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THE PROFESSIONALS

By Adam Rayner


Statement of Intent Candidate name: Title of the theme:

Adam Rayner Professionals at Work

Intentions/purpose of the photography to be undertaken To capture 10 images in black and white showing people at work in their working environment. The images are to convey emotion and detail and show a glimpse into their daily lives of their chosen profession. I will also be developing my own skills at portrait photography and pushing myself to meet new people and interacting with them, building my confidence as a person and a photographer.

Reasons for selection of theme (including inspiration from the work of others) I love portraiture photography and this theme will show a glimpse of people in their everyday working environment. It will also be my first time shooting in black and white. Inspiration will be taken from Vivian Maier, Ed van der Elsken and Henri Cartier-Bresson

The photo imaging equipment and medium that will be used and why I will be using a Nikon D7100 DSLR and a choice of two lenses, either a Nikon 17-55 F2.8 or a Nikon 70-200 F4 vr. A Nikon SB-700 speedlite for dark places or when shutter speed needs to be increased. The 17-55 will give me a wide angle and allow me to move around in tighter spaces such as rooms, houses and workshops. The 70-200 will allow me when possible to keep my distance from the subject allowing for a more candid shot. I will be shooting in digital RAW and JPEG .Because the RAW file will be in colour and i want the finished shot to be in black and white ,the JPEGs will allow me to view the pictures on camera in black and white for quick selection.


The selected RAW file will have minimal post processing applied before submission. Techniques that will be used and how they will help convey the visual message Techniques used in composition will be the rule of thirds and more so the golden segment which i think is more widely used or portrait photography. I will be taking the shots in black and white because i believe they will have more impact for this theme and will reflect the photographers that i have researched. .

How light quality can be used to help convey the visual message I will be trying to use natural light as much as possible but many pictures will be inside due to the nature of the subject’s environment. I may use a flash in dark conditions and diffuse the light using a clip on diffuser or bounce it off the wall or ceiling. I also may consider using it off camera for a more varied light. Whie balance will be selected on camera using either the presets or by taking a reading from a grey card.

Safety considerations Safety is of paramount importance especially as the theme is people at work ,which will take me into people’s workplace. Safety PPE may have to be used to address risk assessments imposed on the working tasks or areas of work.


Equipment and Materials Resource

How it was used? Advantages / Disadvantages

Suitability

Nikon DSLR

to capture digital images

Yes suitable for the task

+ Through the lens viewing giving a true view of the subject. - Quite heavy and large

Nikon SB700 speedlite

to illuminate the subject

+ Small and portable

sometimes in the correct environment

- Not natural light - Batteries always needed Nikon 17-55mm F2.8

to capture images

+ Wide angle

yes

Shallow depth of field slow shutter speed can be used Easier in small spaces - No stabilisation Nikon 70-200mm F4

to capture images

+ Great for subject isolation VR stabilization meaning lower shutter speeds in low light good for shallow depth of field - need plenty of distance from the subject

yes


Hi speed memory card to record images

+ fast enough to record JPEG and RAW on a 24mp camera

yes

Epson R200 Photo printer

+great for photos

mostly

to print test shots, model release forms and research material

-can be expensive with 6 inks a little temperamental due to being 9 years old

Toshiba laptop

To view and post process images on Photoshop

+can run Photoshop -poor screen resolution

acceptable


THE BLACKSMITH Supporting evidence Influences and intention My intention for this photograph is to show the Blacksmith working in the forge with hot metal using tools of his trade. I have been infuenced by Sebasti達o Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson along with Ed van der Elsken. Preparation and planning For this picture i spoke to a work colleague to arrange a date as the blacksmith is his brother. We decided on a suitable morning to take the pictures. I had been to the forge only once before and knew it was very dark inside so i packed the relevant equipment. Nikon D7100 camera to capture the images. Spare camera battery and plenty of speedlite batteries, all fully charged the evening before. Nikon 17-55 F2.8 which is ideal in low light and very sharp at 2.8 .It is also excellent in confined spaces due to its relatively wide angle and combining those two qualities would allow me to keep a low shutter speed and low ISO. Nikon SB700 speedlite .If dark conditions pushed ISO to an unacceptable limit then i would have to use flash, but this was a last resort because i was looking for a natural image that related to my research. Image capture Image one I shot this in RAW and JPEG on manual settings and with the flash. The flash has gels for fluorescent and sodium lighting to balance the effect of the flash light. When a gel is added the white balance on the camera is automatically adjusted to the correct light source. I found the place so dark that even with the flash i had to adjust ISO to 800 and the aperture to 2.8.The shutter was at 1/80 second .I kept the focal point on the blacksmith making sure the forge was in the foreground. White balance was set to fluorescent via the green fluorescent gel added to the speedlite . Image two The settings were changed for this image, the shutter was set to 1/200 of a sec and the focal length increased to 32mm


