Sarah Scott

OCA Expressing Your Vision Notes & Learning Log

Exercise 4.3


Capture ‘the beauty of artificial light’ in a short sequence of shots.

I’d looked at work by Sato Shintaro as well as researching Brassai’s Paris by Night and Cardiff After Dark by Maciej Dacowicz both of which I’ve written about here.

I’ve taken photographs in London trying to capture artificial light, with this section of the course in mind before I started. These are my favourite shots:


But I wanted to try something a bit different too so I experimented indoors.

Some of these shots were taken without a lens attached to the camera (an Olympus OM-DII), some with no lens but through a glass ball, some with a lens and through a glass ball,  and for some I used a piece of cardboard with a small hole cut into the front both with and without a lens attached. But they’re all either artificial light or a mixture of natural and artificial.

April (22 of 24)
Fairly lights through a globe. In the top right there is also natural light from the window which has taken on a different colour – almost turquoise. That could be that this camera does not always capture colour very well.
April (21 of 24)
Unfocused fairy lights
April (24 of 24)
Light from a TV screen in a glass ball. There is a lamp – a second source of artificial light that can be seen on  the top left and bottom right of the image.

These three shots are candlelight without a lens so are an experiment into how the camera works without a lens as much as the light. But you can see the subject is a candle.





A mixture of candle light and window light.
There are a mixture of light sources here; the fairy lights, the candle, and light from a gap in the curtains that is falling onto the marble fireplace. This is taken through a piece of cardboard with a hole in it. I’m not sure why it works for me, but it does. I think it’s my favourite.


When I first started thinking about the difference between natural and artificial light, I suppose I thought that artificial light was more coloured in general – certainly warmer, more orange for typical indoor lights, and I know that colour temperature is different for different bulbs and that the camera’s white balance can be changed to compensate for that. Daylight is generally bluer.

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