A journey of photographic adventure, Two Views was born by two friends having a blast and learning from each other on a photo shoot in the autumn sunshine, asking the question “How can we continue to push our photographic boundaries in terms of technical knowledge, new challenges and creativity and have fun at the same time?” The answer we came up with was to set ourselves a project every two weeks, and then publish the results together. Two Views of the same subject / idea or technical approach. By the end of this year we will have covered 26 subjects and produced at least 50+ awesome photographs, and have learned a huge amount along the way! We’d love your comments, critiques and ideas, and if you want to “play along” too, please do let us have your shots by links in the comments sections! TJ & The Brunette
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Whenever I think of machinery I always harp back to the golden age of steam and the industrial revolution. It is one of my favourite periods of history. When coming to choose a subject to photograph for this topic I quickly ruled out modern machinery and thought about discarded rusty agricultural machinery, but I quickly came back to steam. How I now wished we could have done this topic in the summer and I could have gone and hunted out steam engines galore at steam rallies. However one of my favourite toys as a child was a miniature working steam engine, which I would spend hours outside playing with in the garden shed with my dad. I dug this out at my mum's house and had the added bonus of trying out my new photography backdrop and indoor photography lights. The challenge I set myself was to try an bring out the essence of machinery, taking away the "toy" element. The resulting image was shot using a macro close up setting to give an illusion of a greater size and a result achieved a nice depth of field. I simply turned the image into grayscale, sharpened it and finally adjusted the brightness and contrast.
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Not an easy topic this for me for two reasons. One I usually try to steer clear of the whole idea of new year resolutions these days, as they invariably are broken early into the new year. In fact my mum suggested I photograph something broken, which was an interesting idea. Secondly the whole idea of photographing the concept of a new year resolution was not easy. For instance I had no intention of going on a diet, cutting back on drinking or increasing my physical exercise. The one thing I want to do this year is to live to the full as much as possible, seize the day grabbing every opportunity that comes my way and to fully appreciate what the world has to offer. My photo is my interpretation of those aims. It was not easy to get it right. I bought an inflatable globe, which was supposed to be blue, but instead came as clear, which made photographing it much more difficult as I wanted it to be opaque set against a black background. I wore black clothing, but as you can see from the images below the globe was a bit too big so I couldn't get a complete black background with my clothing, and it took a while for me to get a photo with my hands and the globe in the correct position. So I had to spend ages editing it using a black flood fill to fill in the gaps and then the clone tool to touch up the gaps left. Let's hope 2012 runs a little more smoothly than the process creating this image!