Below are some resources I found useful in my research:
This YouTube video is a series of examples of kinetic typography which I found useful for ideas of the different ways in which the text can be displayed. From watching it, it also made me realise the importance of the timing of when the text is displayed.
http://www.creativebloq.com/typography/examples-kinetic-typography-11121304 – This website contains lots of great examples of kinetic typography. It has given me some great ideas, such as visual representations that interact with the words, however a lot of the examples contain imagery such as this to supplement it and for my first attempt I will be focusing on only the words.
This YouTube tutorial is helpful as it reiterates some of what I have learnt in the workshops and also brings some new information.
Task 4 is kinetic typography and is to create an animated sequence of at least 20 seconds to enhance a soundtrack featuring voice. We have been given a sample of audio from The Wolf of Wall Street movie as a suggested sample to use, however we can use one of our own choosing.
My initial thoughts are to either use the sample I have been given or perhaps something from the new Doctor Who series as it contains quite a lot of dialogue that contains emphasis on words, which I believe will be essential. I will be using Adobe After Effects to complete this task and have demonstrated my first attempts at using it in my workshop posts.
My Stop Frame Animation
My 12 Frame Praxinoscope (Stop-frame)
I found that while trying to create my animation with the Lego figure walking across the screen mentioned in my earlier post, I had problems with lighting. I found that even though I tried using a desk lamp for more light and tried using a baking sheet as a diffuser, I had very bad shadows and reflections. My conclusion was that without proper lighting it was not going to turn out anywhere close to what I wanted and being so dark would make potential editing of the images very difficult, so I opted for a simpler animation and although the lighting is not as good as I would like it is a better result overall. I still feel that although my original idea did not pan out I have learnt some useful information that I can use in the future. The animation above is also based on the cycle of time and was created by drawing a clock on a piece of paper, cutting out a black strip and moving both round the clock face shot by shot, it was then put together in Photoshop. I used my Fujifilm S6800 to capture the images but unfortunately my tripod was not rigid enough and I did not have a remote to trigger the shots so was unable to avoid some movement, next time I will borrow a better tripod and/or camera with remote. I have also researched lighting possibilities and am considering purchasing some cheap options I found on Ebay. I have included an image below which demonstrates the lighting problem.
The praxinoscope turned out better than I thought it would, as I found it hard to draw, because it required looking at the previous image and gauging by eye where the next one should be, while trying to draw almost the exact same image, as opposed to being able to overlay the previous one when using software such as Photoshop or Flash.
For both of the animations above I photographed them, opened them in Photoshop and created an animation in the timeline, each image having its own layer. I also adjusted the timing, 0.2 seconds for the first and 0.1 per interval for the praxinoscope.
The next time I make a stop frame animation I will ensure that I have the correct lighting planned in advance and will make a storyboard rather than just making some notes as I believe this will improve the results. I would also like to collaborate with someone as another perspective would be beneficial.
Here are some of the websites I found useful in my research:
This YouTube video was an excellent resource when researching how to make the Lego man move, as I was unsure as to how much movement there should be in each shot. It also demonstrates different ways of doing it.
This YouTube video series is currently my favorite animation and I feel demonstrates just how effective a seemingly simple animation can be. I am very impressed with how the characters seem to have personality. What I have learnt from this animation is the importance of sound to polish the final product and how it is worth spending time to carefully choose what the characters look like, with less being more sometimes.
I also found this website of benefit as it has a top ten tips when creating a stop motion animation, such as testing the setup and not changing the lighting. I found this source useful as there were things such as always trying to capture things with the camera, because if you do it on the with software it will be many frames to edit.
Making an animation is our third task. I have already made a 12 frame praxinoscope (zoetrope) in a seminar which as it is cyclic by nature continues the cycle theme. I will be digitizing it with Photoshop and posting it in my outcome post. I chose Photoshop as it seems the easiest and most straight forward way of doing it based on my skills. I also need to make a short sequence using a camera phone or camera which explores the technique of stop-motion, while still using the word cycle as a theme.
