I think I had quite a clear idea in my mind of what I wanted to capture initially when I started this project, so naturally I was biased by this when deciding what was and wasn't acceptable in the final images, but perhaps I should question this assumption. I do still prefer the images where I have gone back and photographed without the really prominent bins in the front of the houses. Just because I think they are not as aesthetic. The same goes for the cars - they detract from the clean lines of the house, and unbalance the images for me, particularly when they are off-centrered. However, perhaps a couple of them could work.I revisited the image below to see how it might look with some minor processing applied (levels and slight increase in blue saturation).
|house 'villa elba'|
I think in reconsideration, the set of houses with trees in the foreground is actually worth working up as a second set, as it presents well together. I also will work on some of the other 'reject' images and then make my final decision when I have a bunch of prints in front of me, rather than just files on the computer screen. I need to go through the process of working on a large number of images together to see which ones work cohesively before I make a final editing decision and lock my thoughts in. I also remember reading that it was worth sticking your images upside down on the fridge for a while and letting them mull over in your mind before finally deciding what works and what doesn't. Perhaps if I can find room on our fridge I will do that also!! I certainly want to present a good set for the assignment, but if the complete set can be larger and still be good images then surely that is preferable? I think the process is important here, and I want to make sure I go through all the elements and maybe even lay out 20 or 30 good (final) prints on the floor and consider how they fit together as a presentable set for the final assignment.I do want to continue on to the next level for my photography studies, so I need to practice these skills of choosing and fitting the images together as I hold them in my hands.
Back to the drawing board then! And more Photoshop hours ahead straightening and tidying and getting the images in order!