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.


When looking at an image through the shutter with a manual film camera, times under a second, would allow me to get a sense of the image but not in detail. I felt a closer to a second, maybe longer, would allow my vision and brain to work together and visualise a more detailed and recognisable image in bright daylight.


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.


I stood on my balcony at the back of my house, I live on a hill and have a good view of the town and houses below, along with the sea, fields and the sky. In my immediate view is the end of my back garden along with the white wall at the back and the netted top of my children’s trampoline. My eyes are then lead to the rooftops of the houses closest to me, my eyes follow the roads lined with houses which lead to the fields behind them, and I follow the horizon to the sea on the right. Looking straight ahead, the sky fills a lot of my viewpoint, like a big blank space above with lots of life happening below. When I try to see everything together I see the houses blur into one block of information, I am no longer looking at the little details, I notice the wind moving the bushes and trees.

ISO: 1000, 24mm, F11, 1/500 sec.