OK so the two images still don't work i like the first image so from now on i will just stick to flash with no headlights each image will then be consistent. like Clive lanens images are. this will hopefully bring the project together linking each image with the other.
this was an interesting day we had to park a little bit away from the animal so the headlights did not hit the animal think this is the style I would like to go with regarding the photos. I don't think I will show the animal up close its to graphic for some people. the blood dose create a crime screen feel that's something I cant change with in my image its just natural the landrover ran over the rat just moments after we found it.
I love they sign i was worries the flash would bounce of the mettle but i was far enough away to miss it. The affect of the exposure flash combination is this almost tunnel affect getting darker towards the end of the image its something I am glad happens its like the animal is moving in to darkness or darkness moving in on the animal. as I am looking at this image I can see 3 small light spots that is something I will need to remove before printing.
the light gives the hedge a really interesting glow somthing i would like to replicate with in the rest of my images. the lighting is not as harsh as i was expecting it to be so from now on this is how evry shot will be taken.
last night was very interesting i am becoming concerned that my images look OK but do they work in a series do they all have the same feel. some of the images has a very shallow depth of field where as the other dose not i am undecided as to whether this matters or not i think i need an outside opinion. both images are in focus which is good i got bex to stand next to the animal to take the first photo then i took it off AF this is some slight bluing in the leaves because of the wind this is not a problem. the exposures are 1.6 second ish on a full open aperture This dose explain the DOF. I think I prefer flash to long exposures because a flash gun has a harsher light. it lights its surroundings but the light dims as we get further back in to the image creating an atmospheric quality.
so form now on I will be trying to keep to the flash gun rather than the long exposure because the long exposures don't have the impact I would like my photos to have. i am also unsure of the headlights i think the light is to orange its something i have tried to correct in Photoshop but it dose need more work.
so this is the first image I have taken
The idea was to use the headlight to frame the animal, pin it to the ground.
using the headlights gives it this human intervention as a car had killed the animal the car created by humans used by humans we where responsible for its death. I feel that is that obvious from
road and the broken nature of the body I think the headlight may be to harsh.
the animal was in the centre giving it the main focus. I was worried that it would get lost with in the image as the colour of the tarmac is similar to the colour of the rabbit
so the first find was interesting it was a very flat rabbit.
there was some problems I didn't expect with tacking photos at night one being focusing the camera i couldn't tell if the camera was initially in focus i did want a soft fouct but im not sure if the outcome is what i had in mind the other being light i was getting shadows verywhere so we had to stand so we wherenot in the image or rather are shadows
Badgers have no natural predator, except possibly the motor car,” farming minister David Heath recently declared, as he bemoaned Britain’s rising badger population. Now the nation’s first-ever roadkill survey has confirmed his opinion that fast-moving vehicles are proving effective badger-culling machines.
so the government is using the growing population as a way of culling badgers I don't know how i feel about this they do spred tb so that's a problem and letting the cars do the work dose save money but at the same time would it not be more afective to sort out the problems of tb rather than just killing them.
"The number of cars on the world's roads surpassed one billion last year, according to a study that has spurred debate on what the rapidly-growing car population will mean for the world's economy and environment."
The roadkill project is a response to what I see every day on the roads around my home in rural Perthshire. I have been gradually documenting some of the roadkill I come across on my travels, collecting the corpses from the road and bringing them back to the studio to study. They are laid down on the surfaces I have to hand when they come into the studio - usually pieces of cardboard or paper, sometimes a strip of material or an old sketchbook cover. I first draw the bodies several times and then paint them.
As the decomposition process advances the form of the corpse changes, contracting and sinking. There is also an issue of odour of course, and all this means I must work quickly. The paintings are usually finished within three or fours days of the corpse being collected after which time I take the bodies into the deep woods and leave them out to nourish scavenging wildlife.
Since beginning this project, the subject matter has expanded a little as non-roadkill bodies have come my way. Some of these are included here too.
The painting them selves are very simplistic often just the animal on a white background removing the animal from the reality of life. Sometimes the white paper looks like something you would find at a butchers. i don't know whether or not I like them the fact i can't find much to say means something i think the fact they are removed from reality and in to the studio shows the interference of man with nature