Aim: The aim of this exercise is to explore the size of a subject within the frame.
Plan: I planned to use the 'Cage' in Lyme Park (originally built as a hunting lodge) as my subject. I chose this subject as I could get close up and also view it from a distance from a number of directions. The weather was mixed and got progressively worse.
|F9.0, 1/250sec, 130mm|
|F9.0, 1/80sec, 28mm|
Shots 3,4,5 - The following 3 shots are all parts of the subject. At this point the interest becomes the detail of the subject, the brickwork lines and shadows. They become the subject rather than the building. There are hints to the age and scale of the subject but not the location or context. The viewer has the opportunity to use their own imagination for the overall scale and setting. All three shots would benefit from stronger lighting to accentuate the lines in the brickwork.
|F8.0, 1/80sec, 75mm|
|F9.0, 1/60sec, 26mm|
|F9.0, 1/60sec, 50mm|
Shot 6 - This shot was taken to stress the surroundings. It shows the isolation of the subject in it's environment. Like image (1) the people help to give a sense of scale. Interestingly, if taken from another angle I could have shown Manchester in the background showing the folly's proximity to the urban environment and changing the context of the picture entirely.
The image would benefit from some foreground interest leading the eye into the picture. The lighting is better in this shot, with the brightly lit hills in the background rather than the bright foreground of image 1. However, light falling on the subject would have improved the shot, especially against the dark sky.
|F13.0, 1/80sec, 100mm|
The following 3 images are different crops of the first image. All of these images offer a different viewpoint. My preference is for the 'landscape' or 'widescreen' shot as this accentuates how isolated the folly is.
I was surprised that the tight crop did not work in the way I thought. I expected a greater sense of drama having used this technique before to good effect.
Close cropping on part of a subject changes the subject completely. In this case from looking at an isolated folly to looking at patterns and shapes within it.
Placing the subject within it's surroundings changes the view again. Not just the fixed physical landscape but also the changing aspects (people in this instance).
All of this is in the control of the photographer and needs to be considered in creating the image.