The Cloaked Menace (An Original Stop Motion Video) (by artsycherry aka Me)
Photographer: Cheryll (Me)
Assignment 4 - 1 Photo and 100 Words
I believe that there are many themes that this photo could be said to represent.
One of these themes is that of distance, as there are 3 levels of distance in this image. The first is that of the individual or viewer on the ground, as they are looking up at the plane far above them. The second level is that of the tree branches up above through which the person must gaze in order to see the plane. The last level is that of the plane itself which is so far up above the person that it appears to be very small, and somewhat ghostly and out-of-focus.
Another theme that this photo may be said to represent is that of the contrast of nature versus man. The tree branches could be considered to be nature’s representative, while the plane and its exhaust-trail could be seen as man’s. The idea of nature and man clashing is subtly hinted by the fact that the plane and the tree branch overlap each other to form a perfect X.
The three elements and principles of design that are best represented by this image are that of line, contrast, and colour. Line is seen in the diagonal and angled lines of the tree branches and the plane’s exhaust. These lines help to direct the viewer’s eye, and divide the image into different sections.
The principle of contrast is most prominent in the lines of the branches as they are lit in such a way that one side of each branch is brighter while the other is darkened by shadow. This contrast helps to make the lines of the branches more eye-catching, dramatic, and engaging.
The photo’s use of the element of colour is very subtle, but the photo does make use of the complementary colour combination of orange and blue. The tree branches have an orange tinge which contrasts well with the blue sky. This colour combination makes the photo appear more dynamic.
Photographer: Cheryll (Me)
Assignment 6 - Shape and Form - Part 1/4
This photograph was taken from my backyard. It depicts the silhouette of a tall tree a few houses over. I took this photo because I loved the shape of the tree, and the way the sky looked at the time.
I believe that this photo is a very good example of the element of shape, as the tree appears completely two-dimensional. This silhouette was achieved both because the tree was back-lit at the time, and because I used a faster shutter speed to capture the image. The great use of contrast also makes this a more effective silhouette shot as the silhouette is kept separate from its background by the contrast between the two. This is also what makes the silhouette of the tree so sharp and distinct.
This photograph also makes use of the elements of line, and value. The lines formed by the tree branches direct the viewer’s eye around the image. The use of value in the clouds makes the image as a whole more dramatic and interesting as the differing shades of gray are preferable to a solid, single-shaded gray background.
Lastly, this photograph is a good example of the rule of thirds.