This photo was taken just by the Yarra River, at approximately 10:43pm. I ventured out into the city until late to get the image I was looking for. Amongst the many other great images taken from that night, this was the one that caught my eye of interest for this assignment. At this moment in time I was actually constructing my website, the main thing that I was most interested in, was developing a part for the site and to create a sense of mystery and not see color. That being said, with black and white being used, I was able to show the abstraction using the reflection of the water. I made this reflection by using a low shutter speed of 358sec / 6:30:00 Minutes with Cokin Gradual Neutral Gray G2 Medium and ND4 filter -0.6 and Neutral Gray ND8 -0.9. This allowed me to get more time and to block out some harsh highlights whilst having this long exposure. It also gave no detail to where the lights are coming off the water itself, no major editing was done here in post, apart from cleaning up the occasional spots. The city of Melbourne fascinates me on many different levels, coming from street, architecture and landscape. For the past year or so, I’ve noticed that photographing in Melbourne had gotten a little stale for me. With the background knowledge I have with my camera craft, and the opportunity of this assignment, I now know that this isn’t true.
“ You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Demonstrated in the four pictures above, are points of interest for me. These will help my progress and exploration with abstraction when photographing at night. Throughout the course, I hope to intertwine this concept with up coming projects and portfolio pieces to create a sense of interest.