SHOOT 11 – MUDEFORD QUAY

CONTACT SHEET – MUDEFORD

JUSTIFICATION OF SHOOT LOCATION
  • Came to Mudeford Quay to go crabbing/fishing, spent a lot of time admiring the fishing cages, and wondering how the smell was so strong – this smell and stack of cages instantly brought back a lot of memories when I arrived there to shoot – the research of sensory triggers (such as smell, touch, etc). rings true.
SHOOT PLAN
  • shoot at Mudeford Quay, a frequently visited location from my childhood, that I haven’t visited recently.
  • Shoot landscapes and seascapes, capturing some iconic memorable places and scenes.
SHOOT TECHNICALITIES
  • FujiFilm X-T10, 35mm lens (was torn between this and a 18-56mm zoom lens, but decided to stick with 35mm as I really like the look and feel of this fixed lens).
  • sticking with a low ISO of around 250-320, the main (and very frequent) changes are with the aperture and shutter speed, changing as the scene and location did.
  • I shot with a slightly overexposed feel, as to continue with this slightly hazy and washed out images, an in camera ‘chromatic chrome’ Fujifilm filter washing out the colours even more, getting a really subtle, yet effective effect.
  • As the day was quite bright, the white clouds really creating a soft light, the shadows are really subtle, I really tried to use this to my advantage, relying pretty heavily on this bright light.
SHOOT ANALYSIS

I think this shoot went well, and I’m absolutely in love with the colour palette, the pastel hues and washed out peachy sand really reminding me of my childhood, as the weather was usually this kind when I was at this location in the past. Unfortunately some of the images are slightly too much washed out, the white blown out and overbearing, and this is something to really work with in editing, changing these washed out areas into something that works a bit more successfully.

Compositionally, I really tried to get a good mix of human presence and a more natural approach, trying to focus on the sea, but also on the more obvious aspects such as the man-made railings, houses etc. I tried to frame a lot of images in the style of Wes Anderson, using a strong centric approach, with heavily set out to the left or right of the image, with a strong sense of depth. I really love this approach, as its subtly very ‘in your face’ not leaving much to suggestion, instead giving you the scene. I feel like with my want to leave my final piece very much open to the viewer’s interpretation, this approach might be a subtle way of suggesting the more important parts of a scene.

By chance, I found the red bucket as I was going along the sand, and was amazed by the synchronicity of the moment, having discussed the idea of taking toys into a location to create a more relatable and universal sense of childhood. This red bucket set up the scene so perfectly for itself, I only had to snap the pictures, trying to get a few multiple angles to explore the depth of the image.

I think this shoot went well, but as always, there are images that will be taken and others that’ll be left behind, as not all the images were successful. I think this is due to a new type of photography – I’m not used to landscape photography as much, focusing much more on portraits and still life previously. I think this is an exciting way forward, as trying out new approaches and skills is something I really wanted to do within this project.

I look forward to editing these images, especially with the editing style that I’ve settled on for the project this far.

I think in future landscape shoots though I need to be really careful of composition, as I have time to focus on this as there is a large amount of aspects to go into the imagery. Also making sure the horizon line is straight, and the focus is correct are hugely important. I think also perhaps testing out my larger zoom lens, as this could add more to the images, bringing perhaps a different quality to the work?

 

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