Photographic Evaluation

The photographic assignment was something I have enjoyed but not found natural.

The subject was tweaked at the last minute. The original topic was the coastline between Hull and Scarborough, however I thought it to be to broad an area.

The final decision was the Scarborough coastline between Holbeck – the location where in 1993 Holbeck Hall Hotel fell into the sea, and Scalby Mills on the North bay which is where the Sea Life Centre is located.

The stretch of coast includes South  bay, Marine drive and North  bay. There are many iconic landmarks long this route. My intention was to plot a route between the two points. I wanted the people looking at the photos to think if I go there I will recognise the locations.

Within the images I wanted to show a mixture of skills, with inspiration taken from Ansel Adams and Michael Kenna.

Over two days I took almost 400 photos. On the first day I went early to catch the morning light, the second day was later in the day to catch the evening light.

After the first shoot I did seek feedback from both tutor and class. Over all the feedback was positive overall. We all took part in a group critique session. The feedback from this gave me some key points to think about.

  • Use more of the natural light
  • take pictures from the beach
  • have objects in the foreground to add depth
  • use reflections
  • and Lewis wanted a bridge

Before my second trip I looked carefully at the best of the shots I already, then I was able to make a list of what kind of shots I needed to complete the assignment.

There were a couple of images that were almost there, they just needed a little tweaking, but had essentially the desired result. To tweak these I used Photoshop. For a couple of shots it was a slight crop, this helped define the proportions. There was also one shot looking from Marine Drive with a Seagull flying where I darkened the shot slightly so highlight the cloud formation and light balance.

For the second trip I decided to concentrate on beach shots.

The images I got were great overall, some exceeded my expectations.

Beck in the 1990’s the seawall was re-enforced using boulders. The combination of the seawall the rocks and the sand was perfect for capturing strong leading lines. The three contrasting textures against the backdrop of the castle headland gave strength and interest.

There was an element of luck on the second trip, the sky was stunning.

Thinking about what was said in the group session I looked to find some interesting angles, reflections and depth.

The reflections primarily came from the rock pools, with the rocks adding interest.

One of my favourite shots is the last in the presentation. The shot is of the chalets of the North Bay, the colours really pop out against the natural background.

The final presentation was great, the feedback was very positive with comments made about the angles, lines and colours.

I am really proud of what I produced.

Moving forward I have a greater understanding of what makes an interesting picture, I also have more confidence that I can do it, and I can be creative.




Michael Kenna and Ansel Adams Research

Michael Kenna is an English Photographer from Lancashire. He moved to San Francisco in the 1980’s

He is best known for his black and white landscapes.

His images are striking, the use of strong leading lines gives real strength to the shots. He uses buildings, trees, the coast line to name but a few.

Below are a couple of shots I like and feel I may be able to replicate in some way.





Ansel Adams

Born in San Francisco in  1902 Ansel Adams photographic career span over 60 years. He was also a well respected environmentalist.

He worked extensively with colour, however it was his black and white shots which gave him most recognition. Many of his shots of Yosemite National Park have been copied and resold in things such as catalogues.

His dramatic shots of the mountains against the water give dramatic perception. The reflections give an almost duel aspect, the mist and cloud an almost ethereal quality.

Below area samples of his work I hope to take inspiration from:




Photo Assignment Statement of Intent

The assignment we have been given is to take and present a series of between 15 and 30 photographs based on a theme of our choosing.

I have chosen the Scarborough coastline between Holbeck and Scalby Mills.

My intention is to take photographs showing the coastline and some of the focal points along it. If I do this well, anyone will be able to follow the route and recognise the locations I will choose.

There will be a contrast between wide shots highlighting the rugged continuous cliffs, closer shots of the shore line, and man made additions.

I will also be including shots of the dramatic sky’s which add to the towns beauty.

I will try and incorporate the techniques learned during lesson time. This will include shutter speed, leading lines and depth of field. The techniques will be used to enhance the photos.

During the process I will show photos to my photos to my tutor, classmates and friends. The feedback from this will be taken on board and any re-shoots done accordingly.

I will research the kind of pictures id like to take, using professional photographers as a guide, this will include the works of Michael Kenna and Ansel Adams.




Photographic Assignment: Including Breakdown

Title: From Holbeck to Scalby Mills




This was taken at from the top of Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.

