EYV 4 Exercise 4.3

The brief

Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots. Add the sequence to your learning log. In your notes try to describe the difference in the quality of light from the daylight shots in exercise 4.2.

My shots


This exercise has been my favourite part of the course so far. I used my 50mm prime lens with ISO 800 and aperture f/1.8, then adjusted the shutter speed for each image as necessary to achieve the exposure I wanted. It was a revelation for me to discover how vibrant colours can become in artificial light, and how objects can look so much more clearly defined and distinct from their surroundings. The darkness often provides a frame for the lit areas or objects, giving them the feeling of a tableau or theatrical performance. In the same way that the frozen moment exercise in EYV 2 made me see the world in a different way – populated only by things that moved and things that didn’t, and focusing on the flow of the former through the latter – this exercise made me see the world in blocks of light and colour, which was quite a psychedelic experience. Knowing that the assignment for EYV 4 will be to return to one of the exercises in more depth, my feeling right now is that this will be the one I’ll choose, but of course I won’t know for sure until I’ve done them all.