I was very pleased with the feedback that I received from my tutor for this assignment – I had really enjoyed shooting this series of images and I feel that this showed both in my work and the subsequent feedback. However, my tutor did suggest a couple of improvements which I will discuss in this post.
My original submission for Assignment Three (Colour) can be found here
Colour harmony through complementary colours (iii)
Whilst my tutor found this a fascinating image with interesting qualities, he directed me to the histogram (which showed slight underexposure) and gave me some ideas as how to increase the overall vibrancy of the picture.
I tried my tutor’s suggestions and increased the exposure, contrast and vibrancy in Photoshop. I much prefer the amended version as these changes have really brought the image to life, making it spark. I think that with the original image I lacked the confidence to really push the sliders for fear of overdoing the post-processing, but if I had checked the histogram (as my tutor tactfully pointed out) I would have seen what needed to be done. So lesson learned – always check the histogram!
Colour contrast through contrasting colours (iii)
Of the four images that I submitted for this section of the assignment, my tutor felt this was the weakest; whilst he commented favourably on its composition and the capture of the reflected building he felt that the subtle colours let it down.
In hindsight, I feel that I took my eye off the ball with this image slightly. I think that I was so pleased to find the composition and reflection, also in the right colour combination, that I let the most important word (i.e. ‘contrast’) of this part of the brief slip from the front of my mind when choosing this image as part of my assignment submission. My tutor got it spot on here with his comments in my view and in light of this I have therefore decided to replace the image for assessment.
I looked out for a suitable replacement shot for a while without success but then came across the colourful buildings in the Central St. Giles development just off Tottenham Court Road in London. A number of recently-constructed buildings in various bright colours, I felt that they fitted my theme perfectly. I took a number of shots of these adjacent green and orange buildings and chose this one because of its abstractness and the way that the blue of the windows adds additional interest. I took this image using a polariser which has helped maintain the vibrancy of the colours.
I’ve also included a sketch to show the balance and movement in the replacement image.