Unit 115 Specialist Practice in photography & Unit 5: Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation


As a photographer I have always loved Landscape. Peter McKinnon and Ansel Adams have been huge influence in my work. As an Historical figure in photography Adams is renowned for his beautifully shot images, a master in dark room printing. McKinnon a contemporary in photography produces digital colour street photography and landscape themes. Having explored this genre of photography in previous works producing landscape studies in Wales, it is my intention to develop this subject specialist area further.

In the first instance I have embarked on creating a series of observations and photographic studies during my travels around Canada in the summer period, with a view to this being a starting point for my specialist practice ‘body of work’. I will review and reflect upon my outcomes, editing and sequencing those images to ascertain where the strength lies in this first series of shoots.

This is my mood board for landscapes. I selected these images because I love how isolated these pictures make areas how quiet and still the landscape look. I wish to replicate this affects in my own images creating a quiet and calming environment where the pupil should feel at peace.

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Dag Ole Nordhaug

Dag Ole Nordhaug is a Norway landscape photographer who was exposed at an early age to the beauty of northern Norway landscapes. From then on he has created beautiful imagery from sunsets in a Valley two mirror images of mountains in Crystal like Lakes. I will be showing you free images of his work in Norway.

The first image is of a hilly Valley with a river running directly through it all the way towards a sunset/sunrise. The stalker that has positioned herself on top of a mountain pointing us towards the sun giving us beams of light shining up the valley making it almost golden. I love how the photographer has mixed in the foreground and the background creating this nice blend of in Focus and out of focus. I also love how you can look at every bit of this image and still get something from it from the Golden Lake running through the valley to the snowy mountaintops in the distance to the dramatic cloudy Sky. I believe the photographer has deliberately used the golden rule which is when a photographer photographs at a certain point in time this can be either sunrise or sunset.

Now the second is a great example of having the same theme but altering a few elements, for example, both images are taken of a Valley, however, this one has been taken at a different time I would say just after sunset giving the audience a purple bluish night sky almost making the audience go to sleep. Yet again I love how you can pick up little details in the image. I would like to point out if you are familiar with Ansel Adams you might recognise this location from a famous image that he created.

For the last image, I decided to show off one of his optical illusions image where he is used a reflective surface to create a copy of a mountain and a wooden cabin. I have to admit that I appreciate how well he uses the golden rule in this image yet again he has created a sort of golden Sky giving you a sort of relaxing calming atmosphere. I also like how he's included the plant life at the bottom of the image most photographers would cut out these details however he has decided to include more in his image giving us more story towards it and making it more of his own.


Eric Bennett

Eric Bennett Was born in the state of California in the city of San Diego he is then moved and based his operations in Utah however he travels across America photographing the country is beautiful landscapes. This photographer uses a lot of depth of field in his landscapes focusing on the foreground then bleeding into the background creating this beautiful image of fast-moving rivers and jaw-dropping backgrounds.

The first image is of a mountain being engulfed by clouds where you can just about see the snow on the top of it just before the Clowns swallow it away. You can also see a small waterfall leading towards the mountains I believe the photographer has used a slow shutter speed to capture the fast-moving water waterfall. I also love how the photographer has Incorporated colour into his image by using the small flowers at the bottom of the image just giving that extra detail.

The second image is of a fast-moving stream giving you that thrill of excitement and violence from such a small stream. I like to know it that I find it impressive that the photographer can find so much detail in something that most photographers would look past. I love how the photographer has kept the detail in the rocks making you feel like you can actually reach out and touch them. In the background, you can see that the photographer has managed to capture a rainbow that leads towards the tip of the Mountain I must wonder if this was done deliberately or not.

The last image is of a small body of water surrounded by harsh sharp mountains complemented by colourful red and orange plants. I love how the mountains are highlighted by a Golden Ray adding more colour and contrast between the White Snow and greyish rocks. I believe that the photographer has waited until sunset or sunrise similar to the last photography. Just like the other images that this photographer has done he has managed to capture the detail in every level of his work.

In conclusion I love how this photographer has managed to show off the American landscape using depth of field and slow shutter speed. I asked you find inspiring that this photographer uses natural colours in the environment to enhance his own images.


