Documentary Reflective Report

In this report I will be reflecting and reviewing my production and efforts throughout my documentary project.  I will explore what went well and what did not as well as making suggestions for improvement if I were to undertake this project again. I will look at the processes that I went through to create the final images, seeing how well I executed the idea and how successful the outcome was.

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Documentary Reflective Report

Documentary Research Journal

I didn’t have a lot of ideas for the documentary photography assignment at first, nothing really gauged my interest and whenever anything was suggested to me I just couldn’t envision it. Although I often enjoy the documentary side of photography its often difficult to find a good topic to focus on.

My idea is to take photos in one location at various times of day to document the movement and change of a place at certain times and how quiet and busy it can get. I have chosen to photograph Piccadilly Circus in London, this area is always busy and thriving so will make an interesting scene.

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Documentary Research Journal

Shallow Depth of Field – Entry 3

Another gala I attended whilst in London was ‘The Lobster’, I took hundreds of pictures at this event. Similarly to the High Rise premiere, I played around with the settings to get a variety of outcomes. Below are the pictures that show shallow depth of field.

The settings I used were: f/6.3 -1/320 – ISO 6400

Colin Farrell stopped for a long time to sign for fans so I managed to capture a lot, but these are the top selection. Taken only moments apart you can feel the energy, how he’s constantly moving, signing, having pictures taken. In the background you can see the press/paparazzi photographers (the real professionals). I am taking the pictures from a fans perspective within the crowd, you get a more intimate image instead of the lifeless, cold images you see from paparazzi.

 

 

Shallow Depth of Field – Entry 3

Slow Shutter Speed – Entry 1

The first attempt of slow shutter speed photography, taken in Leicester Square, London. One of my lecturers gave a shooting exercise to see how well we could take pictures at slow shutter speeds, he showed us examples, most of which were of light trails in the night time. Although these were remarkable, I thought I would try something different.

F/22 – 0.77 sec – ISO 100                            F/22 – 0.62 sec – ISO 100

What I captured is a little like Otto Steinert’s photographs, as the legs and feet are the only part you can see with the exception of the one person in focus in the second picture. I really like how they turned out but I think they would have looked nicer if they were on a tripod and not so exposed.

 

Slow Shutter Speed – Entry 1

Shallow Depth of Field -Entry 2

While in London for a week, I attended various Galas for the BFI London Film Festival at Leicester Square.

I have been to many movie premieres and celebrity events in the past two years and think its an exciting topic to photograph, you can really feel the rush and the atmosphere by looking at red carpet images. I was always thrilled seeing images of these events captured by professionals. Red carpet photographers such as BAFTA’s Rich Hardcastle, Jonathan Birch and Richard Kendal are fantastic at what they do and I feel that often I take photos at the same standard.

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I took a vast amount of photos over the days and found that some of them were rather interesting; I was quite impressed I’d managed to get some good quality images in a large crowd of people. The ‘High Rise’ gala was my most successful, I used a range of settings to get the best possible photos and these are the photos I obtained that had a shallow depth of field…

I think these images are my best use of shallow depth of field, the photos are so up close and personal that you can really see the emotion on his face. I love that in some you can see the figure of Sienna Guillory posing for pictures in the background, but she is not in focus.

The settings I used for this were:

Varying between f/5 or f/5.6 – ISO 1600 – 1/320 sec

Shallow Depth of Field -Entry 2