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A Photographer as Role Model research. Assessment for Photography lesson, Gabriel Stephanus Surija 13106 ANN3A Animation Course. Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.


  • 1. David MuenchLandscape Photographer Gabriel StephanusSurija 13106 ANN3A Lecturer: C. S. Ling

2. RecognitionDavid Muench is most known forportraying the American westernlandscape. He is the primaryphotographer for more than 50books and his work appears inmany magazines, posters, andprivate collections.In 1975, David Muench wascommissioned to photograph 33large murals on the Lewis andClark Expedition for the JeffersonNational Expansion Memorial inSt. Louis, Missouri, including 350smaller photographs toaccompany the murals. 3. StyleThe subject matter of David Muenchs Photographs hasnt changed over the course of hiscareer. He has been photographing nature with high composition techniques. Whetherlandscapes, objects, or textures as the main focus, nature has always been his subject. 4. StyleComparison of David Muench (left) and Ansel Adams (right) Muenchs work has often been compared to that of Ansel Adams with one main difference, his work is done in color. He utilizes light in such a way that it paints a picture with the natural landscape. Much of the beauty of his work is based on the fact that he pays close attention to detail, highlighting even small elements such as the texture of stones. 5. StyleHis predecessors, Ansel Adamsand Eliot Porter, did their work inblack and white which lasted muchlonger. To help avoid this problemMuench began to scan his imagesinto his computer and restoringsome of the images that havefaded over time. He is careful notto manipulate the results beyondthe original color and quality of theimages he recorded. Muench hasstated, It is important not to havethe images disappear faster thanthe landscape does. 6. InfluencesDavid Muench was very influential to landscape photography today;The now-cliched use of prominent foreground elements leading the eyethrough the frame to the background in the distance was a style that Muenchbecame known for back in the 50s and 60s. 7. LivingFor living, David Muench publishes books, prints, and posters. He also opens workshops. Allof these are accessible through his website: 8. TechniquesMuench accomplished most of his photos utilizing color slide film, but hasfound over the years that slides often fade and the images do not remainconsistent over time. To help avoid this problem Muench began to scan his images into hiscomputer and restoring some of the images that have faded over time. He is careful not tomanipulate the results beyond the original color and quality of the images he recorded 9. Techniques David Muench mostly uses the sun (natural lighting) as the main lighting source. He rarely takes night time pictures. His pictures focus on the forms that are defined by the strong light hitting the surfaces of the objects; rocks, cliffs, trees or anything in the landscape, producing detailed highlights in the picture. 10. FeaturesDistinguishableThe uniqueness in David Muench pictures are in its Value and Color Compositions.The great contrast in values (dark to light) gives the viewer a high definition of forms in thepicture, while the composition of complimentary colors (orange-blue, purple-yellow) orharmonious colors (warm red-orange-yellow, cool green-turquoise-blue) gives the viewer apleasant pictorial quality. The high definition gives the similar feeling to modern computergraphics landscapes, which sometimes looks too real to be real. 11. The reason I chose David Muenchwas because I am really inspired bythe pictures with high contrast in thelighting, values, or colors, resultingimages with high pictorial quality.The photographs he took have thesimilar compositional and aestheticvalues to modern day abstractpaintings and many conceptual digitalpaintings.Even in this picture, I dont need toknow what the picture is about, but itstill has the aesthetics applied; rule ofthirds, complimentary colors, lightand values.It looks good from afar. And whenyou look closer, the details make iteven better. 12. Rule of Thirds:Horizon is on the first third.The water covers the secondthird.The rocks beneath the watercovers the last third.Color Composition:Harmonious CoolBlue skyTurquoise waterGreen rocksValue Composition:About one third of the picturehas dark value, while the rest isquite light.The focus of this picture are thehorizon and the big rock. 13. Rule of Thirds:Horizon is on the second third.The crevice starts on the twothird grids.Color Composition:Harmonious WarmOrange rocksYellow highlightsValue Composition:About one third of the picturehas light value, while the rest isdark.The focus of this picture is thecrevice illuminated by sunlight. 14. Rule of Thirds: Using complementary colors: Purple and Yellow.Horizon is on the first third.Value Composition: One third has light value,The trees are on the second third.The rest has dark value.The focus are on the bright sky and dark tree silhouettes. 15. Rule of Thirds: Using complementary colors: Orange and BlueSkies fill the first third. One third of the picture have a light value. The restLighted Areas on the second third.have a dark value.Dark Areas on the last third.The focus of this picture is the mountain range. 16. Rule of Thirds: Using complementary colors: Orange and BlueSkies fill the first third. One third of the picture have a light value. TheHighlighted mountain peaks on the first rest have a dark value.third line.The focus of this picture are the highlighted mountain peaks and their reflections. 17. This is the end of presentation. Thank you!All the images used in this presentation are taken by David Muench.Source:


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