Photoblitzing

Now that I have moved on to Unit 5 within DS106, the new subject area is photography. I was quite relieved when I saw this as this is actually my most preferred area of media in which I am most comfortable in too. DS106 has asked me to complete a task called ‘photoblitzing’, where I have just 15 minutes to capture as many photos on their list as I can within 1 place that I choose to go. The list is as follows;

In the next 15 minutes, try to capture as many of the following photos as you can

  • Make an ordinary object look more interesting, almost supernatural.
  • Take a photo that makes use of converging lines.
  • Take a photo dominated by a single color
  • Take a photo of something at an unusual angle
  • Take a photo of two things that do not belong together.
  • Take a photo that represents the idea of “openness”
  • Take a photo that expresses a human emotion
  • Take a photo that emphasizes mostly dark tones or mostly light ones.
  • Make a photo that is abstract, that would make someone ask, “Is that a photograph?”
  • Take a photo of an interesting shadow.
  • Take a photo that represents a metaphor for complexity.
  • Take a photo of someone else’s hand (or paw)

I also had to take a photo of the time I started, and the time I had finished to prove I did it within the 15 minute slot. This was quite a fun task, and also challenging, as that is a rather long list! It does state though, that of course we don’t have to capture every photograph, 15 minutes isn’t a huge amount of time. But I did manage to get some of them, and here is what I got!

Start time:

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Converging lines:

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Dominated by a single colour:

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An unusual angle:

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Openness:

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Light tones:

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Interesting shadow:

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Someone else’s hand:

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End time:

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I chose to take this photographs outside on my street in Leicester. This is because it was very close to my home as well as a place I could easily walk up and down searching for different photograph opportunities in a familiar area. I found the experience quite fun. I like photography anyway so it was a pleasant task to carry out. What I found strange was that I’m not used to having to take a number of photographs within such a short amount of time. I am very used to setting up photo shoots, rather than having to do one on the spot. So this was very new to me but that is also what I enjoyed about the experience. I was also very lucky with the weather, getting to complete it on a sunny day made it all the more enjoyable!

When it comes to what photographs worked best for me, I liked the way the one with the blue door turned out. Straight away it grabbed my attention and I knew it was perfect for that photograph theme. I like the way the blue takes all the attention away from the rest of the photo and I am happy with how it turned out considering how fast I had to take it without being able to take my time. I also liked the one of the tree, where you can just about see the sun trying to shine through. It creates a nice silhouette and I believe it suited this subject nicely of ‘openness’ because of the big blue sky behind it. My most inventive photograph is probably the one I took looking into the puddle. Even though the quality isn’t great, it was something that just sprung to mind very suddenly. Noticing something on the floor rather than looking up and around at everything, I think was quite unusual and I’m glad that I found that opportunity.

You can also find my favourite 5 photographs on my Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/128831828@N02/?

From looking at other peoples work on the ds106photoblitz hashtag, there were two photographs that really stood out to me. After giving feedback to other students and really having a lot through the feed, these were the ones I chose to be the best I saw:

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I love the depth of field used in both of these photographs. It also helps that I also absolutely love photography in the snow, it is amazing what come cameras can catch from the different snowflakes as well as the ice in the photographs.

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