I have been looking into the exposure time for my Cyanotypes as I’ve noticed some of them lack detail in the darker areas and today there was a good amount of sun to give it another go.
I like the way more of Charly’s face is visible than the previous print. I only left this print in sunlight for about 1 hour 30 minutes compared to roughly 3 hours for my previous.
Another difference between this print and my previous is the amount of Cyanotype mix I used while covering my paper, rather than saturating the paper I used a light layer so it only took around an hour to dry.
I’ve be planning on more how I’m going to be editing my images lately rather than my photoshoots. I have been really enjoying black & white images and I think they go really well with my Loo Roll Photoshoot 2 images.
For my final submissions I am doing two Cyanotypes for each set (Loo Roll, Who’s Who? and Light & Shadow) along with two ‘normal’ digital prints. To make sure I fulfil the module brief around my Cyanotypes, I am scanning in my images and printing them a well as handing in my original prints.
I’m still yet to decide on whether my images will have colour or black & white and my formatting. But over the next few weeks, I will be developing my work until I have my final edit.
As from before, I am interested in the Patterns of shadow against light. As the sun set behind the trees it reflected this Fire like patterns on my door. I thought they were extremely interesting and experimented with Contrast and formatting. (Taken with F5.6 Aperture & roughly 1/40 Shutter speed). For the darker two I underexposed them to focus on the light shine against the paint.
After looking into Cyanotypes previously I wanted to see what kind of outcome they would have on my Who’s Who project. I chose two very different images to print so I can see what kind of texture the fur hood could have on the prints and I wanted to see how detailed the close up face could be.
Close up Negative for printing
Close up Negative for printing
Using the same Photoshop process as before, I created two new acetate sheets. Using sepia toned images work better then black and white I have found during research. I painted my cartridage paper the night before so ensure they were completely dry and around 10am I positioned my paper and acetate in my window to ensure they will get enough light. I came back 12:30pm checked on them, and decided to give them another 30 minutes to ensure they were fully developed. 1pm I came back and rinsed them using water and set them to dry.
This is my outcome:
I am very surprised with how these prints turned out. I wasn’t expecting the detail on her face to be so visible. I believe I would like to use Cyanotype in my final images due to it giving off a very different painterly feel to my images and the unique look to every image is something I enjoy.
I’ve been looking at Lee Jeffries portrait photos, with high contrast close up shots of faces. The black and white brings out so much detail in peoples faces which is what I wanted to experiment with here. I loved this girl, Charly’s, Eyes they were the most interesting part of her face and like Jeffries work they became a focus point for my close up shot, making sure my focus point was on her eyes.
Learning from my photoshoot on campus, I wanted to use textures and objects to make my photos more animated. Charly had his fluffy winter coat and it started to rain so she instantly put her hood up. The fur texture from her hood was interesting against her face. The original photo is a lot more wider but in post production I tightly cropped so her face & hood so it more or less filled the frame. I find the tightly cropped photo more effective due to there being no distraction from the background although when shooting I used a wide aperture to give me shallow depth of field.
I noticed when shooting zoomed out and physically getting close to her face, my lens gave off a domed effect which made her face look very wide. Rather than physically moving forward, I simply used my zoom (which I really should have done in the first place) to reduce any widening of her face.
Lee Jeffries is a photographer from photographer from Manchester. Close to the professional football scene, he started photographing sporting events until he met a young homeless girl on the streets of London which changed his photographic approach forever. He recalls that ‘he had stolen a photo from this young homeless girl huddled in a sleeping bag. He knew that the young girl had noticed him but his first reaction wasn’t to leave. He says that something made him stay and go and discuss with the homeless girl’. His perception of the homeless changed, and they become the subject of his art. The models in his photographs are homeless men, women and children he has met in Europe and US. He says ‘I made an effort to learn, to get to know each of the subjects before asking their permission to do their portrait’. From then onwards his photographs portray his convictions and his compassion to the world.
I particularly like the harsh contrast in his images and the simple rawness and the impact. There’s no posing, make up, looking ‘perfect’. Its simply people in the world. The high contrast and black and white emphasis the detail in these peoples faces and in his work he uses Square format which makes all attention on these raw and detailed faces.