A journey of photographic adventure, Two Views was born by two friends having a blast and learning from each other on a photo shoot in the autumn sunshine, asking the question “How can we continue to push our photographic boundaries in terms of technical knowledge, new challenges and creativity and have fun at the same time?” The answer we came up with was to set ourselves a project every two weeks, and then publish the results together. Two Views of the same subject / idea or technical approach. By the end of this year we will have covered 26 subjects and produced at least 50+ awesome photographs, and have learned a huge amount along the way! We’d love your comments, critiques and ideas, and if you want to “play along” too, please do let us have your shots by links in the comments sections! TJ & The Brunette

Monday, 10 September 2012

28) Night

Loving TJ's suggestion for this assignment, its WIDE open, you can do whatever you like as long as its night time! There are some amazing prompts to whet your creativity here, here and here! I am going to try a few different ideas out, and now the nights are drawing in, we wont be needing to wait til midnight to get some dark skies

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Low Angle by TJ

My idea and inspiration for low angle came pretty much as soon as we had decided on the topic. I was fortunate enough to get tickets for an Olympic football match at Wembley Stadium, and during the half time interval I went out onto the concourse, sat down on the floor and started taking pictures. I immediately discovered that just taking a picture of loads of people from the ground and a low angle was rather ordinary so I looked for something a little more unusual. I decided to try and capture some motion so I focused the camera on the steward in the orange jacket and then set the camera to multi burst and took the photos. I loved the results with the people walking past in the forefront as at first glance you are not quite sure what you are actually seeing. I used a lot of editing as I felt the orange jacket was a great focal point so I took all the colour out of the picture bar the jacket, and then I went quite heavy with the brightness and contrast.

In my other photos the top left photo is a recent shot from Littlewick Show where I lay down in the grass and took a photo of the horse show in the distance. The photo top right was taken at Wembley once again and in this photo I focused on the person in blue jeans and got another person in blue trousers walking by. The picture at the bottom was waken at work and was taken with glasses placed at the forefront, and this was an idea that I would like to explore further both in terms of the idea and the location as I couldn't quite get the picture I wanted.


Monday, 3 September 2012

Low Angle by The Brunette

It took me a while to find inspiration for this one and in the end I just started moving my camera down to knee height after taking my "normal" shot and experimenting with what view that gave me. I was at the Chelsea Auto Legends car show at The Royal Hospital Chelsea and so thought I would see what effect a low angle had on these beautiful super cars. I was pleasantly surprised, it seemed to emphasise their predatory nature and make them look even sleeker. The final winner for me was this shot of an electric blue Lamborghini Aventador which is pretty low to the ground anyway. I did a little re touching in the background  to get rid of the inevitable people in the shot and then cropped it to be super wide and narrow again to emphasise that sleek low body. I'm really please with it - it seems to have something in "attitude" that the standard shot of the car (below) lacks.

A few others from the day, I like the fact that the low angle creates patterns and abstract forms allowing the bright paintwork to become the focus of the eye, and who can resist a line up of Ferraris? The final shot on the right hand side, was an "old favorite" of mine, composing at low angle and placing something in the foreground in focus and allowing the background to blur out  - I like that "worm's eye view" for a different perspective on the every day ground at our feet.
And finally the change from The Blonde to The Brunette? nothing more sinister than a hair clour change - it's still me :) I'll get round to updating that profile photo any day!