These three photographs were mostly taken in my back garden and along a few neighbouring streets. I took them as reference photos for a fine art project whilst I was in college.
The first photograph I selected from this shoot was of a dried up leaf hanging from a thin tree branch. I took this photograph because I thought that the texture on the leaf would be perfect to draw from and I would be able to add a lot of detail in the drawing. For this photograph, I used a shutter speed of 1/320, an ISO of 1600 and, an aperture of f/5.6. I wanted to keep the image sharp while the background remained out of focus to give the leaf more clarity and really define the detail of the veins of the leaf.
The second photograph that I picked as a reference for my project shows some small blossom flowers climbing up a tree branch. I took this because I was attracted to the way that the bright white flowers stood out against the dark foliage. I also liked how detailed the small stamen that comes out from the centre of each flower. For this photograph, I used a shutter speed of 1/4000, an ISO of 1600 and, an aperture of f/5.6. I did this because I wanted the flowers to be brighter than the rest of the image.
The third photograph that I selected from this shoot was a long thin dried up plant that appeared to have some kind of seed pods on it. This image, as well as the others in the series, were inspired by a photographer called Karl Blossfeldt. He photographed dead plants against a white background. I felt this image was especially comparable to his work. For this photo, I used a shutter speed of 1/4000, an ISO of 6400 and, an aperture of f/5.
I am pleased with my series of photographs and feel that each of them represents work similar to that of Karl Blossfeldt. I was also pleased with the outcome of some of the drawings I did for the project. (Even if I did complete most of them at home due to the lockdown).