Skip to main content

Look what I've found!

I'm starting out on a series of photographs that's very exciting for me.  It is a completely a different approach.  I was playing around with the idea few years ago but now I decided to explore it some more.

 Click to see the entire gallery
Canon 5d MK3

I caught the flashing meteor just as it was about to crash on the earth… Just kidding. This was done with long exposure and deliberately moving the camera for the desired effect.  The meteor is just the sun.

Click to see the entire gallery

Yes, it does look like an impressionistic painting. I assure you that there was no photoshop filters used.  Saturation, contrast and some tinting was used to get the colors the way I like it.

Click to see the entire gallery
This approach is so interesting for me because even though the image looks like an abstraction, it was derived from real life.  So in a way it straddles the world of your imagination and reality.  Or better yet, it blurs the boundary between the two realms.

We can even take the idea further to examine, IS there a real distinction between your imagination and reality?

Click to see the entire gallery

On the technical aspect, it is rather simple.  Long exposures that may last from 1/4 sec to 6 seconds,  hand holding the camera and make the image dance by moving the camera around.  The artistry is about how to move the camera according to your subject matter.  Your subject matter and your vision dictates how you'll move the camera.  Vertically, squiggly, trembly…

Click to see the entire gallery

It is not my intention to mimic painters.  However, the similarities that I find between my work and the  impressionist artists is the fact that maybe we are more interested in capturing the mood of the scenery as opposed to faithfully capturing the details of the subject matter.  

Click to see the entire gallery

I'm really enjoying this project. I think I will expand it more as time goes.  I like the fact that I'm challenging my own notion of what photographs should look like.  Why should we be so bound by the idea of the "still" image? 

Click to see the entire gallery

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Let There be (additional wirelessly controlled portable electronic) Light! With Canon 600RT

Canon 5D MK3, 50 1.2L, with 600EX-RT triggered by ST-E3-RT Click to see Portfolio  I've always held fast to the notion that there is nothing more beautiful of a light source than the natural light and I still do. I sometimes like to at least try to prove myself wrong. The reason being is that I believe that your ideas can, and should change… At least welcome the notion of that change. As it is true with many of my photographic ideas, some of the ideas have roots that goes way back.  I was flirting with the idea of shooting nature with electronic flash. Yes, that's sacrilegious to many including myself, till I realized that while believing in something strongly is good, holding onto something too strongly can lead to stagnation. And as we know, stagnation leads to death! Yes, Death! (repetition for dramatic effect). Canon 5D MK3, 50 1.2L, with 600EX-RT triggered by ST-E3-RT Click to see Portfolio  So today I headed out to the woods to test out this idea. Armed wit

Ex President's Homes in DC

Shot for the Washingtonian Magazine for their "Before the White House" article.  It was fun visiting these homes and talking to the owners about what they know and have learned over the years. This story shows the homes of some presidents before they moved into the White House.  The presidents that I covered was Bush Sr., Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, Harding, and Johnson. John F. Kennedy 3307 N St. NE DC JF Kennedy's house Canon 5d MK3,  24mm 3.5L TSE II This House was a bit of a challenge because I did not want to show cars or street signs. Just off the the left of the shot is the street, so I didn't have too much space to work with.  From this angle I was able to keep the composition pristine as possible. Just to the right was a bunch of construction workers moving stuff around.  The wide 24mm with the perspective correction allowed me this shot from such a tight vantage point. I love this lens!  JF Kennedy's house. Back view. Canon 5d MK3,  24