process took quite a few days what with now three deliveries expected. I could have in all honesty had i known either gone to the shop or well packed better!
- Moral of the story, check your packing, double check, take a photograph of it, write it down, sleep on it, check again, pack again!
- Now also trying to take photographs with a tripod on the sand, you spend ages getting the perfect shot and then the ‘bloo…..y’ wave comes and what happens? Your tripod starts to sink, so you have to start all over again.
- Then your family decide to drag you over rocks to take a photograph, thinking they are being kind and being inclusive. Mistake! Not only a health hazardous for all concerned but absolute nightmare trying to put a tripod on slippery, wet, sharp rocks! 2.5
- So then they take me in a cave to take more photos, mistake again! Why, well I set up, have my remote plugged in, what could go wrong? It’s bloody dark and really cold. I am doing long exposure shots, back starts cramping up from the extreme cold. Meanwhile the family seem to have climbed over said rocks in the cave and disappeared to some tropical kind of turquoise pool telling me how amazing it is, only toturing me as I could not get there. I then find copious amounts of people waiting in the dark like stalkers for fear of disrupting my shot. That was ever so nice, but I had to keep telling them please go ahead, walk infront but mind the leg of the tripod which even I cannot see. So shadowy figures move forwards as the ice bites at my back, the shots end up utterly c…..p and I feel like taking a tropical holiday!
- Other thing to note is trying to take a myriad of different types of shots requires lots of equipment, if I didn’t have a bad back this would already be a nightmare. My son in lovely style offers to carry my backpack which has the tripod slotted in the side,but its quite a heavy tripod and precariously swings out a little bit. My son doesn’t realise and as I we are climbing very steep narrow steps to a ruined castle he nearly takes out about 10 Japanese tourists and gives me a minor heart attack.
- Another thing to note is trying to change lenses, omg a nightmare, wind, sand, yes I pointed it down, but lenses got stuck, dogs stuck their nose in to my bag, my children wandered off, the tide started coming in, then as I finally got myself together the waterfall had a semi naked kid on it, impossible then to take the shot!
That is my moan for the day. I risked it feels life and limb to take these shots, so I really hope you like them.
My issue now is I have no idea how to choose which ones. The ones I like I realise some don’t have the manmade element. Our teacher said that it was virtually impossible to take a photograph that didn’t have a manmade element but one of my favourites is the sunset, what is manmade about that?
So I need your help folks.
I’ve posted all ‘possible’ ones below. I need five that flow and have the mandmade/natural theme.
I have put a vote thingy below, please help me out and choose your top 5 favourites that fit this criteria and I will eventually get around to sorting out my final collection. Thank you in advance. There are 33 in total, yup I know a lot, typical Libran I find it impossible to choose. Though there are 33 options to click below if you could just click five that would be really useful. I will ultimately make up my own mind but it would be a great test to see what you all think 🙂
Thank you for participating, Justine xxx