The intention of the shot was to show the town, and the way the coastline sweeps round the castle



This was taken from the site of the old Holbeck Hall Hotel which fell into the sea in 1993.

It is the starting location for my photo sequence.

The photo was cropped slightly to give a more interesting feel.


Taken form the Esplanade on South Cliff the shot looks back towards Holbeck and the rugged coastline beyond.

I chose to shoot this through the branches to give it a natural frame


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The steps at the Spa lead from the beach to the main walk way. The arch on the right of the shot is the site of the actual spa tap.

The photo was turned into black and white as i thought it gave a slightly older feel.

The leading lines take you up the stairs into the picture.


Aperture is demonstrated in this shot. The smaller F point allows the corner of the wall be be in focus with the rest slightly blurred.

The leading line of the wall takes you through the picture.

There is also the reflection of the sky in the pool next to it.



A fast shutter speed has allowed me to capture the waves as they roll in.

Rule of thirds allow the difference between the sky, the sea  and the beach.

The difference between the waves, to the ripples and the foam on the beach give depth.

In addition the reflection of the sky is caught on the wet beach.



The main feature of this is the leading line of the sea wall base.

The aperture of this was set to a medium F stop to add depth without being to blurred.

There is also  the reflection of the corner of the Grand Hotel in the water.


Looking out from Marine Drive. Using Photo shop I darkened the picture slightly to allow the cloud form to be seen and the light show through


Taken on Marine Drive looking back along the coast.

The strength of this is in the leading lines. The first is of the sea wall and defence rocks which lead the eye into the picture. The second is the coast line leading across.


Taken from Marine Drives north side the leading line take you into the pictures. There is also contrast between the beach. the rocks and the grass on the hill.


This is taken on a set of steps leading from Marine Drive to the Beach.

The colour of this picture has not been altered at all. The intention of this was to demonstrate depth by using the wall of the steps in the foreground


The rule of 3rds is shown here, the beach, castle head and sky.

I love the way the light catches the headland.


This shot shows a combination of natural framing with the bushes, there is also leading lines taking you down the path and round the bay.


There are a couple of skills in this image. The leading lines of the railings and benches lead to the Clifton Hotel with is slightly out of focus. The change in focus demonstrates aperture.


A fast shutter speed allows the clarify of the ripples in the pool. You can also see a slight reflection int  the water


North Bays chalets with there bright colours inject a brightness to the coast line. Here i like the contrast between the pastels of the sky against the winter coat on the cliff and the brightness of the buildings

Demonstrating Aperture

The use of aperture within a shot allows focus to shift from clarity of items it the for ground with blurring behind, to fully focused crisp shots.

When thinking about aperture the easiest thing to compare it to is the human eye, in particular the pupil which controls the amount of light entering the eye.

When the lens if fully open, the items in the for ground are cleared than those in the back.

When the lens is narrow, the light is more focused and the image is clearer.


The higher the number on the F scale the smaller the aperture.

The two photos below will demonstrate this.

The first using a large aperture:


With this shot the flower at the front is crystal clear where as the one behind is blurred.

The second image is with a small aperture:


This shot shows clear detail on the purple flower and leaves



The two court snatch pictures below are of ‘criminal mind Nathan’ taken on his way into Uni.

The pictures were not quite as i would have liked as i fell for the decoy provided by his cunning partner in crime, and for a split second went in the wrong direction.

I am annoyed not to have managed a full facial picture.

I have learned how easy it is to be mislead, and potentially miss the shot.

The settings on the camera are a useful addition to have.

Photography Assignment


As part of our Creative Futures Photography assignment we have to take a series of 15 to 30 pictures telling a story. These pictures must demonstrate a mixture of skills including shutter speed and depth of perception.

My chosen subject is the stretch of Scarborough coast line between Holbeck and Scalby Mills.

This area has been chosen for a couple of reasons; firstly it is a stunning stretch of coastline with interesting features such as Scarborough Castle, the Marine Drive, the Spa and the site Holbeck Hall Hotel fell into the sea in 1993.

Plus on a personal level its the place i grew up.

below are a few examples of the pictures taken.

This was taken stood at the top of Holbeck looking across South Bay. I love the curve of the bay and the light on the water.


This is taken from Queens Parade on the North Bay. The Castle and Marine Drive are framed by two bushes growing next to the path


The boulders at the front of this shot are the sea wall of Marine Drive. The coast line leads to Cayton Bay and Flamborough Head