The reason why I am looking at narrative images in architecture is because I want to capture the iconic buildings in Liverpool for my billboard. Looking at narrative images will help me when I capture my images because I will have an idea on how to include a narrative to my images. I want to include the iconic buildings because they are the most recognizable things in Liverpool. Below is a board I made on Pinterest:
Above is an image I found whilst looking on Pinterest. I think this is classed as a narrative architecture photograph because the woman in the window is giving the building a meaning. For the me the meaning is the woman was possibly abused and gone to window to get away from it. The main thing for me is how the lighting is because I really want to get the correct lighting to make the building “pop”. I think this image was taken on a digital camera. So the settings will be easier to guess because digital camera store the setting data. I am guessing the shutter speed is 1/30 because the image was taken in an alley so a slow shutter speed was needed to make sure the image was bright. I think the aperture is F:5 because a wide aperture is needed to make sure the image was bright enough. I think the ISO is 400 because a high aperture is needed in low light situations.
Above is an image on Pinterest. I love how the words give the image meaning because it is very clever and simple. The text along with the man gives the image meaning because the man could a driver or a child. I could use this technique to add meaning because I find it is a very simple way of adding narrative image. The image I think was taken on a digital camera because it looks very modern. I am guessing the shutter speed is 1/30 because the picture was taken in a parking lot so the shutter speed needs to be slow to get more light in the image. I guess the aperture is f:2 because a wide aperture allows more light into the camera meaning the image will be correctly exposed. I guessed the ISO is 500 because the image is taken in a low light situation so a low ISO is needed in low light situations. I can take away using words to add meaning to the image.
Above is a board I made on Pinterest. Ansel Adams’s work is very good to look at because I am aiming to capture the buildings in the correct lighting, so Adams’s work is good to look at because his work mainly focuses on getting the subject in the correct lighting.
Above is an architecture image by Ansel Adams. I love how the lighting has fallen on the building because this is how I want to capture my images.I also love the lighting because it brings out the detail of the building. I want to replicate this because I really want to get detail on the buildings I am photographing. I want to get the details because detail really adds to the image. The only thing I don’t like about this image is the hazy feel the image has because in my opinion it looks unprofessional. The reason why I think the haze is unprofessional because the haze makes the image not that sharp and in today’s industry un-sharp images are thrown out. Due to Adams shooting film mainly it is hard to guess what his setting was because film camera don’t store setting information like digital cameras. I am guessing the shutter speed is around 1/60 because on a sunny day a fast shutter speed is needed to make sure the image isn’t over exposed. I am guessing the aperture is around F:10-F:11 because on a sunny day a small aperture is needed so the image isn’t over exposed and a small aperture takes in less light. The ISO I think is around 200 because on a sunny day you need a small ISO because the small ISO makes the camera less sensitive to light. I guess he used a tripod because of how sharp the edges of the building is. I will take away the lighting aspects of the image because it is something I want to achieve in my images because it makes my image stand out more.
Again I really like the lighting because it brings out the building more. The lighting brings out the building because of how the lighting highlights the features and details of the building. I would improve on the brightness because the image is dull in some areas. The reason why I would improve on the brightness is because the brightness is key to making the image work well. The setting will be hard to guess because Adams shot film and film cameras didn’t store data like digital camera does. I am guessing the shutter speed is 1/100 because of how dull the image is. I would move the shutter speed to 1/70 or 1/80 because a slower shutter speed allows the camera to take more light in. I am guessing the aperture is f:12 because the background is sharp. The smaller the aperture the more sharp your background is going to be. I am guessing the ISO is around 200-400 because the image is dull therefore the camera was less sensitive to light so the lower the ISO the less sensitive the camera is to light. I think Adams also used a tripod because the edge of the buildings is very sharp. I will take away the idea of capturing the building with light because of how the building “pops” when it is captured in the correct lighting.
Above is a sketch of how I plan to do my GIF. I wanted to do a sketch because it helps me visualise what I am doing. I have kept the same words, “Visit Liverpool” from my still billboard because I want to have continuity with my final outcomes. I also kept the words, “Visit Liverpool” because it links to my research:(https://leahjonesphotographer.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/unit-33-and-48-billboards/)
this links to my research because one of billboards I found had words “Welcome to Liverpool” So I spun it to suit my needs.
Above is a video of how I did my GIF. As you can see the main tool I have used is the select tool because this tool allowed me to move around the images and resize the images. I also used the timeline feature of Photoshop because this allows me to create the GIF in Photoshop. I included iconic buildings of Liverpool because they speak Liverpool. I also included the iconic buildings because people from afar may recognise them and won’t be confused where the buildings come from.
Above is the GIF I made. I can see this as my final because it looks professional. I also see this as my final because it is similar to moving billboards you see today. I can see this GIF being in a major train station because in most major train stations you can see billboards similar to the one I produced. I think the audience is parents and/travellers because those types of people are looking at similar billboards.
Above is a sketch I did for my final piece. I did this sketch because it helps me visualise how my final outcome will look. I have taken some aspects from my mock billboard like having Radio City Tower in the background because it gives the billboard depth. From this sketch I can see this billboard going in a train station because you tend to see similar billboards at train stations. The audience I think will be travellers and/or parents because most travellers and/or parents will be looking at billboards similar to this for day trips.
Above is a screen capture I did when I made my final image. When I produced this final I only changed the Saint Georges Hall to the Empire theatre because the billboard worked better that way. I also did this because the Saint Georges Hall image was out of perspective to use. I also put the Liverbird building in front because I couldn’t remove the harsh edge when the Liverpool Lime Street Station image and the Empire theatre image joined together so I put the Liverbird Building in front to cover it.
