I Live Here

Project Brief:
For this project, you should produce a single image that expresses your relationship with your living environment. It can be an image of the town or city in which you live, an image of your immediate living space, or an image of your choice that sums up the title. This project runs over the Christmas vacation so you will have ample opportunity to produce an original image (don’t submit an existing picture that you alter to fit the brief). – Sounds like quite the warning!

Lucky for me, I have just returned from Lebanon. I took a  few beautiful shots of the country’s landscape during its Winter days. Like the nature of this nation’s politicians, the country’s weather, this season, was quite schizophrenic. It simply could not decide on rain or sunshine. Addtionally, for the first time in a very long time, it had not snowed by New Year’s. Worrying.

Nevertheless, this image is about where I live, and I still have a home there.

Home is where the heart is, and my heart is in Lebanon.

A Few Hours Later…
In an attempt at overcoming my dislike and anxieties over Photoshop, I bought the book The Photoshop Darkroom by Harold and Phyllis Davis. Amazon.co.uk offer a pretty good save on the paperback, so it’s definitely worth the buy! Since I was incapable of moving the gradients after adding a masked layer (Wow I sound technical!) , I nevertheless thought it would be a good idea to compare the two images.
Before Photoshop:

I Live Here

After Photoshop:

I Live Here

That’s one point to Photoshop! And I know I have so much more to learn!!
The Review.

Ian Macaulay critiqued my picture this time round. The picture, along with morning hopes and delights, went straight to the curb. He said it was “flat, had a dull composition, the building is dead, [and that I] should have made it more about the sky.” Nevertheless, it is “nicely exposed and has a lot of detail.”  Despite his comments, the class spoke out and showed some disagreement. Thanks guys!! Adrian Mott also provided a tip for landscape shots: “Never put the horizon in the middle.” Consequently, I came home and went straight to Photoshop, and worked on the image. This is what I have so far…

I Live Here (Post-Review!)

I’m still not satisfied…


I Live Here (Aperture)