I have had many ideas for an animation but have found it hard to think of something good that relates the word cycle. Some of my usable ideas include, the life-cycle, recycle, seasons and time. I think that the most plausible idea I have had is to combine a Lego man walking across the screen, which I will photo to create the walk while the sun (drawn) moves up and then down again as he walks across. This would relate to the cycle of time.
My Joiner Image
I took these images at the river stour with a Fujifilm finepix s6800 bridge camera. The day started off quite sunny but the lighting was continually changing due to cloud, which affected the images. However I feel that it has added to the overall effect of the joiner and am very pleased with how it turned out. I took shots to make a joiner at three locations along the river, taking what was probably far too many shots, as when it came to creating the joiner in Photoshop it took perhaps longer than it needed to. That being said I struggled to create what I considered to be an acceptable joiner with the shots from the other two locations, so it was worth doing three times and having darker and lighter images to choose from. I also found the tripod to be more of a hinderance than help due to needing to lift the camera up as I got closer to my feet, because when looking at the ground the camera was too close, creating a very zoomed in look, which for this joiner I did not want. I also like the way the light and dark shades in the image draw your eye around the image and how the lighter shades at the bottom of the image add to it without taking focus away from the rest of the image which was my main focus. The darker images such as the bushes in the background although being less detailed, I feel add depth to the image.
My joiner in Photoshop
My Long Exposure Shots
These images were taken at Hengistbury Head with a Panasonic Lumix TZ5 compact camera and tripod. I also took some long exposure shots with the Fujifilm but the slowest shutter speed was 8 seconds, which was ok, but was not really what I was looking for. I took shots that were 8, 15, 30 and 60 second shutter speeds but the images I chose to use are all 60 seconds. During the process of taking long exposure shots I discovered the hard way that in order to get any image at all it needed to be almost completely dark and that if I wanted to take a shot during the day I needed an ND (neutral density) filter of probably about 10 stops for the sea, but unfortunately my camera is unable to use one. I am very pleased with the images even though there is some burnout in the first two images, I particularly like the last image as the moonlight becomes so bright with the shutter open for so long in low light, with the waves breaking turning into a mist or fog. I have included an image below of what the rocks in the last two images look like in a normal shot (1/105 sec).
Short Exposure Shots
The first two images are taken with the Fujifilm finepix camera set to 1/2000 of a second. I decided in the interest of not breaking my camera that I would take these shots on a dry day and use a hose pipe. The first image was the image I had in mind because it seems to stop time with the water droplets frozen there. I was particularly happy with this shot as it captured the droplets in various stages of falling. The second shot I included as it also seems to stop time but as it was not actually raining has a rainbow in the water. I also liked the framing with the leaves out of focus on the left.
I have now decided how and where I would like to get the shots I would like to take. In keeping with my water cycle theme I will use the river stour for the joiner image as there will be interesting scenery. The long exposure shots will be at the beach at hengistbury head, as the waves rushing onto the beach and over the rocks should create a nice mist effect and for the long exposure shot, water dripping off of a roof in the garden, as this should create the effect of time stopping with the water droplets frozen in time.
Here are some websites I found useful while researching:
http://www.hockneypictures.com/works_photos.php – David Hockney is accredited with creating the joiner image in the 1980’s so this was my first point of call. I thought that having a closer look at his work would be the best starting point and give some insight into the history of the joiner image.
http://joinerphotography.com/How%20to/1JHowTo.html – This site was very informative in regard to describing what a joiner image is and how to create one. I will definitely be using the information from this site when creating mine. This website also suggest that when creating a joiner it is an exercise in how the eye and brain really see the world because the emphasis on things in the image changes.
http://thedelightsofseeing.blogspot.co.uk/2011/03/cubism-joiners-and-multiple-viewpoint.html – This site was useful as the images on it helped me to see that not all joiner images are created the same way. Although the basic concept of the joiner is lots of photos joined together, how you choose to do it seems to be down to you. I realised that you can create something that resembles the original image or duplicate sections showing the image/subject from multiple view points.