The JPEG settings were changed to black and white so i could view the image on the rear screen and make any adjustments. The RAW image was processed buy converting it using Adobe DNG converter and opened using Adobe RAW where sharpening was applied and noise checked and removed as necessary. The image was the opened in Adobe CS5 Photoshop where it was desaturated and the curves adjustment altered slightly for contrast and detail. Image selection Image one I selected this image because it shows the hot item that the blacksmith is working on, the forge is flaming nicely .The light on the blacksmiths face is interesting and the picture also shows tools of his trade hanging on the wall in the background. Image two This image i picked because of the connection between a blacksmith and an anvil, it’s always something that’s associated with this trade. Documentation A model release form was signed by the blacksmith and myself. No other documentation was necessary.


THE BLACKSMITH Image One Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/80

Aperture

f/2.8

Focal Length

19 mm

ISO Speed

800

Exposure Program

Manual

Flash

On, Return detected

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


THE BLACKSMITH Image Two Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/200 sec

Aperture

f/2.8

Focal Length

32 mm

ISO Speed

800

Exposure Program

Manual

Flash

On, Return detected

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


THE FRENCH POLISHER Supporting evidence Influences and intention My intention for this photograph is to show the polisher working on an item with tools of his trade in his place of work. I have been influenced by Sebasti達o Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson along with Ed van der Elsken. Preparation and planning For this picture of my old friend the French Polisher i first telephoned him to see if he would be willing to be photographed for this college project. He agreed and we booked a date and time which suited us both. Knowing his place of work well and how it was lit i packed the relevant equipment. Nikon D7100 camera to capture the images. Spare camera battery and plenty of speedlite batteries, all fully charged the evening before. Nikon 17-55 F2.8 which is ideal in low light and very sharp at 2.8 .It is also excellent in confined spaces due to its relatively wide angle and combining those two qualities would allow me to keep a low shutter speed and low ISO. Nikon SB700 speedlite .If dark conditions pushed ISO to an unacceptable limit then i would have to use flash, but this was a last resort because i was looking for a natural image that related to my research. Image capture Image One I shot this in RAW and JPEG on manual settings and into the light from the window to keep ISO low at 250 .The shutter was at 1/80 second,enough to cover focal length and show a small amount of movement in his hand. Aperture was at 2.8 for maximum light and a shallow depth of field. I kept the focal point on the polisher making sure his table was in the background. White balance was set to fluorescent. Image Two I used My Nikon speedlite for this shot because the polisher had moved to the back of the workshop which was slightly darker. Shutter speed was increased slightly as was the focal length. The JPEG settings were changed to black and white so i could view the image on the rear screen and make any adjustments.


The RAW image was processed buy converting it using Adobe DNG converter and opened using Adobe RAW where sharpening was applied and noise checked and removed as necessary. The image was the opened in Adobe CS5 Photoshop where it was desaturated and the curves adjustment altered slightly for contrast and detail. Image selection Image one I selected this image because it shows concentration from the polisher as well as the item he is working on. It also shows a small amount of movement from the sanding action and the rock on the table that is used for distressing the veneer. I feel the image has a quiet quality about it. Image Two I selected this image because i liked the line of the table leading up to the polisher along with the lower point of view. Documentation A model release form was signed by the polisher and myself . No other documentation was necessary; i did however check that he would not be using hazardous chemicals such as paint stripper, where a risk assessment may have been needed.


