Exercise 3.4 Documenting change

Brief: Everything changes, weathers, grows or otherwise shows signs of transformation. Changes in the weather can create a drastic change in the appearance of a place. Cooking something changes it. People tend to look sprightly in the morning and worn out at night. Make a sequence of photographs that shows the same subject, but in different states i.e. changing. You can choose any subject you like, but clearly identify it and note down the conditions of change you want to show. Produce at least three images in the sequence – that shows the different states of the subject and communicates the change you’ve identified.

My thoughts: I have tried to document one foggy morning out of my 19th-floor window, at an interval of half an hour each, to document the intensity of the fog and how it clears eventually over a period of several hours. I have shown five images in my sequence.

7:30 AM
8:00 AM
8:30 AM
9:00 AM
9:30 AM

Learning from coursework:

This is a spot where I have made images earlier as well, right at the beginning of the coursework. At that time, I was a novice but this time around I had a few tools o that I experimented with. Initially, I tried to document this change at night using long exposures but because of the darkness and intense fog, the results were not satisfactory for me. I am nevertheless attaching the contact sheets for those images, that can be viewed here – Documenting Change

I then documented this change starting early morning once the visibility was enough to focus and have taken images at an interval of half an hour each. Before 7:30 AM it was not possible to focus even as one could not see anything beyond the railing of the balcony.





6 Replies to “Exercise 3.4 Documenting change”

  1. Great to see you back Archna. Captures the change in atmosphere over time perfectly and I really like the birds, and the way the view of the city emerges over time. Is this fog or the pollution I know you experienced at one time.?

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    1. Hi Sarah. I have purposely tried to add the birds in the frame to give it a point of interest. This is fog and not pollution. Delhi witnesses intense fog for a period of 2-3 weeks where one cannot even see five feet ahead of themselves. Although I did miss the most intense period of fog, it returned for a few days where I could document it. Thank you as always Sarah. I still need to visit everyone’s blogs to see what I have missed.


  2. Yay, Archna’s back.
    I like how the series highlights many changes, the light on the buildings, the flight of the birds, the colour of the sky, and of course the weakening of the fog.

    I wonder if it would have been possible to use manual focus for the thicker fog when your camera couldn’t focus in auto?


    1. Thanks Richard, yes i was doing manual exposure but there is nothing to photograph and it looks like a whitish grey blank canvas. It did not effectively convey anything. But the earliest semblance of what lay behind the fog somehow proved more effective to me. You see the fog is so dense that it appears that you have taken a picture inside a cloud!!

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