Following on from the photo-alphabet, we have been given another photo task. This task is to create a series of images with the theme “Cycle”. The types of images I need to create are:
1. Joiner image in the style of David Hockney
2. Creative photo-image exploiting long exposure
3. photo image which exploits short exposure
After seeing some examples of the above in a lecture I decided the first thing I needed to do was to decide on a theme that related to “cycle”. I had various ideas including bicycle wheels, light, water, weather and seasons. I have now chosen the water cycle as my theme because I was able to visualise the images I would take and also because themes like the seasons would not be realistic. The next thing I will do is to research how to make the images and finalize when, where and how I will get the images.
Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve Photo-Alphabet
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This is my completed alphabet. I am very pleased with the end result as I have achieved the diversity of images I was hoping for and managed to use shadows in one of the images. I am particularly pleased with how the P demonstrates texture by not only being able to see the veins in the leaf, but the texture the P itself has, without this it would not be identifiable as a leaf because the shot is zoomed in too closely. The X demonstrates use of colour with the cool blue sky and warm red X creating an image with impact which draws the viewer’s attention, I think the sun and shadows in the image are also quite effective.
I made two trips to Hengistbury Head to get all the photos I wanted and replaced several from the first trip with photos from the second because they were either a better fit with my theme or just a better shot overall. I took a lot more photos than I thought I would, as it was hard to tell if they were framed as well as I wanted and also usable. The camera I used was an Iphone 5 with lens attachments (fish eye, wide and micro) and turned out to be better quality than I anticipated. The overriding theme was Hengistbury Head itself, so although not every image can be considered “nature” I feel that the theme is consistent.
Here are some examples of other useful research.
I found this useful as it helped to inspire me to look for letters in places other than the obvious. This demonstrates how the spaces between buildings can be used to create letters.
This site was also quite inspiring, as it made me think of some potential items that could be photographed to make letters, such as trees and wooden structures.
Today we were given our first task for concept and ideation, this task is to create a photo alphabet poster. The task involves looking outside to find naturally-occuring shapes which can be photographically framed as letters from the alphabet and to use Adobe Photoshop to put them into a poster, we also need to demonstrate our creative understanding of form, line, texture and colour. Although we have the option of working in pairs I have decided to do this task on my own as I am keen to see what I can create on my own.
I started this task by doing some research on photo-alphabets and found some useful insight and ideas at http://www.alphabetphotography.co.uk, http://www.pinterest.com/itsjustmejdp/alphabet-photography and http://kathystanczak.ca/alphabet.php. I found alphabetphotography.co.uk particularly useful as they offer a service where you type in your word and the site creates it from photos. I then started thinking about a theme for my alphabet. I came up with several plausible theme ideas, such as the beach, nature, trees, flowers and cars. I have now decided that my theme will be Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve with a general focus on nature. I chose this theme because I feel that I can get a good degree of diversity in the photos which should be more interesting to look at? If possible I would also like to include a photo that makes use of shadows, as I was particularly impressed with a photo I saw that used a door handles shadow to make a D.
I will be posting the finished poster as soon as I have finished it.
We have now finished the induction task, we managed to get a few more people from our group in the photos around the university, which increased our overall score, as this particular task gives points related to the location and amount of people in the photo. The image below is a collage of the photos that we took. The locations are: Bournemouth train station, the balloon in the winter gardens, the surf reef at Boscome and outside Poole / Talbot house at the university. I think that considering we had only just met each other we did fairly well. Communication between us was helped largely by using a Facebook group and when we met at Bournemouth pier and discussed which photos we would take and where, an action plan was quickly agreed upon. I think that as the people in my group get to know each other more and settle in, that communication will become easier. However this task did enable most of the group to interact outside of lectures and seminars and everyone got on with each other, which is a good start.
Its induction week and we have been set several tasks to do, one of which is taking photos of our group in specific places around Bournemouth. My group met up today to complete this task, however there was only six of us, so we took most of the photos with just the six of us in them. There’s still time to get some photos with the whole group in, so it’s not too late yet.