Photos: Landscapes – Falkirk Wheel & Union Canal

Another area in which I produced a variety of landscape images was Falkirk Wheel, leading towards the nearby Union Canal. This visit formed part of my NMP, however, I also used this an opportunity to develop further landscape images that might form part of my general portfolio.

In this, I tried to experiment with many different representations of the wheel itself, emphasising details of its scale, design, function and how it related to its surroundings, identifying other aspects of the Falkirk wheel ‘experience’ – canal boats, maintenance and interaction.

The condition on the day weren’t the best or the worst for this shoot, however, throughout the day I found that this improved, especially when following the direction of the light and framing my subject from higher ground towards the sun. The result created a fairly definitive effect upon the subjects and their backdrop.

Overall, I was pleased with the resulting landscapes, offering a variety of compositions that encapsulated the wheel and its local area.

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Photos: Landscapes – Auchterarder & Stirling

During my stay in Duchally in Auchterarder, I decided to explore the nearby area and later visited Stirling.

Along with hailstorms and heavy rainfall, there were also significant signs of snow. This offered a pleasant aesthetic setting, which was displayed throughout these images, reinforced further through ominous cloud cover that diffused the available light and softened their representation.

As stated, I also visited Stirling, a nearby town, following the canal bank to the local park. I noted a few distinct features such as signs of usage (construction, air planes, sport club) and a local landmark. Once again, it proved to be skyline that gained most of my attention, utilising my telephoto lens to experiment with different views.

Overall, I think that these small series of images were successful in their general observations of these areas.

I will update my progress.

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Stirling

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Photos: Landscapes – Perth

After numerous considerations and minor issues with accessing some of my intended locations for NMP, I was offered an opportunity to visit Perthshire in Scotland, in the hope that venturing further away the North West was help me develop further ideas, as well as giving me a chance to develop landscape images.

My first location shoot was in Perth, during a time of heavy rainfall/hailstorms. This was represented through a very gloomy, dramatic aesthetic within the skyline. I focused upon any distinct landmarks/characteristics, the definition of the sky and endured difficult conditions to produce a series of landscapes. One of the most appealing aspects in a aesthetic sense, was the anticipation of the storm and the rapid transition between light and darkness.

Overall, I feel that this was a fairly successful shoot, some of the images were stronger than others but in general sense, they weren’t quite as distinct as some of my previous landscapes in Salford Quays.

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Photos: Wildlife – Audenshaw

During visit to Audenshaw reservoir, I also able to another series of wildlife images. However, these visual work proved to be more visceral and honest than any of my current wildlife images. In a sense, this felt more reminiscent of modern wildlife subjects, such as the work of Chris Jordan or Nick Brandt (although, less exotic).

What really impacted me from these images, was how brutally they’d be picked apart, often only finding parts of their head or wings. Although, this was an upsetting sight to see, I felt series itself formed a fairly distinct quality that was different from what I generally associated with standard wildlife images.

Overall, I feel that series was a success in producing more contemporary and topical representations of wildlife images.

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Photos: Wildlife – Salford Quays

During my visit to Salford Quays, I also produced a series of wildlife images following the resident birds, primarily Cormorants. Once again, I experimented with a variety of different compositions, some offering scale and place, others representing interactions between them or their environment as well as their ecologically concerning position and surroundings in the form of overflowed objects, fly- tipping and litter.

I also felt this series was a success in terms of producing wildlife images.

I will update my progress.

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Photos: Landscapes – Salford Quays

As a part of both my PDP objectives and location shoots for my final major project or other nearby areas, I intend to undertake a series of landscape and wildlife images that I hope will either inform my overall visual work and/or form part of my ongoing portfolio.

The first of which was during my visit to South Bay in Salford Quays. Within this, I experimented with a variety of different landscape compositions that aimed to represent a sense of place and interaction, primarily following the process of dredging the waterway and how other elements interacted with this in terms of scale or oddity. One of the most unusual aspects of this was seeing how close the nearby water-sports club/gathering were throughout the duration of this process.

Overall, I believe this was a successful shoot for establishing definitive landscape images.

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PDP: New Objectives

In reflection of my previous objectives, intended areas of practice and recent lecture, I have complied 4 general objectives with a variety of sub-objectives within the core principles.

The majority of this will be focused upon my first two objectives directly relating to wildlife and landscape images, as these seemed the most poignant focal points for my future practice and what I felt would be constructive in supporting my ongoing Negotiated Major Project.

Additionally, I intend to also consider aspects relating to gain entry level experience and training in conservation and/or environmental areas, as it will enable to gain a greater understanding of identification, trapping, survey methods, laws, permits and helpful elements required to work ethically within these fields, as well as allowing to gain more hands on experience in working with and photographing wildlife and environmental subjects.

My last objective follows a broader, less specific set of tasks for general reflection, these are just acknowledgements for things to consider for my independent photographic practice.

During certain stages, this might become more infrequent, this is likely to due to be the result of time needed to continue dissertation research and writing, at later stages, finalising things relating to my NMP. However, I will try to update with regularity.

Overall, I feel confident that my personal development plan will assist me in my preparations for independent photographic practice.

I will update my progress.

PDP Objectives

Target Date Date Completed
Develop my Nature/Wildlife Photography Portfolio

  1. Visit relevant locations and produce nature/wildlife images.
  2. Produce a final edit these images and consider their potential purpose.
May 2014
Develop my Landscape/Environmental Photography Portfolio

  1. Visit relevant locations and produce landscape/environmental based images.
  2. Produce a final edit these images and consider their potential purpose.
May 2014
Consider ways of gaining entry level experience and/or training in Environmental and Conservation areas

  1. Research potential entry level volunteer positions, placements or work experience in either environmental or conservation areas.
  2. Research potential entry level courses or training opportunities in either environmental or conservation areas.
  3. Consider potential areas of specialization or photographic interest.
May 2014
Develop practical considerations for independent photographic practice

  1. Research general methods of networking and marketing.
  2. Consider basic photographic equipment that I might need when beginning my photographic practice.
  3. Consider potential business cards designs to offer contacts or clients.
May 2014