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Abandoned China Clay Factory

One of the water tanks filled with algae at The China Clay Factory in Par, Cornwall. 10.11.13
One of the water tanks filled with algae at The China Clay Factory in Par, Cornwall. 10.11.13

For one of my photo shoots I wanted to look into places around Cornwall that were abandoned as they are usually quite aesthetically pleasing in landscapes which is what I was hoping would be the subject for my Creative Standalone. Myself and few friends decided to visit an abandoned China Clay factory in Par.

We arrived and saw some huge buildings  and water tanks with various rusting debris scattered around. I went into one of the warehouses, there were old levers to pull up some doors and behind those doors were hundreds of  wooden boxes with clay dust in them, it was quite an interesting and surreal to see it all just left there.
There were also a variety of tanks for water, most of them filled with algae and foliage, We went along a bridge that brought you into a little shed, inside we found some left over uniforms, boots and tools that had just been abandoned by previous owners. It was as if the place had been totally forgotten.

I wanted to maybe use some of these shots for Creative Standalone or Mini Feature but I am unsure as of yet. I think if i went again I would take some speedlights and light up the windows so light would stream through and make interesting shadows and beams of light.

A building across the road from The China Clay Factory that was also abandoned . 10.11.13
A building across the road from The China Clay Factory that was also abandoned . 10.11.13
Light bursting into a room that is filled with debris at The China Clay Factory in Pat Cornwall. 10.11.13
Light bursting into a room that is filled with debris at The China Clay Factory in Pat Cornwall. 10.11.13
An abandoned room that was used in The China Clay Factory in Par, Cornwall. 10.11.13
An abandoned room that was used in The China Clay Factory in Par, Cornwall. 10.11.13
One of the warehouses in The China Clay Factory in Par, Cornwall. 10.11.13
One of the warehouses in The China Clay Factory in Par, Cornwall. 10.11.13
Wooden boxes marked up and filled with China Clay dust
Wooden boxes marked up and filled with China Clay dust

Picnic

For my Still Life element of the portfolio I’ve been focusing on food photography. I chose to photograph food as It’s fun and you can experiment with angles, the actual food and lighting. I also like making the food look amazing to the audience so much that they want the product. I decided that I’d contact a cafe in Falmouth that sells local Cornish produce as I wanted to promote Cornwall’s amazing food and this little cafe is getting more and more popular. I went in and arranged it all, the staff and manager were all very helpful and happy for me to take photographs.
On the day of the shoot I had just a table for the food and two speedlights, one on a stand with a soft box, I like working with this simple yet effective lighting. I only had a table to work on but their timber tables gives it the natural and rustic feel that I wanted. I used their wall as a background as it had their name on and a map of Cornwall which was perfect. At first I just photographed the produce they sell like sea salt and jam to practice with lighting and angles, I then got out some cakes and tarts to experiment with, unfortunately i couldn’t play with the food too much as customers needed to eat it afterwards. I’m hoping next time to get some cakes myself so i can cut them up and play about. I think for this shoot as it was meant to be simple I didn’t mind too much. 
I’m happy with the results and after editing they have the natural look I was going for.

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Observed Portraits

An element for my portfolio is to capture a moment, an observed portrait. This can be unlit and informal but must capture someone’s secret moment in time. I have been trying to carry my camera on  me everywhere so that if I do see that moment I can get it. I also went to a fireworks display at the Cricket Club in Falmouth as it’s the perfect night to capture people looking at fireworks and playing with sparklers. I took my tripod and played around with my 35mm, It was a very busy evening but I managed to find a spot in the crowd to set up, I wish I had now got to the front but I still managed to get some shots of people & fireworks. I think if I go again next year I will go earlier and get to the front so I can capture people’s faces more.
As I wanted to try again on my observed portrait piece, I went to the pier which is a great place for people watching anyway. This time I took a 70-200mm out so that I could capture people from afar too, I got a shot of an old couple enjoying the views of the harbour and of a girl walking her dog, I think i’ll go again this week to see If I can get more on the pier.

A woman onlooking the Fireworks display at Falmouth Cricket Club.
A woman onlooking the Fireworks display at Falmouth Cricket Club.
A couple admiring the view on the Prince Of Wales pier in Falmouth.
A couple admiring the view on the Prince Of Wales pier in Falmouth.