Above is the finals I made. I made two different versions because I wanted to see what the difference was. I warped the text because it would make the billboard more aesthetically pleasing for the audience. If I had to chose I would chose the first outcome because the placement of the text makes the billboard more professional because in most most billboards text isn’t warped. I think the audience would be travellers or parents because those types of people are looking at similar billboards for day trips. I can see this billboard being placed in a major train station because in major train stations you can see similar billboards.
Above is a GIF I made via Photoshop. The tools I used was the select tool which helped me moving the images around. I also used the timeline feature which helped me make this GIF. When I made it I made the timing 0.2 seconds. I personally think the timing is to fast because when you process one building it has already gone. So I will change the timing to 0.5 seconds to see how that will effect the GIF. The text I think is good because it links all the buildings together. I think I could change the text to “visit Liverpool” because it will link to brief more because in the brief it states the billboard needs to encourage people to visit Liverpool. I can see this being on a electronic board in a London train station because most moving billboards promotes other areas to visit. The audience for this billboard I think is everyone because you can get all types of people in train stations.
Above is a GIF I made. I have changed the timing to 0.5 seconds and I prefer this timing compared to the 0.2 seconds timing because you can process each building now. I personally can see this being one of my final outcomes because it is professional. The only thing I will change the text to “Visit Liverpool” because the billboard will be more relevant to the brief because the brief states the billboard needs to encourage people to visit Liverpool. I can see this moving billboard in a train station because it is a typical billboard you see in a train station. The audience for this billboard is everyone because you can all types of people in a train station.
I have changed the text to Visit Liverpool because it will make it more relevant to the brief because the brief states the billboard needs to encourage people to visit Liverpool. I have also changed the way I have laid out the buildings because this is similar to one of sketches I did from my moving billboard sketches post. I think this could go in a train station or an airport because billboards similar to this one can been found in those buildings. I think the audience for this billboard is everyone because in airports and train stations you get all types of people.
Above is a sketch of how I can do a moving billboard. The idea is for the buildings to disappear and a new building comes up because most moving billboards I seen this is a common way of objects moving. The text is kept static because there won’t be any new text coming up. For frame 7 it won’t contain the words end it will just be a blank frame and re-start again because most of the moving billboards I have seen just have a blank frame which goes back to the start. The audience I think for this idea could be travellers because the billboard is promoting Liverpool as a place to travel. I can see the billboard in a train station or an airport because similar billboards can been seen in those areas.
Above is another moving billboard sketch I have done. The only change I have done is have the building on it’s own with no text because I think the buildings should speak for themselves. I have put the words Visit Liverpool as the last frame because most moving billboards I have seen put all the text at the end so people won’t be reading text for the whole billboard. For this billboard I think the audience is parents and/or travellers because it is suggesting Liverpool is a place to visit for a day trip or a weekend brake. I can see this billboard being in a train station because most billboards in a train station is promoting areas for weekend brakes.
Above is a billboard I made via Photoshop. The tools I used was the quick selection tool which helped get rid of the sky. I also used the select tool as well which helped me move around the images. Another tool I used was the text tool which helped me to add text to the billboard. To get the dimensions stated for the outcome I had to make a new document and type in 20 in the width section and 10 in the height section. I wanted to include the buildings in the billboard because they are the most iconic buildings in Liverpool. The buildings used I think sell Liverpool well because they are landmarks which people from afar come to see when visiting Liverpool. I included the words “visit Liverpool” because in most of billboards I have found there is some text. I think this billboard will appeal to parents because during the summer holidays parents are looking for a day trips and I think this sells Liverpool for a day trip. I can see this being in a window of a travel agency shop because typically most travel agency’s have adverts like this in their windows.
I have changed the layout of my billboard because I didn’t like how one building was in the centre and one building was of to the right so I moved both buildings into the centre and I like the changes. I have also changed the text to Liverpool the city of culture because in 2008 Liverpool was named the city of culture. This links to the brief it states the billboard has to reflect on the culture of Liverpool. I can see this billboard in most major train stations in London and Manchester because billboards similar to this can be found in train stations. The audience for this billboard I think will be travellers and business people because of the location it could possibly go.
I have changed the billboard to portrait oration because looking at my research on billboards I have seen some portrait billboards. I have only included Radio City and the Liverbirds building because they were the only buildings I could think of which would suit a portrait billboard. I have changed the text to “Liverpool” because I felt the text “Liverpool the city of culture” was to much because people won’t stop and read text if they are going about their business. I think this billboard will appeal to travellers because the billboard is promoting as a place to travel to. I can see this billboard go on the side of a bus or in a train station because most of the time billboards on buses tend to promote places to travel.
I have kept the portrait oration because I liked how the billboard looked as a portrait. I have added Liverpool lime street at the bottom of the billboard because I think the billboard needed something at the bottom instead of the bottom of the buildings. Overall I can see this being one of my final outcome because it looks like a professional billboard. The only thing I would change is the text to “Visit Liverpool” similar to my first billboard because then the text would be more relevant to brief because the brief states the billboard needs to encourage people to visit Liverpool. I can see this billboard going up in major train stations in Manchester and London because in train stations you tend to get billboards which promotes areas to visit. Due to the billboard possibly going up in a train station I think the audience will be travellers or workers because train stations get a lot of people like that.