I changed light direction, composition and background to create this image. Since shadow cannot be seen on a black background I had to create shadows on the rocks and not on the background. I used one of the larger rocks as the place where the shadows could fall. The light source come from the right back.
Enjoy and happy creating!
I used a single light source coming from the left in about 45 degrees to create this image which I also overexposed. This time I used the shadow of the first rock to create the darkest part of the image.
Enjoy and happy photographing!
I would like to continue last weeks exercise with a different subject. Instead of using pieces of wood I would like to use small rocks. Pick fours small rocks and photograph them in an interesting way.
I put my four rocks in a light tent and I used a daylight light bulb to create this image. I was holding the light source very close on the left side of the rocks which created a very strong light from the left.
Enjoy and as always, have fun with this exercise.
This is an other piece of driftwood that sparks imagination. For me it is the head of some sort of a monster, or is it a deformed, genetically altered skull of an animal?
For next weeks exercise go and collect four small rocks or stones that you can put on a table. Have a great week-end!
I called this image “Open Mouth.”The dynamic of the lines and the simple black background give this picture an interesting appeal. In addition color does not get in the way this time. I also converted the image into black and white and decided to use the color version.
Enjoy and happy Thursday!
I found a piece of wood that was partially burned. I decided to shoot with an open lens to get a shallow depth of field.
I carefully arranged my pieces of driftwood and decided to use a barn door strobe from the left and a fill in strobe 45 degrees from the right. I used as little light power as possible and I used two neutral density filters to get this image.
Enjoy and as always happy photographing!
This is my third exercise involving wood. This exercises require that you go out through and collect pieces of wood. You need to take them home and here you can experiment with them. I use a light tent and usually two light source to create my images.
I collected pieces of driftwood. In this image I used two pieces of driftwood. I opted for a very shallow depth of field and an even light. I also converted the image to black & white to put an emphasis on the structure of the wood.
As always, enjoy this exercise!
I visited downtown Merced looking for interesting windows. I came across this bar right around sunset. First I thought the tree is in the way then I decided that the tree makes the composition interesting.
Enjoy and happy Friday!
PS: I loved the tree exercises and I would like to shoot wood next week again. I started collecting driftwood while I visited a few beaches. You can also collect ordinary branches from any local park that are laying around. Please, don’t cut of break them off a tree!
After coming home from my trip to Northern California and Oregon I took my photographic exercise walk around my neighborhood to see if I could find some interesting windows. I saw this window and it created in me all kinds of different feelings. It is dark inside, it’s mysterious, is it an invitation to peek in? All these feelings are most likely wrong. The window lays on the second floor and the owner most likely kept it open in the morning to get some cool air in.
Also, one person stopped me and asked what I am doing? He relaxed when I told him that I lived just around the corner. September 11 changed many of us. There is a lot of fear out and I am determined that fear is not running my life!
Enjoy photographing but be careful when you walk around your neighborhood with a camera!