In light of my tutor’s comments regarding Assignment 1 – Landscape, I’ve made a few amendments to the assignment. I felt my tutor’s comments were all valuable and agreed with the large majority of them. One recurring theme was that the buildings appeared to be falling over in some photographs so I’ve since fixed that as suggested. This meant cropping in slightly after correcting the verticals but I didn’t feel too much was lost in terms of important landscape features or composition.
Another suggestion was that cropping in on the right and bottom sides for Photograph 2 – Assignment 1 – Landscape would be beneficial in honing in the viewer’s eye towards the posts , which I had already mentioned created a frame for the rest of the photograph, thus strengthening the composition. Secondly, although this is subjective, I agreed that in retrospect the clouds were too dark in certain areas for the overall photograph and so I dodged them slightly.
Finally, in response to using the portrait format (instead of landscape) for the final three images (excluding Photograph 7 – Assignment 1 – Landscape which I’ve subsequently added), my reasoning was that I wouldn’t have been able to include (fit in) the important foreground elements of the Thames’ foreshore within the frame had I stuck with landscape (I had no qualms about changing orientation either way).
Overall, I felt that by implementing these little changes/corrections, the project was quite a bit stronger and so I was more pleased with it. As mentioned, I’ve subsequently added Photograph 7 – Assignment 1 – Landscape which, although included the Shard again as the landmark, was from another angle and another part of the Thames’ foreshore. In my opinion the dynamic clouds, created by using a longer exposure and with moving, broken-up clouds in the sky made the photograph stronger, particularly because they were moving towards the viewer. This latter factor I felt added further dynamism and sublimity to the photograph.