Exercise 3.3


  1. “What do the timeframes of the camera actually look like? If you have a manual film camera, open the camera back (make sure there’s no film in the camera first!) and look through the shutter as you press the shutter release. What is the shortest duration in which your eyes can perceive a recognisable image in bright daylight? Describe the experiment in your learning log.
  2. Find a good viewpoint, perhaps fairly high up (an upstairs window might do) where you can see a wide view or panorama. Start by looking at the things closest to you in the foreground. Then pay attention to the details in the middle distance and, finally, the things towards the horizon. Now try and see the whole landscape together, from the foreground to horizon (you can move your eyes). Include the sky in your observation and try to see the whole visual field together, all in movement (there is always some movement). When you’ve got it, raise your camera and take a picture. Add the picture and a description of the process to your learning log.”

Unfortunately I can’t complete question 1 at this time, as I don’t currently have access to a manual camera. If I do get the chance to look at one, I’ll return to this and comment then.

I positioned myself at an upstairs window which looks down over the garden (We are staying my ‘in laws’ home til our house sale goes through)

1/20 sec;   f/22;   ISO 100 Here’s the view using a wide angle attachment. It was less than a tenner, and yes I suppose you get what you pay for! Obviously this heavy vignetting wasn’t my intention, but it sort of feel like looking through a porthole?!


1/10 sec;   f/22;   ISO 100 You can just see the edge of the window frame bottom right, and strangely static washing!


1/30 sec;   f/20;   ISO 100  Lovely sky and billowing washing.  I didn’t feel the camera lens placed a feeling of restricted view for this shot, as it felt quite close to the view I was actually seeing. Surprising how much landscape can be viewed through a normal kit lens.





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