As part of Don Giannatti’s Project 52, we learn quickly, and often, that we should be conscious of subject-centric lighting. “Everything reflects light.” “What does the subject do with the light that is presented to it? Is it shiny, dull, or something in between?” “What light does the subject see, and how does that affect how the camera will see it?” And catawampus – don’t be catawampus unless you’re doing it on purpose, and there’s no way anyone can misconstrue the intent, but I digress…
This is a composite of a potpourri holder my wife got as a gift recently. I thought it looked really cool, and I wanted to see what it would look like as a photograph. In my mind, I could see this image all the way through, including the smoke. The only real problem was, well, we don’t actually burn incense in the house. So, candles to the rescue!
Lighting and How I Did It, after the jump.
Years ago, some friends and I were messing around, experimenting if you will, with some concept photographic sketches and some writing. We got onto the idea of an extended piratical adventure and ran with it. It was all in fun; purely expressions of art, and the art of the written word, for our own humor and amusement. For my part, I made a pirate flag out of a violin and two crossed bows. I put them on the ground just so, stood over it, and pressed the button. Bam. Done. We had a laugh over the idea, and moved on.
Fast-forward a few years. I took part in Don Giannatti’s Project 52. Then I came across this old picture, and I wondered, “What would it look like if I knew then what I think I know now…?”
So, I re-made the shot, and I’m really glad I did. Let me walk you through my process on this shot…after the jump.
Shooting for a mood or feeling is something I like to do from time to time. Since it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, I decided to do a small project to highlight the phrase, “It’s cold out there.” This is the opposite of one of the Project 52 assignments of “Hot” a couple of years ago, but in a similar line of thought: “Shoot with intention, and bring the idea through. I want to feel [cold] just looking at these.”
A couple more are after the jump.
We made peppermint bark from scratch the other day, largely because we liked it, but also because we had never tried to make it before. And yes, there’s nothing like your kid holding a sledge hammer in the kitchen.
Happy Holidays, Everyone, no matter how you celebrate.
Last week, I photographed Jesse’s motorcycle, a Pagsta. This is one of the smallest road bikes I think I’ve ever seen. It’s got a 97 cm^3 engine, and I think he said it will do about 45 mph, tops. He uses it to get around town, back an forth to work each day. I found it to be an interesting challenge, in that the location to shoot it was at a school, not the open road. Also, I had three hours. As photographers, though, we have to get the shot. Ready, go!
More, after the jump. (more…)
Last week, I was telling you about a day shooting micro-printing on paper currency using a macro lens on a macro bellows. It’s part of a personal project I am building on money concepts. Today’s post is about showing the results of exploring the five dollar bill and the one hundred dollar bill.
To be honest, I didn’t even know about the micro printing in the edge decoration when I was taking the photograph above. I was simply framing the five at the time.
More, after the jump.
I am building a personal project out of money concepts. I’ve done several across the past couple of years it seems, and this is a project I can add to going forward.
I have a macro bellows, and I love that it lets me get in close, really close, to things. Sometimes things don’t look good in too close, and sometimes things are fascinating that way. I had remembered a news article about the currency re-design, and was reminded recently of the micro-printing that is on most currency in some fashion or another. I wanted to see if my camera with the bellows could see that micro-printing.
What followed was a fun exploration. I hope you enjoy it, too. More, after the jump.
Some of the members of Project 52 were playing around one afternoon not that long ago, and we challenged each other to take whatever tea we had on hand at the time, and make something interesting of it.
I started with an idea of how to show it, and I started to build a set. Then I started to bring in the actual tea collection.
Suddenly, I started to feel like Roy Scheider’s character in “Jaws.”
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
What that looked like, after the jump.
We don’t get lightning near here very often. So when it does come around, I sometimes will set up my tripod and try to capture some of it.
This is a composite of about ½ hour’s worth of shooting, just for fun.
I have been working on a personal project centered around common proverbs and phrases. A Chain Is As Strong As Its Weakest Link comes from the anchor chain of the battleship Missouri. Each link in the chain is about 150 pounds. Yeah.
Pearl Harbor, and specifically Arizona, is still a powerful place to be, even within the time restrictions in place for people visiting. More than 70 years later, and Arizona is still leaking oil. More on that after the jump.
I have a personal project that features hands of artists creating things, from music to textiles, glass to woodworking. Recently, I came across two artists carving wood using traditional tools and techniques.
The other artist, after the jump.
Today, just for fun, I wanted to show some of the sunrises and sunsets I was fortunate enough to be able to see.
Just after I made that last image, and while the sun was peeking through the clouds for those two minutes (!), I turned around for the shot I had been waiting for of the building at which we were staying, Disney’s Aulani Hotel.
