Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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Is it just me or is everyone having issues uploading images to WordPress? I have plenty of space left for new images but I have to recycle old ones instead…

I’m going to the Sue Ford retrospective at Ian Potter next week, so I thought I would share some of her work in advance.

Apart from that here are some other finds.

Eerie night images by Markus Lehr  that have me thinking of getting out late.

Ella Schultz  has a portfolio of conceptual images and portraiture that has me scratching my head to work out what if any of it was done in post.

 

Listening to the Games of Thrones theme. 

“Faking” it

“Faking” it

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The light, the leaf and all the elements of the image above are real. What is fake is that none of it was as seen here when I first came across it. I made decisions that took these elements and arranged for them to look this way and those decisions extended to changing the light.

Let me explain. Last weekend I was out walking and I saw this bridge railing. The light was pre-dawn and a little overcast, so there was no definition. I liked the curve and I thought about what I could do to bring that out.

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I made two decisions straight away. I created some contrast by using an off-camera flash coming from the right hand side and I simplified the composition by going closer and losing the top and bottom rails. I used a wide aperture to isolate a section. It looked better to me but I felt it needed more.

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The next decisions resulted in the final series of images. I saw the leaf on the ground nearby and it had the right colour contrast against the steel. There was also the contrast of organic against industrial textures. I needed somewhere to place the leaf  so the bottom rail came back into frame. I also shifted the flash to the left hand side to avoid shadows falling across the rail. It made more dramatic shadows as well.

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Now if there is a point to this post it’s that you should always give yourself permission to change what is in front of you when it suits. It is no worse than adding a filter or making changes in post.  Another point is to always ask yourself what you can add or take away.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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This week went rather quickly and I don’t recall anything that jumped out at me so I just dug through my bookmarks and found something that I have not shared previously. I’m not afraid to admit that either…

Alexia Sinclair has a body of work that is full of rich detail and drama.

 

Listening to Katie Noonan in a vain effort to relax

Orb – weaver Spider and prey

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Don’t keep reading this if you don’t like looking at spiders…

 

The Orb-weaver is nocturnal and I saw this one setting up in the early evening. I came back before dawn the next day, not expecting much as it had been raining. It was still there with a slightly less impressive web but it had caught a meal and was starting to pack up. As spiders go they are not the most attractive but they do remove their web at the end of each night and hide during the day, so they score points for tidiness. Orb-weavers also don’t get as spooked about being approached or having a torch shone on them, unlike some of the daytime cousins. I was able to work comfortably from a metre away.

Here is a small selection from the session. They tend to use the same places so I will hoping to revisit this.

Now I can tick off the insect theme for this month.

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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So I just finished another paper for Uni and that plus the unexpected news that I have a new job have consumed most of my time recently.

This week I saw some remarkable aerial photography by Jessica Ambats

Plus I also watched the Dedpxl assignment 01 critique. My image did not get picked and after seeing what Zack put some images through I think I’m okay with that!

Project results for March 2014

Project results for March 2014

- A somewhat surprising outcome this month. I actually worked on and completed two of the themes, buildings and dice. The building theme proved quite a challenge with predawn sessions to try and realise the “Me in the city” image. I am getting closer to what I want but there is still some progress to make. The latest challenge is that part of the M in the sign is broken but rather than walk away I tested a different viewpoint and looked at some other opportunities on the way back to the office. I also played with HDR and black and white renditions. All I need is that sweet spot of early dawn light and the sign to be working. The composition is nearly right on.

The dice images were a quick and dirty experiment in slow shutter speed and rear curtain sync. So that was March and now there are new themes for April, including one I have not seen before in the bottom row centre. It looks like a small child with a monster shadow behind it. I have no idea how to interpret that yet but it has me intrigued… IMG_0314-

Looking and listening this week

Looking and listening this week

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A rushed update for this week as the semester grinds on and work is due. I decided to outsource my workload related anxiety to Edwood and as you can see he is a bit dark on me at present…

There is always times for looking at photos though. Here is this week’s selection.

Portraits made by Diego Arroyo

Some gorgeous photos of Japan through the seasons by Yoshi Shimamura  aka knulp

Listening to…  Lake Street Dive