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  • 1. Unit 57: Photography andPhotographic PracticeResearch of other photographerswork (P1, M1, D1)Photographer: Adam BurtonWashed AwayThe Fforest Fawr

2. The InbetweenersOld Soldiers 3. Valley of The Ten PeaksWinds of Smoking Mountains 4. Theme or focus of imagesAdam Burton is a professional landscape photographer who has photographed 5 ofthe 7 continents and now specializes in landscapes of the UK and favours in the richcolours of dawn and dusk when the natural light is more special.Image One - Washed Away:This image was taken at a beach at hope cove in Devon. Adam chose specifically tostand at an angle in order to capture the water, along with the sand, rocks, cliffs andthe sky. It is clear from the colours within the photo such as the red and blue tones inthe sky along with the small amount of vibrant yellow that the time of day in whichthis photo was taken was during sunset. The main focus of this particular photo is theland itself and the sea rather than the sky, taking into consideration the fact thatthree quarters of the frame consists of the land and sea whereas only a quarter of theframe consists of the sky. The rocks within the image are sharp and detailed incontrast to the water which is blurred therefore creating a sense of motion andtherefore giving the impression that the waves are crashing onto the shore and hittingthe rocks therefore when viewing this photo I get the impression that Adamsintentions was to capture the motion of the sea crashing onto the shore and pullingthe sand back into the tide, this is also anchored by the fact that Adam chose toname this particular image "Washed Away".Image Two - The Fforest Farw:This image is of the river Tawe in Brecon Beacons in South Wales. Although I am notentirely sure what time this photo was taken, taking into consideration the blue skyand lighting it is clear that it was taken during the day and in terms of seasons itsuggests that this image was taken during either spring or summer. Like the previousphotograph "Washed Away" the main focus of this image is the water and the landdue to the majority of the frame consisting of this and only a small amount consistingof the sky, however I feel the main focus is the river itself due to the fact that thecomposition of the photograph suggests that Adam was stood in the river with thewater rushing towards him. Also like the previous photograph the grass and rockswithin the image are clear and detailed in contrast to the water which is blurredtherefore giving a sense of fast motion, giving the impression that Adams intentionswas to capture the motions of the water within the river.Image Three - The Inbetweeners:This photograph was taken at Bossington Beach, Exmoor. It is clear from the Pink,yellow and dark blue tones in the sky that this photograph was taken during Sunset.Unlike Adams previous images that I have looked at, although this photograph wastaken on a beach, there is very little focus on the sea, it focuses predominately on thepebbled beach and specifically the groynes which have pebbles wedged inbetween them. Although there is very little focus on the sea I feel that this image hasan underlining meaning relating to the strength and force of the sea, due to the factthat Adam chose to focus specifically on the groynes which have pebbles wedgedtightly between them, which would of been caused by the force of the water hittingthe groynes, this is also anchored due to the fact that Adam chose to name thisimage "The Inbetweeners". The colours within this image automatically create a soft 5. and warm toned look and therefore evokes a feeling of optimism and passion.Image Four - Old Soldiers:Like the last image I looked at "The Inbetweeners" this photograph was also taken ona beach in Exmoor, It is very similar to the last image, in the sense that it focusesspecifically on the groynes with pebbles wedged in between them, however in thisimage there is a lot more focus on the sea itself. However the main difference is thatthis image consists of cool colours in contrast to the previous image which consistedof warm colours, therefore although its very similar to the previous photo, thereforethis image evokes different emotions such as calmness and relaxation.Image Five - Valley of The Ten PeaksThis image is of Moraine Lake in Canada, focusing on the lake itself along with trees inthe foreground and mountains in the background. This is one of my favouritephotographs taken by Adam due to the fact I feel that the emphasized cold coloursnot only anchor the cold, chilling location where this photograph was taken but alsoevokes a relaxing and calming feeling. By using a water reflection technique withinthis photograph by having the mountains reflected in the lake, I feel it makes thephoto more interesting and anchors the stunning location. The small amount of lighthitting the top right of the mountains gives me the impression that this image wastaken during early morning, when the sun was rising.Image Six - Winds of Smoking Mountains:This image is of El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina. Unlike the previous images I lookedat this particular image features a lot of green, focusing specifically on the greenery,creating a well balanced and natural image. Although i am not entirely sure whattime this photo was taken, it is clear from the vibrant colours that it was taken duringthe day, however due to the dark skies i get the impression that this photographwould have been taken during spring and that on this particular day the weather wasovercast.CompositionDue to the fact that Adam Burton is a landscape photographer he does not have thebenefit of being able to move and manipulate his subject. However I feel that heeffectively takes his photograph at angles and frames the images in ways that arepleasing to the eye and to anchor the intentions of taking the photograph and themessages conveyed within the images. For example when taking the image "TheFforest Fawr" Adam Burton decided to stand in the river with the river directly facinghim to anchor the motion of the water rushing towards him, along with choosing toinclude other elements such as grass running along either side of the river.Techniques usedA number of Adam Burtons images including "Washed Away" and "The Fforest Farw"feature moving water which is blurred in order to anchor the motion of the water,therefore when taking these particular images Adam would have used a slow shutterspeed setting of approximately 1/2 a second or lower.From looking at the image "Winds of Smoking Mountains" it is clear from the dark skythat the weather was very overcast, meaning that there wouldn't of been as much 6. light available as there would of been on a sunny day, however the vibrant colour ofthe greenery and the lighting within the image suggests that is was a sunny day,therefore I get the impression that when taking this image Adam would of used alarger aperture opening meaning that the camera was more sensitive to the light.Strengths & WeaknessesI really like the composition of Adam Burtons Photographs as I feel they are pleasingto the eye and interesting. I also really like the fact that Adam uses a slow shutterspeed to blur motion, which will influence my own work. I also like the fact that thecolours throughout his images tend to be vibrant and engaging. 7. light available as there would of been on a sunny day, however the vibrant colour ofthe greenery and the lighting within the image suggests that is was a sunny day,therefore I get the impression that when taking this image Adam would of used alarger aperture opening meaning that the camera was more sensitive to the light.Strengths & WeaknessesI really like the composition of Adam Burtons Photographs as I feel they are pleasingto the eye and interesting. I also really like the fact that Adam uses a slow shutterspeed to blur motion, which will influence my own work. I also like the fact that thecolours throughout his images tend to be vibrant and engaging.