One of the goodies I got for Christmas was a light box (thanks again mom!), so I got to play around with light in a different way than I usually do with the ghetto setup I normally rock. The thing with light boxes though, while you can get nice, even lighting, I find it can often make things look really flat and one-dimensional. I like it when you can see the complexity and uniqueness of something otherwise ordinary (in this case a pasta strainer). With a potentially flat lighting scheme, this becomes even more important. A bit of careful evaluation, look beyond the mesh of wire, and boom, surreal dome shot created! I’m especially pleased with the selective focus of this shot. It’s all about looking at the lines 🙂
For some reason this shot picked up colour in the mesh, I’m really not sure where it was coming from, but I decided to play with it and amp it a bit in post. I don’t like it as much as the first one, but hey, it’s still kinda cool. Who am I to judge?
Thoughts on the shots?
P.S. Musical soundtrack for editing courtesy of Wood and Wire, by Thrice (hey, I don’t have to be creative all the time, do I?)
71/365- Cold mist
Went into Banff today with the family gang. OMGCOLD!! I think it was minus 27 degrees celcius or something like that. Difficult to take pictures in that weather because your hands just ache handling the camera, even with gloves on. But the bonus was that the river was letting off these neat myst tendrils, just from being so much warmer relatively speaking. A bit of careful positioning, taking advantage of the trees, allowed me to actually shoot in to the sun without blowing things out too badly. As surreal as the shot actually looks, I really didn’t do all that much in post processing, just a bit of saturation and contrast adjustment in Nic. I’m not 100% happy with the motion blur, I am not totally tack sharp, but it’s a cool photo and works well.
68/365- Yes I can!
New years resolutions- the annual tradition of reflecting on one’s life, resolving to make those changes we’ve talked about. Ambitions abound- eat better, exercise more, spend more time with family, spend less money, quit…. All great intentions. And that’s what they remain: intentions. To a perpetual cynic like myself, I’ve never really like resolutions, because I watch them fall apart in a week or two every year, not just my own if I bother to make any, but certainly the resolutions of others.
But at the same time, the problem with cynicism is that nothing ventured, nothing gained. I love to use the maxim that pessimists are never disappointed, and it’s true, but there is so much less possibility for joy as well. That hope of change, and the happiness that comes with successfully putting yourself out there, taking the chance. Whether the risk is small- taking a photo of a common soup can and hoping it turns out okay- or huge- that freelance dream- we can only learn by trying. I heard something once that said failing is the best outcome, because it’s the only way we learn. So I guess this is a roundabout way of reminding myself to occasionally say yes, I can (sorry for the terrible pun), and take that shot.
What has the new year reminded you to do for yourself?
67/365- Ladies and Gentlemen
Back to something simple, elegant lines, straight forward composition. Wanted to feel like tonight was successful, so I deliberately made sure not to overdo things. It’s the fine line, pushing yourself technically and creatively, and still coming out with something you’re happy with. Particularly in a more public forum like a blog, where your work, eye and thoughts are on display. Sometimes it’s nice to know you’re producing something good for everyone. I’m pleased with how this turned out, I will admit I have a soft spot for black and white, but this it appealing regardless.
As with everyone, little more reflective tonight thanks to New Years eve. It’s always seemed arbitrary to me, if it ever feels like the “new year” for me, it’s in September, when back to school starts. That said, 2013, like 2012, has been a big year of change for me. More so on the professional level, but that’s a very important part of my life right now. I’m hoping to embrace more of my creative and artistic self this coming year, that’s part of the reason for doing all of this in the first place. So wherever you are, I hope that your coming year is filled with the fulfilling of ambitions, the realization of dreams, and the finding of desires. Tonight marks a new start, and there’s nothing like fresh starts to get something going. Happy New Year.
Camera did not want to obey orders tonight. Focus was off no matter what I did. Lighting wasn’t cooperating. Depth of field was proving illusive. I did not win the battle today, clearly. Post made this barely acceptable. Nothing like a 365 to keep your ego in check, remind you that things will not always go your way. Sigh. Bah humbug, more later.
So my parents were hard core Santas when I was a kid. The love to tell stories to young parents, explaining how they had to keep separate Santa wrapping paper (so it was unique to the north pole), gifts had to be hidden… My mom went so far as to one year have someone else write out the names on the tags, so that it was unique Santa writing. Now there is some dedication to the craft for you 🙂 I appreciate these things now, even as I am able to recognize the nuisance (to say the least) it must have been. But it was about making things special, maintaining that bit of magic for a little longer. I don’t think people do that enough any more, so it’s nice to think back to how lucky I was.