A few more sunrises and sunsets, after the jump.
What does a photographer do when he goes on vacation? They often will bring their vision and way of seeing the world with them. For me, I took it as an opportunity to meet some people that I wouldn’t otherwise get to meet.
On this particular day, I met a gentleman and his son who asked me to not use their name. They were out fishing as a means of income, although not necessarily within accepted, umm, permissions. I asked if he would mind me photographing him, and I set about finding a way show his story. The trick ended up being timing the waves behind him.
The picture below was a found still life.
I was playing with a piece of simple machinery. It’s a snap press. You use it to install grommets and snaps on clothing.
People will sometimes ask why a professional photographer is needed, when an iPhone or equivalent is right there… I’ll show you one reason why, right after the jump.
A few years ago, I came across a tutorial created by the London photographer Chris Brock (here’s a link to his homepage) on creating a look for clothing where the mannequin looked like it wasn’t there. I liked the look of the clothing, and had wanted to try the idea for myself someday. Well, that someday was a couple of days ago.
As I mentioned in my last post, my wife and her friend Janice were here recently, putting the finishing touches on some costumes that would be going to the Costumers Convention in Charleston, SC. My wife was the keeper for the Guest Of Honor, and would thus be, well, seen by other costumers.
I wanted to try my hand at Mr. Brock’s idea. These were my results.
My wife’s friend Jan was visiting us recently. They were working towards completing some costumes for an upcoming event. I’ll talk about that more in another post.
While she was here, I asked her to step into an area I had set up. I had wanted to try a certain way of getting a high-key portrait. She had stated on a previous time that I worked with her as a model that she liked portraits with a lighter, airy feel to them. It seemed like a good way to try to do two things at once that way; test a lighting idea while doing something nice for her.
How I did it, after the jump.
There is a common proverb that states, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Just for fun, I decided to turn that idea on it’s ear, so to speak. What if, say, a stereotypical (and admittedly wrong) Viking were dropped into a modern business area? What would that look like?
A friend of mine found and “gifted” me the hat – something about how she couldn’t see anybody but me in it, and that I just had to have it. No take backs. The walking stick was something I already owned.
Yeah, we don’t take ourselves too seriously around here.
This was my take on the expression, “Making mountains out of molehills.” I like the idea of juxtaposing reversed sizes – taking something small and making it seem large, and vice-versa. So, here’s mountain climbing a thimble.
How I did it, after the jump.
Today’s image is my take on the old proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Eat healthy to stay healthy.
This is another image in the personal project I’ve got going on Proverbs and Idioms, a series trying to bring common wisdom and phrases into photographs.
The idea of a Nest Egg most often refers to money, being able to have enough of it later in life if you start saving earlier in life. Hmmm, money concepts. Sounds like another expandable personal project, but I digress.
More to come.
Last week, I said that I was starting a personal project on the idea of Proverbs and Idioms, common turns of phrase and bits of wisdom brought into an image. Today, I get to show you not just one of mine, but also one from a different art director – my daughter.
Yeah, my daughter came to me after hearing me talk about the project and said, “Daaaaad! You’ve got to do the old saying of Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket! Here, use this!”
Ummm, “Yes, Dear.”
At the gentle kick in the rump from Don Giannatti, my friend and teacher over at Project 52, I am starting a personal project on Proverbs and Idioms. The idea is to take some common phrases — Coming out of the woodwork, Nest egg, When in Rome, do as the Romans do, etc. — and bring them into an image. Some will work, others maybe not so much, but that’s the joy of being a photographer – lots of chances to stretch.
This first one, Coming Out Of The Woodwork, turned out to be a lot more disturbing than I would have thought. But, I can’t seem to stop looking at it. It’s a proof of concept image for me, in that I had this picture strongly in my head of a face pushing through a wood panel into the room. I’ve been watching too many movies, I suppose. I then saw a similar image elsewhere on the web as an inspiration and impetus, so I decided to try my hand at this kind of fantastical idea as part of this personal project.
I’ll show you how I did it, after the jump.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about working on the project of One Red Balloon. I was looking back at last year’s version of it.
I was, and continue to be, reminded that I am not allowed to brush this model’s hair…ever…again… Just because it took about ½-hour to brush it out after we were done.
I’ve got to say, though, that the expression sells the shot.
Over at Project 52, the assignment came in: One Red Balloon. Go.
My personality was, apparently, feeling stabby-stabby. Don’t read too much into that. I just wasn’t about to try a high-speed pop the balloon shot this time around. Maybe next year. (*Grin*)
One more, and how I did it, after the cut. (more…)