Exercise 1.4: Frame

The Brief

The final exercise of this project makes use of the viewfinder grid display of a digital camera. This function projects a grid onto the viewfinder screen to help align vertical and horizontal lines, such as the horizon or the edge of a building, with the edge of the frame. Please check your camera manual (or Google search) for how to display the grid in your viewfinder. If your camera doesn’t have a grid display, just imagine a simple division of the viewfinder into four sections.

Take a good number of shots, composing each shot within a single section of the viewfinder grid. Don’t bother about the rest of the frame! Use any combination of grid section, subject and viewpoint you choose.

When you review the shots evaluate the whole frame not just the part you’ve composed. Looking at a frame calmly and without hurry may eventually reveal a visual coalescence, a ‘gestalt’.

Gestalt: an organised whole perceived as more than a sum of its parts. (Google Search using the define: operator)

Select six or eight images that you feel work both individually and as a set and present them as a single composite image. Add to your learning log together with technical information such as camera settings and two or three lines containing your thoughts and observations.

Response

On a recent trip to Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster I took my Canon EOS Kiss X4 equipped with a Sigma DC18-250mm 3.5-6.3 HSM Lens set to Auto. On this particular day there was a band playing at the rear of the house, a vintage car rally at the front and the flower garden which I was immediately drawn to. Whilst I am very happy with the final set of images chosen to represent a Gestalt in this case it has made me realise in this moment that there is a need to plan my time more efficiently so that I can take my time with the work that I do. There are elements here that feel are rushed and inorganic as opposed to elements that were more thoughtful and fluid, which is probably why I settled on the final set of images.

Contact Sheets

Final Frame

Final Selection

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 250mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 120mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 250mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 250mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 250mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 250mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 147mm
  • ISO: 2500
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 95mm
  • ISO: 2500
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4
  • Taken: 28 July, 2019
  • Focal length: 250mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s

 

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