Last week I had a week off for Spring Break, but I didn’t go to Ft. Lauderdale and bask in the glorious sun. Our family continued with regular life activities, such as Piano Man in school and Linus keeping me on my toes with his endless amount of energy.
Photo Assignment #3
But before the break, we had a major photo assignment due. For our third assignment, we had to incorporate compositional elements and be aware of varying sources of light. Thinking about composition in each frame of my film was a difficult task. But when I thought about directions of my light source, I have to admit that I was more hesitant to hit the shutter button.
The professor instructed us to pick one image from our roll of film to bracket with filters. Bracketing is a fancy way of taking the same image and lightening/darkening an image. Using a filter can change the contrast in image. It’s like old school photoshop for the creative soul. But working in the darkroom with bracketing and filtering techniques is labor intensive with a capital I. The professor recommended that we we try three different filters, choose the best enlargement; then she recommended that we bracket the same image six times at different timing intervals. After several test strips, I enlarged three different filtered versions of the same image. I chose one and began bracketing at 6, 9, 12, 15, 21, 24, and 27 seconds. I wasn’t completely satisfied with those images, so I added two more bracketed images at 3 and 18 seconds to see if that would help me to make a better choice on my final image enlargement.
Bracketing at 3 and 6 seconds.
Bracketing at 9 and 12 seconds.
Bracketing at 15 and 18 seconds.
Bracketing at 21 and 24 seconds. (27 seconds is not shown.)
Here’s where personal aesthetic comes heavily into play. Once I chose the image I liked best, I had to burn and dodge at least two different places on my image to enhance the quality of my final. Burning adds seconds to portions of my image, darkening certain areas, while dodging reduces light exposure at certain points on my enlarged image.
Over three nights and eight hours in the darkroom, I came up with this:
I decided to lighten Linus’ face by 6 seconds, lighten the overall background by 3 seconds, and darken the top right corner by 3 seconds. What do you think? Should I have made different choices to enhance my image?
Sometimes going old school makes you appreciate things more, and I feel that is true in my process of learning to enhance my final black and white print. If you missed out on my first and second assignment, you can check it out on Facebook or here.
Come back again to read the background story (context) behind this image.
– Putting Composition Theory into Practice
– Learning About Composition
– Taking Intro to Analog (Film) Photography
– American History of Photography, the Darkroom, and the Unintended Photogram
– Advantages and Disadvantages of Being a Non-Traditional College Student
From my hometown to yours,