I was very pleasantly surprised with my tutor’s feedback on assignment 4. I had procrastinated for so long and in the end felt that I had to get it done and draw a line under it and maybe rushed the assignment as a result. Certainly Pete made constructive comments about how some of the images could be improved but he was also very complementary about some of them, suggesting even that one or two could be the sort of pictures that image libraries would be interested in and sending me the submission criteria. I haven’t done anything about that yet as I want to get the next assignment done first and then we’ll see.
I will go back and edit some of the posts as suggested before submitting my work for assessment and there are one or two that I might try to retake.
I’ve already had another go at the orchid ‘frozen in time’ and although I’m still not entirely happy with it, I’m getting there. Practice clearly is the name of the game. In this case I think it may work better with a flatter flower than an orchid because by the time I have the whole flower encased in enough ice to for it to lie flat, the ice has become too thick for the whole flower to be seen except for the back view where the colours show through nicely and in quite a subtle way.
This assignment really has made me think about light though and I realise that I am now using ISO almost without thinking as a means of increasing the light needed for a shot, particularly if I need a fast shutter speed and don’t want to lose depth of field. I’ve also taken the opportunity to practice with my studio lighting and although it certainly has its limitations, I am starting to learn how to get the best from it.