Saturday, September 21, 2013

Exercise: Images with Depth

This exercise asks us to create images to represent various atmospheres:
  • Dynamic/exciting/adventurous
  • Oppressive/dull/stifling
  • Complicated/confusing/uncomfortable
  • Refined/mature/reasonable.
Consider lines of perspective, foreground and background detail, lighting, colour, texture and depth of field....

Quite dynamic, exciting and adventurous even though the depth is not that apparent - there are some jaunty angles of the buildings and nooks and crannies to add interest. The sporty cyclist and vibrant colours add something.

Two traffic images for the oppressive/dull/stifling mood.  The angle of the shot shows depth as the lines of the cars lead the eye back but there is no comfortable space so it feels stifling (to me anyway).

The mundanity of the traffic jam also adds to the oppressiveness.

Obviously the hole in the stone naturally invites us to look through and see the world from that perspective so it gives a strange sense of depth. The layers of the landscape, shapes and colours also help.

The lines all leading to a vanishing point creates a feeling of dynamism and this is enhanced by the subject matter - all those bicycles just waiting to go somewhere.

The light and shade works well in this as we can't see any sky.  This highlights the white at the vanishing point and is balanced by the white writing on the road.  The repetitiveness of the bike parts add a nice rhythm. 

The playground shots were an experiment to see how the different lines would work but I think the overriding feeling is of being imprisoned - inevitable as there are bars up close.

Definitely complicated/confusing/uncomfortable!

It is much easier to feel the sense of depth from this image taken between the bars of the fence.

Lovely lines in the grass path leading us towards the distant building.  The softness of the path and green colour make this look very welcoming.

I thought these images would be a good fit for the oppressive/dull/stifling brief but looking at them now I am feeling more dynamic/exciting/adventurous.

Refined/mature/reasonable - nice warm colours and comfortable lines. A well-thought out space that is carefully looked after.

Logically the horizontal layers of the stones should indicate depth but this image actual feels more stifling as we cannot really see the space even though we know it is there.

Another refined/mature/reasonable image. We know what we are looking at; the path leads comfortable ahead; the area is well-tended.

I love the sense of controlled depth in this shot, leading to a small rectangle at the end. It feels comfortable and ordered.

This one is a little more sinister and threatening - could be creepier than the other graveyard images.

Dynamic/exciting/adventurous - interesting lines and lots of activity plus the street fair feel from the bunting.

I failed to capture the sense of depth in this image possibly because the patch of grass breaks up the lines of perspective and the tree blocks any possible vanishing point.

This has a nice refined/mature/reasonable feel to it even with the slightly eccentric contours of the grass. Nice lines and sold respectable buildings. And huge depth not often found in central London.

I find this to be dynamic/exciting/adventurous - partly just the recklessness of being outdoors in such heavy rain but also the reflections and colour add to the scene.

Overall this was a surprisingly interesting exercise. At first I was completely stumped and couldn't work out how I could create the images but once I got out and about I started seeing ideas in lots of places. This will really help when I need to build a scene from scratch.

From these images it seems that the best way to create depth is with clear foreground and strong lines of perspective.

I think visual depth is really important to the overall feel of a shot as it will seem deliberately claustrophobic otherwise. Our actors also need space to move around and interact and we want the viewer to feel comfortable that this can happen realistically.

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