Task 2 – Temporal Expressions (Research Stage)

For this task, again it is photography based and now requires you to use a professional camera. I will be using the Nikon D300 which is i fairly decent SLR camera. During this research stage I looked at many examples of the 3 types of imagery we have to take. These are the joiner image, long-exposure image & the short-exsposure image. Firstly for the joiner image in the style of David Hockney, I looked at the website http://www.joiningphotography.com/nick-rough-people/ which has many examples of joiner images from the photographer Nick Rough based in London. His images have given me insertion and a vision of the type of image I want to create. And having to stick to the theme of ‘cycle’ I think I am going to take a joiner image of an analogue clock showing the ‘cycle of time’ and a ‘cycle of a day’. Here is an example from Nick Rough.


The other images for this task that we have to take are long and short exposure images, again sticking to the theme of ‘cycle’. For long exposure I had an idea in mind of catching the tail lights of cars from the persecutive of a bridge over the M25. This would fit into the theme of ‘cycle’ as the cars are showing the ‘cycle of life’ coming to or from a destination, weather it be going to or from work. This is a theme millions of people are involved in every single day. I have my idea in mind but I am not entirely sure how to create the image of long exposure of car tail lights. This is why I looked into the website http://www.exposureguide.com/long-exposure-photography-tips.htm this website shows me how exactly you take a long exposure image. Including the shutter speed, aperture, iso speed and flash. This is an image showing perfect long exposure. photographing-long-exposures1b

I plan to use these settings shown and then play around with different settings to get an image I am happy with.

For the short exposure I plan to capture a image of frozen motion. At the moment I either want to capture an image of someone spinning around in a circle and then take several images of them during the 360 degree rotation. Or to take an image of frozen motion of a tap running. This will show the cycle of water or ‘water cycle’.


For the part of actually taking the image of short exposure I looked into how to best take it. With what settings etc. I found the website http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/exposure-aperture-shutter-speed very useful and it has a great range of example short exposure imagery, like these.


Exposure is the amount of light that reaches the camera’s sensor (or film). If we don’t get enough light we end up with a photo which is dark (underexposed). Too much light and our photo comes out bright (overexposed). So how do we control exposure? It all comes down to a combination of two basic camera settings – aperture diameter and shutter speed. Let’s examine each in turn. Shutter speed is simply a measure of how long the camera’s shutter is open for. It typically ranges from anywhere around 1/1000th of a second (a fast shutter speed or short exposure time) to several seconds (a slow shutter speed or long exposure time).


ExposureGuide, (2014), Long Exposure Photography Tips, [online] Available At: http://www.exposureguide.com/long-exposure-photography-tips.htm Date Accessed: [7th Oct 2014]

Nick Rough, (2014), Joining Photography. [online] Available At: http://www.joiningphotography.com/nick-rough-people/ Date Accessed: [7th Oct 2014]

Photo Mad, (2014), Exposure, Aperture and Shutter Speed Explained. [online] Available At:  http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/exposure-aperture-shutter-speed Date Accessed: [7th Oct 2014]


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