THE FRENCH POLISHER Image One Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/80 sec

Aperture

f/2.8

Focal Length

35 mm

ISO Speed

250

Exposure Program

Manual

Flash

Off, Did not fire

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


THE FRENCH POLISHER Image Two Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/125 sec

Aperture

f/2.8

Focal Length

28 mm

ISO Speed

250

Exposure Program

Manual

Flash

On, return detected

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


The Land Rover Mechanic Supporting evidence Influences and intention My intention for this photograph is to show the Land Rover Mechanic working on an Land Rover with tools of his trade in his place of work. I have been infuenced by Sebasti達o Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson along with Ed van der Elsken. Preparation and planning For this picture of my old friend the Land Rover Mechanic, i first telephoned him to see if he would be willing to be photographed for this college project. He agreed and we booked a date and time which suited us both. Knowing his place of work well and how it was lit i packed the relevant equipment. Nikon D7100 camera to capture the images. Spare camera battery and plenty of speedlite batteries, all fully charged the evening before. Nikon 17-55 F2.8 which is ideal in low light and very sharp at 2.8 .It is also excellent in confined spaces due to its relatively wide angle and combining those two qualities would allow me to keep a low shutter speed and low ISO. Nikon SB700 speedlite .If dark conditions pushed ISO to an unacceptable limit then i would have to use flash, but this was a last resort because i was looking for a natural image that related to my research. Image capture Image One I shot this in RAW and JPEG on manual settings and speedlite attached .ISO was at 400 .The shutter was at 1/60 second .Aperture was at F 2.8 for maximum light due to the vast workshop that was quite dark. I kept the focal point on the Mechanic making sure the vehicle was in the foreground. White balance was set to fluorescent. Image Two Image two was shot with similar settings to image one but as the mechanic was in a darker area of his workshop i reduced the shutter speed to 1/30 of a second, all other settings were kept the same The JPEG settings were changed to black and white so i could view the image on the rear screen and make any adjustments. The RAW image was processed buy converting it using Adobe DNG converter and opened using Adobe RAW where sharpening was applied and noise checked and removed as necessary.


The image was the opened in Adobe CS5 Photoshop where it was desaturated and the curves adjustment altered slightly for contrast and detail. Image selection Image one I selected this image because it shows the mechanic as well as the old Land Rover he is working on.I feel the image has a rugged quality about it . Image Two I picked this image because i particularly like the fact that the workshop is full of everything including an old bicycle which looks as if it’s been there forever. Documentation A model release form was signed by the mechanic and myself. No other documentation was necessary; i did however check that he would not be using equipment such as welders or grinders, where a risk assessment may have been needed.


THE LANDROVER MECHANIC Image One Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/60 sec

Aperture

f/2.8

Focal Length

22 mm

ISO Speed

400

Exposure program

Manual

Flash

On, Return detected

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


THE LANDROVER MECHANIC Image Two Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/30 sec

Aperture

f/2.8

Focal Length

22 mm

ISO Speed

400

Exposure program

Manual

Flash

On, Return detected

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


The Watercolour Artist Supporting evidence Influences and intention My intention for this photograph is to show the Artist working on one of his paintings in his usual surroundings .I have been influenced by Sebasti達o Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson along with Ed van der Elsken. Preparation and planning For this picture i spoke to a work colleague to arrange a date as the artist is his brother. We decided on a suitable afternoon to take the pictures. I had never been to his cottage or village before, so i check out the location on Google maps. I packed for the session. Nikon D7100 camera to capture the images. Spare camera battery and plenty of speedlite batteries, all fully charged the evening before. Nikon 17-55 F2.8 which is ideal in low light and very sharp at 2.8 .It is also excellent in confined spaces due to its relatively wide angle and combining those two qualities would allow me to keep a low shutter speed and low ISO. Nikon SB700 speedlite .If dark conditions pushed ISO to an unacceptable limit then i would have to use flash, but this was a last resort because i was looking for a natural image that related to my research. Image capture Image One I shot this in RAW and JPEG on manual settings without using flash. I was at 17mm focal length to get the window in and the artist. I was able to keep the ISO low at 400 due to the light from the window. The shutter was at 1/50 of a second as movement of the subject was not an issue. Image capture Image Two Settings are almost identical to the first image with only a slight change to the focal length and ISO increased to 640. The JPEG settings were changed to black and white so i could view the image on the rear screen and make any adjustments. The RAW image was processed buy converting it using Adobe DNG converter and opened using Adobe RAW where sharpening was applied and noise checked and removed as necessary. The image was the opened in Adobe CS5 Photoshop where it was desaturated and the curves adjustment altered slightly for contrast and detail.


