In our recent 'Perspective' competition, Zane Llewellyn took first place in Grade A, for the third time in a row this year, with the clever image (left).
This is how he made the image:
When I think of perspective, I immediately think of the "Small, Far Away" scene in Fr. Ted.
I really wanted to use this as my inspiration, but unfortunately there weren't any cows out in March and I was also missing a priest costume.
The first step in taking this photo was to move all the furniture out of the way, as this was the only floor that would look like a wall.
I took the photo in landscape so it would be in portrait when rotated which would help to emphasise the vertical lines and make it more believable. I positioned the table and chair while checking the framing, once I was happy with the basic composition I set up the books, picture and lamp. I only thought afterwards that I should have tried turning the lamp on!
I had to handhold the camera as I was backed up into the corner to try and get everything into frame, I tried the flash directly and bouncing it off the ceiling but the dark floor was proving difficult. So, I ended up using a white umbrella just out of shot.
I tried to coax my dog into the photo, but she didn't want anything to do with it, so I grabbed the neighbours cat!
Then the fun began, the cat was walking around wondering what was going on, while I shot a handful of photos. My model son?, my son the model played a blinder and he really made the shot. So a big thanks & some biscuits to him for that 🙂
I used the following settings for the final shot,
24mm 1/180s @ f/8 ISO100
Flash - ETTL mode shooting through a white umbrella.
Fantastic shot Zane. Well done!
In our recent 'Perspective' competition, Sonja Eisenberg took first place in Grade C, for the third time in a row this year, with the image above. This is how she made the image:
I shot this in a town called Weimar in Germany at the end of last month. I
originally had another idea in mind (right) However the lighting wasn’t right/i didn’t have my tripod. Again I used my trusty Nikon D3000, F-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.
I was sitting down to have a much needed cup of coffee when I noticed that the flower pots in the town produced an excellent reflection of the cobbled streets. I said I would try out a shot to see if it would reflect my colourful runners well, giving a bit of a focal point and some nice leading lines with the sides of the pot. I was pleased how the pot was placed between two shop building, which were painted a different colour, as it creates some nice symmetry too. I decided to not crop out the flowers in the pot as it gives the viewer a better idea of exactly what is reflecting the shoes and cobblestones.
The settings that were used were: ISO 200, zoomed to 18mm, minor adjustments in post processing to ensure the shoes were centre focus, at ƒ/3.5, 1/50. In the post processing on the Macbook air I increased the colour a big to bring out the shoe colour more (i doubt it needs it!) and reduced the shadows, increasing the contrast so you see the cobblestone better.
Well done Sonja!