Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Landscape - Project 10 - soft colours

Project 10 looks at colour differently from those used in Project 9. Here we are to demonstrate the use of soft muted colour across the entire image, where maybe the atmosphere is reducing the image with a cast. The course notes are written with film in mind and suggest that filters are not used. With digital photography the conversion from a RAW image to those shown requires a judgement on colour temperature,the use of curves and contrast so there is by its very nature some subjective interpretation as to what the natural look may be. Having said that, the selection of film stock would produce its own bias towards either blue with Ektachrome and green with Velvia.

 Photograph 1 was shot mid morning in February in The Lake District.The muted tones are created by the misty atmosphere, winter colours and the low morning light. Beige, almost sepia tones give way to a colder blue cast in the distance. The original full frame shot showed more of the distant mountains and some sky. The mountain tops were snow capped and the sky quite white.The removal of those elements (due to their brightness) reduces the whole image to dark and intermediate tones.

Nikon D3 80-200 f2.8   105mm  1/6400sec f9   -1EV

Photograph 2 was shot around noon in North Norfolk during January on a very foggy day. The overall sepia hue is entirely natural, being created by the diffuse sunlight and the fog. The compression created by the long telephoto lens enhances the depth of the fog and reduces the contrast.

Nikon D2x  600mm f4  1/8000sec f4 -2EV

Further images to follow

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