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
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Sunday, 26 February 2012
I took LOADS of Ice photos in Iceland! (Unsurprisingly! *wink*) And for me as soon as my better half spotted this football sized piece of glacial ice sitting serenely on a black lava stone beach, looking like a high end art installation, I knew it would be "the shot". Luckily the sun was just setting and so was at a very low angle in the sky, just perfect for some back lighting to make it look even more crystal like. I wanted to take it home and display it as art... but it wouldn't have lasted too long! Below are some of my other shots from the glacial lagoon ( you will recognise it from two James Bond films and Tomb Raider 2) and the black sand beach where chunks if icebergs get "caught" on the rocks, like the one above, and also some close ups of ice crystals and another glacier. You can tell I just LOVE ice!
Sunday, 19 February 2012
Monday, 13 February 2012
Friday, 10 February 2012
Sunday, 5 February 2012
I found this assignment easy! In the sense that I saw an idea straight away that I wanted to try, and it was just one of those dream studio shoots where everything went my way! I found a nice piece of grey black granite for a background, and then set up my tripod with a lamp skimming the top to add some texture and then shot at the smallest f stop I had, f3.5 on ISO 100 for great picture quality and then I just experimented with my focus. In the end I found focusing on the second pencil in gave me the right amount of focus to be sharp at the front, leading into a nice blur at the back. My final shot needed no editing other than a subtle crop. Below are some other examples of DoF I like from my files, and another shot in the studio at the same time of some pens, but the pencils win out for me, I love the texture of the sharpened wood and the primary colours.
This photo came together very quickly, and more by chance than great planning and organisation. I came across a box set of vinyls I own all having the same poppy logo on the label of my favourite band The Alarm. The idea immediately came to me to put the records in a row and see how a depth of photo photo might come out. To highlight depth of field I purposely used a small aperture value on the camera to give a small depth of field showing the record closest to the camera in focus with the subsequent records gradually becoming more out of focus. I used my white canvas backdrop, but I wasn't happy with the lighting, so in editing I used a white flood fill to give me a completely white backdrop.
Out of my other photos for consideration my favourite one is the centre shot of iron railings, which is similar in composition to the records just a completely different setting, where I got a nice shot of the closest post in focus with the subsequent posts out of focus.