Change – Boiled Egg

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Assignment 3/4/5 Major Project - Isolation, Experiments in Isolation

Summary

This was an exercise I tried after I had decided on a style of photographs for the YOP module. I wanted to base my style on a cross between Edward Weston and Ralph Gibson – using  high contrast subjects, and natural light.

Feeling hungry I went down to the kitchen to make myself some bacon and eggs, – and it was when I took out the black frying pan that the thought struck me that the egg and the pan could be a potential candidate for my first test shoot.

I decided that a fried egg would be boring but a poached egg could have a few more possibilities. It took me four attempts before I got the sorts of shots I was after that matched elements of my ‘selected style’ . However the standard colour photos were still a bit bland so I converted them to black and white and increased the contrast level to get a more abstract effect. I also had to adjust the noise as the photographs had been taken in low light with a compact Nikon P7100

I then squared them off and selected the 6 images that showed the development of the poached egg, and then created a single image as well as a set of prints. Still need to do a bit of adjustments on this image if I am going to submit it. I feel the featured image has the most emotion – if that possible in an egg.

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At a practical level, a good photograph is more about being in the right place at the right time and knowing what to take then the type of camera, skill and technique. My ambition is to show how anyone with a camera can produce great photographs when they visit London.

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