Object exercise #05

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Pick an object and photograph it for a week. Use your imagination and combine it with your skills to create something exciting!

I recently had a brake job done on my wife’s car. I kept the rotors and put them out in the elements for a few weeks. Now they are ready to be used for some hopefully exciting photography.

Have a great photographic week!

Roses – Looking up Exercise #04

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Somehow during the week I got the idea using a sheet of glass for this exercise. This morning I cut some roses and put them in a blue vase. I put my white light tent over the flowers and used a continues light to illuminate the roses. I added a polarise filter to my lens to eliminate class reflection and prefocused the distance. I got this image which made my day!

My advice: Take an idea and run with it. It’s okay to be frustrated, but don’t give up. At the end of the week you will have something worth the effort!

Looking up Exercise #04

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There are many weeds on my exercise walk and normally I don’t pay very much attention to them. That is probably a mistake. One thing about photography is that everyone can photograph the obviously; a creative photographer however will look for the hidden stuff. In the beginning it maybe even look a little bit “stupid” but the interesting image will come out sooner or later.

At the playground – “Looking up” exercise #04

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There are few playgrounds On my daily exercise walk (with a camera of course). I usually overlook them but they are wonderful to photograph and offer great opportunities to study the light. I photographed this image underneath a slide. I had the camera close to the ground and shot straight up. Enjoy and happy photographing!

The straw- Packaging material Exercise #03

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The lid and straw from my soft drink got my attention. I thought I could get a very nice high key image out of it. I separated the lid from the cup and cut the straw underneath the lid. Then I put the lid on my light table to get some good background light. I tried several f stops to get the  right depth of field. Enjoy and have a great week-end

Finding the kid in me part 2 – Packaging material Exercise #03

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After my first round of shots yesterday I decided to do it all over again. This time I changed the light setting from a barn door to a snoot. I kept the light source behind the boxes and used a snoot instead of a barn door. I did not use a gel. The red in background comes from the reflection of on of the boxes.

Enjoy and happy exercising with your camera!

Finding the kid in me – Packaging material Exercise #03

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I decided to take yesterday’s statement about creativity seriously and built a skyline out of packaging blocks. I used a door as a backdrop, nothing fancy in other words. I decided to go for a silhouette and tried different lightning scenarios. At the end I used two strobe lights, one with a barn door and a blue gel and the other with white light. In a way it felt awkward to do things that you have done as a child on the other side it was a lot of fun to do this. I am curious where else this exercise will lead me. Have fun with your creativity!

Packaging material Exercise #03


Creativity means to connect with the kid in you!  Children are incredibly creative. When I was a child (before electronic toys, computers ….) I built all kinds of things out of packaging material. I remember that my parents gave us once big boxes that we used as cars. We cut out windows etc. This week I ask you to collect all kinds of packaging material and create a composition that you photograph.

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I collected candy wrappers that I folded and put into a chocolate box to create some sort of “flower” where the chocolate box is the stem and the wrapping material the flower petals. I admit, it takes a lot of fantasy and goodwill to see the flower but I liked the idea.

Don’t forget to have fun with this exercise!