primary and secondary lines – Object exercise #05

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There are two type of lines in this image. On the bottom you see the lines that are created by the shape of the rotor. In addition there is a secondary, very soft round line on the right hand side. I simply dropped a water on the surface of the rotor and the line separates the wet and the dry part of the surface rust. Many times I sprayed water on fruit or flowers when I photographed them so I decided to try it out with surface rust.

Have great ideas when you photograph your subject and don’t forget to have fun!

Seeing the light – Object exercise #05

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There is a time in probably every photographer’s life when you have the feeling that all the ideas are gone and the creativity is lost. That happens to me quite often and that is usually the time when new ideas are just about ready to be born. Yesterday I looked at all kinds of possibility to photograph the rotor and I did not like any of them. This morning I suddenly had the idea to experiment with my light setting. I put on of the lights behind the rotor and discovered the dirt and spider webs. Suddenly I had my shot for the day.Don’t give up photographing especially when you feel you are burnt out.

Happy photographing!

Object exercise #05

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Would you guess that this is part of a rotor? It could be the entrance to a bunker, an old mine or part of a ship or anything else. I used continuous light coming from the left at about a 45 degree angle. The light setting creates a deep shadow on the bottom right which supports and enhances the feeling of mystery.

Enjoy and happy exercising with your ideas and your camera!

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!