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“The Weed”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”  – Leonardo da Vinci

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“In the beginning was simplicity”    Richard Dawkins

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I don’t know the name of it (and really don’t care). The images have been sitting on file for a while – one of these little objects I bring home and prop them up for some shots.
At the time the question was: What to do with them? How to set the lighting? Light or dark background? Colour or B&W? How to frame, how much negative space? 
Later/Now I stumble upon them and they make a good conversation piece. How did they come to be? Maybe “inspiration” for some … for lack of a better word. Don’t like that word though. Origin: ‘spiritus, us, m., Lat: the ghost … “spiritualism” = “the believe in ghosts”. As if creative people were getting up in the morning and sit around, waiting for some divine input from above … nonsense … no ghosts, no spirits … creativity comes from YOU, from your brain – playing, experimenting, risk-taking, making mistakes … work !! 
Back to the topic 🙂 … Long winter nights … perfect for little studies of light and shape … with anything, even weeds … “the object is meaningless … the light is everything” It’s all up to you … to make something out of nothing … 
Neville’s single malt is waiting … Cheers!!

PS: could have titled it just “Weed” – but it would have created false expectations 🙂

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“Bulb to Image”

“Do not play what’s there … play what’s not there”  –   Miles Davis

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Well … again … flowers … this time on the realistic side

We’ve got surprised by this little bulb, sitting around all winter, almost forgotten. It turned into a huge Amaryllis with four white flowers. So I set up my stuff – camera, tripod – plus desktop lamp, black foam board as background – all a very simple setup, regular household stuff. A bit of natural light from the window too. I also have a little LED flashlight for a bit of light-painting during exposure – washing over certain areas of the flower with the beam to open some shadows or enhance highlights.
Yes – ‘Making Photo-Graphs’ … as opposed to ‘recording’ … anything that makes a stronger image goes … composition, light, contrast, multi-exposures…
I tried a few multy-exposures with changing focus, but wasn’t too impressed this time. It usually creates nice halos around edges, but … oh well. Then I turned everything into B&W with lots of contrast … Ansel Adams would be proud of me!
As much as Bach would have been a Jazzer today, Ansel would have loved the digital darkroom as opposed to the nasty chemical one he spent so much time in, I’m sure.
Anyways, can’t say it often enough how rewarding and how much fun these indoor sessions are … setting up a little still life, playing with the light, background, angles, any object …

… and here we are … just one step left to really finish the job: … The Print
(see http://wp.me/p1pJyU-Dv for more about prints)

let me know what you think.

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“Barking Up Some Trees”

“Asking: ‘what is there to photograph?’ leads to images that are empty of emotional content. Without passionate involvement our pictures are nothing than records”

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“In photography, as in all visual arts, we have to distinguish between the natural design we observe and the personal design we create.
Creating means letting the observation transform into an impression, resulting in a personal, emotional and unique expression of the artist.

By eliminating, changing, abstracting and arranging the elements of the subject matter, the artist’s role is about the interpretation of the observed, not about the recording of facts, not about reality.

Painstakingly copying and re-creating the natural observation is mindless.
It demonstrates lack of imagination and results in useful, decorative household gadgets or silly illustrations in Reader’s Digest”
(Hello, Mr. Bateman!)

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