Image two was cropped to remove a bag of coal by the fireplace. Image selection IMAGE ONE When i first met the artist at his cottage he was dressed in a hand tailored three piece suit with tie, this was his normal attire. We started shooting by his inglenook fireplace but as we progressed with the shoot he told me he often sat upstairs cross legged on the floor by the window so we continued shooting upstairs. I selected this image because it reflects exactly the tranquil mood the artist works in .It shows the light from the window and also the brushes he uses for his work. IMAGE TWO I selected this image because as he is such a unique eccentric and interesting character i felt the pictures by the inglenook fireplace showed his style off perfectly from his suit to his hair. Documentation A model release form was signed by the artist and myself but it had to be adapted first for use of only two photographs. Because he keeps private and there are not any pictures of him on the internet connecting himself to his work i altered a model release form to allow me to use this picture for college purposes only. No other documentation was needed.


THE WATERCOLOUR ARTIST Image One Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/60 sec

Aperture

f/2.8

Focal Length

17 mm

ISO Speed

400

Exposure Program

Manual

Flash

Off, Did not fire

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


THE WATERCOLOUR ARTIST Image Two Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/60 sec

Aperture

f/2.8

Focal Length

18 mm

ISO Speed

640

Exposure Program

Manual

Flash

Off, Did not fire

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


The Woodcutter Supporting evidence Influences and intention My intention for this photograph is to show the Artist working on one of his paintings in his usual surroundings .I have been influenced by Sebasti達o Salgado and Henri Cartier-Bresson along with Ed van der Elsken. Preparation and planning For this picture I had previously spoken to a local woodcutter and tree surgeon to see when we could arrange a time that suited us both. After a phone call I travel to his wood yard to take the pictures. I packed for the session. Nikon D7100 camera to capture the images. Spare camera battery and plenty of speedlite batteries, all fully charged the evening before. Nikon 17-55 F2.8 which is ideal in low light and very sharp at 2.8 .It is also excellent in confined spaces due to its relatively wide angle and combining those two qualities would allow me to keep a low shutter speed and low ISO. Nikon SB700 speedlite .If dark conditions pushed ISO to an unacceptable limit then i would have to use flash, but this was a last resort because i was looking for a natural image that related to my research. I did not expect to use it though as we would probably be outside although I was aware he had sheds for drying wood. Image capture Image One I shot this in RAW and JPEG on manual settings without using flash. I was at 28mm focal length and aperture set to F4. I was able to keep the ISO low at 125. The shutter was at 1/250 of a second as movement of the subject was not an issue. Image capture Image Two Settings for the second image are F8 for the aperture, 26mm focal length, ISO 100 and shutter 1/200. The JPEG settings were changed to black and white so i could view the image on the rear screen and make any adjustments. Both RAW images were processed by converting it using Adobe DNG converter and opened using Adobe RAW where sharpening was applied and noise checked and removed as necessary. The image was the opened in Adobe CS5 Photoshop where it was desaturated and the curves adjustment altered slightly for contrast and detail. Image one had some power lines removed using the clone tool


Image selection IMAGE ONE I selected this image because i think it shows the deliberation of the woodcutter for the work ahead. IMAGE TWO I selected this image because it shows him at work with the saw and there is great detail in the wood showing the rings and the large logs. Documentation A model release form was signed by the woodcutter and myself and also a location release form as the picture was taken on private grounds. No other documentation was needed.


THE WOODCUTTER Image One Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/250 sec

Aperture

f/4

Focal Length

28 mm

ISO Speed

125

Exposure Program

Manual

Flash

Off, Did not fire

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


THE WOODCUTTER Image Two Exif data Camera

Nikon D7100

Exposure

1/200 sec

Aperture

f/8

Focal Length

26 mm

ISO Speed

100

Exposure Program

Manual

Flash

Off, Did not fire

Lens

17.0-55.0 mm f/2.8


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