This months 5 on 15 theme is Invasion! I tried to do something a little different with this month challenge. As I haven’t really focused on the photography element of the challenges I that to want to change. I focused a little too much on trying to find something that fit the theme, so you may notice that I get a little loose with the themes from now on but hopefully it’ll allow me to explore a few new techniques and photography tips.
With a bit of luck you’ll see an improvement in my skills. Also in each of the photos, I’ve use manually setting and I have not touched them up or edited them in anyway, they have literately come off the camera like this. Hopefully this will mean I’ll rely on photoshop less with future projects. Lets get on with this months photos.
Gonna start with this one. How does it link to invasion you ask? Well there is one there that doesn’t match the rest. Can you guess which one? So he’s invading the group. See what I did there.
This photo didn’t come out how I wanted it at all. You can see the general idea I was going for which was a line up but I couldn’t get the angle or the depth right. The general coloring a lighting aren’t too bad which is how it made the cut. Beyond that there is nothing more to say.
It’s an Alien, one of the pendants I made from resin. I actually like this one I purposely tried to capture the light reflection to try and make it look a little more 3d. I’ve taken products before and always tried to loose that shine to show the products detail but seeing as this is more artsy I took liberty. I kinda wish I had used some sort of coloured lighting just to see how it would look. Maybe next time. I did try to add more light textures to make the image more interesting by using a sequinned pillow as the backdrop. I like that effect but I think it needs more.
This one hasn’t really got much technique behind it but I’ve never use the time feature on my camera so I had to try it. I really need to work on my own posing. This shot features me in my CyberDog shirt because Cyberdog loves invasion and alien stuff. I also need to work on zooming in with the timer feature. I’ve figured out that I need to mark out the space that can be seen in the view and that will make it easier to put something together that looks better. Probably need to work on facial expressions too.
This one I like. It features a couple of figures form the anime Evangelion where ‘Angels’ invade earth (sorta). With this one I was trying to play with the depth perception more. I tried to capture three layers of depth. The foreground of Asuka (Character in red), then Shinji (Male figure) and then finally the books in the very background. It works. The layer with shinji could have been a touch cleared to make it stand out more from the books though. I think maybe moving the figures a little further apart might have been better. Retrospect is a wonderful thing.
Save the best for last. Its a Doctor who inspired shot of the Vashta Nerada from the silence in the library episode.
I used a round lamp for the background to look like a glow sun like backdrop. Then used a smaller light at the front to light the figure up against the backdrop to make sure he stands out as a focal point. Using the light at the front made him resemble the Vashta Nerada even more as they were lit from inside their suits. Although the episode didn’t have any flare-y suns, I think it really makes it feel spacey and a little daunting.
To sum up, I felt like I really challenged myself this month. I love how two of the shots came out. Yes, I would normally edit them as well so they would look even better but I purposely left them raw so I can see where I’m at skill level wise and where I need to focus to imporve. I really want to get better at using the manual settings on my camera, so I can take better photos that need less time to edit and clean up.