Discuss equipment/lighting/techniques you used in first shoot

Whilst I was travelling across Canada I was limited to the amount of equipment I would be able to carry due to having to carry the equipment through rough terrain as well as limited storage so it was a struggle to decide what to take and what to leave. the main camera is used with a Canon DSLR 70D I also brought a small point and shoot camera from Canon as a backup just in case my main camera was broken or lost and I wasn't stuck in Canada without cabling to take any photos. I brought a Manfrotto tripod with a pinball head. I brought a standard trigger for my cameras which allows me to take a photograph away from my camera which prevents camera Shake. I used a used standard length of 55 mm, a telephoto lens of 200 mm and a fixed lens of 40 mm.I did have the rare opportunity to go on a helicopter tour around mountains and lakes in the Rockies which was an incredible experience and one that I will not forget about.

The most of my lighting is used natural lighting for almost all of my shorts the only exceptions would be when I was photographing at night using the street lights for there I had to set my camera to a low shutter speed and a wide-open lens to catch as much light as possible I used flat surfaces and my tripod to create a steady position for my camera. If I did have the space to take a light reflector I would have to bounce light back into a certain shoot.

Once I was shooting I was always trying to think of different techniques I could be using which one would be better which one be worse but at the same time I was on my holiday and I didn't want to miss out what was straight in front of me by constantly looking through a lens and always thinking about photography so it was quite a difficult balance between focusing on photography and enjoying the experience of being there. These are some of the techniques that I had in mind when shooting my images; golden circle, rule of thirds, leading lines, filling the frame and repetition.

Showcase contact sheet-small image files and discuss content/composition/exposures etc

I find it hard to talk about my own images as there are so many stories that go with these images I don't know where to begin or what to talk about. How do you talk about a trip of a lifetime that you have been waiting for so long and to have people doubt that you would go that you would be just another person who says I want to go there but never do. How do you talk about some of the most treasured memories you have and tried to show people that experience through images.

Bow summit was one of the most beautiful and jaw-dropping places I have ever been in my life that sense of feeling that you can't believe what is in front of your eyes you will never forget. Join my trip to Canada I was always trying to keep in mind of composition and style in my photography for my bow summit photos I decided to try and have a good balance between the sapphire blue lakes and the toppling mountains stretching out to the sky.

Some of the black and white images of the Landscape were taken from a helicopter tour in the Rockies. The excitement and the feel of butterflies in your stomach are overwhelming that you're just in a metal box flying across these mountains almost Like an eagle. During the flight it was quite difficult to try and focus on photography whilst passing through a storm you don't exactly have steady Foundation to work with and it's all a gamble whether or not it is worth it.

The last images of buffalo from a Buffalo Ranch in the Rockies near a town called Gordon. It's an unusual feeling to see a creature that was almost close to becoming extinct and to see it for my own eyes rather than old western films how beautiful and dangerous these creatures are. I'm forever grateful that I managed to get so close towards them to be able to capture and show how Majestic they are.


For this second body of work I have predominantly filled this one with Street photography from Seattle, vancouver and New York.


Highlight areas of strength, collections or sequences of images that work….. discuss how you would then develop further …. and or feature as a completed series then move on to phase two



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Create a layout of your exhibition board to scale: This can be created digitally in Photoshop

or you can photograph the board and create a mock up (board measurements are 8ftx4ft).

Frames: Type of frame (this should include visuals, screenshots from websites, create a

mockup of your image in a frame)

Cost of Frames: £

Foam Board: Where can you source this from look at different websites and compare prices,

also look at correct sizing for your plan.

Cost of Foam Board: £

Printing Stock & Size: Source printing companies outside of the college, how much do they

charge for your prints? (Document if you have emailed or contacted the printers through

email or phone)

Cost of Prints: £

Display Accessories: Look for any extra materials you will need such as hanging equipment

for frames/work, Velcro tape...Hooks...etc.… (Alplas.com is a good website for this)

Cost of Accessories: £

Photobook: You may want to have a photobook full of your work created for viewers at the

exhibition, look at how much it would cost to do this. (Blurb.co.uk is a good site)

Cost of Photobook: £